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24 pubs with great gardens for families

Summer days are perfect for alfresco pub lunches with the family. Here's our guide to some of the best pub gardens in Surrey.

The Bailiwick, Englefield Green

Right on the edge of Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water Lake in Englefield Green, The Bailiwick ticks lots of boxes when it comes to alfresco family dining. There’s a beautiful terrace overlooking the ancient woodland, and a gate next to the pub means little (and longer) legs walk off any excess energy. Food here is excellent – both the head chef Steven Ellis trained under Clare Smyth at Restaurant Gordon Ramsey, and his wife Ami, the head pastry chef, creates puddings that are works of art. Oh, and dogs are welcome!

The Victoria, Oxshott

The Victoria is a pub that attracts diners at the top end of the pub market with menus that has even the most hardened of London critics coming back for more. And while swanky it most certainly is, there’s a welcoming down-to-earth vibe here. The garden is the perfect spot for families – it’s enclosed and secure, jam packed with beautiful trees and shrubs (and has lovely pockets of shade). And there’s a specially dedicated children’s menu to accompany the grown-up version.

The Georgian Coppa Club, Haslemere

A lovely garden terrace, an atrium dining room with a retractable roof, plus igloos for private dining, if that’s what you fancy, The Georgian Coppa Club is open all day for everything from breakfast and brunch to cocktails. It’s super family friendly, with a dedicated kids’ menu and plenty of space for families.

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon

A pub surrounded by vast fields with llamas that also has a play area especially for kids – it’s like catnip to parents who have kids with energy to burn. There’s even the opportunity to go an a llama trek experience. Can’t go wrong.

The Kings Arms, Egham

Alfresco lovers assemble! While the outdoor terrace at The Kings Arms is small, but perfectly formed, the star summer attraction is without doubt The Menagerie, an atrium style space with a retractable roof and greenery everywhere you look. On Sundays, there’s live acoustic musicians playing  jazz, blues, country and pop music. And…. relax!

José Pizarro The Swan Inn, Esher

A garden terrace with large booths, a fire pit and authentic Spanish food from the Godfather of Spanish food himself. During the summer, the barbecues are fired up for a true taste of grilled tapas classics alfresco. Dogs and puppies are also welcome.

The Plough Inn, Coldharbour

This 17th century country inn has a picket-fenced paved garden with ample seating to enjoy a sunset meal with friends and family. The kitchen offers great home-cooked food, using ingredients sourced from suppliers in the local area. Go for a walk up Leith Hill beforehand, to really work up an appetite.

Worplesdon Place, Worplesdon

The garden at Worplesdon Place is gigantic – pull up a pew, sip one of their award-winning ales, (or a nice chilled glass of Sauv Blanc) and let your children stretch their legs in the vast expanse of green grass. Perfect!

The Drumming Snipe, Mayford

The food here makes it worth a visit alone, but if you can nab yourself a table in one of the converted horse boxes, you’re really in for a treat – protected from the blazing sun and keeping you dry if it rains. And let’s be honest, it could go either way during a British summer. The enclosed garden also makes this super safe for small wandering kids.

The Stag on the River, Lower Eashing

Dining alfresco just got a whole lot better at The Stag thanks to the new riverside terrace that runs along the banks of the River Wey. You get the best of all worlds here – water views and the babbling sound of the running river all safely fenced off from little people (and big ones too!). Families might like one of the picnic tables on the grassy area.

The Castle Inn, Farnham

A town centre pub with a fully enclosed courtyard garden with a gorgeous terrace leading out to a lovely lawned area. Oh la la. Don’t mind if we do. Sounds like the perfect place to position oneself for the Bottomless brunch which is served on weekends and Bank Holidays. Smashed avo for me, a full English for him and American pancakes for the kids.

The Barley Mow, Englefield Green

You’re perfectly positioned here – just a stone’s throw from Great Windsor Park – for some serious leg stretching before a pub lunch. And the pub also overlooks the village cricket green – send the kids off to play while you settle in to enjoy glass of something cold and refreshing! The garden at the back is fully enclosed.

The White Horse, Hascombe

This 16th century pub in the village of Hascombe is smack bang in the middle of footpaths, cycle routes and bridleways perfect for stretching little legs before refuelling with a pub lunch. Or, if you’re not feeling energetic, skip the walk and head straight to the pub garden. It’s big, with plenty of room for families.

The Dolphin Inn, Betchworth

This traditional country pub dates back to the 17th century and as well as being gorgeously rustic inside, has a beautiful garden outside. No need to worry about the weather, there’s a marquee for inclement days. But there are also sunny spots too. Menus change daily and there’s a strong focus on keeping ingredients locally-sourced – mostly within 5 miles.

The White Horse, Shere

Found in the heart of the picturesque village of Shere and close to the River Tillingbourne, you may recognise The White Horse from its starring role in the Christmas rom-com The Holiday, starring Kate Winslet and Jude Law. As well as an enclosed courtyard garden, there are also tables at the front. Food’s good too.

The Bear, Oxshott

With an elegant terrace at the front and a lovely large garden at the back, there are plenty of alfresco options here. Food is fresh and seasonal, and there’s a great choice of ale. Dogs are welcome too.

The Inn on the Green, Ockley

A 15th century pub with a huge grassy garden plus a play area for kids – what’s not to like. There are also rooms if you want to stay longer.

The Foley, Claygate

A traditional English pub in the pretty village of Claygate. There’s a really lovely terraced dining area that leads down to an enclosed garden. It’s quite the oasis. Food is seasonal. Dogs are also welcome.

Hand and Spear, Weybridge

I haven’t had a chance to eat here myself yet *sob*, by my spies tell me the food is fab. There’s a large garden, which includes a fab little secret’ garden at the side of the pub which is kitted out with comfy rattan furniture. The pub also has 12 boutique bedrooms, for those who fancy an overnighter.

The Home Cottage, Redhill

A favourite pub for local families, The Home Cottage is nestled in the heart of Redhill town centre, not far from the train station. There’s a large beer garden with plenty of seating, though booking is recommended if you want to nab a table. Food is seasonal.

The Red Barn, near Lingfield

A stunning 300 year old converted barn with a large garden in Blindley Heath near Lingfield. It’s family friendly and the food has always been reliably good. There’s also plenty of car parking.

The Rambler’s Rest, Chipstead

The pub has recently had a makeover, and this includes the massive garden that’s set over two levels. And it’s in a wonderfully scenic spot, making this pub garden the perfect pitstop after a walk in the nearby Banstead Woods.

The Bell, Fetcham

A hip village pub known for serving a fab selection of real ales and craft beers, plus a fab Sunday roast. The garden is quite something too. The perfect spot to while away a few hours.

The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield

With the village cricket green next door and a vast garden overlooking a gorgeously pretty pond, you won’t go wrong at The Inn on the Pond. It’s on a great cycle route, and there are some great walks nearby. Food’s fab too. Just keep an eye on little ones near the water.

Research and words by Ben Muscat

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1 comment on “24 pubs with great gardens for families”

  • Manon Cahalane August 4, 2022

    The Haycutter in Oxted. Fab food ..really pretty garden .play area for children


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