23 of Yorkshire's Most Picturesque Beer Gardens, Terraces and Pop-Ups (and the Food is Delicious Too)
We all love to sip a cold pint or chilled glass of wine in the summer sunshine
Belgrave Music Hall
This 1930s venue in Leeds’ vibrant Northern Quarter has three floors given up to art, film, food and, at the top, the city’s most spectacular roof terrace, where you can enjoy canteen-style food alongside cask ales, premium craft beers and frozen cocktails.
1–1a Cross Belgrave Street, Leeds LS2 8JP
With arguably one of the most beautiful country hotel settings in North Yorkshire, overlooking the duck pond in the picturesque village of Harome, The Pheasant has a supremely pretty garden and sheltered terrace where you can enjoy their two AA-Rosette dishes al fresco. It’s always popular so be sure to book to avoid being disappointed.
Harome, North Yorkshire YO62 5JG
Three Merry Lads
On the border between Sheffield and the Peak District, the Three Merry Lads was built in the early 19th century as a place for refreshments for the navvies building the nearby Redmires reservoirs. With spectacular views over the valley, this popular, family-friendly pub has a huge beer garden and lots of fun equipment to keep the kids amused as you kick back in the sunshine to drink in the views. The extensive menu includes everything from grazing boards and burgers to ‘build your own’ wraps and stone baked pizza, alongside all your favourite pub classics – and there’s plenty to tempt the kids too.
610 Redmires Rpad, Sheffield S10 4LJ
0114 230 2824
The Star Inn The City
Slap bang next to the River Ouse, this contemporary restaurant has an expansive riverside terrace which is a summer sun trap. You can now enjoy Andrew Pern’s sophisticated menu on the terrace, but be advised booking is essential. Alternatively pop in for a pint, or a pre- or post-dinner cocktail as you wander along the riverside path.
Lendal Engine House, Museum Street, York YO1 7DR
The Little Angel
A traditional seaside pub with a great atmosphere, this multi CAMRA-award winning pub has a Cask Ale day every Wednesday. They brew some of their own beer onsite too. It’s a busy place, popular with locals and visitors alike and with a regular quiz night, a popular jukebox (with four million songs), live music and all the sporting action, you might be glad of the quieter beer garden tucked away at the back where you and your four-legged friend(s) can enjoy a great pint in the sun (and relative peace).
18 Flowergate, Whitby YO21 3BA
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The Fat Badger
If you want a pint with a view, then this is one for you. Within the historic city walls, and with possibly the best beer garden in York, enjoy a real ale or gin from a list as long as your arm as you gaze up at the towering front of York Minster. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy dinner and drinks in the sunshine with food served outdoors all year round. And, if it’s a little chilly, no problem – the beer garden is heated all year round.
2-4 High Petergate, York YO1 7EH
There’s a fully covered, heated terrace at this family-run business with an obvious passion for everything local and fresh. The contemporary café and bar is in the iconic Motor House on Skeldergate Bridge overlooking the River Ouse and Clifford’s Tower. Serving a delicious range of breakfast, brunch, lunch and late-night nibbles, alongside a great selection of teas, locally-roasted coffee and homemade cakes, there’s also a superb choice of cold drinks, artisan gins and bespoke cocktails.
Skeldergate Bridge, York YO1 9WJ
The Fox and Hound
Tucked away in the pretty village of Sinnington, this charming 18th century inn is where to escape the summer crowds. The relaxed restaurant and cosy bar is where you’ll find delicious, homecooked dishes from the inn’s Rosette-accredited menu, all accompanied by an extensive wine list, and there’s a large outdoor garden terrace with plenty of comfy seating to enjoy a glass or two al fresco when the sun is out.
Sinnington, North Yorkshire YO62 6SQ
The Alice Hawthorn
Off the beaten track in the pretty village of Nun Monkton, this charming country pub has a deserved reputation for fabulous food, a well-kept cellar, and great service. The new beer garden behind the pub is perfect for a ploughman’s or a pint, or lobster and Champagne, all delivered to your table in the flower-filled garden. It’s worth booking here, even if it’s just for a drink, as the Alice rightly gets very busy.
The Green, Nun Monkton YO26 8EW
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Sitting at the bottom of the hill which leads up to Gilling Castle, this traditional village inn has a cosy, characterful bar perfect for a relaxed supper and an ale or two; a contemporary, light and airy Orangery restaurant offering fine dining for those special occasions; and to the front, a terrace and garden with a stream running through. Sit and watch the world go by as you enjoy one of their well-kept ales, or a glass of chilled wine.
Main Street, Gilling East YO62 4JH
The Bull Inn
Just outside Ripon, this traditional county inn in the picturesque village of West Tanfield has a large beer garden which runs down to the river, with beautiful views of the ancient stone bridge over the Ure. There’s a dining terrace shaded by vines where you can dine al fresco (parasols will keep the sun and rain off) and plenty of pub tables on the grass beside the river.
