Monty Don get in the sea! We are always on the lookout for a quality beer garden, so leave your green fingers at the door and grab a pint. Here are some of our favourite beer gardens in town, places where you can sit in the great outdoors enjoy a pint and the sun and maybe a bite to eat into the bargain.
The clue’s in the name, right? The pub might seem a little ratty from the outside, but give it a chance as the place opens out into what really is a relatively magical garden complete with the carcass of an old black cab, picnic tables and banquette seating.
The Castle in Tooting has really turned things around over the last few years. A multi-million pound overhaul has resulted in a great interior (check out the quiz, there’s a food round!) but the garden is where The Castle shines (probably a bit of a kick in the teeth given this must’ve been the cheapest part of the refurb!), with pergolas and a number of chalets that are so popular right now.
The sort of people who drink at the People’s Park Tavern are probably also the ones talking about a People’s Vote and other trendy East Londoney topics (craft beer, beer oil, that kind of thing), but the main thing here is that they’ll be talking about it in a massive great garden that not only comes equipped with huts and regular live music but also its’ right next to Plonk Mini Golf Course.
The perfect spot for a spring or summer gathering, a birthday or a cheeky leaving do, The Prince in West Brompton is ideal. Sit under the floral pergola in the ‘woodland garden’ they’ve created, with a single connecting deck between all areas of the venue giving a pleasing continuity between indoors and out.
Young’s may have been experimenting with comedy prices lately (a pint of Aspall’s at the nearby Alma is touching up against £6 a pint!), but at least at their Wandsworth pub, The Ship, the whopping costs give you access to something better than Sky Sports to look at. The Thames rolls ever onward just beyond The Ship, whose beer garden is legendary for its Sunday afternoon shindigs (get there early and settle in on bank holidays), but equally enjoyable any evening.
Previously AKA’d as The Grand Union, The Hope & Anchor makes use of its garden winter and summer alike, with a big-top style tent covering the garden in the wetter months and opening things out when the summer arrives. The chalets around the edge of the garden are ideal for an afternoon of lounging, drinking and chilling.
We’re still on the lookout for the Capability Brown of beer gardens and will be adding to this guide over the next few months as we head toward summer. If you know an amazing beer garden, please email me on [email protected]