30 of the North's Best Beer Gardens
Picture the moment you take your first sip of a cold pint in a sunny beer garden...do we need to say more?
In the heart of Long Newton, and a local favourite for many in Stockton, The Derry’s beer garden is the ideal place for families and their four-legged friends. With comfortable and modern rattan furniture on the decking and picnic benches on the turf, the recently-improved beer garden is the perfect place to spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun with a pint in hand. Our highlights are the Doghouses – huts at the rear of the garden that aren’t just for your four-legged friends. Each boasts its own TV and games to enjoy a catch up in your own private space.
Darlington Road, Stockton TS21 1BX
The Turks Head
There’s plenty to tempt you at the Turks Head, from cask ales to classic cocktails. The terraced garden is at the rear of the building, away from the main street, and is a peaceful and relaxing place to catch up with family and friends.
High Street, Rothbury NE65 7TE
The Ox Inn
Traditional and welcoming, this dog-friendly country pub prides itself on its cask ales. Their raised beer garden is surrounded by tall trees on one side, and has views over the burn to the other. It’s a real sun trap on hot days.
Middleton, Morpeth NE61 4QZ
Another country favourite, the Cross Keys offers a large beer garden with beautiful views of Thropton village. Take a seat on the decking or the grass and choose from the long list of wines, beers and ciders to accompany your classic pub meal – whether it’s a steak pie or scampi and chips, there’s plenty of home comforts to enjoy.
Thropton, Morpeth NE65 7HX
This award-winning, Grade II-listed gastro pub’s one acre, dog-friendly, secret garden is a secret worth sharing. Take a stroll through the large and picturesque garden, and enjoy a peaceful sit in the sun surrounded by beautiful summer flowers. From steak to seafood, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste and you can place your order without needing to leave the garden.
Hartley Lane, Earsdon NE25 0SZ
0191 252 9352
The Twice Brewed Inn & Brew House
Serving home-cooked, locally-sourced food, this pub boasts stunning country views from its sunny beer garden. Inspired by the Hadrian's Wall landscape, the team combine their passion for brewing to create a range of ales and spirits to satisfy all beer-lovers. Stay late for something really special at the Dark Skies Observatory – the newest addition to the Twice Brewed Inn where you can experience the incredible starry skies above Northumberland from the Dark Sky park.
Bardon Mill, Hexham NE47 7AN
The Tyne Bar
One of Newcastle’s most popular bars and music venues, The Tyne Bar also offers an extensive selection of food, including vegan options, and a long list of drinks including ales, spirits and wines. Its waterside location is the perfect base for sunny days, with its beer garden framed by the redbrick arch of Glasshouse Bridge.
1 Maling Street, Newcastle NE6 1LP
0191 265 2550
The Craster Arms
In the heart of Beadnell, this pub’s much-loved, modern beer garden has pastel-coloured picnic benches and shaded areas for the hottest of days. Their giant beer-battered north sea cod is loved by locals and visitors, but there’s plenty more to choose from including home-made burgers and light lunches which you can enjoy al fresco.
The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AX
The Half Moon Inn
This award-winning city local sits in a Grade I-Listed Tudor building (the backdrop for BBC’s George Gently). Featuring in the Good Beer Guide for 30 years running, you have to try their extensive collection of ales. In the summer, take your pint outside to take in the views across the picturesque riverside and the cathedral.
86 New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AQ
0191 374 1918
The Joiners Arms
The Joiners Arms is a both a village pub and boutique inn, and offers stunning views of the seaside. At the front, there’s a large paved area with tables dotted around, or head to the rear patio which is a real sun-trap. Enjoy the refreshing sea air from the outdoor seating and stay late to watch the sunset, which is always a picture-perfect sight from the garden.
Newton-by-the-Sea, Alnwick NE66 3EA
The Duke of Wellington Inn
Outstanding views across the Tyne Valley make this traditional pub and inn stand out. The menu features vegetarian and gluten-free options which can be washed down with your choice of keg beers, lagers and wines plus an extensive list of gins. Dine al fresco to take in the scenery and if it gets too chilly, head inside to warm up by the fire.
Newton, Stocksfield NE43 7UL
Set in the beautiful village of Edmundbyers, Lowhouse Haven Hostel and Campsite has its very own sheep-themed bar. While the pub is very small, there’s a large beer garden overlooking the valley (and its sheep) at the back of Lowhouse. Pop outside for a pint or to try one of the ever-changing gins on offer, and enjoy the views over the rolling hills.
Low House, Edmundbyers DH8 9NL
The Bay Horse
A 15th century coaching inn, The Bay Horse at Hurworth has maintained its traditional charm with a modern interior. The garden terrace is a stunning place to enjoy outdoor dining, choosing from their menu of seasonal and local produce.
45 The Green, Hurworth DL2 2AA
The Milbank Arms
This traditional country pub serves-locally sourced food in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy great meals and great beer seated at the outdoor tables – and on really sunny days, there’s a chance of a barbecue to enjoy prawns, burgers and ribs straight from the grill.
Norbeck Bank, Barningham DL11 7DW
The Crown and Anchor
This independently-run inn has a large beer garden, decked out with an all-new garden bar serving a variety of local ales, lagers and gins, and boasts fantastic views of Lindisfarne Castle, the harbour and priory. It’s an ideal stop-off point for a refreshing beverage after exploring Holy Island.
The Market Place, Fenkle Street, Holy Island, Berwick TD15 2RX
01289 389215 www.holyislandcrown.co.uk
Cart’s Bog Inn
Renowned for its quality food, range of real ales and stunning views of the North Pennine countryside, Cart’s Bog Inn is popular with locals and visitors alike. Local breweries such as Allendale, Wylam and Hadrian Border stock the bar with craft beers, which are best enjoyed in the large beer garden when the sun comes out to play.
