Featured in this article…
- Le Pont de la Tour
- Market Halls
- Union Tavern
- The Duke of Richmond
- Whapping Wharf, Bristol
- WokyKo, Bristol
- Canal House, Birmingham
- The Smuggler’s Cove, Liverpool
- 1863 Bistro, Ullswater
- The Salt Room, Brighton
- Hix Oyster House, Lyme Regis
- The Pig on the Beach, Studland
- River Cottage, Axminster
Haven’t you heard? There’s a heatwave on! And if you’re in the mood for something cool as a cucumber (note: no cucumbers were harmed, or even used, in the creation of this product) then you’ll need a list of recommendations. In our latest round-up of kombucha bars and restaurants across the UK, we’ve picked out some of our favourite spots – places we value for the quality of their kombucha (all excellent, obvs), for their amazing views, for their beer garden delights, or for their sense of getting away from it all.
Kombucha bars and restaurants in London
Le Pont de la Tour
If your idea of an amazing panorama includes unrestricted views over one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, then Le Pont De La Tour should do the trick. French cuisine in an 18th century tea wharf (making it the ideal spot for drinking kombucha), take a table outside on the gallery and raise a glass to your surroundings. Views of Tower Bridge don’t come much better than this.
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London with the sun shining is a special place indeed, but the urge to get up on the roof and make the most of it is a difficult itch to scratch. Fortunately, the arrival of the rapidly thriving Market Halls group has brought with it this rooftop terrace right in the middle of Victoria. It’s like street food in the sky. Pick from one of 11 kitchens, grab yourself a Real Kombucha and head out into the blue beyond. Summer heaven!
A pub on the old canal… isn’t that what summer afternoons were made for? Get on over to the Union Tavern in Clerkenwell for a glass of the good stuff and a chance to watch the boats go by. Oh, and they do decent pub grub and some excellent craft beer, too, for those in your party who are looking for something woozy. What more could you ask for?
What’s that? More London landmarks, you say? Sure! How about CloudM, the rooftop bar seven floors up, overlooking the Tower of London? Part of the ultra hip CitizenM hotel group, you don’t have to be a guest to make the most of this hidden gem. Pour out a glass of Royal Flush and toast the spectacular views across the home of the crown jewels.
The Duke of Richmond
With a glorious sun-trap of a terrace, The Duke of Richmond in Dalston is a top spot for summertime socialising. And with Tom Oldroyd’s name over the door, the food is pretty damned wonderful, too. There are burgers and butties here that make the mouth water just thinking about them, and you can guarantee they’ll taste nothing short of spectacular with a Smoke House kombucha to wash them down.
Kombucha bars and restaurants outside London…
Whapping Wharf, Bristol
We’ve talked them up a fair amount before, but when restaurants get it so right, why wouldn’t you? Both Root and Box-E are part of the superb Whapping Wharf Cargo complex in Bristol, built in and amongst a set of recycled shipping containers. Now that the sun’s out, the decking is open, and there’s no finer spot for taking in great food, views over the old Bristol docks, a bit of people watching and a really sumptuous kombucha.
A new addition to our friends and family at Whapping Wharf is WokyKo, also in the Cargo complex and now stocking Real Kombucha. We’re talking bao, sharing plates, noodles and rice dishes, all served up with a touch of street food funk – perfect for these sun-splashed evenings and superb with one of our Dry Dragon kombuchas. Yet another reason to pitch up in Whapping Wharf and settle in for the weekend.
Canal House, Birmingham
Strange fact for the day: Birmingham has more canals than Venice. And James Brindley’s Canal House sits right at the heart of it all. On summers evenings, you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot on the canal side or the overhanging terrace, so get there early and stake your claim. It’s got a great menu, a great cocktail selection, and the kombuchas on offer aren’t half bad either.
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The Smuggler’s Cove, Liverpool
Up in Liverpool, The Smugglers Cove continues the watery theme with great views over the Albert Dock. With the boats moored in front of you and the Liver Building beckoning in the distance, this is the place to stock up on kombucha and chart a course for somewhere far, far away. Let your imagination run wild. We’re brewed for open minds, after all.
1863 Bistro, Ullswater
Recent winners of the Taste of Cumbria award, regulars at 1863 Bistro on picturesque Ullswater are no strangers to glorious foodie evenings. But just look at that view! Sure, it’s a distance to travel if you’re not in the Lakes, but sometimes those distances are simply have to be covered. Imagine yourself, a glass of kombucha in hand, a plate of award-winning food on your table, with the River Eamont burbling away in earshot. And if you want the evening to go on a few hours longer, you can book a room, too. Summer evening bliss.
The Salt Room, Brighton
Sea views? Check. Sky blue? Check. 100% Brighton vibes? Absolutely. Choosing The Salt Room for this list was only difficult because we work with so many kombucha bars and restaurants in Brighton, and they’re all superb. But that scene, that seafood, and that sense of adventure as the weekend hoves into view… it’s something pretty special.
Hix Oyster House, Lyme Regis
As you can see, we’re quite partial to a nautical feel when it comes to our summer evenings on the kombucha. So it would be foolhardy to skip Hix Oyster House & Fish House in Lyme Regis, with its unrivalled views across the harbour and out along the Jurassic Coast. And since you’re down there for the evening, it’d be daft not to make a weekend out of it. You’ll never want to leave.
The Pig On The Beach, Studland
Equally as resplendent in its oceanic views, and just as plush in terms of its weekend away appeal, we implore you to scrape together the readies and book yourself into The Pig On the Beach at Studland. Summer evenings here are simply a world away from… well, just about anywhere. The perfect escape, with a plentiful supply of kombucha for those that want to enjoy exquisite food without the alcohol.
River Cottage, Axminster
Lastly on our little tour around summer evenings on the kombucha, we couldn’t leave you without mentioning River Cottage HQ. Until recently, this little slice of paradise hidden in a misty valley, mainly ran events and classes in cookery and foraging. However, they’ve recently opened up that famous cottage as a getaway destination. Ideal for a group of couples looking to get away from it all and maybe learn a thing or two in the process. A summer’s night here would be a spell in a place that time forgot.
Of course, anyone simply wanting an evening picnic in a dappled park could do worse than planning ahead and making a note to order kombucha online. We recently opened our very own online shop. With a fridge full of Real Kombucha, you can top your glass up whenever you want. Have a great summer!