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Best Pub Gardens


Sip back & relax in the great British outdoors! Our guide to the best Swindon pub gardens, patios and terraces

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note, these gardens will, most probably, be open, with social distancing restrictions & table booking in place. Please check with the pub itself for full details.

It’s not so long ago that a trip out for a drink in the open air meant venturing into the uncertain world of pubs with fibreglass tree houses and tables that acted like see-saws.

These days - thankfully - things have improved somewhat, with pubs better equipped and more sophisticated – and a number of other choices for sipping back and enjoying a warm summer’s day or balmy evening.

So we’ve taken a stroll through the patios and terraces as well as the gardens of pubs in our area to find out which are the best for visiting when it’s too hot to be indoors.

The Brewers Arms, Wanborough

High Street, Wanborough, Swindon, SN4 0AE

Telephone: (01793) 790707


Terrace with its own outside garden bar open in the summer + large grass area behind too with kids play area. New pods open at the front.

- Cask Marque
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Sun Inn, Swindon

Coate, Swindon, SN3 6AA

Telephone: (01793) 523292


Just the place for all the family, especially before or after visiting neighbouring Coate Water or the Richard Jefferies Museum. The garden includes a children’s playground and on sunny days the barbecue area is busy. You may even catch a live band playing outdoors in the thatched shelter.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Childrens Play Area
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Runner, Swindon

Wootton Bassett Road, Swindon, SN1 4NQ

Telephone: (01793) 523903


Terrace by the river in Swindon town centre?... Yes! Possibly Swindon's most dog-friendly pub offers a great menu and a big garden too.

- Cask Marque
- Childrens Play Area
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pool Table
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Carpenters Arms, South Marston

South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4ST

Telephone: (01793) 822997


Super-duper pub food here and a lovely, spacey terrace. Just off the A420, past Sainsburys in Stratton.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Caravans & Camping
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Pub Food

More Pub info

The George, Kempsford

Kempsford, Near Fairford, Gloucestershire, GL7 4EQ

Telephone: (01285) 810236


How much fun do these look, eh? And very cosy we hear when the sun goes down. You'll find this garden just a little north of Swindon but well worth the drive or cycle ride.

- Cask Marque
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food

More Pub info

The Kingsdown, Upper Stratton

Upper Stratton, Swindon, SN2 7PE

Telephone: (01793) 824802


Drive past The Kingsdown and you'll only get a sneak peak of their wonderful pub garden.

It's one that locals and visitors in the know have enjoyed for years - whether that's a quiet drink with family and friends, a live music event or the chance to enjoy the pub food al fresco.

- Cask Marque
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Pool Table
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room
- SKY SPORTS

More Pub info

The Saracens Head Hotel, Highworth

High Street, Highworth, Swindon, SN6 7AG

Telephone: (01793) 762284


Plenty of room outside here incl. a NEW COVERED patio area with an outside screen. Proper pub food, too.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- BT SPORT
- Cask Marque
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room
- SKY SPORTS

More Pub info

The Crown Inn, Broad Hinton

Broad Hinton, Swindon, SN4 9PA

Telephone: (01793) 731302


Head south-east just a few miles outside Swindon for this lovely spot. The food matches the great view. Fish 'n chips served from their 'Get Battered' van every Friday & Saturday evening, too.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Cask Marque
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Garden Or Patio

More Pub info

The Tawny Owl

Taw Hill, North Swindon, Swindon, SN25 1WR

Telephone: (01793) 706770


Lots of tables in the sun & undercover - or pop up the umbrella - and drink & eat from a menu full of pub classics. Good kids' menu.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- BT SPORT
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Childrens Play Area
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Live Music
- Pool Table
- Pub Food
- SKY SPORTS

More Pub info

The Kings Arms

20 Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AB

Telephone: 01793 522156


RE-OPENS 17 MAY. A hidden gem with its own real ale bar at the back of one of Old Town’s busiest pubs. Good food as well + ideal for small private parties.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Architectural Interest
- BT SPORT
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Live Music
- Pool Table
- SKY SPORTS

More Pub info

The Plough on the Hill, Badbury

Marlborough Road, Badbury, Swindon, SN4 0EP

Telephone: (01793) 740342


Just off Junction 15, M4 and with a lovely view of Liddington Hill. Very good food here.

- Cask Marque
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The White Horse at Woolstone

Woolstone, Near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7QL

Telephone: (01367) 820726


Head to the hills (or the White Horse Hill to be precise), ladies & gents, and you'll find one of the cutest pubs in old England where you can enjoy homemade pizza in the garden (Thursday & Sunday evenings) & drinks!

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Architectural Interest
- Cask Marque
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food

More Pub info

The White Hart, Stratton St. Margaret

Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN3 4JD

Telephone: (01793) 822272


Whether it's an evening pint or a lunchtime soft drink, the new decked terrace at The White Hart is the ideal place to unwind with friends and family.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- BT SPORT
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Pool Table
- Pub Food
- Skittle Alley
- SKY SPORTS

More Pub info

The Old Boathouse, South Cerney

Lake 6, Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney, Nr Swindon, GL7 5FP

Telephone: 01285 864000


This terrace & lakeside view make the short drive down the A419 from Swindon well worth it. Food served all-day.

- Children Welcome
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Terrace only)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room
- Riverside or Lakeside Location

More Pub info

The Sally Pussey Inn, Royal Wootton Bassett

Swindon Road, Just off Jn16, M4, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, SN4 8ET

Telephone: (01793) 852430


Just the right mix of sun & shade on the terrace at Sally Pussey's. Ideal for al fresco dining!

- Cask Marque
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Riverside, Lechlade-on-Thames

Park End Wharf, Lechlade, Gloucestershire, GL7 3AQ

Telephone: (01367) 252534


Right on the Thames at Lechlade with food served all day, plus a very useful quick-service garden bar at weekends with bottles on ice.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Cask Marque
- Children Welcome
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Live Music
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Fox and Hounds, Wroughton

Markham Road, Wroughton, SN4 9JT

Telephone: 01793 815415


One of the best pubs in the area for food, the garden makes the ideal place to eat al Fresco or just enjoy the afternoon with a swifty or two. Farmyard animals in their own paddock too!

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Cask Marque
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar Only)
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Farmyard Paddock
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

Mackenzies

16 Wood Street, Old Town, Swindon, SN1 4AB

Telephone: 01793 430111


We couldn't do a guide to Swindon's top places to enjoy a summer drink without including Mackenzies because it's been one of the best and most popular locations when the sun's out for over twenty five years. Ideal as well come evening and night time with its very own bar open 'til late.

- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food

More Pub info

The Fox & Hounds, Uffington

High Street, Uffington, SN7 7RP

Telephone: 01367 820 680


With views of the White Horse at Uffington on a summer's day, this pub take a lot of beating. Garden room very handy if it starts raining.

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Function Room
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food
- Restaurant Or Dining Room

More Pub info

The Royal Oak, Bishopstone

Cues Lane, Bishopstone, Swindon, SN6 8PP

Telephone: (01793) 790481


A genuinely unspoilt and much-loved pub which the Michelin Guide recommend for its good food. But it has even more to offer in the summer months because of its front terrace & friendly little garden where you can enjoy weekend barbecues - and even camp with pigs in late August!

- Accommodation & Rooms
- Cask Marque
- Country Setting
- Dog Friendly (Bar & Restaurant)
- Garden Or Patio
- Pub Food

More Pub info

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