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Revealed: these are officially the best pub gardens in the UK

Head to one of these spots for an alfresco pint this summer

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

There’s a load of reasons to head to a good pub garden right now. It’s the summer, for one. And the Lionesses are heading to Wembley for the Euro 2022 final. But, exactly, where are the best places in the UK for an alfresco pint or three?

‘Wellness experts’ at Eden’s Gate have crunched the numbers to work it out. They looked at lists of the coolest beer gardens in the country, and cross-referenced that with their Tripadvisor ratings. Using that data, they figured out which the top 17 spots in the entire country are.

And in at number one? That’d be the Ben Nevis Inn in Fort William, Scotland. Right at the foot of its mountainous namesake, this 200-year-old converted barn boasts live music, wholesome food and – officially – the best beer garden in the UK. 

That’s followed by the Hare and Hounds in Bath, which serves freshly made pizzas on its outdoor terrace. Or if the Lake District is more your thing, head to The Drunken Duck Inn in Ambleside for extraordinary views and intriguing-sounding dishes like gin-cured salmon. 

More into spending time in the city? Manchester appears on the list three times, as does London. The timber-clad Eagle and Child in Manchester, in fact, comes in fourth place. And the top ranking pub in the capital is the Albion in Islington. 

Ready for a big night out? Here are the top ten best pub gardens in the UK:

  1. Ben Nevis Inn, Fort William
  2. The Hare and Hounds, Bath
  3. The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside
  4. The Eagle and Child, Manchester
  5. The Perch Inn, Oxford
  6. The Wharf, Manchester
  7. Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland
  8. The Albion, London
  9. Cold Town House, Edinburgh
  10. The Ship, London

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