IT’S the family pub in the heart of Winchester where customers can watch the world drift by.

The Bishop on the Bridge sits at the end of the city’s High Street, situated on the bank of the River Itchen.

At the Fuller’s pub, visitors can try a craft beer from a seat in the garden and enjoy freshly prepared food while dining al fresco in the sunshine.

As well as boasting a sizeable beer garden, the extensive food menu is available from noon every day, with a selection of traditional British pub fare.

There’s live music every Friday and Sunday afternoon and the team are already preparing for welcoming customers for the busy Christmas season which is fast approaching.

The watering hole has also been awarded the Master Cellarman by Fullers - a mark of premium quality where pubs must score 90 per cent in four consecutive assessments, with marks easily lost for the smallest smear on a pint glass.

General manager Jane Drinkwater has been running the pub for around four years.

Assistant manager Danni Parker said: “We have lots of loyal customers and also visiting tourists. The food we serve is properly British so all the tourists like that.

“We have recently listened to customer feedback and actually taken down the price of our Sunday roast – it’s an obvious favourite.

“We are a proper family here. We have students working here who come and go, but a lot of us have been here a while and are very close.

“We have the best beer garden in Winchester which gets extremely busy! It’s a great atmosphere – the river definitely helps.”

On the day of Winchester City Mill’s recent rubber duck race down the River Itchen, the pub came to a standstill.

“Everyone was eating and drinking but just stopped and watched when they came racing past,” she said.

Although summer is only just over, the pub is already looking forward to the upcoming festive season.

“We serve mince pies and mulled wine, we do our Christmas parties and sit-down meals as well,” adds Danni.