If you’ve spent the start of 2021 wondering when it would be possible to visit your local for a freshly pulled pint or a glass of rose, then this week brought welcome news. From Monday pubs with gardens have been allowed to serve customers outside in groups of six or two households.
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 16th April 2021
Best Countryside Pubs with Gorgeous Beer Gardens
If you’ve missed a Sunday stroll that ends at a table in the pub garden, the following establishments are some of our favourites in Michael Graham’s region.
The Crown at Granborough: The village of Granborough lies between Aylesbury and Buckingham, so if you’re making a beeline for Milton Keynes and some non-essential retail therapy, The Crown is a perfect pit-stop. With a set-up ideally suited to our alfresco and socially distanced times, the pub’s outside area features not only a large garden with a playground, but also a kitchen with a pizza oven and barbecue, a restaurant and an outside bar.
The Navigation Inn, Thrupp Wharf, Cosgrove: Overlooking the Grand Union Canal, this Victorian inn has a substantial outdoor terrace which is covered and heated. Tables are allocated on a first come first served basis, or you can book an Oak Pod for up to six in the garden. Each Pod offers an integrated music system, a ‘call for service’ button and a heating control – although doors and windows must stay open for ventilation. A minimum spend of £180 covers a two-hour booking slot.
The Nags Head, Great Missenden: A tipi in the garden is The Nags Head’s answer to inclement weather. This traditional pub dates back to the 15th century and the large garden is the perfect vantage point for stunning countryside views of the Chiltern Hills. The tipi is for customers ordering a sit-down meal from the menu and booking is essential. If you’re happy with drinks in the garden or on the terrace you’re welcome to just turn up.
The Bell Inn, Chearsley: This lovely old thatched pub overlooks the village green and has a very child-friendly garden. Situated between Thame and Aylesbury it offers a great home-cooked pub menu to go with the all-important Fuller's ales and a well-chosen wine list. The patio area is covered with gazebos and has lots of seating to bag on a first come first served basis.
The Plough Inn, Wingfield: With its stunning thatched roof, low ceilings and traditional oak beams, The Plough Inn is the definition of a great country pub. Tables outside at the front and in the spacious rear garden are perfect spots for sampling cask ales and drinking in the beautiful views. Stunning outdoor dining domes can be booked from £20 for a two-hour slot. And keep an eye out for ghosts – the pub is haunted. Allegedly.
The Red Lion, Milton Bryan: Named one of the Top Pubs with Gardens by the Sunday Times, this former coaching inn is a great family-friendly destination. The enclosed garden means that young children can play safely and dogs on leads are welcome too. An enclosed oak post and glass patio complete with festoon lighting and sails provides some shelter and there are plenty of tables on the lawn.
The George Inn, Maulden: This traditional pub in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside serves alfresco food and drinks in their covered, outdoor dining space. The restored 16th century pub has an outdoor kitchen and bar which offers an impressive 45 varieties of gin. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays for now.
The Grove Lock, Leighton Buzzard: This Fuller’s pub sits right on the edge of Lock 28 of the Grand Union Canal. There’s nothing more relaxing than watching the canal boats navigate the levers and lock gates right in front of you as you unwind with a glass of something chilled at a waterside table.
The Alford Arms, Frithsden: Beyond excited to be open again, this proper village pub near Hemel Hempstead has seriously good food and a beer garden perfect for relaxing in and soaking up the sunshine. The staff have pulled out all the stops and provided heaters, umbrellas, rugs and windbreaks to make their terrace as cosy as a ski lodge when the sun goes down.
The Cricketers, Redbourn: The Cricketers is a quintessential village pub with welcoming locals, food and drink that has won awards and a lovely view of a vast common. Dining pods are available to book for those of us who may need to ease ourselves back in to the idea of mixing with others.
The Fox & Duck, Therfield: Located opposite the Green in the beautiful village of Therfield there’s plenty of space to spread out here with picnic benches scattered all over the village green. This friendly local pub describes itself as a ‘well-disguised gastro pub’ and is only open at weekends until 17 May.
The Bricklayers Arms Flaunden: Tucked away in the small village of Flaunden, it can be quite an adventure locating this pub for the first time, but you’ll be pleased you made the effort when you do arrive. The Bricklayers Arms has won multiple accolades including Hertfordshire Dining Pub of the year in the Good Pub Guide 2020 awards. Tables on the heated undercover terrace are not available to book online, but they can be booked by phone or email.
Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton: This smart country pub offers a wide menu and, of course, a sprawling, manicured garden – probably one of the largest in the county - with plenty of space for all the tables and picnic benches. The pub is located on a historic railway line and provides breath-taking views over the lake and surrounding countryside.
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone: This very friendly local pub ticks all the important boxes: the food is great, there is a choice of excellent local ales, the outside area is dog friendly and the small playground at the back will keep children amused. An all-round winner.
The Red Lion, Brafield-on-the-Green: Tucked away in countryside at the very heart of the village, this pub has an idyllic surrounding including a large private garden with plenty of tables and chairs.
The Greyhound, Milton Malsor: The Greyhound is a picturesque 16th century country inn with a beautiful front garden and large garden at the rear where a duck pond completes the bucolic scene. Bookings for a table in the beer garden secure you a seated spot for two hours and covered areas are limited, so bring waterproofs.
At Michael Graham we are experts in homes for sale in countryside locations just like the ones mentioned above. If you’re thinking of moving to pastures new, now is the time to get in touch with us to discuss your ideas or to book a free market appraisal.