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18 Best pubs for Alfresco April

Ready for your first pint of FREEDOM!? It may be a chilly start to normality, but throw on the thermals and head out for a tipple at one of these lovely pub gardens from Monday 12th.

From rural vistas to waterside backdrops, we’ve cherry-picked the best Alfresco April spots for you to head for this month. Remember to book ahead and check availability before you rock up.

Race you to the gin bar! …

Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

One of Muddy’s favourite alfresco spots is open again from 15th April. Be the first to lounge on newly landscaped terraces complete with firepits, a woodfired pizza oven, delectable tapas and afternoon tea.

All with a good bottle of wine or bubbles to celebrate the end of lockdown – we’ll raise a glass to that. Plus, whatever you do don’t miss the fireside dinner and Spanish guitar nights on 23rd and 30th April and 7th and 14th May.

The Sheep on Sheep Street, Stow-on-the-Wold

This lovely pub in the heart of Stow has just had a garden makeover so no better time to visit (ready to use now and finished by 24 April). It will be reopening on Friday 16 April from 5pm, then open Fri – Sun weekly until 17 May. Food is served until 9pm. Or, head over the road (literally!) to sister pub The Porch House. Known as Britain’s oldest pub, the garden is an ideal spot to enjoy April with a cocktail.

Thyme, Southrop

The dreamy Thyme at Southrop is just perfect for a spring or summers tipple with its south-facing terrace. And even better the Ox Barn here has been converted for full-on alfresco dining from Sunday 16th April on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from midday to sunset. They aren’t taking reservations but offering picnic blankets to enjoy the orchard whilst waiting for a table. But if it is bad weather do check ahead to make sure it is open!

The Bear of Rodborough, Stroud

Perched on Rodborough Common with views over the 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! The garden has a laid back Ibiza-vibe garden with deckchairs and comfy spaced out seating and tables – with lots of space for kids to run around in. Both food and drink will be on offer. Or head to its sister pubs also reopening from 12th April, The Close in Tetbury and The Swan in Bibury.

The Frogmill, Shipton Oliffe

One of Muddy’s fave pub gardens, a stone’s throw from Cheltenham but with a feel of being deep in the countryside. It will be reopening for alfresco dining on the newly re-arranged (and semi-covered) sun terrace from Thursday 15th of April for food and drinks, on a Friday and Saturday 12 – 11pm and Sunday 12 – 6pm until May 17th.

The Wheatsheaf, Northleach

Why settle of one beer garden when you can have multiple beer terraces? The award-winning Wheatsheaf in Northleach reopens on 12 April and has lots of private garden nooks and crannies to settle into with your pint, dotted with sweet-smelling potted plants and tumbling climbers. Phone or email ahead to book your spot though.

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 a dedicated parking spot for your stead). Reopening from From 16 April to 16 May on limited days at weekends, there will be heated outdoor marquee tables to sit at with a great menu of delicious dishes. Make sure to pre-book a table.

The Mount Inn, Stanton

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 Red Lion, Wainlode

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.

The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power

What once was a boring old car park is now totally transformed into a fabulous ‘beach bar style’ garden with an outside bar, BBQ, boules pit and loads of space to enjoy a socially distanced G&T. Reopening from 12 April, make sure to pre-book your table.

And over in Worcs

Bank House Hotel & Spa, Worcester

Grab one of these lovely spots at the Bank House Hotel, located between Worcester and Malvern. There is a super spacious outdoor terrace to enjoy your first pint of freedom. Food will be served from 12 pm Monday to Friday and from 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday. This one is great for families as the expansive gardens are perfect for children to free range. Pooches on leads are also very welcome.

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. You’ll find hand sanitisers dotted all around for maximum safety and spacing between tables.

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

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 will be fully open for both food and drink. And you can even bring your pooch along to meet the resident pub dog. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

The Chase Inn, Malvern

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. Open from 12 April everyday 12pm to 9pm, with food served 12pm to 4pm.

The Holt Fleet, Ombersley

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 when it reopens on 12 April.

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