Hot Lists Sunday, May 7th Words by: Adam Knight and Lauren Rogers

The top 25 beer gardens in Herefordshire

Hot Lists Sunday, May 7th

The top 25 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.

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Riverside beer gardens

There’s something about day-drinking near water that makes the whole experience more classy. That’s a fact. Just don’t venture too close to the edge after those shandies.


The Lion, Leintwardine

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

A little further afield but it is literally on a river. Too cool to omit.

We also love: 

Hope & Anchor, Ross-on-Wye

The Boat Inn, Whitney-on-Wye

The Bridge, Michaelchurch

The River Café, Glasbury

City beer gardens

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. 

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De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank, Hereford

Dutch flavoured, and damn good. Coffee and cake for designated drivers.


The Brittania, Cotterell Street, Hereford

This Wye Valley Brewery pub, a short walk from the city centre, is better known as the Brit. And if you haven't been yet, you should go this weekend.

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The Barrels, St Owen Street, Hereford

The 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.

We also love:

The Volunteer, Harold Street, Hereford

Cafe Miro, St Owen Street, Hereford

Country pub gardens

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.

We also love:

The Bateman Arms Hotel, Shobdon

The Bell, Yarpole

Posh pub gardens

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.


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 

Best beer gardens for al fresco dining

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, and 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.

We also love:

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

If you're going to do it, do it properly. With planes. 

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Full disclosure, we couldn’t narrow it down to 25. We've got 27 and counting and if you got one to nominate, hit us up on Facebook  or Twitter

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