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12 very beautiful UK beer gardens for pints with views

Stellar views come as standard in these picturesque outdoor boozing spots

Ellie Walker-Arnott
Rosie Hewitson
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Rosie Hewitson
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Bars and pubs might be able to open their indoor spaces once more, but that’s no reason to ditch alfresco boozing. With the weather heating up and plenty of holiday-goers opting for staycations this year, a seat in an atmospheric pub garden has to be the hottest ticket of summer 2021 – save for a box at Wembley for the Euros final.

So whether you’re looking for an atmospheric setting to watch England unceremoniously crash out on penalties or a peaceful place to escape to while football fever grips the nation, say no to boring car parks and a big yes to these stunning UK pub gardens with a difference. Booze and views: it’s a dream combo.

Best UK beer gardens with a view

You find this charming boozer on a rural crossroads in the middle of the Lake District. For the best vistas to accompany your pint of Barngates Brewery’s Cat Nap (it’s brewed behind the pub, fyi), cross over the road and bag one of the handful of benches on the grassy verge. In front of you, fields tumble down into a valley backdropped by purple peaks in the distance.

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Cold Town House, Edinburgh
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Cold Town House, Edinburgh

Serving up stone-baked pizzas and beers brewed in-house, this trendy boozer in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket offers arguably the best views you’ll find of Edinburgh Castle. The historic fortress looms right over its picturesque après ski-themed terrace, which is also covered in pretty wisteria buds in early summer.

By the River Brew Co, Gateshead
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By the River Brew Co, Gateshead

No prizes for guessing the whereabouts of this microbrewery and taproom in a complex of renovated shipping containers. Nestled on the banks of the Tyne, this ultra-cool venue is also home to a bicycle repair shop and a Michelin-starred open-fire restaurant, Träkol. There are magnificent views of the Tyne Bridge and the Newcastle quayside from its riverside courtyard.

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The Ship, Wandsworth
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The Ship, Wandsworth

This Young’s-owned pub on the banks of the Thames dates back to 1786. It’s renowned for its hugely popular riverside beer garden, right next to Wandsworth Bridge, and serves up burgers and cocktails alongside some of the best sunset views in London

Cutters Wharf Bar, Belfast
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Cutters Wharf Bar, Belfast

This buzzy bar on the banks of the River Lagan has three different terraces from which to enjoy live music from Belfast’s best traditional Irish bands, as well as views of the river and the setting sun.

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The Watering Hole, Perranporth
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The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Plenty of beer gardens across the UK can claim gorgeous beachside views, but The Watering Hole is one of very few that are actually on the beach. Plonked right on the Perranporth coast, the CAMRA-recognised boozer serves local Cornish ales to sip while enjoying unparalleled ocean views from its 100-seater alfresco space.

The Rising Sun, Bristol
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The Rising Sun, Bristol

The Pensford viaduct looms over the garden of this south Bristol pub on the banks of the River Chew. Owned by Cornish ale makers Saint Austell, the spacious lawned beer garden features an outside bar and marquee, with fabulous views of the viaduct’s towering arches.

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The Bell at Skenfrith, Abergaveny
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The Bell at Skenfrith, Abergaveny

Perched on the banks of the Monnow near the border between England and Wales, this seventeenth-century coaching inn has an award-winning restaurant and a selection of Herefordshire brews on its roster. Enjoy idyllic views over the valleys and watch kayakers paddle by from its riverside garden.

The Ypres Castle Inn, Rye
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The Ypres Castle Inn, Rye

This atmospheric, seventeenth-century pub is surrounded by nice things to look at. The beer garden is right in the shadow of Rye Castle’s ancient ramparts, while drinkers facing the other way get views of boats, marshland and the River Rother towards Camber Sands and the coast.

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