The Greatest Pub Gardens in Britain

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Nothing is more quintessentially British than enjoying a cool refreshing beer on a hot summer’s day, in one of the country’s most picturesque beer gardens.

Make the most of the sunshine (between showers) and partake in this much-loved pastime.

To help you in your leisurely pursuits we’ve scouted out some of the greatest pub gardens you’ll ever set foot in.

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The Albion beer garden. Thornhill Road, Islington, London. Photo: The Albion
The Albion beer garden. Thornhill Road, Islington, London. Photo: The Albion

The Albion, Islington, North London

This stunning Georgian style pub is always teeming with revellers and it is easy to see why. For city dwellers in the capital the cosy modern interiors and intimate outdoor space means it is the perfect place to sip on some Pimms and lap up the good weather.

The walled garden is set within the Barnsbury conservation area so expect a pristine green space filled with full blooms and pretty foliage.

The Wharf, Manchester. Photo: The Wharf
The Wharf, Manchester. Photo: The Wharf

The Wharf, Manchester

The Wharf pub benefits from having a huge outdoor terrace overlooking the canal, based in one of Manchester’s most interesting historical quarters.

Nothing beats finding a comfortable spot outside to spend a lazy afternoon watching the world pass you by.

The Connaught, Hove

Real ales and the tastiest grub in Sussex have helped establish The Connaught as a firm favourite among locals. The child-friendly outdoor space is the perfect setting for a family day out.

Enjoy dishes like roast Sussex Pollock and sample local sourced cheeses from its classic British menu.

The Pear Tree House, Edinburgh. Photo: The Pear Tree House
The Pear Tree House, Edinburgh. Photo: The Pear Tree House

The Pear Tree House, Edinburgh

Summertime at the Pear Tree House is full of fun and activity. During the summer you can catch plenty of free Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows and events in the spacious beer garden.

But be warned: you’ll need to get in there early because it is guaranteed to get jam-packed, fast.

The Ship, Wandsworth, South London. Photo: The Ship.
The Ship, Wandsworth, South London. Photo: The Ship.

The Ship, Wandsworth, South London

The Ship has established itself as one of the best beer gardens south of the Thames. Nestled in leafy South West London, the stellar public house serves up premium fine ales and an infectious friendly atmosphere.

Good vibes, great food and a remodelled cosy outdoor area – complete with sheltered seating booths and large outdoor bar – make this an ideal place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Five Bells Inn, Kent

If you’re planning a trip to Kent you will want to make a beeline for Five Bells Inn.  The 16th century Inn is the social hub of the small village of Brabourne and it’s beautiful gardens offer a taster of good country living.

Stop off and sample local cider made from apples grown at the orchard and wines from the local vineyards.

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The Greatest Pub Gardens in Britain was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Chantelle Symester