Spring is well and truly here, and the Government's roadmap out of lockdown allowed pub gardens to reopen from 12th April. This means you can enjoy a drink in the sunshine, as long as you follow the rule of six.
To help you plan ahead, here are a few great beer gardens and alfresco suntraps, perfect for enjoying a cold pint or cocktail…
1. The Marlborough Tavern
Close to the Royal Crescent and the leafy Royal Victoria Park, The Marlborough Tavern is a friendly gastropub serving great tasting, home-cooked food. Their pub garden is a walled courtyard space ideal for catching some springtime rays with a drink in hand. The team are currently planning to reopen in early May, but cannot give a firm date as yet. Keep an eye on their social media channels for updates.
2. The Bath Brew House
Tucked away at the back of The Bath Brew House lies an sociable, sunny spot. During the colder seasons, a large, welcoming marquee fills the space. Enjoy a pint of their own beer from their on-site microbrewery, or a bite to eat – the food is excellent too, especially if you’ve got a big appetite.
3. Sub 13
If you love a cocktail in the sunshine, then Sub 13 is for you. Sipping on one of their refreshing mojitos in the beautiful back garden is a must. As the sun goes down and their twinkling string lights come on, outdoor heaters will keep the spring chill at bay. They plan to reopen their garden and front pavement space on 12th April.
4. The Hare & Hounds
Boasting some outstanding countryside views of Bath, The Hare & Hounds is situated at the top of Lansdown Road, to the north of the city. Enjoy a drink or two and admire the vista out in their large garden, and, if hunger strikes, their menu of delicious, seasonal fare will be just the ticket. The pub is planning to reopen to visitors on 12th April, subject to Government restrictions. Booking policies will be confirmed in due course, so please check their website and social channels for further details.
5. The Cork
Although more of a terrace than a garden, The Cork’s south-facing outdoor patio is a lively spot with a great atmosphere. Perfectly located in the centre of town, and the sister pub to The Bath Brew House, just down the road, The Cork also serve up a menu of classic bar food, from burgers to nachos. They plan to reopen their terrace on Monday 12th April – fingers crossed for sunshine!
6. The Locksbrook Inn
Located right on the bank of the canal in Lower Weston, The Locksbrook Inn is ideal for a lazy, long spring afternoon. Sit out on their patio beside the water and you can watch cyclists and walkers pass whilst enjoying a drink from their outside bar. The pub is planning to reopen to visitors on 12th April, subject to Government restrictions. Booking policies will be confirmed in due course, so please check their website and social channels for further details.
Image credit: themoorfields.com
7. The Moorfields
A relatively new gastropub, The Moorfields opened its doors in autumn 2020, and is located in the Oldfield Park area of Bath. A welcoming, contemporary place to relax, order a pint of local ale or cider, or a cocktail, from the bar, and enjoy in their outdoor seating area. They are planning to reopen their garden on 12th April, subject to Government restrictions, and no reservations are required.
8. The Bell Inn
Walcot Street is home to The Bell Inn, a cooperative pub which has been owned by its customers, fans and workers since 2013. They will be opening up their garden area again on 21st April (see their website for opening times). If hunger strikes, The Pizza Bike will be on hand to provide fresh sourdough pizzas in the garden from 4pm to 10pm Thursdays to Saturdays, and from 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. Please note, The Bell is not taking bookings; tables will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
9. The Boater
The outdoor terrace of The Boater is located by the stunning Pulteney Bridge, complete with a weir-side bar and a large selection of cask ales. A traditional rugby pub and just a stone’s throw from The Rec, where Bath Rugby play, in more normal years it is always an animated place on match days.
This post will be updated regularly with more specific opening dates as and when we hear more.