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 SoGlos’s journalists handpicking 28 of the best beer gardens around, you now just need to decide whether you’ll enjoy a pint, Pimm’s or a perfectly chilled glass of pinot grigio in the sunshine.
Situated a stone’s throw from Gloucester Cathedral, The Fountain Inn is home to a beautiful cobbled courtyard garden in Gloucester city centre. A lovely setting for post-work drinks and leisurely lunches, and also very welcoming to dogs too!
The Maytime Inn is a delightful country pub, near Burford, that has an award-winning garden. The dog-friendly pub benefits from an outdoor bar and a pétanque court and serves over 85 different types of gin, as well as craft beers.
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 some of the best live music in the county.
Café Rene is yet to announce its reopening date.
The perfect spot for soaking up the sun and sipping on an ice-cold drink, The Outdoor Inn in Cheltenham has transformed an otherwise disused space into a festival-feel beer garden with a urban, laid back vibe – with occasional pop-up street food and music too.
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.
Complete with a glorious Pavilion Bar, The Bear at Rodborough boasts a gorgeous garden perfect to enjoy a tipple or two. Complete with comfy seating and deck chairs, it’s a great space for a spot of alfresco dining.
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, an outdoor pizza oven and more.
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.
With views overlooking the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the gardens of Pilot Inn in Hardwicke offer a picturesque, riverside spot to enjoy a pint or two.
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 Stanton, 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 with 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 at the end of the popular Bath Road in Cheltenham, The Norwood Arms boasts a spacious beer garden and large patio area, with a range of real ales and classic pub grub served.
The charming Cotswold 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.
A hidden gem near Cirencester, The Tunnel House Inn is home to a beautiful beer garden that’s perfect for alfresco drinks and dining, with its rural location providing a glorious backdrop for guests.
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 a delicious menu and extensive drinks selection on offer at the gastropub, 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, and benches can be a real premium on sunny evenings, pubgoers are treated to some of the very best views 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 Cider Tree is reopening on Wednesday 29 July 2020.
The Royal Hop 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 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 picturesque 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.
Wednesday 29 July 2020
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