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9 of the Best Al Fresco Drinking Spots

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Pints taste better when they’re laced with the heat haze of a sunny Northern day. That’s a scientific fact. Get out and explore the best beer gardens in the region

TWICE BREWED INN
Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7AN
01434 344534
www.twicebrewedinn.co.uk

If you’re into a pleasant sense of wilderness – as opposed to proper, terrifying, had-to-eat-your-shoes-to-survive wildnerness – come here. It’s a big favourite of Hadrian’s Wall Country walkers, with it being the chuck of a pint glass away from Sycamore Gap, and there’s an on-site microbrewery opening in June too.

THE FREE TRADE INN
St Lawrence Road, Newcastle NE6 1AP
0191 265 5764
www.twitter.com/TheFreeTradeInn

You know how people bang on about finding The One? That special person who makes you feel a bit like you’ve walked into a lamppost when you meet them? Well, this is our One. Look up the Tyne toward the bridges and the quayside and fall in love. They do occasional brewery takeovers and there are regular street food drop-ins from the likes of Scream For Pizza and Tandoori Naan Hut. You could roll down the grassy bank to the Tyne Bar for a couple too.

HOLLY BUSH INN
Greenhaugh, near Kielder NE48 1PW 
01434 240391
www.hollybushinn.net

You could plop a pub pretty much anywhere in this part of the region and have one of the all-time great beer gardens, and this one’s no different. It’s in the shadows of Steel Rigg, and looks out onto that bleakly beautiful scenery which you only seem to get near Hadrian’s Wall.

THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON INN
Newton NE43 7UL
01661 844446 
www.thedukeofwellington.co.uk

More a terrace than a beer garden per se, but then that’s rather the feel at this well-heeled inn. Bring the dog. Bring the paper. Bring a bin to stick your paper in too, because you’ll be too busy dribbling into your pint at the sight of the rolling Northumbrian hills to read anything.

GIBSIDE PUB
Rowlands Gill, Gateshead NE16 6BG 
01207 541820 
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

This one is, much like summer itself, here for a good time rather than a long time. Every Friday and Saturday between 6pm and 9pm you can kick back with Wylam Brewery’s ales and a sense of near-cosmic wellbeing in a woodland setting surrounded by fire pits and with festoon lights overhead. There’s wood-fired pizza too.

THE CHARLES BATHURST INN
Arkengarthdale, North Yorkshire DL11 6EN
0333 700 0779
www.cbinn.co.uk

You’re in the middle of countryside that’s properly slack-jawed-stare-inducingly gorgeous here at the top of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It’s also about a mile away from a hamlet called Booze. Instagram banter legend status: UNLOCKED.

THE LORD CREWE ARMS
The Square, Blanchland DH8 9SP 
01434 677100 
www.lordcrewearmsblachland.co.uk 

How many times have you shaken your clenched fists to the heavens in a beer garden, cursing the fickle winds harshing your summer vibes? Well you should probably stop doing that as it’s disturbing the other patrons, and then you should try out the Lord Crewe’s manicured, genteel garden – it’s walled, which should help keep the breeze out.

THE VANE ARMS
Darlington Road, Long Newton, Stockton TS21 1DB
01642 580401 
www.thevaneatlongnewton.com

More like a small football pitch than a beer garden, this one looks out toward the North York Moors. Look out for brewers like Knaresborough-based Roosters, Pennine Brewing Company from Bedale and Dartmoor Brewery in Devon.

THE RED LION
22 Northumberland Street,
Alnmouth NE66 2RJ
01665 830584 
www.redlionalnmouth.com

Imagine a world without decking areas. Go on, try. You can’t. No, actually, you can’t. It’s not a world we want to be a part of anyway, especially when the decking here gives you a vista of the Aln estuary to drink in while you trial beers from local brewers like Cullercoats or Firebrick. Oh, decking. Never leave us.

Published in: June 2017

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