The sun’s out, the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming. It’s a beautiful day outside and you need the perfect place to enjoy it. No need to search further, we have it covered for you. On this list you can discover 7 of the best choices in London and all over England to have a drink and maybe grab a bite (for vegetarians & vegans too), alone or with your friends (furry or not), for those days that are just too good to stay inside.
The Founder’s Arms (South London):
Whether you want to stop for a quick beer or to enjoy a full meal in the heart of London, this pub is the answer. Its modern design and beautiful terrace create a small gem right by the Thames. The great variety of drinks, amongst them some wines good enough to win awards, will satisfy even the pickiest guests. For those who choose to accompany drinks with food (or the opposite), feel free to order any time of the day. From breakfast to dinner, the service is friendly and efficient, keeping it busy all the time. Average prices, amazing view, even locals love it!
The Spaniards’ Inn (North London):
Picture this: 16th-century pub, low beamed ceilings, snug alcoves, open fires and doors opening to the loveliest garden, paved paths among roses and climbing plants, fairy lights hugging the trees, all wood furniture, open blue skies over your head, and this is all right in the city of London. The antique character of this Inn can charm all year long, even more when the weather is warmer and the gardens are brimming with life. And don’t forget the beer festival in the middle of the summer (July). Don’t hesitate to stop and enjoy a drink in this beautiful setting!
White Swan (Twickenham, London):
A little further than the previous two, but still in the capital, you can find this cosy, historic 17th-century pub located in an exceptional spot right by the river. Guests are encouraged to visit even when the weather isn’t hot enough to sit outside, and they can still enjoy the beautiful view through big bay windows. With a welcoming atmosphere, cosy and tranquil feeling, you will think you have been transported back in time. Fairy lights, bright flowers and the forest-y area around paint an idyllic picture. For those of you craving entertainment, there are board games, quiz nights and occasional live music.
Cross Guns (Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire):
If you’re feeling energetic from all this spring spirit, we advise you to visit Bradford-on-Avon for a relaxing walk and treat yourself to a cold drink by the river at this picturesque 16th-century Inn. The interior is kept intact, with the original beams, low ceilings and decoration. The charming terraced gardens offer beautiful panoramic views of the English countryside. If you plan on enjoying some homemade food, remember that the big feast is organised every 1st Sunday of the month. Just make sure to get there early, especially during the summer.
Woodbridge (Coalport, Shropshire):
Creating the feeling of being ‘in the middle of nowhere’, this place is perfect for anyone wanting to relax and enjoy their time away from the city and its crowds. It has a big deck overlooking the River Severn and picnic sets spread over the slope between the 18th century building and the water. It couldn’t give a more romantic vibe. The pub has a great variety of drinks and a tasty menu which make the Inn an excellent choice for a warm spring/summer day.
Hare & Hounds (Sidbury, Devon):
This is a ‘must’ for our fellow meat lovers. This charming pub is perfect both for cold and warm days. The inside is filled with comfy sofas, log fires and window seats, giving a great view of the big deck and garden area filled with wooden picnic sets and a wooden playground for our little friends who want to enjoy the sunshine too. It’s mostly famous for its exceptional carvery, using the best local meat, which can be accompanied by a fresh, cold pint.
Inn at Freshford (Freshford, Somerset):
Dating back to the 16th century, this village pub has a fully renovated garden and deck making it a lovely choice for a lovely evening visit where you can enjoy the final rays of sun after a walk by the river. They have a great menu and provide options for vegetarians and vegans. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy as much wine as you can from their great selection.