With the arrival of summer comes the desperate desire to escape the house for the warming refuge that the beer garden provides – cold pint in hand and content as could be. And with beer gardens like these, how could we possibly resist? If you’re heading to the North York Moors this summer, check out our guide to some of the very best beer gardens to try when the sun’s shining.
1. The Feversham Arms, Church Houses
Right in the heart of the North York Moors is The Feversham Arms, a quaint pub that boasts some of the best views of the countryside out there.
Cosy on the inside and ever-picturesque on the outside, guests can enjoy a slice of the rural calm with a pint in hand – with simple picnic-style benches provided in the beer garden to avoid distracting from the view. Feversham Arms Inn, Church Houses, York, YO62 7LF.
2. The Station Tavern, Grosmont
A particularly special beer garden that could easily be overlooked, guests can watch the NYMR pass by from The Station Tavern’s outdoor area, a unique opportunity that can’t be found anywhere else.
Boasting modern-yet-classic pub interiors inside, visitors can take advantage of ample bench seating at the front of the pub, before popping back inside to enjoy their proper pub grub which boasts locally sourced Whitby fish, Yorkshire meat and so much more. The Station Tavern, Grosmont, Whitby, YO22 5PB.
3. The Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland
The lovely Mallyan Spout Hotel, which can be found near the stunning Mallyan Spout Waterfall, is home to a large outdoor area, which includes a perfectly lawned beer garden and even their very own unique dining pods.
The country house offers some of the region’s best Yorkshire ales to sup on on a summer’s day, as well as Afternoon Tea, refreshing gins, juicy cocktails and, of course, proper pub grub. Mallyan Spout Hotel, Goathland, Whitby, YO22 5AN.
4. The Fox and Hounds Country Inn, Sinnington
While The Fox & Hounds might be on the edge of the North York Moors rather than within it, the pub doesn’t lack in beauty.
Situated within idyllic Sinnington, the pub is home to a gorgeous beer garden – one that, if you squint, could well be in another country entirely thanks to its stunning furniture, palm-like trees and summery pergola.
The country inn has garnered quite the fanbase as a result of its stunning food, which has even been awarded a prestigious AA Rosette. The Fox and Hounds Country Inn, Main St, Sinnington, York, YO62 6SQ.
5. The Black Swan, Helmsley
Completely charming both inside and out, The Black Swan in Helmsley offers a lovely pub experience set on the edge of the gorgeous national park, with Rievaulx Abbey and Nunnington Hall just a short journey away.
Emulating a well-preened English garden, the beer garden offers outdoor seating within the lovely green setting, providing a more upmarket feel to relax in after a day of exploration. The Black Swan, Market Pl, Helmsley, York, YO62 5BJ.
6. The Fauconberg, Coxwold
Great views in the distance? Check. Cosy garden seating? Check. Cold pints? Absolutely. Located near the lovely Newburgh Priory Estate, The Fauconberg boasts plenty of al fresco seating for guests to enjoy on the sunnier of days, both at the front of the picturesque venue and in its garden.
Inside, guests can expect a super cosy interior, featuring warming checks, stone walls and wood-burning stoves, with fine food on the menu and a fantastic drinks selection. It’s a great place to visit all year round, with plenty of ales, wines and locally sourced produce on offer. The Fauconberg, Thirsk Bank, Coxwold, YO61 4AD.
7. The Three Tuns, Osmotherley
A solid favourite among those who frequent the national park, The Three Tuns has a homely, cottage-like air to it – priding themselves on their ‘no frills’ approach to the pub. But while it is, indeed, ‘no frills’, the simple approach doesn’t take away from the quality of food or their quaint garden.
Decked out with a Secret Garden feel, the lovely space boasts plenty of seating, greenery at every turn and gorgeous features to take in throughout – the perfect spot to unwind with a glass of vino. The Three Tuns, 9 S End, Osmotherley, Northallerton, DL6 3BN.
8. The Stables, Whitby
Rustic and cosy with fantastic views, The Stables has a stunning beer garden for guests to take advantage of – with lovely views of the surrounding moors and wildlife.
Situated next to a tranquil pond surrounded by long, swaying grasses, guests can take in the fresh Whitby air while enjoying lovely wines from the well-stocked cellar and cold pints from the bar.
Inside, the cosy pub retains an old-worldly charm – with huge Victorian-style fireplaces, stable-style beams, and luxurious leather furnishings throughout. The Stables, Guisborough Road, Whitby, YO21 1TL.
9. The Pheasant, Helmsley
Another absolute favourite in the North York Moors, The Pheasant is gorgeous inside and out – oozing countryside charm from its limestone exterior to its cosy pub checks and low wooden tables.
In their beer garden, the charm continues with upmarket garden furniture and a stunning pergola entwined with vines and greenery, which results in beautiful dappled light over the terrace on the summery days. You know what they say, the devil is in the details.
Food-wise, guests can expect fine cuisine created with local produce – with dishes such as Whitby crab, lamb rump and 60-day aged beef fillet. The Pheasant, Mill St, Harome, North Yorkshire, YO62 5JG.
10. The Fairfax Arms, Gilling East
One of the more scenic beer gardens in the North York Moors, The Fairfax Arms offers a lovely garden experience – with a stream running by the property providing a tranquil scene.
Located near the Howardian Hills, guests can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Gilling East, with ample seating at the front of the venue and all of your typical pub tipples behind the bar. The Fairfax Arms, Main St, Gilling East, York, YO62 4JH.