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20 Beautiful pub gardens

Head for the best sipping spots in the shires with our curated pick of the best pub gardens. From rustic retreats to Ibiza-vibe terraces.

Race you to the bar …

Bathurst Arms, North Cerney

Fancy some idyllic riverside-sipping? Go to the brilliant Bathurst Arms, one of the prettiest beer gardens we’ve visited. Or, have a drink and a bite from the amazing organic menu in the cool 24-foot tipi here, a circus-themed dining space, inspired by Gifford’s Circus.

The Fleet Inn, Twyning, Tewkesbury

This lovely riverside pub has a history dating back to the 1800s, a huge beer garden, and heated pergola terrace. Have a drink with views over the River Avon, on the menu is locally sourced produce, seasonal ingredients, and pub classics, while outside they serve up wood-fired pizza and street food-inspired treats from the open kitchen to the buzzing terrace and garden. Fancy swinging by during a day on the river? They even have their very own dock allowing you to hop on and off your chosen vessel with ease.

The Carpenters Arms, Westrip

The Carps as its affectionately known is a huge local favourite, with one of the best pub garden views in Glos across the Stroud valleys, enjoy a local ale or glass of wine, there’s a fun play area for the kids (as well as Cotswold Wholly Gelato ice cream on tap) and watch out for regular live music events too.

Corinium Hotel, Cirencester

The Corinium Hotel has a great relaxed vibe, order a drink at the bar and chill out in the spacious walled beer garden of this 16th century hotel. It’s a real sun trap. Due to being tucked away in a pretty lane five minutes from the centre of Cirencester it never gets too busy. Watch out too for the pizza truck here serving up delicious doughy offerings throughout the year.

Burleigh Court Hotel, Stroud

The newly landscaped terraces outside at Burleigh Court Hotel (Muddy winner of the Best Boutique Stay 2021) are so dreamy, especially with a beer in hand. Sit back and relax with friends and some fizz, with spectacular views across the Golden Valley (and throw in one of their amazing afternoon teas if you’re feeling wild).

The Crown at Ampney Crucis, near Cirencester

One of the newest additions to the Cotswold scene is the gorgeous Crown at Ampney Brook. Recently having undergone a stunning restoration, this 16th century inn has been transformed into an incredibly stylish and welcoming place to unwind. Surrounded by stunning countryside and with a delicious, seasonal menu that champions local farmers, kick back in the lovely garden with its Argentinian alfresco fire terrace, all set next to a pretty, babbling brook.

The Bell, Sapperton, Glos

The Bell is a lovely, laidback Bank Holiday weekend hangout. A 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 too!).

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 (true fact). 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.

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 is open for full on alfresco dining on the newly re-arranged (and semi-covered) sun terrace.

Summer Garden Afternoon Tea, The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham

The iconic Queens Hotel in the heart of Montpellier in Cheltenham has a fabulously glam summer garden to eat out in or enjoy some bubbles with a buddy. It’s the venue for the Muddy Awards 2021 party so it must be good! You can dine out from 10am to 8pm and guests can choose from the sheltered marquee or out in the open, beautifully landscaped garden. Opt for brunch, lunch or one if its famous Afternoon Teas, all made with local artisan products. Top tip – finish your visit with a signature cocktail or gin and tonic made from the hotel’s very own Queens gin.

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.

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 and features fruit trees, herbs and a pretty orchard.

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

Missed your trip to the White Isle? Fear not, the brilliant Sheep on Sheep Street in Stow-on-the-Wold has a newley madeover garden area with laid back Ibiza-esque music and a lovely vibe.

And in Worcs …

The Hanley Swan Inn, Hanley Castle

A Finalist in the Muddy Best Destination Pub Awards 2021, this Worcs pub has a lovely garden to sit out and enjoy the sunshine in. Overlooking the old village green, it has great food, an oak gazebo and plenty of space making it great for kids to blow off some steam whilst you enjoy your drink.

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 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). Owned by the National Trust, with its wonky 15th century timbers, and stone mushrooms dotted everywhere, this pub is a lovely place to while away the hours. There are beautiful plum trees in the garden and you can even bring your pooch along to meet the resident pub dog.

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. 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 sundowner with a river view come rain or shine.

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