Langley, Near Hexham NE47 5NW
01434 684338 www.cartsbog.co.uk
The Alice Hawthorn
This newly revamped country pub is an LN favourite. Off the beaten track and in the heart of a quaint country village, The Alice is definitely worth a detour. Known for it’s warm welcome and outstanding food, the new beer garden at The Alice is stunning, and whether it’s pizza and a pint, or lobster and champagne, it can all be enjoyed in this pretty outdoor space.
The Green, Nun Monkton YO26 8EW
The Pipe & Glass
You’ll need to book a table at this award-winning pub-cum-restaurant, even if you want to dine outside. The gardens have undergone a transformation, and they're truly stunning, with lots of intriguing sculptures dotted amongst the plants and produce growing here. Choose from the informal picnic-style benches at the front of the pub, or the terrace tables at the rear, and enjoy some of the best food Yorkshire can produce from the Michelin-starred kitchen.
South Dalton, Beverley HU17 7PN
The Pine Marten
The Pine Marten is a pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own large and well-maintained garden. With a modern twist on the traditional pub setting, there’s a great atmosphere here, and a wide choice of delicious food. It’s is a great place to enjoy a beer in the sunshine, (the garden has plenty of seating), a cup of coffee in front of a roaring log fire, or your favourite cocktail in the sophisticated bar area.
Otley Road, Harrogate HG3 1UE
The Lamb & Lion
Built on the city walls at Bootham Bar, this characterful inn has a surprisingly large, enclosed beer garden at the rear, overlooked by the nearby Minster. Serving regional real ales and a mixture of classic and contemporary dishes, it’s a great place to hide-out in the bustling city of York.
High Petergate, York YO1 7EH
The Pheasant is housed in a converted blacksmith’s, village shop and barns, in the picturesque village of Harome. Here you’re surrounded by a pretty courtyard of fruit trees overlooking the duckpond. The terrace is an idyllic spot when it’s warm – ideal for indulging in their mouthwatering Yorkshire-focused menu, crafted by chef-owner Peter Neville.
Harome, near Helmsley YO62 5JG
A Nation of Shopkeepers
This quirky pub arguably has one of Leeds' best outdoor dining terraces. Stop by for an American feast washed down with a local ale in their hip beer garden, or when the sun goes down, choose a heated booth in the courtyard.
26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds LS2 3AG
Crab & Lobster
The quaint terrace at the award-winning Crab & Lobster is a real sun trap, providing the perfect place to try the restaurant’s delicious food made using the finest local produce. Head outside and choose from the Crab & Lobster’s refined yet unpretentious dishes – as the name suggests, the fresh local seafood is the thing to try here.
Crab Manor Hotel, Dishforth Road, Asenby, Thirsk YO7 3QL
The Cricket Inn
A great example of a traditional Yorkshire pub, you’ll find The Cricket Inn right on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Bag a seat in the beer garden and order high-grade British classics like Jaipur-beer battered fish with curried lentils and chips.
Penny Lane, Totley, Sheffield S17 3AZ
This quirky little brewhouse is a big favourite with locals, and small wonder when you consider that they’ve been in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for more than 35 years. They’ve a riverside patio and beer garden, and both are the perfect spot for and afternoon of al fresco drinking and dining.
34 Victoria Square, Holmfirth HD9 2DN
The Crown and Cushion
This 18th century inn on the edge of the Howardian Hills boasts a well-stocked bar of local beers and hand-pulled ales, and outdoor terrace to the rear. If a warm welcome for your four-legged friend is important then you’ll want to head here, as Crown and Cushion were recently voted Yorkshire’s most dog-friendly pub. They’ll be able to scoff on treats whilst you tuck into a seriously impressive menu that showcases the best local produce. It’s a win-win.
Welburn YO60 7DZ
The George and Dragon
In the beer garden game, there are views and there are views. This is the latter: a frankly stupendous panorama taking in the River Swale and the north-eastern tip of the Dales National Park. The bar is stocked with a number of local beers from Bad Co, Small World and Northallerton Brewery, (no surprise, given they’re an award-winning real ale pub) and at present they’re operating a menu dedicated entirely to pies. Pies and pints – surely a no brainer?
Hudswell Lane, Richmond DL11 6BL
Kelham Island Tavern
This popular traditional watering hole has been named Yorkshire pub of the year and CAMRA’s Sheffield pub of the year – the latter was awarded on their first day of opening post-lockdown – so if it’s quality pints you’re longing for, head here. At the bar expect a wide (and ever-rotating) range of cask and keg beers, including Scarbrough-brewed North Riding brown ales and Belgian-style beers from Sheffield’s family-run Brewery of Saint Mars of the Desert. All of which can be supped in their small-but-perfectly-formed beer garden.
62 Russell Street, Sheffield S3 8RW
The Fairfax Arms
Rob and Ed Fawcett, brothers and pub owners, have invested a lot into their popular Yorkshire inn in Gilling East, turning it into a spot you’ll want to re-visit time and time again. The Fairfax is the epitome of a traditional country inn – there’s local ales on draft and a warm and friendly atmosphere. With a recently-revamped outdoor seating area and orangery you can enjoy contemporary dining al fresco, and make the most of the outdoor barbecue on summer evenings.
Main Street, Gilling East, York YO62 4JH
Whilst this multi-use venue, which is set across four floors of a former textile mill, is home to the award-winning restaurant Ox Club, their Beer Hall and roof terraces are the jewel in the Headrow House crown. Bag a table, share a three-pint pitcher and soak it all up with a contemporary kebab from the Spitz menu, by Ox Club.
The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU