14 Best Pub Gardens
From rural vistas and waterside backdrops to swanky river-view pods! We've cherry-picked the best alfresco beer hangouts - come join us on a digital pub crawl.
Get your beer goggles on team, it’s time to hit the pubs – is there anything more British than going for a cold beer in a sunny pub garden? We think not.
With most of our pubs reopening this month there’s never been a better time to get out (safely) and support them, so here are my top 14 best pub gardens to hit this month.
Don’t forget, these pubs might have booking systems in place to limit their capacity – so make sure you check the websites or phone first.
Right, time for a digital pub crawl. Let’s go …
The Bear of Rodborough, Stroud
Perched on Rodborough Common with endless views over Cotswold countryside, we love this place because you never know when a Belted Galloway cow might rock up to join in as you sip your pint! They graze on the Common through the summer and roam wherever they like; roads, gardens, pubs … you name it. The Bear is reopening again on 22 July so not long to wait, and it’s smart Ibiza-vibe terrace in the large garden has a Pavilion Bar with some of the comfiest seating we’ve found in a Glos pub, plus deck chairs and a wide expanse of lawn for the kids to run around.
The Wheatsheaf, Northleach
Why settle of one beer garden when you can have multiple beer terraces?! The award-winning Wheatsheaf in Northleach has lots of private garden nooks and crannies to settle into with your pint, dotted with sweet-smelling potted plants and tumbling climbers. Head here on Wednesdays for one of their mouth-watering stone-baked pizzas alfresco too. A cashless system is in operation so remember to bring your plastic.
The Bell, Sapperton, Glos
The Bell is one of our favourite weekend hangouts. A lovely rural retreat off a quiet lane in Sapperton village, the most traffic you’ll hear from the lush garden is the odd horse trotting past (there’s even a dedicated parking spot for your stead here). Stylish and very friendly (a winning combo) the landscaped garden and sunny courtyard are a lovely, peaceful place to chill out with a tipple. You’ll need to pre-book tables at the moment, then settle into one of the quirky deckchairs and enjoy.
The Edgemoor Inn, Edge, Stroud
Vodka chaser with a view anyone? Now this is a pub garden with a proper panorama. Located in the small village of Edge near the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’ village of Painswick and overlooking the stunning Painswick valley. This 19th century inn is renowned for its far-reaching views from the large terraced patio garden. Currently serving a limited menu with pre-booked tables so be sure to book your seat with a view before you head down.
The Mount Inn, Stanton, Glos
This gorgeous traditional beer garden right on the Glos and Worcs border near Broadway is a really pretty spot to soak up some panoramic views of the Malvern Hills, we highly recommend staying for sunset. If you love supporting local then it also serves up loads of local craft beers. The large garden is dotted with wooden benches even features fruit, herbs and an orchard. There’s a one-way system in place, and make sure to book ahead for an outside table on the terrace or in the garden.
The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcs
You’d be hard pushed to find a more quirky and fairytale hangout than the beer orchard at The Fleece Inn (named Worcs Pub of the Year 2019). With its wonky 15th century timbers, and stone mushrooms dotted everywhere, this pub is a lovely place to while away the hours. The orchard beer garden is now fully open, with bunting up too, for both food and drink. And you can even bring your pooch along to meet the resident pub dog.
The Red Lion, Wainlode, Glos
You’d be hard pushed to find better riverside views than those enjoyed from the large garde at The Red Lion at Wainlode, a quintessential British pub situated on the banks of the River Severn near the village of Norton. Reopening for food and drink on 10 July, you don’t need to book tables here, they are on a first come first serve basis and a cashless system is in operation.
Imperial Garden Bar, Cheltenham
Known simply as ‘the beer garden’ by locals, Imperial Garden Bar in Skillicorne gardens in Cheltenham is one of the town’s most popular places to head when the sun shines. If your time-out ticklist includes sunbathing, people watching and a grand, neatly manicured lawn to spread out over, this is the one. With widely spaced tables socially distanced supping is easy. Plus – bonus – you can sneak off shopping afterwards in the swanky boutiques of Montpellier for the first time in … oh I’ve lost count.
The Tudor Farmhouse, Clearwell, Glos
If you want a pretty pub garden off the beaten track make a beeline for The Tudor Farmhouse. In an idyllic setting in the magical Forest of Dean near the Wye Valley it will be fully reopening for food and drinks on 27 July, make sure to book ahead for your table, and they’ll be serving up lunch, afternoon tea and dinner throughout the day with lots of space between tables. We hear the team have been busy in lockdown creating a new garden space in the Cottage Garden so roll on the good weather.
The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, Glos
What once was a boring car park is now totally transformed into a rather fabulous ‘beach bar style’ garden with an outside bar, BBQ, boules pit and loads of space to enjoy a socially distanced G&T. Groups no larger than 6 are asked to book ahead, and we love the swanky Pimms-on-the-terrace vibe here.
The Slaughters Inn, Lower Slaughter, Glos
Pub garden life doesn’t come much more laid back and lovely than at the Slaughters Inn. On one side you’ve got the bucolic River Eye bubbling past and the other acres of green garden to enjoy. There’s also a huge patio, a great one to combine with a walk around the surrounding countryside and pretty villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter.
The Crown Inn, Hallow, Worcs
We’ll race you to these swanky Ibiza corner sofas. This gorgeous landscaped pub garden is set in the charming village of Hallow. Now fully reopen, you’ll find hand sanitisers dotted all around for maximum safety and 2m spacing between tables. You can either book or just turn up for a table, what are you waiting for?
The Chase Inn, Upper Colwell, Worcs
The Chase Inn pub garden is the one in Worcs for stunning views, from the gorgeous outside space you can see over to the Malvern Hills and Black Mountains. A great one for some pre-pint rambling. Now fully reopen for drinks, but you can currently get a sandwich or plate of chips with your tipple. Tables are on a first come first serve basis so no need to book either.
The Holt Fleet, Ombersley, Worcs
If you demand handsome canal boats sailing past on your afternoon out, then The Holt Fleet is a lovely visit. A hidden treasure within the landscape of Worcestershire, it’s right on the bank of the River Severn and set on an astonishing 14 acres of land. We also love the new VIP river pods which you can book to enjoy your cocktail with a river view come rain or shine.