By Jamie Smithson & Ian Clifford
5 minute read

10th of April 2021

13 of the best urban beer gardens across the UK


We thought we should put together a few ideas for where you can head for a drink by asking the team for their favourite pubs (with gardens) for when we’re allowed to meet up from tomorrow.

If it’s cold, raining or even snowing, nothing’s stopping us from going to the pub tomorrow – after nearly four long months of drinking at home we cannot wait to get together with our mates (in the rule of six) and start putting the world to rights face to face, instead of through a screen.

With that in mind, we thought a list of a few of the best pubs with outside spaces open from tomorrow would not only be helpful, but certainly get your appetite for a cold one going.

We’ve stuck to the cities as that’s the haunts we know best and where it’s toughest to find the right sort of establishment with enough outside space. Of course, we’re very jealous of those who know a great country pub with a traditional beer garden and are ready to receive your tips…

Here’s just a few of the places in the biggest cities across the country where we’re heading.

 

 

London

North: With a two-tier garden space, The White Hart in Stoke Newington is a real local treasure. With a host of real ales and sharing plates, we can’t get enough of the sense of community that prevails through this pub.

69 Stoke Newington High Street, N16

https://whitehartstokenewington.com/ 

 

South: Instead of a garden, there’s a “Gin Yard” at The Four Thieves in Battersea. They also brew their own beer, and they’ve got an arcade. What more could you want in a pub?

51 Lavender Gardens, SW11

https://www.fourthieves.pub/ 

 

East: With a not so secret garden in Victoria Park, The People’s Park Tavern is a real Hackney treat. An onsite brewery, BBQ kitchen and a cocktail bar means it caters for everyone’s tastes. Even if you’re not an East London hipster.

360 Victoria Park Road, E9

https://www.peoplesparktavern.pub/ 

 

West: A grand pub, brought back to life by an aircraft hanger size garden (with a retractable roof) and three restaurants with options for everyone. The Prince is the first port of call for those seeking something a little different. Attracts a varied crowd and tends to the younger generation, but if it’s your kind of thing you won’t want to leave.

14 Lillie Road, SW6

https://www.theprincelondon.com/ 

 

 

Birmingham

The Prince of Wales in Moseley is a place the locals have been desperate to get back to as a favourite haunt in this more Bohemian area of Birmingham. A much-loved garden has plenty of space for a (distanced) crowd with a specialist ‘Shed du Vin’ and a Tiki Bar. Recommended.

Birmingham, B13

https://www.theprincemoseley.co.uk/ 

 

 

Brighton

No visit to Brighton is complete without a trip to The Mash Tun. A North Laine staple, this pub has a huge outside seating area, but still manages to retain its community feel, and has the best burgers in town.

1 Church Street, BN1

https://www.mashtun.pub/ 

 

 

Manchester

Surrounded by modern installations and office buildings is The Oast House. Once home to kilns, it’s now more famous for its hanging kebabs and craft beers.

Spinningfields, M3

https://theoasthouse.uk.com/ 

 

 

Leeds

Not just a garden, but a rooftop garden is what you get at Headrow House in the heart of Leeds. Sunshine, space, beer, street food and loads of space make this tucked away gem the destination of choice for those in the know.

Leeds, LS1

https://headrowhouse.com/ 

 

 

Liverpool

The undisputed king of the outdoor urban space in Liverpool is held by the Kazimier Garden. Vast range of beers, huge open space with a quirky almost steampunk décor. Great range of beers and food and a no booking policy make this a must do ‘drop in’ for your list.

Liverpool, L1

http://thekazimier.co.uk/

 

 

Southampton

The Rockstone bills itself as a country pub in the heart of town - a boast it mostly lives up to, although there’s still a definite urban feel. The garden is just big enough to make that claim, but the draw here is the massive range of real and craft beers and the locally renowned burgers.

Southampton, SO14

https://www.therockstone.co.uk/ 

 

 

Bristol

Not opening until May (so sorry for getting you excited too early) but this is a standout pub at the end of the Bath to Bristol cycle path. Covered garden out back and more seating out front. Renowned for great real ales (as CAMRA’s pub of the year in 2019) and a range of mouth-watering scotch eggs. Perfection.

Bristol, BS3

https://www.bristolbeerfactory.co.uk/pages/the-barley-mow

 

 

Edinburgh

Not opening until the 26th April, but when north of the border, we always visit The Royal Dick. Located at the old University vet school, you’ll also find Barney’s craft brewery and Pickerings, a gin micro-distillery.

1 Summerhall, EH9

https://www.summerhall.co.uk/the-royal-dick/

 

 

Glasgow

Just down the road and you’ll find an amazing seafood restaurant coupled with a gin bar boasting more than 60 carefully selected bottles. A revamped garden makes the Finnieston the perfect place to combine the two in the open air.

Glasgow, G3

https://www.thefinniestonbar.com/

 

 

Sorry if we missed your city centre haunt, but if we have, do let us know as we’re ready to explore some more.

And if you’ve got a country or seaside pub that we need to know about for our next round up, then let us know about that too.

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