Pub gardens are a firm favourite all year round, but they never feel as good as when the weather is warm and the sun is showing its face. So, no matter whether you live in Bristol, or if you’re just here visiting, it’s always a good idea to try something new – which is why we’ve collated the best pub gardens (in our opinion) for you to try this summer!
1. The Grace
Situated in and amongst the hustle and bustle of BS7, The Grace is the perfect place to enjoy one of the few suntraps on Gloucester Road for after work drinks, or to enjoy some of their delicious food – our choice would be one of the Pizza’s and an Aperol Spritz.
The garden is hidden away at the back of the beautiful glass fronted pub and hosts a number of tables and booths separated by lovely flowery trellis… there’s even an outdoor bar – what more could you ask for?!
2. The White Lion
Possibly one of the most well known places in Clifton, and we can see why! The infamous White Lion Pub sports a beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the Clifton Suspension Bridge – which is arguably one of most sought after views in Bristol!
Settle down for an evening of drinks and food and you might just be lucky enough to spot some hot air balloons floating by whilst you sip on your G&T… how’s that for an iconic Bristol experience?
3. The Spotted Cow
Situated on North Street in the heart of Bedminster, The Spotted Cow has been a pillar in the community for over 200 years and is a reminder of the ever evolving Bedminster community!
Go and enjoy these wonderful sunny evenings with a pint and some food in their fantastic walled garden to soak up the rays… and the history! Their garden doesn’t require booking so make sure you get down early to make sure you get a spot!
The clue is in the name – you guessed it, Steam is situated next to the train station on Whiteladies Road. Their wonderful decking area boasts an industrial chic vibe with a number of comfortable sofas, fairy lights and quirky tables.
And what’s better, they have recently expanded their already fabulous outdoor area with the addition of a ‘Festival Garden’, making it one of the biggest heated covered areas in Bristol – so be sure to pop down come rain or shine! And remember, students get discount!
: Steam Menu
: Mon – Sun: 12pm – 11pm
5. The Lazy Dog
Have you heard of a Pipe Dream? (Forget the phrase). If you haven’t then you need to get yourself a spot in the sun-trapped garden at The Lazy Dog and order one to compliment these dreamy summer days, however if cocktails aren’t your thing their beer selection is spot on.
A rooftop bar located in the Beacon Tower, in the heart of the city with unrivalled views… What more could you want? Bambalan is one of very few rooftop venues in Bristol, and what’s better – they host Summer Session Terrace Parties with some of Bristol’s best DJs, as well as some internationally recognised artists!
So, whether you want a relaxing drink with some delicious Mediterranian small plates or a rooftop boogie, Bamalan is the place for you!
7. The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak can be found at the top of Gloucester Road, and has a very lovely beer garden nestled away out the back. You wouldn’t know it was there upon first impressions, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the treats available – including an outdoor pizza oven and swing and slide for children.
So, whether you’re looking to pop in for a quick drink on the way home or fancy making an evening out of it with some home-made pizza – The Royal Oak has got you covered.
Less beer garden, more wine garden – either way we love it. Situated on Chandos Road in Redland, Snobby’s is a must-go-to. They have a fantastic range of pizza and small plates, complemented with an equally as good (if not better) selection of wine handpicked from across the globe.
So, if you’re an Italian food and wine lover looking for a quaint little independent spot where you can sit and sip a delicious glass of vino whilst the world goes by, then Snobby’s is the place for you.
9. Breaking Bread
Arguably the beer garden of all beer gardens – Breaking Bread is a pop-up that brings together the Pony & Trap, Bianchis, Team Love, The Love Inn and The Pipe & Slippers in a super fun and beautiful environment on Clifton Down, serving up food and drink to die for.
If you want to experience some wonderful food, some delicious cocktails, or some great music or live comedy, then book a table and get yourself ready to enjoy a truly wonderful evening in an absolutely beautiful setting.
: 0330 122 6227
: Mon: Closed, Tues – Fri: 5pm – 11pm, Sat: 12pm – 9pm, Sun: 12pm – 9pm
10. King’s Street
Not necessarily a beer garden, but a plethora of wonderful venues all in one place. If you’re looking for a busy and fun vibe near the city centre then King’s Street is the place for you – located right by the waterfront, the picnic benches belonging to the multiple pubs and bars that occupy the pedestrianised street are bound to tickle your fancy.
There really is something for everyone here, and the energetic vibe created by the collaborative hubbub of the multiple venues is unmatched on a sunny weekend!
By Andi (Partnership Executive at Foodiependent)