There are only two great novelties to British summertime: the beach, and the beer garden. And not often do the two meet. But what if we told you that drinking cocktails and cold beers by the calming sea weren’t just reserved for the Mediterranean? And that you could actually do just that right here in Yorkshire – top views included? Well, you’d probably believe me, because we’re pretty blooming good at everything, now, aren’t we? From stunning terraces sitting just metres above the North Sea, to classic beer gardens soaking up the fresh salty air, here’s our guide to the best beer gardens on the Yorkshire coast.
1. The Marine Pub, Hornsea
Overlooking the sea in Hornsea, The Marine Hotel has pretty unbeatable beer garden – overlooking the beach so guests can watch the tide roll in.
While the pub is fresh and modern on the inside (with very subtle nods to the coast through its use of colour), outside, guests can expect a fairly simple approach to the beer garden – with plenty of seating helping to put the focus on the view. Expect plenty of beers on tap, as well as your typical pub fare. The Marine Hotel, Marine Dr, Hornsea, HU18 1NJ.
2. Manor Court Hotel, Bridlington
Located on the outskirts of Bridlington, Manor Court Hotel is a peaceful retreat – particularly in comparison to Bridlington’s busy seafront.
Soak up the sun in the rustic barn-like courtyard, enjoy huge pizzas and an extensive menu of Italian grub, or opt for their tasty, diverse bar bistro menu – all with an ice-cold drink in hand, of course. Manor Court Hotel, 53 Main St, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ.
3. The Stables, Whitby
The Stables might not be right on the coastal edge, but it’s ideally located for those looking for a stop-off when leaving (or arriving in) Whitby. Just on the outskirts of the popular seaside destination, the lovely restaurant boasts stunning features that nod to the building’s heritage as a stable, but best of all – it’s home to a tranquil beer garden that’s surrounded by beauty.
Seating can be found right next to the venue’s very own pond, with sweeping grasses and moorland views surrounding it. And while the sea is a few miles away, the pub still benefits from that fresh, Whitby air – making for the perfect spot to enjoy a pint and a spot of grub.
For the wine lovers among us, the venue is home to its own well-stocked cellar, with plenty of choices to sift through during your visit. The Stables, Guisborough Rd, Whitby, YO21 1TL.
4. The Downe Arms, Scarborough
On the edge of the North York Moors and just a short drive from Scarborough, The Downe Arms is a cosy country inn, with pretty impressive views from their beer garden.
Take a seat on one of many inviting picnic benches, before looking out over the stunning Yorkshire countryside with a tipple of your choice. The views are particularly stunning on a warm summer’s day, and guests can also take advantage of an extensive menu that varies from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner, to Sunday lunch. The Downe Arms, Main Rd, Wykeham, Scarborough, YO13 9QB.
5. The Station Hotel, Filey
The Station Hotel is one of Filey’s numerous lovely pubs, sitting just a few minutes’ walks away from the stunning Filey Bay.
Giving classic pub vibes, the venue is great for a quiet pint and boasts a fantastic beer garden complete with plenty of seating to enjoy this summer. Gather with mates on one of the many picnic benches, or hibernate from the sun towards the back of the garden in the cosier, pergola-covered seating area.
From cocktails and beers, the pub has plenty on offer for those looking for a tasty tipple – including a fun array of gin and liqueurs to try. The Station Hotel, 15 Church St, Filey, YO14 9ED.
6. The Ship Inn, Sewerby
Nautical-themed with stunning sea views, The Ship Inn can be found in lovely Sewerby, just on the outside of Bridlington.
The beer garden is pretty popular on summer days – and for good reason, too, thanks to its gorgeous sea views and fresh coastal air. It’s the kind of place you’ll wanna park up for the day, with gorgeous interiors, ample garden seating, traditional pies, fish and chips, and a great selection of draught beers, gins and more on offer. The Ship Inn, Cliff Rd, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EW.
7. The Victoria Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay
Making up part of the lovely Robin Hood Bay’s hospitality offering, The Victoria Hotel has a little something special: a view that can’t be found anywhere else.
Overlooking the iconic bay, the stunning garden also doubles up as the perfect wedding venue – allowing guests to say ‘I do’ in front of the most idyllic backdrop. On non-wedding days, guests can simply soak up the sun while looking out to sea, with fresh Whitby fish, refreshing drinks and so much more on offer. The Victoria Hotel, Station Rd, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, YO22 4RL.
