Top 10 Beer Gardens in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Sitting outside enjoying a drink is one of the great pleasures of the summer and in hot weather pubs with beer gardens are great places to socialise, chill out, meet up with friends, enjoy a meal or just watch the world go by.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley has more than its fair share of pubs, but its beer gardens are extra special because of the nature of the area. Our guide to the Top 10 Beer Gardens are a showcase of every style from historic and traditional with oak beams to modern and unfussy. You can also browse all of our great places to eat here and see all of our pubs here.
The Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat – historic hand ferry and river views
A 16th century riverside inn sits on the east bank of the River Wye at Symonds Yat, where customers can watch life on the water while enjoying wine, real ale or food from a quality menu. The inn has two riverside terraces, both of which overlook the glorious River Wye, and also overlook the unique hand ferry as it ferries people from Symonds Yat East to Symonds Yat West. The pub has been named one of the Guardian’s Top 10 Waterside Pubs and is a favourite location for a beautiful Wye Valley pub walk.
The Speech House Hotel, Forest of Dean - idyllic rural setting and great food
A former 17th century hunting lodge, the Speech House Hotel is an iconic venue in the heart of the Forest of Dean with woodland walks all around. The forest is literally on the doorstep and the hotel offers guest a warm welcome and original charm, combined with modern day hotel facilities.
The Moody Cow, near Ross-on-Wye – charming churns and private seating
The Moody Cow is the perfect place to relax and enjoy superb food, drinks and hospitality in a delightful village setting. The beer garden is partly an area with umbrella covered wooden tables, surrounded by old milk churns and candle lanterns, with to one side The Grain Store, a delightful covered wooden seating area that can be booked, with its own log burner for that slightly more private summer evening. Children, dogs and muddy boots are all welcome at the pub.
The Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon – village life and family fun
An award-winning traditional village pub serving CAMRA accredited real ales, and good home cooked food. Visitors can enjoy the large fabulous garden with amusements for kids to swing, roam or slide, with a recently refurbished playground, while parents can take advantage of the more secluded patio area. There’s even a paddling pool with towels supplied on a mini washing line in summer. The BBQ on the patio is used throughout summer and is available for private functions.
The Ostrich Inn, Newland – walled garden and cathedral views
Described as a “Proper 13th century country pub” complete with wonky floors and ceilings it sits in the heart of the village of Newland, opposite the 'Cathedral of the Forest' with eight real ales on tap. In the summer months visitors can relax on the front terrace or in the beautiful walled garden that can seat up to seventy at the back of the inn, designed to be very relaxing, with scented plant borders, lawn and a patio. What better place to chill out with great food?
The Kilcot Inn, Newent – African seating pods and Malvern views
The Kilcot Inn sits where Gloucestershire meets Herefordshire, and is a traditional pub offering locally sourced, seasonal food made on site, a wide range of ales and ciders, and a well thought out wine list focusing on quality and value, which you can sit outside and enjoy. The patio area has African pods to sit in or visitors can walk through the rose garden and pass flower borders to the large field play area for the kids. From the beer garden you can gaze out at the Malvern Hills and the surrounding countryside.
The Alma Inn, Ross-on-Wye – music festivals and kids’ playground
A real ale pub, set within spacious grounds, The Alma Inn is cosy and relaxed, where visitors and locals alike can enjoy a good pint or tuck into a tasty bar snack or pub meal. At the rear an acre of land and stage is used for both an annual music festival and the Linton Summer Sessions. There’s lots of space for kids to run around and let off steam. Their cosy beer garden was created in 2016 featuring wooden tables and chairs, hanging baskets and flowers, lavender flower borders all contained by a hedgerow.
The Farmers Boy Inn, Longhope – bouncy castle and award-winning pies
The Farmers Boy Inn is an award-winning 17th century coaching inn, retaining many original features such as oak beams. It is most famous for its multiple British Pie Awards, but its garden features five different varieties of roses in separate beds, with easy access to the restaurant. So sit outside in the sun at one of the well-spaced out tables, with an award winning pie and local pint next to the scented roses, and let your kids play on the bouncy castle which is there for the summer.
The Old Court Hotel, Symonds Yat West - glorious views and great pub grub
A family run hotel in a beautiful historic building with Tudor dining room and large beer garden which provides food and drinks to all that pass by. Walking distance to all Symonds Yat attractions and opposite the butterfly zoo it's an ideal spot for a day out or a rural break. Food served all day and everyday, family and dog friendly.
The Fountain Inn, Parkend – steam trains and forest village setting
A beautiful, award-winning inn, well known locally for its excellent meals and real ales. With its distinctive bay window, the inn has been a familiar Forest of Dean landmark in this Forest village for over two centuries, offering warm hospitality to travellers arriving by road or via the Dean Forest Railway just across the road. Sit outside and listen out for the whistles announcing another arrival at the station of a heritage steam train.