28 of the best beer gardens in Gloucestershire

From riverside views to rural backdrops, SoGlos raises a glass to 28 of the best beer gardens in Gloucestershire as they start to reopen this April 2021.

With beer gardens reopening from Monday 12 April 2021 and the rule of six meaning we can finally enjoy a sociable drink with family and friends, we’ll be heading to one of Gloucestershire’s gorgeous beer gardens – whatever the weather!

With SoGlos’s journalists handpicking 28 of the best beer gardens around, all you need to do now is decide whether you’ll enjoy a pint, Pimm’s or a perfectly chilled glass of pinot grigio in the sunshine.

About the sponsor – The Outdoor Inn

From modest beginnings in a repurposed horse box, The Outdoor Inn Cheltenham has grown into a popular and unique venue, bringing a festival feel, great beers and live music to the town centre – with The Outdoor Inn Gloucester launching soon too.

The new Outdoor Inn Gloucester at The Fleece is due to open in May 2021 and is set to be one of the city’s most exciting new venues with big plans for the space. Bookings for The Outdoor Inn Cheltenham are open now for when it reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

For more information, visit theoutdoorinn.co.uk.

1. Beer garden at The Outdoor Inn in Cheltenham

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 an urban, laid back vibe – as well as pop-up street food and live music too. Famous for its pods in the autumn, there will be summer cubes to enjoy an undercover drink in style. The Outdoor Inn Cheltenham reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

2. Beer garden at The Outdoor Inn at The Fleece in Gloucester

Bringing its festival vibe to one of Gloucester’s most iconic buildings, The Outdoor Inn is opening at The Fleece this May 2021. With ambitious plans to transform the formerly derelict building’s grounds into a beer garden – including a bar in a London bus and shipping container stage!

3. Beer garden at The Foston's Ash Inn in Stroud

With a sheltered patio area, a stunning ‘sunset garden’ and a large heated marquee kitted out with comfy sofas, blankets, dartboard and pool tables, The Foston’s Ash Inn in Stroud has an impressive outdoor offering. It’s also the home of British Polo Gin.

4. Beer garden at The Fountain Inn in Gloucester

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 Fountain Inn will reopen on Monday 17 May 2021.

5. Beer garden at Imperial Garden Bar in Cheltenham

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. It reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

6. Beer garden at The Stump in Cirencester

Known for its wood-fired pizzas from famous foodie duo Baz and Fred, historic roadside inn The Stump in Cirencester also has a newly extended beer garden to enjoy a pint and a slice of something delicious. The Stump is reopening on Monday 12 April 2021.

7. Beer garden at Dunkertons Cider near Cheltenham

Cheltenham cider maker Dunkertons Cider will be reopening its marquee bar on Monday 12 April 2021 – with plenty outdoor seating to enjoy its organic cider, pop-up street food from the likes of The Beefy Boys and Marvellous Medicine and even quiz nights and movie nights.

8. Beer garden at The Red Hart Inn in Longhope

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. It reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

9. Beer garden at The Vine Tree in Randwick

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. The Vine Tree opens its doors again on Monday 12 April 2021.

10. Beer garden at Café Rene in Gloucester

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 reopens on Monday 17 May 2021.

11. Beer garden at The Exmouth Arms in Cheltenham

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. It reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

12. Beer garden at The Ebrington Arms in Chipping Campden

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 Ebrington Arms reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

13. Beer garden at The Norwood Arms in Cheltenham

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. It’s reopening on Monday 12 April 2021.

14. Beer garden at The Riverside Lechlade

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. It reopens on Monday 12 April 2021.

15. Beer garden at The Saracens Head Inn in Symonds Yat

The centuries old The Saracens Head Inn on the banks of the River Wye offers waterside drinking and dining with a traditional pub atmosphere when it reopens on Monday 12 April 2021. Soak up the gorgeous forest views and see if you can spot the famous filming location nearby!

16. Beer garden at The Red Lion Inn in Wainlode

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 Lion reopens on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

17. Beer garden at The Black Horse Inn in Amberley

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. It reopens on Wednesday 14 April 2021.

18. Beer garden at Deya Brewing Company in Cheltenham

Cheltenham’s Deya Brewing Company reopens its taproom for outdoor drinking on Thursday 15 April 2021 – with bookable outdoor seating and table service to enjoy a pint or two in style.

19. Beer garden at The Bell at Sapperton

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 Bell reopens on Friday 16 April 2021.

20. Beer garden at The Royal Hop Pole in Tewkesbury

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. It’s due to reopen on Monday 12 April 2021.

21. Beer garden at Stroud Brewery

The taproom at Stroud Brewery is offering alfresco imbibing of its delicious organic beer from Thursday 15 April 2021. The canalside venue has plenty of seating, a takeaway hatch and even a chance to have a go at stand up paddleboarding with its neighbours SUP Stroud.

22. Beer garden at The Maytime Inn in Burford

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. It’s reopening on Monday 17 May 2021.

23. Beer garden at The Pilot Inn in Hardwicke

With views overlooking the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, the gardens of The Pilot Inn in Hardwicke offer a picturesque, riverside spot to enjoy a pint or two. It’s reopening on Monday 12 April 2021.

24. Beer garden at The Edgemoor Inn in Stroud

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. It’s reopening on Monday 17 May 2021.

25. Beer garden at The Rising Sun in Cheltenham

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. The Rising Sun reopens on Monday 17 May 2021.

26. Beer garden at Tank in Gloucester

The small but perfectly formed terrace outside Tank at Gloucester Docks reopens on Monday 17 May 2021 – offering refreshing pints of Gloucester Brewery beer and Fox’s Kiln Distillery gin, made just around the corner, as well as cider, wines and spirits.

27. Beer garden at The Swan Inn at Coombe Hill

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. The Swan will be reopening on Tuesday 18 May 2021.

28. Beer garden at The Britannia in Nailsworth

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. The Britannia is yet to announce its reopening date.

By Chloe Gorman

© SoGlos
Thursday 08 April 2021

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