23 pub gardens for lunch in the sunshine
Heat wave alert! Grab those sunnies and head out to one of these gorgeous pub gardens for a fabulous meal alfresco in Warks and the West Mids.
Whether you want your green space near a river, meadow, fields, village or city, we’ve scoured Warwickshire and the West Midlands for the best in show.
The Malt Shovel at Barston, Solihull
Great food? Check. Great wine? Check? Outdoor seating area lit up with romantic fairy lights? Check, check, check. If you’re looking for somewhere to while away a few hours and feel away from it all then look no further. There’s a garden at the back of this pub which is a perfect little sun trap during the day, with a wooden terrace if you’d prefer some shelter from the sun. At night it comes alive with lights and there’s plenty of blankets and heaters too if it gets a bit chilly.
Newbold Comyn Arms, Leamington Spa
This historic pub is just out of the bustling town centre but perfect for a lazy afternoon after a walk around Newbold Comyn. There’s a choice of seating areas outside, from benches on the lawn (close to the play area to keep an eye on little ones), to a covered wooden terrace, or a fairy lit stretch tent. Food’s served outside too including burgers, sandwiches, sharing boards and snacks – I love the halloumi fries with sriracha mayo *drool*.
The Fig & Olive, Sutton Coldfield
This restaurant just outside Middleton is all about locally-sourced produce and has a lovely light, airy dining area inside. If you fancy dining alfresco though head outdoors where there’s a courtyard with plenty of seating and a lovely, chilled atmosphere. There’s also a gorgeous garden centre in the same building, and make sure you book in advance – this place is popular.
The Boat Inn, Birdingbury
This lovely restaurant and bar next to the Grand Union Canal has seating overlooking the canal or in the lovely plant-filled landscaped gardens. Oh, and did we mention the alfresco bar and kitchen?
The Hatton Arms, Hatton
You know you’re onto a good thing if they’re a Muddy award winner, and these guys scooped Best Destination Pub 2021. Grab a seat outside looking over the rolling fields and canal, or there’s the fairy lit terrace, and if that’s not enough choice, how about the marquee. Both are heated and have blankets incase it gets a bit chilly. Better order that second glass then.
The Barn at Berryfields, Meriden
The Barn is a good all-rounder and perfect for family meals, date night or drinks with the girls. There’s cows in the neighbouring field who always come up and say hi, awesome cocktails, a yummy street food menu and a good wine list. If you’d rather not completely brave the elements then book a table in the teepee.
If you’re looking for a relaxed lunch out with the family you can’t go wrong with this friendly, rural pub. Situated on the banks of the River Leam next to a Grade II listed sandstone bridge, the star of the show at this past winner of Best Destination Pub in summer is the frankly gigantic garden. It’s recently further extended into a neighbouring field – and there’s even an outdoor kitchen.
RSC Rooftop Restaurant, Stratford-upon-Avon
Are these the best views in the centre of Stratford? Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace and there’s an impressive three course pre-theatre menu which works out good value for money.
The Fighting Cocks, Moseley
This laid back pub has a gorgeous colourful garden to unwind in and enjoy a bottle of something chilled. There’s a great craft beer and cocktail selection too, and a real people-pleasing menu (we love the roasted pumpkin with stilton).
No 44 Brasserie on the Waterside, The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
This small luxury hotel has an award-winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant has uninterrupted views across the River Avon from the awesome outdoor terrace, and award-winning garden, plus the added benefit of being opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Food options include a variety of ‘small plates’ to share, favourites, seasonal dishes and Sunday lunch to enjoy while soaking up the rays in a relaxed atmosphere. You can expect live, online availability, table bookings and a smart/casual dress code.
The Greyhound Inn, Longford, Coventry
While away an hour or three watching the canal boats go trundling past at traditional pub The Greyhound. These guys have made a host of improvements over the last year including creating more outdoor seating, with some covered. Food is good and it’s really doggy-friendly too.
The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour
This gorgeous Georgian-fronted award-winning Warwickshire pub-restaurant with rooms is has a wonderfully sunny patio overlooked by the Garden Room. Table bookings will be taken for both food & drinks, inside and out. Booking in advance is strongly recommended and where possible pre-ordering your food.
Fizzy Moon Brewhouse, Regent Street, Leamington Spa
The large garden space at this friendly Muddy award-winning buzzy bar in the centre of town, with its own micro-brewery, cocktail bar and no less than 150 varieties of gin (take me there immediately!), has undergone a magical makeover.
The Old Coffee Tavern, The Old Square, Warwick
At the back of this character Victorian boozer – formerly a teetotal coffee tavern – just off the main town square is a lovely sheltered ‘secret’ walled courtyard garden with seating and parasols – a nice spot for a cold rosé and al fresco lunch or dinner on balmy summer days. You’ll need to book a table for inside or out here.
The Castle at Edgehill, nr Banbury, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon
Enjoy a pint of Old Hooky from pub owners Hook Norton Brewery in the extensive garden of an imposing 18th century folly with far reaching views across the Warwickshire countryside unchanged since 1642 when the battle of Edgehill took place in the fields below. The design of the castle tower – where you can also stay – was based on Guy’s Tower at nearby Warwick Castle.
The Clarendon Arms Kenilworth
The little walled garden at this Grade II listed traditional family pub opposite Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden, is a suntrap, and dog-friendly. You can tuck into honest hearty pub food.
The Howard Arms, Illmington
A chocolate-box, 400-year-old Cotswold-stone inn on the village green, just outside Shipston-on-Stour, with a lovely newly extended secluded garden. There’s a delicious menu available and rooms available if you decide to make a night of it.
The Stag at Offchurch, nr Leamington Spa
This picture-perfect thatched country gastropub is in a peaceful spot in the tiny village of Offchurch, off the Fosse Way. A large grassy pub garden is filled with summer blooms where you can savour delicious home-cooked food, fine wines and real ales with popular Aubrey Allen Butchers’ Sunday Roasts.
The Chequers Inn, Ettington
Refurbished in 2018, this independent traditional 18th Century pub & restaurant just outside Stratford-upon-Avon has a focus on well-sourced ingredients, craft beers, wine and cocktails. You can book to dine in the long lavender-scented fairy-lit garden.
Baraset Barn, Alveston, nr Stratford-upon-Avon
Paul Hales and business partner Paul Salisbury from Lovely Pubs opened their first 16-room hotel at this stunning rural barn conversion, two miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. A former Muddy award-winning boutique stay it has a stylish bar and lounge, large airy conservatory and cleverly landscaped outdoor sun terrace with firepit. A wide-ranging, good value menu features Warwickshire produce. Just turn up to grab a table in the garden.
Arrow Mill, nr Alcester
This Brunning & Price gastropub certainly makes the most of its secluded riverside views, with a stone terrace and grassy beer garden overlooking the water. Situated in rural Warwickshire, close to Stratford-upon-Avon, by the Roman market town of Alcester, this former mill lies borders the Ragley Hall estate. Deckchairs, beautiful planting to attract wildlife and glorious scents add to your al fresco dining experience.
A quintessentially English Country Pub & Home Eatery situated in the delightful Warwickshire hamlet of Armscote near Stratford-upon-Avon. Sip their famous Ducks Fizz cocktail or weekend ‘Bloody Mary’s & Papers on the decking area or large child-friendly garden.
This former 18th century coaching inn with eight rooms is nestled in the pretty village of Alderminster The spacious pub garden overlooks the Alcot Estate and there’s some amazing walks nearby.