There’s nothing like an alfresco drink, or three, to celebrate the arrival of summer and Gloucestershire is home to a bumper crop of brilliant beer gardens.
With 28 of the county’s best beer gardens handpicked by the SoGlos team, now you just need to decide whether you’ll enjoy a pint, Pimm’s or a perfectly chilled glass of pinot gris in the sunshine.
Known simply as ‘the beer garden’ by many locals, the Imperial Garden Bar is one of Cheltenham’s most popular places to head when the sun starts to shine – for sunbathing, Pimm’s-drinking and people watching.
While The Edgemoor Inn near Stroud is popular for its traditional, home-cooked food, the extensive terrace offers a popular pull too – providing some of the best views in Gloucestershire, overlooking the Painswick Valley.
You’d be hard pushed to find better riverside views than those enjoyed from the gardens at The Red Lion at Wainlode, a quintessential British pub situated on the banks of the River Severn near the village of Norton.
The Red Hart Inn is a family-owned pub in Longhope on the edge of the Forest of Dean, featuring traditional décor, locally sourced food, a large beer garden and children’s play area, with barbecues on Saturday nights throughout summer.
Set in the pretty village of Randwick near Stroud, The Vine Tree offers tasty home cooked food and a fine choice of real ale, as well as large garden boasting picturesque views of the Five Valleys and across to Rodborough and Selsley Common.
Boasting the largest pub garden in Cheltenham, The Exmouth Arms, situated on the bustling Bath Road, offers a spacious sun-filled space to enjoy good pub grub, Arkell’s ale, live entertainment and more.
With views overlooking the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the gardens of the recently renovated Pilot Inn in Hardwicke offers a picturesque spot to enjoy a pint or two.
The Cock Inn in Blakeney is a favourite among Forest of Dean locals, with a fantastic range of food and drink, warm hospitality and a large beer garden, with children’s play area for the summer months.
Situated in picturesque setting of Cotswold Water Park, The Old Boathouse in South Cerney offers visitors a peaceful lakeside venue with beautiful views and quality pub food served all day.
Café Rene’s sunny courtyard is one of the few places to relax and catch some rays over a pint in Gloucester town centre. Don’t miss the legendary Desperate Dan Burgers and visit on a Wednesday or Friday for some of the best live music in the county.
With more than 14 real ales on tap, and a wide range of specialist drinks, spend a sunny afternoon supping on ciders and perrys in the large beer garden at The Cider Tree in Kingsholm – from classics to mixed fruit infusions.
The Maytime Inn is a delightful country pub located near Burford that has an award-winning garden that’s perfect for alfresco drinks and dining. The dog-friendly pub benefits from an outdoor bar and a pétanque court, and serves over 85 different types of gin and a host of craft beers.
A bustling bar in the centre of Nailsworth, The Britannia promises a warm welcome, and signature stone-baked pizzas and homemade breads. Not forgetting a large beer garden to make the most of on a summer’s evening.
As well as a beer garden smack bang in the centre of Cheltenham town centre, The Strand features real ales, live music and well-priced food.
The garden at The Mount Inn, located in the village of Staunton near Broadway, benefits from panoramic views of the Malvern Hills to offer a beautiful spot to watch the sun set with a pint of ale from Donnington Brewery, which is affiliated to the pub.
The Miners Arms, the multi-award-winning Forest of Dean pub in Whitecroft, enjoys not one, but two beautiful beer gardens, as well as a large patio area – ideal for summer barbecue parties.
Situated in the heart of Cheltenham’s Leckhampton, The Norwood Arms boasts a spacious garden and large patio area, with a range of real ales and great food served throughout the year.
The charming beer garden at The Ebrington Arms, near Chipping Campden, offers the perfect sunny spot to sample the pub’s award-winning ales and top quality food.
The Swan Inn at Coombe Hill is a family-friendly pub, with a large beer garden and decked terraced area where you can enjoy the long, summer evenings while treating yourself to one of the many local ales on offer.
Garden seating with surrounding views of the river Avon, and room for more than 200 guests makes Ye Olde Black Bear in Tewkesbury the ideal spot to celebrate a summer party.
The George Inn is an award-winning pub in the Forest of Dean, with a delightful garden that’s spot on for alfresco summer dining along with a children’s play area featuring slides, climbing ropes, a suspension bridge and swings.
The landscaped gardens and sunny courtyard area at The Bell at Sapperton is a relaxing space to enjoy the delicious menu and extensive drinks selection on offer at the gastropub situated in a charming spot near Cirencester.
The rear gardens of The Black Horse Inn in Amberley boast panoramic views of the Nailsworth Valley offering a picturesque setting for a laidback summer socialising in the sun.
While The Rising Sun on Cleeve Hill boasts a fairly small, sloping beer garden, with benches at a real premium on sunny evenings, pubgoers are treated to some of the very best views in the county.
The Lion Inn is a stylish pub and restaurant situated in a stunning 15th-century building in the heart of Winchcombe. The pretty rear garden is a delightful secluded spot to enjoy the selection of handpicked ales and ciders and a leisurely alfresco meal.
The Royal Hope Pole in Tewkesbury is an impressive union of historic buildings from the 15th and 18th centuries, with a riverside garden for visitors to soak up the sunshine over a pint or good value meal.
Perhaps one of the most picturesque riverside locations along the Thames, The Riverside Lechlade boasts an excellent range of pub food, stunning accommodation and fantastic views for all of its visitors and their furry friends.
The Inn at Fossebridge is a charming country pub near Cirencester that boasts a pictureque hidden garden that’s ideal for alfresco socialising. The spacious four-acre riverside garden has plenty of tables and parasols and makes a delightful setting for dinner on balmy summer evenings.
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