With the good weather upon us – for some of the time at least – and two bank holidays in May, we thought we would take a traipse through some beer gardens in the region for you to enjoy.
Whether it is city centre or out in the wilds, there’s nothing quite like a spot of al fresco dining - or drinking.
Here are some top tips for beer gardens to enjoy – some of which are recommended by us and others which are favourites of our readers on social media.
THE BOTANIST, Monument Mall, Newcastle. Email email@example.com; Tel (0191) 261 6307
It’s already one of, if not the, busiest of Newcastle’s food and drink venues, and the Monument Mall hotspot’s popularity looks set to soar even further now that its new Roof Garden is open for business.
The Botanist’s indoor dining area boasts impressive enough views of the city centre but these are taken up a notch on the inviting roof terrace which has its own bar and can seat around 100 people for table service.
OSBORNES, Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 240 7778. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Osbornes’ beer garden puts you right at the heart of the action in this buzzing Newcastle suburb.
Open: 11am-11pm every day.
THREE MILE INN, Great North Road, Gosforth, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 255 2100. Email: email@example.com
Lively and with a great atmosphere, this beer garden gives drinkers the chance to enjoy a wide range of drinks including locally sourced ales.
Open: Noon-11pm Mon-Thu; noon-midnight Fri and Sat; noon-10.30pm
FREE TRADE INN, Saint Lawrence Road, Newcastle. Tel: (0191) 265 5764
Peter Kane on Facebook comments: “Pub with the best view bar none.”
TELEGRAPH, Orchard Street, Newcastle. Tel: 0191 261 8991
After work hours you will often find a few from the Chronicle and Journal offices partaking in a tipple here. It has a great rooftop beer garden with views over to Central Station. It seems to be a favourite of our Facebook followers, too.
THE RUNHEAD Holburn Lane, Ryton. Tel: (0191) 413 9517. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A traditional – yet contemporary – village pub, serving good food and a selection of locally produced ales. The beer garden also incorporates a children’s play area.
Open: Noon-11pm Mon-Thurs; noon-
midnight Fri; 11am-midnight Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun.
THE SANDPIPER, Farringdon Road, Cullercoats. Tel: (0191) 253 5050. Email: email@example.com
The stylish and modern Sandpiper beer garden offers a seaside oasis for local residents and visitors to the area.
Open: Noon-11pm Mon-Sun.
THE KILLINGWORTH ARMS, West Lane, Killingworth Village. Tel: (0191) 268 1423. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Heads on Facebook recommends this.
THREE WHEAT HEADS INN, Thropton, nr Rothbury. Tel: (01669) 620 262 Email: email@example.com
Alison Stokoe says on Facebook: “Probably the best view from any beer garden I’ve sat in.”
CRASTER ARMS, The Wynding, Beadnell. Tel: (01665) 720 272
The Craster Arms Hotel is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Beadnell in the ‘secret kingdom’ of the Northumberland coast.
This is a favourite of Emma Jackson on Facebook.
THE JOLLY FISHERMAN, Haven Hill, Craster. Tel: (01665) 576 461. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open: 11am-11pm Mon-Sat
A firm favourite all round, with great views of Dunstanburgh Castle.
Food Served: 11am-3pm and 5pm to 8:30pm; noon-7pm Sun (9pm at weekends during holiday periods)
THE GEORGE HOTEL, Chollerford. Tel: (01434) 681 611
Thanks for the picture, Carl Sunley, who adds: “River views. Fishing, swimming pool, food and drink. Hard to be beaten really!”
THE LORD CREWE ARMS, The Square, Blanchland. Tel: (01434) 675 469. Email: email@example.com
Hayley Dickinson recommends this one, and it is a favourite of many in the Journal offices too.
Caroline Murray and Jane Burdis on Facebook are also fans.
HALF MOON INN, 86 New Elvet, Durham. Tel: (0191) 374 1918.
Michael Sheen tells us on Facebook: “Great beer garden, staff always friendly and a good atmosphere.”
SUN DIAL, Sea Road, South Shields. Tel: (0191) 455 1746. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This pub promises unrivalled value with a menu and drinks range bursting with choice and flavour for you to enjoy.