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City Crowned Beer Garden Capital Of The UK

Dominic Smithers

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City Crowned Beer Garden Capital Of The UK

The only thing better than enjoying a nice cold pint in a pub is enjoying it in a beer garden.

And as the weather starts to get better, plenty of us will already be thinking about finding the perfect suntrap to settle into this summer.

But if you're looking for something a little more interesting than your local this year, fear not, because a list of the UK's best beer garden spots has been put together.

Bur the city that tops the bill will cost you a pretty penny if you do decide to pay a visit.


The study looked into the number of beer gardens per person in major British cities and compared them to the cheapest places to buy a beer.

Norwich is the beer garden capital of the UK. Credit: Alamy
Norwich is the beer garden capital of the UK. Credit: Alamy

And according to the study, Norwich came out on top with a score of 86 points out of a possible 100.

This was down to the fact it had the highest number of beer gardens compared to its population size, with 4.77 of them for every 10,000 residents.


And if that wasn't enough to get you on the A47, 17 percent in Norwich also boast outdoor heating if it does get a bit nippy.

But with the region enjoying plenty of sunshine, you probably won't need them.

Just behind it was Oxford, which has 70 pubs with gardens, giving it 4.59 for every 10,000 people, and a score of 83.

Then there was Brighton, which with 107 beer gardens, scored a mightily impressive 81 out of 100.


However, while boozers in more northerly locations – such as Aberdeen and Dundee – don't enjoy the highest temperatures, your pound will go a lot further.

The average pint in both cities will set you back just £3, which when compared to the likes of London, Belfast and Brighton, where the average drink costs between £5 and £5.50, is not too shabby.

Stephen Hankinson, managing director at Electric Radiators Direct, which carried out the research, said: "As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, many are excited for the return of outdoor socialising and al fresco dining.

Brighton is one of the best places for outdoor drinking in the country. Credit: Alamy
Brighton is one of the best places for outdoor drinking in the country. Credit: Alamy

"Our research has identified Norwich as the best ‘beer garden hotspot’ in the country, boasting the highest number of pubs with outdoor seating in relation to population and generally favourable weather conditions.

“British weather can, of course, sometimes be unpredictable and evenings can get chilly even after a sunny day.

"It's important to be comfortable even when temperatures drop, which is why patio heaters can be a great added value to a beer garden."

Top 10 Cities For Outdoor Drinking Are:

  1. Norwich
  2. Oxford
  3. Brighton
  4. Southampton
  5. Bristol
  6. Newcastle
  7. York
  8. Plymouth
  9. Leeds
  10. Milton Keynes

Worst 10 Cities For Outdoor Drinking Are:

  1. Aberdeen
  2. Glasgow
  3. Dundee
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Belfast
  6. Birmingham
  7. Liverpool
  8. Swansea
  9. Leicester
  10. Nottingham and Coventry

Featured Image Credit: theeaglepub.co.uk/theblackhorsenorwich.net

Topics: UK News

Dominic Smithers
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