Halfway between Upper Street and the Caledonian Road, this Georgian boozer has an olde-worlde English charm entirely in keeping with its name. It’s far enough from the main thoroughfares to ensure there’s barely a whisper of traffic noise to be heard in its walled beer garden, with its trees and colourful flowers. Beer-drinkers usually have a traditional selection on draught to select from, there’s a short list of cocktails, and the quality wine list complements a menu speckled with British ingredients. Look out for barbecues in the garden in summer.
Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite beer gardens that are taking bookings (though lots are selling out fast – you’ve been warned). Some have been included for their bucolic vibe and lush foliage, some for their summery drinks or smoky barbecues, some for their riverside location (although a lot of those will also pop up in our guide to London’s best riverside pubs and bars).
Bear in mind, things might look a little different when you return to your favourite local pub garden. Firstly you’ll probably have to book (although that removes the hapless scramble for a seat on sunny days, it does add a layer of admin to London boozing and slightly detracts from that spontaneous ‘swift half?’ moment). Forget propping up the bar too: it’s table service all the way, baby. And some of the pubs belonging to larger chains will be asking you to do all your ordering via an app.
Still, that’s a small price to pay for an IRL pint with your pals down the pub. The beer garden: our summer saviour.
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