8. Seabirds Inn, Flamborough
Just a stone’s throw away from the Drinking Dinosaur, the Seabirds Inn has a gorgeous garden to enjoy after exploring the historic coastline at Flamborough. Serving refreshing drinks within a cosy atmosphere, locals love it for the fantastic seafood, dog-friendly approach and extensive array of cocktails.
Chow down on a huge menu of pub grub classics – from burgers and steaks to seafood and Sunday roasts – while taking in the fresh sea air in the pub’s peaceful (and private!) beer garden. Seabirds Inn, 14 Tower St, Flamborough, Bridlington, YO15 1PD.
9. Crown & Anchor, Kilnsea
Now, before we get into the basics, just check out that sunset. 100% a huge pull for this beer garden, the Crown & Anchor can be found nearby to the famous Spurn Point – making it a popular retreat for those visiting the curious nature reserve.
Enjoy cosy decor inside, proper ales, homemade pub grub, and of course, coastal views from the beer garden outside – which is just a matter of metres away from the sea. Crown & Anchor, Easington Rd, Kilnsea, Hull, HU12 0UB.
10. Lucien’s Wine Bar, Hornsea
Located within the small coastal town of Hornsea, Lucien’s Wine Bar has a gorgeous beer – or should we say, wine garden at the rear, with ambient lighting and ample seating making for the perfect place to wind down on an evening.
Expect frequent live music nights, tasty Instagram-worthy cocktails, Love Island screening nights and, of course, lots of wine. Lucien’s Wine Bar, 5, 7 Newbegin, Hornsea, HU18 1AB.
11. The Old Scalby Mills, Scarborough
Perfectly positioned so it overlooks Scarborough’s North Bay, The Old Scalby Mills is home to a rustic beer garden, situated underneath a welcoming pergola to keep you shaded from the hot summer sun.
There, guests can take in the coastal sights and enjoy traditional pub fare, while only being a short stroll away from the quieter, more peaceful side of the popular seaside resort and the tranquil Peasholm Park. The Old Scalby Mills, Scalby Mills Rd, Scarborough, YO12 6RP.
12. Whitby Brewery
You couldn’t get more perfect than the location of Whitby Brewery. Situated right next door to the historic Whitby Abbey, visitors get to take in an iconic British landmark in all of its glory at this beer garden, while also not being far from the rest of the town centre attractions.
Specialising in locally-crafted beers made right next door to Dracula’s old haunt, guests can sup on real Yorkshire ales and yummy pizzas served with a side of live music at their converted barn brewery. Whitby Brewery, East Cliff, Whitby, YO22 4JR.
13. Abbey Wharf, Whitby
Abbey Wharf is a beach-style bar sitting right on the waterfront – with beautiful views of the River Esk on its way out to sea.
Finished off with a glass to avoid spoiling the stunning view, the bar’s outdoor terrace is a real sun-trap in the summer, serving steak, seafood aplenty and tasty cocktails to knock back while enjoying the harbour sights.
It’s almost like being on holiday, except with far less Estrella and far more cask brews behind the bar. Abbey Wharf, Market Place, Whitby, YO22 4DD.
14. The Hart Inn, Sandsend
A cosy, traditional pub just a few metres away from Sandsend beach, The Hart Inn houses a gorgeous beer garden – which comes alive at night thanks to the new addition of glowing lights around their trees.
There, guests can enjoy tasty seafood platters, as well as a well-stocked bar and, if you’re lucky, the idyllic sound of the waves rolling into shore at night. Ahh, bliss. The Hart Inn, East Row, Sandsend, Whitby, YO21 3SU.
15. Cod & Lobster, Staithes
You’ve probably seen Cod & Lobster before, and if it wasn’t in real life, it was definitely on Instagram. You couldn’t possibly get any closer to the sea than you are in this quaint pub’s beer garden – with the tide lapping in literal metres away from the outdoor seating area.
At the pub, expect plenty of seafood (when on the coast, after all), parmo, and steak if you’re feeling peckish, alongside beers, your typical spirits, mixers, wine and more. Cod & Lobster, 61 High St, Staithes, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS13 5BH.
16. Vista Mar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea
An impressive venue overlooking the peaceful Saltburn sea, Vista Mar is the perfect place to catch some rays – with sunsets, in particular, providing extra special sights for guests to enjoy (hello, candy floss skies!).
Offering ample seating on the bar and restaurant’s deck, guests can look out toward the historic Victorian pier and rolling waves, with lots of traditional pub grub (plenty of fish, of course!), beers, gins and wines to accompany the views. Vista Mar, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1NY.