The best beer gardens for al fresco drinking and dining in Bath
PUBLISHED: 10:42 24 April 2018
From lovely courtyards to riverside terraces, Bath’s bevy of glorious pubs are perfect for drinks and dinner alfresco in the warmer months. We pick 11 charming beer gardens to soak up the sunshine when you visit the city
9 Argyle Street, BA2 4BQ
In a stunning spot next to Pulteney Bridge, gorgeous riverside views are aplenty when enjoying alfresco drinks at The Boater. Claiming to boast the city’s largest beer garden, take a seat and soak in the sunshine while perusing an extensive menu of tasty pub classics or tuck into something from the outdoor kitchen serving BBQ food on warm weekends. There’s also an extensive range of cask ales, draught lagers and craft beers alongside everything you’d expect from a well-stocked bar.
14 James Street, BA1 2BX
Nestled in the heart of Bath’s city centre, The Bath Brewhouse is a relaxed watering-hole which specialises in hearty, delicious fare and boasts a fantastic selection of beer, with many being brewed on-site. Beer lovers can also take a brewery tour and sample before they settle down with a pint! At the rear of the pub, you’ll find the suntrap garden which is the perfect place for a sunny day’s drinking.
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The Hop Pole, 7 Albion Buildings, Upper Bristol Road, BA1 3AR
For a quintessential cosy countryside pub in the middle of the city, try dinner and drinks at The Hop Pole. Take a seat in either the rooms above the bar, in the pub’s restaurant or when the weather allows, the spacious secret courtyard garden. The menu is packed with authentic pub dinners cooked well, and if that wasn’t enough a board of specials to choose from too. The Sunday menu is always popular with hungry visitors – diners can even choose roasted meat sandwiches on Hobbs House Bakery Tiger bread with roast potatoes and gravy to dip into!
11-12 Westgate Buildings, BA1 1EB
The Cork, located near Bath University, is always bursting with a lively crowd – and it isn’t difficult to see why. From an array of exciting events – including karaoke pods – to a huge selection of tasty bites – smoked hotdogs with all the trimmings and snacky sharing plates – there’s plenty to enjoy on a visit to The Cork. The large al fresco terrace is a great spot to enjoy a few of the creative cocktails concocted by the bar staff as well as something to eat.
Lansdown Road, BA1 5TJ
From breakfast served at 8am right through to delicious dinner in the evening, whatever time of day you pay a visit to the Hare & Hounds, a variety of homemade British dishes making the most of local produce are on offer. Only a short drive from Bath, the gastro-pub boasts modern interiors, a pretty terrace and a huge, well-manicured beer garden. We particularly love dining alfresco in the evening when the city’s lights illuminate the sky.
Widcombe Hill, BA2 6AA
Filled with flowers, shrubs, bunting and brightly coloured parasols, the pretty walled garden of the White Hart Inn is a lovely spot for a meal out in the sunshine. Just stone’s throws from the city centre, enjoy the pub’s sense of peace and tranquillity after a busy day exploring Bath. The menu boasts simple, well-cooked dishes making the most of locally sourced and seasonal produce including a range of tasty tapas and mouthwatering roast dinners.
10-11 Abbey Green, BA1 1NW
Only a short walk from the famous Roman Baths, refuel and relax at The Crystal Palace, a cosy, atmospheric spot filled with comfortable sofas, bar stools and high tables and quirky wall hangings. There’s also a charming courtyard area to take a seat when the sun is out. Delicious pub food is the name of the game at The Crystal Palace; think classic British fare and a West Country Cheese Board with a glass of port that’s too tempting to say no to!
35 Marlborough Gardens, BA1 2LY
For a relaxed catch up with family and friends, take a seat in the renovated beer garden of Marlborough Tavern bursting with lush greenery, beautiful floral displays and feels wonderfully sheltered from its popular neighbouring street The Royal Crescent. Expect a warm welcome, friendly service and a menu bursting with home cooked dishes with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce.
2 Saracen Street, BA1 5BR
Great beer. Tick. Tasty food. Tick. A thriving atmosophere. Double tick. The Pig & Fiddle is a much-loved watering hole frequented by locals and visitors alike due to its extensive range of beers, no-nonsense menu filled with unfussy, hearty pub classics and screenings of sporting events and performances of live music. A summer’s evening in the pub’s beer garden with a pint in hand and hearty burger sounds heavenly.
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The Bathwick Boatman, Forester Road, Bathwick, BA2 6QE
Riverside vistas don’t get much more scenic than from a seat on The Bathwick Boatman’s pretty terrace. Perched on a stunning stretch of the River Avon, on top of the city’s historic boating station, the family-run restaurant enjoys delightful views while serving up a varied menu. Choose from plenty of delicious dishes including plenty of meat and fish with authentic Italian touches after the couples’ years spent in the country. For those who are after somewhere new to try a Sunday lunch, the roast dinner at The Bathwick Boatman is a must-try!
4 Edgar Buildings, George Street, BA1 2EE
One of our favourite cocktail bars in the city, extensive and inventive cocktail menu aside, the handsomely decorated haunt of Sub13 is well-worth a visit. Sip on something sparkling in the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Lounge, designed by Shaun Clarkson (of Harvery Nichols and OXO tower fame), hang out in the main bar and sample cocktails brimming with homemade infusions, or sit out in the delightful garden with a refreshing English Garden to sip on. Cocktails are also 2-for-1 from midday to 10pm everyday!