Best Pub Beer Gardens in the Lake District

Pint in a beer garden

There are so many great pubs in the Lake District and, of course, plenty of stunning beer gardens that go along with them. We’ve highlighted some of our very favourite pub gardens here - this may be due to their ample size, their extra beautiful views of fells or waters, or maybe added amenities like outdoor BBQ pits or beer / music festivals.

In the olden days, we’d tell you to just rock up, grab a drink at the bar and go enjoy the views outside, but these days, bookings will almost always be necessary, so we would advise you to plan ahead and book your table in the beer garden well in advance of your visit. Be sure to the check the weather in advance too!

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The Wilsons Arms (Coniston)

The Wilsons Arms (Coniston)

Torver, Coniston, LA21 8BB

The Wilsons Arms is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and drink when the sun is shining, thanks to its fabulous outdoor seating. There are a small number of tables at the front, along with a unique outdoor fish tank. At the back, you will find a heated terrace with comfortable seating, and a huge grassed space with picnic tables.

Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Wainwrights Inn (Chapel Stile)

Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JH

Surrounded by the Langdale fells that over look the Great Langdale Beck feeding into Elterwater, the beer garden at Wainwrights Inn at Chapel Stile has a picture postcard setting. Perfect for enjoying a summer’s evening with a pint and a meal, the beer garden comprises of a terraced area with tables and a garden with a large grassed space.

The Three Shires Inn (Little Langdale)

The Three Shires Inn (Little Langdale)

Little Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9NZ

The Little Langdale Valley is one of the prettiest areas in the Lake District and the beer garden at the Three Shires Inn is one of the best places in the area to enjoy the scenery. Surrounded by the Langdale fells, it’s a delight place to sit and enjoy a pint, with the sound of a babbling brook in the distance.

The Wasdale Head Inn

The Wasdale Head Inn

Wasdale Head, , CA20 1EX

If your requirement for a pub is that it has an outstanding view in the beer garden, then you won’t be disappointed with the Wasdale Head Inn. Nestled at the base of Scafell Pike the beer garden offers views of the surrounding fells. A stream trickles along the side, with an ancient packhorse bridge adding to the charm of the place.

The Sun (Coniston)

The Sun (Coniston)

Sun Hill, Coniston, LA21 8HQ

The Sun in Coniston has a large beer garden on two levels. The upper level is on a terrace outside the conservatory dining room and has steps down to the lower level where there is a grassed area with a play structure. There are plenty of tables on both levels and the garden is overlooked by The Old Man Of Coniston fell.

The Ship Inn & Quayside Sports Bar (Bowness-On-Windermere)

The Ship Inn & Quayside Sports Bar (Bowness-On-Windermere)

Wheelhouse Centre, Glebe Road, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3HE

There aren’t many beer gardens where you can sit right on the shore of England’s largest lake, which is why the outdoor terrace at the Ship Inn is so special. With plenty of seating, some of which is partly covered, this is a delightful place to enjoy a relaxing drink whilst watching the boats sailing across the lake.

The Masons Arms (Strawberry Bank)

The Masons Arms (Strawberry Bank)

Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Grange-Over-Sands, LA11 6NW

Not many beer gardens can boast of having views that extend out to 15 miles, taking in the delightful fells of the south-eastern Lake District. However, the Masons Arms near Cartmel Fell can do just that. Its covered and heated terrace is perfect for whiling away the hours and feasting on the inn’s award winning food and real ales.

The King’s Head (Thirlmere)

The King’s Head (Thirlmere)

Thirlspot, Thirlmere, Nr Keswick, CA12 4TN

The beer garden at the King’s Head by Thirlmere might be located alongside a main road, but it is arguably a road with one of the best views in the country, surrounded by the fells that sweep around the lake. The upper level is on a terrace, whilst the lower level is within a walled garden filled with flowers in the warmer months.

The Kingfisher Inn (Cockermouth)

The Kingfisher Inn (Cockermouth)

14 Crown Street, Cockermouth, CA13 0EX

Most residents of Cockermouth agree that the pub with the best beer garden in the town is the Kingfisher Inn. Located on the banks of the Derwent and overlooking the park on the other side, the place is perfect for enjoying a pint on a summers day. There is a play area at the end, enabling children to play whilst their parents relax.

The Swinside Inn (Keswick)

The Swinside Inn (Keswick)

Newlands Valley, Keswick, CA12 5UE

If there was a competition for the beer garden with the best views then the beer garden at the Swinside Inn near Keswick would definitely be a contender for the number one spot. Surrounded by the fells that tower above the Newlands Valley, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a pint and plot out your next walk around the north-western fells.

