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Aspall Cyder - Cider and Vinegar

5 hot spots to watch the boat race

02nd April 2014

Cyder House

This coming Sunday (6 April) will mark the 160th Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge. The route runs along the Thames from Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge providing lots of opportunities to watch from the riverbanks.

It takes years of training to make the team and it’s really exciting to be at the heart of the action to see all of the dedication pay off – even better when you can enjoy it with a cool glass of Suffolk’s finest! So whichever shade of blue you’re backing (or if you really don’t mind who wins), here is our list of top 5 pubs along the race route – from start to finish line – to enjoy an Aspall Cyder in the heart of the action.

River views from The Dove's terrace

  • Dukes Head Putney

    Great riverfront location. Close enough to touch the rowers at the start line! The pub has private rooms upstairs for intimate gatherings with great vibes. There are floor to ceiling windows in the main bar and they serve really good food. The downstairs bar stays open until the wee hours with live music playing to carry on the party long after the race. The outside bar, serving Aspall, is so close to the river you may get swept away when the tide comes in! 

    Dukes Head Putney's website

  • Crabtree Hammersmith

    Just along from Craven Cottage, this pub is very popular post football matches and equally great on boat race day. They have a fair sized beer/cyder garden backing onto the river making it a fantastic spot.

    Crabtree Hammersmith's website

  • The Dove Hammersmith

    A beautifully characterful, quintessentially English pub, finely situated on the bend in the river to offer fantastic views of the race. 

    The Dove Hammersmith's website

  • Bulls Head Barnes

    This recently fully refurbished, renowned live Jazz pub, is situated on the edge of the river and Barnes High Street. The upstairs rooms offer unrivalled viewings of the action. 

    Bulls Head Barnes' website

  • The Ship Mortlake

    Built in 1781, the Ship is without doubt most famous for its location on the finishing line of the Boat Race. Located at the end of Ship Lane off the Lower Richmond Road in Mortlake, to the rear of the Budweiser Brewery, the Ship is set back off the river. 

    The Ship Mortlake's website

Other pubs nearby with outside bars where you can enjoy an Aspall include the Boathouse Putney, White Hart Barnes, Coach & Horses, Barnes, Old Ship Hammersmith, Coat & Badge Putney, Jolly Gardener Barnes and Sun Inn Barnes

The action starts this Sunday, 6th April at 5.55 pm. For more information about the race see the Boat Race website.

Photo credits:
'Boat Race 2012 In Hammersmith 1' by Lapatia  licensed under CC BY 2.0
'Race of reserve crews during the Boat Race in spring 2013 (4)' by Petr Brož licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0