With the sun making an appearance, we’ll be heading to one of Gloucestershire’s gorgeous beer gardens to make the most of the weather – and sip on a refreshing pint!
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.
1. The Outdoor Inn beer garden 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 pizza and live music too. Famous for its pods in the autumn, there will be summer cubes to enjoy an undercover drink in style in 2022.
2. The Saracens Head Inn beer garden 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. Soak up the gorgeous forest views and see if you can spot the famous Sex Education film location nearby!
3. The Foston’s Ash Inn beer garden 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, whatever the weather. It's also the home of British Polo Gin.
4. The Fountain Inn beer garden at 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, The Fountain is famously very welcoming to dogs too!
5. Imperial Garden Bar beer garden in Cheltenham
Dubbed 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.
6. The Stump beer garden 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.
7. Dunkertons Cider beer garden near Cheltenham
Cheltenham cider maker Dunkertons Cider has reopened its marquee bar – with plenty outdoor seating to enjoy its organic cider, pop-up street food from the likes of the Tav-Van and Bella Mia Pizza and even quiz nights and comedy nights.
8. The Red Hart Inn beer garden 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.
9. The Vine Tree beer garden at 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.
10. Café Rene beer garden 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.
11. The Exmouth Arms beer garden 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.
12. The Ebrington Arms beer garden at 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.
13. The Norwood Arms beer garden 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 pub grub served.
14. The Riverside beer garden in Lechlade
Perhaps one of the most picturesque riverside locations along the Thames, The Riverside Lechlade plays host to an excellent range of pub food and fantastic views for all of its visitors and their furry friends.
15. The Strand beer garden in Cheltenham
Situated on the Cheltenham High Street, The Strand is a lively pub offering real ales, special ciders and more – plus, a spacious beer garden to relax in the sun and regular live music events.
16. The Red Lion Inn beer garden 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.
17. The Black Horse Inn beer garden 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.
18. Deya Brewing Company beer garden in Cheltenham
Cheltenham’s Deya Brewing Company offers a brilliant destination taproom for outdoor drinking, plus a host of pop-up food stalls including Marvellous Medicine and Wild Pizza Co.
19. The Bell at Sapperton beer garden
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.
20. The Royal Hop Pole beer garden 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.
21. Stroud Brewery beer garden in Stroud
The taproom at Stroud Brewery is offering alfresco imbibing of its delicious organic beer. 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. The Maytime Inn beer garden in Burford
The Maytime Inn is a delightful Cotswolds 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.
23. The Pilot Inn beer garden 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.
24. The Edgemoor Inn beer garden 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.
25. The Rising Sun beer garden 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.
26. Tank beer garden in Gloucester
The small but perfectly formed terrace outside Tank at Gloucester Docks offers 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. The Swan Inn at Coombe Hill beer garden near Tewkesbury
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.
28. The Britannia beer garden 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.
By Zoe Gater