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Britain's Best Beer Gardens Ahead Of 12 April Reopening

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Britain's Best Beer Gardens Ahead Of 12 April Reopening

The long-awaited dream of pub garden pints finally feels like it's within reach, with Step Two of the government's road map out of lockdown due to come into effect on 12 April, in turn giving outdoor hospitality the go-ahead.

While many of you would probably be grateful for a sorely-missed draught lager wherever you're able to get one, if you're over in Somerset you could make sure your reunion with the pub is the best possible experience it could be by heading to The Rising Sun in Pensford - officially the home to Britain's Best Beer Garden.

The Rising Sun was awarded the accolade by Union Jack Radio last year, with voters saying: "It's in a beautiful setting, the atmosphere is amazing, the staff are super friendly and the food is out of this world!"

Credit: Rising Sun Pensford
Credit: Rising Sun Pensford
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On its Facebook page, the establishment bills itself as a 'lovely little riverside pub' which serves 'delicious freshly prepared pub grub'.

It also has a 4.8 rating from Facebook users, with customers praising everything from its 'friendly staff' and 'beautiful surroundings' to the 'top quality' food.

Of course, elsewhere in the country there are plenty of other fan favourites to visit for a Covid-safe al fresco tipple.

In the capital, you'll find The Ship, a riverside pub in Wandsworth that has a terrace overlooking the water. With a 4.2 Google rating, many people love the spot for its 'amazing' river views and 'fantastic location', while others enjoy the hearty gastropub fare including Sunday roasts.

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Based on the edge of London Fields, East London's Pub on the Park is also a huge hit with the area's younger crowds, with its huge decked area outside perfect for the rule changes to come.

Up in Manchester, The Wharf in Castlefield has a large terrace right next to the canal, meaning you can sip on a cider while watching narrowboats float past. While located in the heart of the city centre, it has the tranquil feel of a countryside boozer, with good pub grub and cask ales on offer.

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Also in Manchester, the Oast House also has a gigantic outdoor drinking space, with a few covered areas should the unpredictable British weather turn on you. Grab an Aperol Spritz and one of the famous hanging kebabs, before basking in the good times.

Over in Oxford, meanwhile, The Perch freehouse in Binsey Village is another great 'historic riverside pub', boasting heaps of outdoor space for Step Two pints. According to its website, the garden is the 'envy of the whole city' when summer rolls around, while the 17th-century traditional thatched roof charms 'even the most seasoned-pub goers'.

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Bristol's best beer garden has to be the White Lion, which overlooks the iconic Suspension Bridge and the Avon River underneath it. As soon as the sun comes out, punters flock to its huge terrace to enjoy a couple of drinks with a view - which becomes particularly stunning at sunset.

Scottish pubgoers should check out The Pear Tree in Edinburgh, which has become a staple for students and Fringe Festival crowds thanks to its large yard - where, in normal circumstances, you'll often find sports and film screenings or outdoor gigs.

"Great outdoor space set up perfectly for social distancing with friends," one Google review says.

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Outdoor hospitality is due to reopen as part of the government's Step Two phase from 12 April. Pubs and restaurants will then hopefully be able to start serving customers indoors from 17 May.

Not long to go now, folks...

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Rising Sun Pensford

Topics: UK News, News, Pubs

Jess Hardiman
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