Twelve top pubs to put on your list | Living North

Where to get your pint now the pubs are open


With pubs due to re-open this weekend – albeit with some pesky restrictions – we sought out 12 top pubs (with pretty decent outdoor areas) that should do the trick

Arch 2 Brew Pub

Once a tyre garage, Arch 2 is now a cool father-and-son run brewpub with Indian street food hero Thali Tray at the helm of its kitchen. It’s industrially chic inside, and there’s a festoon-lit outdoor courtyard covered by the arches of Byker Bridge, so whether we can bank on the sunshine this summer or not, it’s a spot worth knowing about. 

Stepney Bank, Newcastle NE1 2NP


The Rat Inn

With its spectacular views across the Tyne Valley, it’s no wonder the owners of this award-winning pub have taken the chance during lockdown to extend the pub’s garden. Always popular, and named one of the top gastropubs for 2020, The Rat maintains the atmosphere of a welcoming, traditional country pub while producing excellent food, real ales and offering an extensive wine and cocktail list.

Anick, Hexham NE46 4LN


Marsden Grotto

This iconic cave bar, pub and restaurant now has rooms, but it’s the terraced beach bar we’re heading to (via the pub’s famous lift) for a cold glass of wine and to enjoy the view of the remains of the limestone stack and the North Sea. Don’t miss a post-lunch walk to Souter Lighthouse just round the headland. 

South Shields NE34 7BS


The Packhorse Inn

This welcoming country pub in the small village of Ellingham serves great food, good beer and wine, and its south-facing beer garden is a great place to soak up the sun this summer. The menu changes almost daily here, depending on what is available locally, and all the food is freshly cooked. It’s dog- and family-friendly, and definitely worthy of a stop-off should you be heading north or south on the A1, or heading to or from Northumberland’s beautiful beaches.

Ellingham, Chathill NE67 5HA


The Mill Inn Stokesley

Set in the pretty market town of Stokesley, this busy gastro pub has been transformed by its owners, and landlord Alex Cook. At the foot of the North York Moors, it has a great outdoor space where you can enjoy the surrounding views. Settle down and enjoy the sunshine with a pint and food from the various menus, which include daily specials, all cooked from scratch.

Stokesley TS9 5ER


The Queen Vic 

This Gosforth pub has had a recent facelift. It’s now home to a restaurant serving great food, cask ales, fine wines and a selection of gin and cocktails – with the feel of a traditional British pub to boot. Order the full baked camembert and a steak sharing platter for pure indulgence. 

Gosforth NE3 1HD


Crown at Mickleton

With stripped wooden floors and rustic furniture inside and a beer garden with expansive views across the surrounding hills to the rear, the Crown is the perfect country pub. They’ve been doing takeaway food during lockdown which has been well-received, but we know the locals are desperate to get back to the pub, enjoy the beer, and the pies, and drink in the views from the garden.

Mickleton, Barnard Castle DL12 0JZ


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. (Please pre-book).

The Green, Nun Monkton YO26 8EW


The Pipe & Glass

Re-opening on the 9th or July, 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


Lamb and Flag

A renovated 19th century building, the Lamb mixes warm exposed brickwork with big open windows and a superb courtyard beer garden. It also has a separate upstairs bar and balcony and a downstairs snug with private terrace. You’ll find the full range of Leeds Brewery beers behind the bar, complemented by an extensive range of draught lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and a menu of locally sourced, freshly-cooked food.

Church Row, Leeds LS2 7HD

Please check ahead with individual venues for their opening dates and times along with booking requirements before visiting.

Published in: July 2020

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