Our Top 5 Pub Gardens In Winchester
Summer is finally here and we know how to celebrate the sunshine in Hampshire; long afternoons spent in the humble pub garden. But with so many great pub gardens in Winchester to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve rounded up our favourite spots to while away the day.
All the pubs featured also happen to be dog friendly, so no need to leave the hound at home!
The Willow Tree gets extra points for the Itchen flowing right past (on either side!). This idyllic garden is a little oasis in the city centre, you can find it at the bottom of St Giles Hill, just before the entrance to Winnall Moors. With a wood fired pizza oven, a smoker and a BBQ all fired up in the Summer, there’s no reason to ever leave!
The perfect place to stop after a ramble around the Water Meadows. As well as regular beer and cider festivals, The Queen Inn has its own brewery! Hang out under the shade of the trellis in the front garden, or lounge in the sunshine in the back – the choice is yours!
If you’ve ventured around (or up!) St Catherines Hill, The Black Boy is the perfect place to have a much needed rest. This paved beer garden is a sun trap in the Summer months, when they also set up their outdoor Pimms hut; we can’t think of anything more Winchester! There’s an open fronted canopy that wraps around the space, very handy for our British Summers.
Been wandering round River Park? The King Alfred is a stones throw away in Hyde. They’ve recently refurbished their garden, creating a brilliant play area for kids and a separate ‘Tranquil Garden’ for adults (both are non-smoking); making it a perfect space whether you’re visiting with family or friends.
After you’ve scaled the heights of St Giles Hill and taken in the sights of the viewpoint, head north along Alresford Road to find this out-of-the-way gem. This sunny beer garden features a heated shelter in case of (very likely) Summer downpours. There’s also a separate dog garden just for pups, complete with water and bins! Now this would be Mr Scruff’s pick we’re sure…
Where’s your favourite beer garden in Winchester? Let us know on Facebook, we’re always open to suggestions!