Summer is here and there’s nothing quite like a glass of something chilled with the sun on your face in a glorious British beer garden, here’s our pick of some favourite Herefordshire beer gardens with outdoor seating for those lazy hours and good times; some in the countryside, some with amazing views and some in Hereford city and all with a warm welcome.
On the crossroads at Trumpet, on the Hereford/Ledbury road, the Trumpet Inn is a beautiful black and white pub in a prominent roadside location, but its beer garden is a lovely restful spot set back on the grass bank behind the main dining area. There is a vibrant atmosphere through the summer, enhanced by the resident campsite in the field next door. The extensive menu has delicious sharing platters and pub classics using local suppliers like Wallers the butchers and of course the county’s famous beers and ciders. The restaurant opens out to the beer garden through patio doors onto the green bank, offering an alternative place to have lunch or just a pint and a handy space for the kids to stretch their legs. Look out for themed events like this year’s first hog roast.
In its elevated position on top of a hill in the heart of Woolhope village, between Hereford and Ledbury, the Crown Inn’s beer garden lets you gaze far into the distance out to the hills and mountains beyond. The Crown loves its artisan ciders and ales too, so much so that it’s award-winning for its Sunday lunches too.
Set in the tranquil hamlet of Carey in south east Herefordshire the Cottage of Content is a long established country restaurant, pub and accommodation and certainly lives up to its fairy-tale name with its picture book beamed building, wrapped with roses. Looking over the quiet road that is more frequented by cyclists than cars, the pretty beer garden is often abuzz with visitors from near and far, all attracted by this quintessential English pub with an enviable reputation from its hospitable owners. You’ll certainly be content in this cottage.
Moving south to Ross-on-Wye, we travel a to a less traditional beer garden and the splendour of the warm terrace leading from the bar of The Chase Hotel. Open to non-residents all year, this sun trap has a garden party vibe as it looks out onto the hotel gardens while you kick back and pretend you’re on holiday even if you’re local.
Coming into Hereford City, the beautiful waterside location of the garden at Castle House Hotel is another firm favourite for a beer garden with style. Whether it’s their acclaimed afternoon tea watching the ducks on the old castle moat, or working your way along the optics of their Ballingham Bar and Bistro until the stars come out, Castle House welcomes the casual caller as well as its residents.
Staying in Hereford centre, Gilbies Bar and Bistro is tucked away in a little alley that opens out to reveal the Gilbies much loved vine-covered Mediterranean style patio. Serving bottled beers and wines of the world, this transports their beer garden into a sun-kissed hotspot for tapas, picky platters, jugs of sangria, cocktails and a happy hour vibe that lasts all day.
Winding back out of town and into the glorious Golden Valley, you’ll stumble across The Temple Bar Inn in the centre of Ewyas Harold and its popular beer garden favoured by a strong following of locals. This much loved pub and restaurant has many an event through the summer utilising its hard-standing benches, culinary skills and well-stocked bar. Look out for their birthday celebrations and BBQ this August bank holiday.
Travelling north of the county, The Angel at Kingsland, Nr Leominster proudly showcases it’s beer garden right at the front of its Black & White Village property. Overlooking the green and church opposite, this is a great spot for taking in village life, not to mention an excellent menu and a few bevvies.
Call it Mortimer Country, the Marches, or simply beautiful north Herefordshire, The Riverside Inn at Aymestry has one of the prettiest beer garden spots you could wish for. As its name suggests, it is right on the water of the River Lugg and the traditional benches line up on the grass along the gentle flow of this little waterway. While the timbered pub and restaurant is a destination for foodies, walkers adore this quenching stop and so will your dog with the cooling shallows low enough for a splash about.