Hot Lists Wednesday, June 14th Words by: Adam Knight and Lauren Rogers

The Best Beer Gardens in Herefordshire

Hot Lists Wednesday, June 14th

The Best Beer Gardens in Herefordshire

The Great British beer garden is a national institution, and Herefordshire’s blessed with some corkers. From picturesque riverside spots to decking-clad urban sanctuaries, here is the Herefordshire Live guide to the top 25 places to kick back and enjoy an al fresco beverage.

Photo: The Firefly, Hereford

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There’s something about day-drinking near water that makes the whole experience more classy. Just don’t venture too close to the edge after those shandies. Here are our favourite riverside spots for summer 2017.

The Lion, Leintwardine - a big space with stunning views. This riverside beauty is home to the annual Lionstock Weekend (beer and battle of the bands festival) and it's been named Best Pub in Shropshire in the National Pub and Bar Awards.

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow - just over the Herefordshire border but it is literally on a river. Too cool to omit.

The Boat Inn, Whitney-on-Wye - the canoe stop to beat all canoe stops. Serious views.

The Bridge, Michaelchurch - not huge fans of the twee use of 'hidden gem'. But damn, this is a hidden gem. On the edge of the Brecon Beacon National Park in Herefordshire's Golden Valley, The Bridge is renowned for good food and draft beer as well as its location.

The River Café, Glasbury - the canoe stop to beat all canoe stops. Yup, there's two of them. Both excellent for watching the Wye meander by on a sunny day. The River Cafe, next door to the Wye Valley Canoe Centre, also offers bike hire

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Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley. Bang on the Escley Brook. Photo: thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk.

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The Lion at Leintwardine, north of Leominster.

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow

The Charlton Arms, Ludlow. Literally, on the river.

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Several years ago the smoking ban gave birth to a new generation of beer gardens. Pub patios, once neglected for the 51-and-a-half rainy weeks a year, were suddenly given make overs: rusty furniture was replaced with heaters and weeds were swapped for wooden decking. So roll up your trousers. Here are our favourite Hereford-centric beer gardens.

De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank, Hereford - Dutch flavoured, and damn good. Coffee and cake for designated drivers.

The Barrels, St Owen Street, Hereford - Wye Valley Brewery's flagship pub, for good reason. This 18th Century coaching inn is a down-to-earth drinking establishment, and one of the last multi-roomed pubs in town. The clientele is eclectic and the partially covered, walled and flagstoned brewery yard gets insanely busy when the sun is out.

The Volunteer, Harold Street, Hereford / Cafe Miro, St Owen Street, Hereford / The Firefly, King Street, Hereford

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De Koffie Pot. Summer's vibes on tap. Bonus points for being urban and on the river.

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We're not joking when we say it gets busy at the Barrels. All life is here.

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The Firefly, Hereford - a new addition to our al fresco beer list.

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Now, let's talk country pubs.

Firelit sanctuaries during the winter months, your favourite village pubs take on a new lease of life when the May bank holidays roll around. Whether you’re whiling away a weekend or enjoying a post-walk pint, you can enjoy some of Herefordshire’s most charming black-and-white villages from these well-worn beer garden benches.

The Harp Inn, Old Radnor, Presteigne - This 15th Century Welsh longhouse pub has seriously stunning views over the Radnor Valley. Usually closed on Mondays but good  news, fellow beer garden fans, they'll be open on both bank holiday Mondays in May.

The Bateman Arms Hotel, Shobdon | The Bell, Yarpole

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The Harp Inn, Old Radnor, Presteigne

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The Crown at Woolhope. Here be cider. Lots of it.

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The Castlefields, Clifford. Not far from Hay-on-Wye. They've got an extensive wine menu from Europe and the New World. And if you want to make a weekend of it, stay at the Brambles, the pub's luxury 4 Berth Caravan

There are times in life when the simplicity of cider, sun and a park bench hits the spot just fine. And then there are times when you need to kick things up a notch... maybe treat yourself to an imported lager or a crisp G&T. 

Here are our favourite posh pub gardens. Put some proper shoes on, it's worth the effort.

The Feathers, Ledbury - This grand hotel has been "standing justly proud on the High Street for over 400 years". Put some proper shoes on, it's worth the effort.

Charles' Bar, Hereford - Sitting on the veranda, overlooking the Wye, fancy Mojito in hand? Yes please. Extra tip: Charles' Bar is home to an Old School cocktail party on the last Friday of every month.

We also love Malvern Hills Hotel, British Camp | The Burton, Kington | The Three Tuns, Hay-on-Wye 

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The Feathers, Ledbury.

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And for al fresco dinning?

Once the preserve of Spaniards and the homeless, eating outside has finally been embraced by the British people. Some of the best food in the county comes from the kitchens below. If your BBQ is broken there are few better places to eat, inside or out than these places.

The Oak Inn, Staplow - Big enclosed garden at this cosy country pub where dogs are very welcome. Hounds are welcome to eat with you and to stay in the B&B rooms. 

The Railway Inn, Dinmore - This one ticks all the boxes: good food, stunning views, riverside location. And if you time it right, you might see a steam train puffing past.

The Bell, Tillington | The Tram, Eardisley | The Stagg, Titley

And the only pub garden where you can watch planes land as you drink... The Hotspur, Shobdon Airfield

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The Oak Inn, Staplow, near Ledbury. 

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Beers and planes at Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire. Pic: wallboy87/Instagram.

 
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