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Sticklebarn Tavern (Langdale)

Great Langdale, Ambleside, LA22 9JU

Nestled at the foot of the Langdale Pikes, the beer garden at Sticklebarn Tavern has unrivalled views of the surrounding fells. There are plenty of picnic tables on this spacious terrace that traps the sun throughout the day. During the summer, the terrace is often host to a fire pit and a BBQ. For less warmer weather, the inn has blankets available to borrow.

The Royal Oak Inn (Cartmel)

The Royal Oak Inn (Cartmel)

The Square, Cartmel, LA11 6QB

The beer garden at the Royal Oak Inn, Cartmel, is impressive. The large space behind the pub has a shallow stream running along the back of it where you might spot ducks looking for table scraps. There is a feature wishing well, and a good number of picnic tables. During the summer, a marquee is often erected here with its own bar and BBQ.

The Pooley Bridge Inn

The Pooley Bridge Inn

Finkle Street, Pooley Bridge, CA10 2NN

The Pooley Bridge Inn is located near the shore of Ullswater. The inn has a large courtyard to the rear of the building where the old stables have been converted into partly covered seating areas. There is a hut in the courtyard that houses a bar that is open during the summer, so you don’t have venture far to refresh your pint.

Poets Bar at the Lancrigg

Poets Bar at the Lancrigg

Lancrigg, Easedale Road, Grasmere, LA22 9QN

It would be hard to find another beer garden with better views than those found at The Poet’s Bar at The Lancrigg in Grasmere. Patrons can sit outside the bar on the terrace that has views across to the surrounding fells. The Lancrigg is set in 30 acres of grounds that visitors to the Poet’s Bar are welcome to explore.

Old Kings Head (Broughton-In-Furness)

Old Kings Head (Broughton-In-Furness)

Broughton-in-Furness, , LA20 6HJ

The Old Kings Head in Broughton-In-Furness is a fabulous place to head to during the summer months, thanks to its large beer garden. Here you will find an outdoor kitchen with the pub hosting BBQs when the weather is pleasant. The pub also regularly invites bands to perform in the beer garden during the summer, giving it that festival vibe.

The Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater)

The Kirkstile Inn (Loweswater)

Loweswater, , CA13 0RU

Overlooked by the imposing Melbreak fell, the beer garden at the Kirkstile Inn is a wonderful place to enjoy a pint or a meal when the weather is pleasant. With a large grassed area, it’s ideal for children and dogs, and Park Beck that trickles between Loweswater and Crummock Water runs alongside it. The garden also has views of Grasmoor and other fells.

The Eltermere Inn

The Eltermere Inn

Elterwater, Ambleside, LA22 9HY

The grounds of the Eltermere Inn extend for three acres, down to the shore of Elterwater, where there is the inn’s own private jetty. The garden has been beautifully landscaped to create seating areas, with plenty of space between the tables so it never feels crowded. Along with the seating areas the grounds boast of delightful horticultural features, and spectacular views.

Coledale Inn (Braithwaite)

Coledale Inn (Braithwaite)

Braithwaite, Nr Keswick, CA12 5TN

The beer garden at the Coledale Inn is a delight, having recently been refurbished and re-landscaped. It consists of an open grassed area that is ideal for children to play on, with a terrace along the outside that is partly covered. However, it’s the view that is the key selling point here, taking in many of the iconic western fells.

Bower House Inn (Eskdale)

Bower House Inn (Eskdale)

Eskdale, , CA19 1TD

For a perfect, relaxing summer’s day, take a trip on La’al Ratty to Irton Station and visit the Bower House at Eskdale Green, where the beer garden is surrounded by views of the fells. Spacious and calm, the garden features ornamental trees under which you can sit and enjoy a refreshing pint. The garden even has a play area for children.

The Boot & Shoe Inn (Greystoke)

The Boot & Shoe Inn (Greystoke)

Greystoke, , CA11 0TP

The Boot & Shoe is a traditional pub located in Greystoke, near Penrith. To the rear of the pub there is a large beer garden that has several features, including a covered BBQ area for the summer, and several outdoor games for families, such as giant Connect-4. A marquee can be placed in the garden for events if required.

The Pheasant Inn (Bassenthwaite)

The Pheasant Inn (Bassenthwaite)

Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, CA13 9YE

The garden at the Pheasant Inn is much more than a place to enjoy a quick pint. Beautifully landscaped, the gardens feature a variety of plants and topiary, and tables are dotted throughout so it never feels crowded. There is a babbling stream and a footpath that leads to the summit of Sale Fell. A wildlife haven, you may spot red squirrels here.