Church Street, West Tanfield HG4 5JQ
This lively village pub has a respected restaurant and popular rooms. Serving homemade dishes from a tempting menu, there’s a cosy bar here often packed with locals but when the sun shines, head to the seating outside the front of the Fauconberg overlooking the pretty village, or the beer garden at the rear which has countryside views. It’s the perfect place to drop in for a glass of something chilled, a leisurely lunch or relaxed dinner, or you can stay over in one of the cosy bedrooms and make the most of this friendly local.
Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AD
The Potting Shed
Calling itself a chic, garden retreat, this fun, quirky bar and restaurant has a huge outside sun terrace complete with ‘potting sheds’ in the beer garden with waiter service. Dig into their fantastic choice of real ales, wine, cocktails and bubbly by the ice-bucket full. The menu has everything from nibbles and small plates to house burgers and pizzas, and the pub classics of fish and chips and steak pie.
Flemingate, Beverley HU17 0NU
Head here for cocktails, an afternoon aperitif or a light bite, and stay on to savour the atmosphere at Hulll’s chicest rooftop bar with their reimagined cocktail list soaked up with a delicious sharing platter. The floor-to-ceiling windows give you a panoramic view of the city stretched out below, and although only open Thursday through to Sunday the atmosphere is always a lively one.
24 Ferensway, Hull HU2 8NH
Bringing the real taste of Spain to this little corner of Yorkshire, this restaurant in the heart of Harrogate town has a beautiful, bar, restaurant and outside terrace. Serving top quality, all-Spanish sherries, wines, spirits and cocktails, alongside a menu of authentic tapas, it’s where to go to chill out with friends and enjoy the real taste of Seville, albeit from 1,550 miles away.
Wellington House, Cold Bath Road, Harrogate HG2 0NA
The Cow and Calf
With great views across Wharfdale, the garden at this popular inn overlooks the famous rock formation on Ilkley Moor. It’s the perfect place to spend a summer’s afternoon drinking in the views and a cold beer, or sipping one of their summer cocktail specials. Serving everything from afternoon tea to traditional Sunday lunch, there’s plenty to keep you here a while.
Hangingstone Road, Ilkley LS29 8BY
Beck and Call
This large and friendly local has two great outdoor terraces for when the sun shines and a light-filled Orangery for when it doesn’t. Serving up everything from salads and sandwiches to all the pub classics, there’s a good kids menu and a dedicated play area here too, but the pub turns child-free at 8pm. We suggest you join in the Gin & Spritz and take your two for £10 to sip outside in the back garden.
Stainbeck Road, Meanwood LS7 2NP
0113 266 11932
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The Postgate Inn
A traditional country inn and restaurant, dating back to 1860, this pub is well known for its delicious homecooked food and south-facing beer garden where you can while away a few hours enjoying the peace and sunshine, and some sensational specials from the pub’s blackboard menu. Nestling between Whitby and the North York Moors, you might also recognise it from its many appearances in the TV series Heartbeat.
Egton Bridge, Whitby YO21 1UX
During the day this city centre rooftop bar and terrace offers contemporary dining in a fun setting. By night it becomes a sophisticated Manhattan-style rooftop restaurant serving premium drinks and hand-crafted cocktails alongside an eclectic menu which includes their famous seafood platter with grilled lobster, tempura crab and garlic prawns served with grilled corn and a selection of dips. From Friday night DJ sets to the bottomless Sunday lunch, it’s a great place to start (and end) the weekend.
Victoria Gate, George Street, Leeds LS2 7AU
0113 426 5050
Hole in the Wall
This friendly pub is just steps away from Scarborough’s sea front yet its quiet little beer garden is something of a well-kept secret. Head here for a quiet pint after a day on the beach and the friendly staff will serve you everything from a cold pint to a large gin from their vast selection to sip in peace in the sunshine.
26 Vernon Road, Scarborough YO11 2PS
The Lister Arms
In the tiny village of Malham, at the bottom of the iconic Cove, The Lister Arms is a family- and dog-friendly pub with rooms with a great outdoor terrace to the rear. Tuck into homecooked, seasonal dishes (try their famous pies), award-winning cask ales or an artisan gin as you enjoy the rest after your hike up Malham Cove.
Malham, Skipton BD23 4DB
Serving Sardinian food in the heart of the Kelham Island district, this family-run restaurant, bar and deli has plenty of outside space where you can soak up the sun and a real taste of Sardinia. And whilst that’s all at ground level, owners Raffaele and Sarah have now opened Kelu too, Sheffield’s first Sardinian Sky lounge where you can enjoy traditional antipasti and stuzzichini, alongside Italian wines and handcrafted cocktails – all with an amazing view across the city.
Domo, Eagle Works 34–36 Cotton Mill Walk, Sheffield S3 8DH
0114 322 1020
Kelu, 294 Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 8UL
This annual outdoor pop-up venue has earned a reputation for great food, drink and live music. Three new spaces and a makeover for 2022 see the venue open until September. The three-tier sun terrace is next to the stage and in prime position to take in performances which vary from brass bands to a Gospel choir. With a DJ booth, the Pergola Pines and Downtown Food Village, it’s a great place to while away a sunny evening.
Temple Arches, Globe Road, Leeds LS11 5QG