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11 very beautiful UK beer gardens for pints with views

From riverside pubs to beers on the beach, here’s our pick of the best beer gardens in the UK, all blessed with incredible views

Written by
Ellie Walker-Arnott
Rosie Hewitson
Ed Cunningham

A beer garden and a great view. There are few combos quite so gloriously simple and pleasurable. Sat in front of a blissful vista, cold pint in hand and (hopefully) soaking in some sweet, sweet rays... there are very few places we’d rather be.

And right now is the ideal time to throw yourself back into outdoor boozing. Spring has truly sprung, the weather is finally kicking into gear and this year we’ve got even more bank holidays than usual in the pipeline.

The UK has tons of fabulous pubs, so it makes complete sense that plenty of ‘em come with astounding views. If you’d never realised that stone beaches, grassy plains, city skylines, vast rivers and much more could all be enjoyed from the comfort of a boozer? Well, you’re in for a heck of a ride. Here are the 11 best pub gardens with views in the UK.

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Best UK beer gardens with a view


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.

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.


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

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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