With pubs allowed to open outside in England from 12 April (Welsh and Scottish pubs will follow later), tipsters toast their favourite alfresco boozers
There’s no better way to spend a sunny afternoon than on the decked outdoor area of the Princess of Wales. Narrowboats on the River Lea are virtually within touching distance, while towpath joggers, cyclists and walkers provide people-watching entertainment. Tables spill out of the pub and there’s a cushioned bench for perching with a pint. The food is a cut above, with brunch sandwiches till 4pm, sharing boards, restaurant-style mains and a weekend burger shack exuding irresistible smells. The staff are young, friendly and professional, and there’s a bus stop directly opposite.
• Reopening on 12 April