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Cheltenham pubs with beer gardens

PUBLISHED: 11:33 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:39 29 June 2018


It's the weekend, the sun is shining and the pub is calling your name, but where is the best place to go? Fortunately for you we've picked twelve of the best pubs with beer gardens in Cheltenham. Enjoy, you deserve it!

1. The Railway, New Street

Only a stone’s throw away Cheltenham’s busy town centre, The Railway pub has a large beer garden perfect for absorbing those summer rays with a pint of real ale and a few plates from the pub’s new Smokey Phi Phi Thai Barbecue menu (trust us, its delicious). The Railway is dog friendly so it makes for a great pit stop on an afternoon dog walk.

2. The Strand, High Street

As it is located at the top of Cheltenham’s high street you’d be surprised to find a pretty pub garden behind The Strand. Surrounded by lots of leafy trees with the top of St Luke’s Church just visible in the background, it almost feels like you’re in the heart of the countryside. The beer garden is small with a great atmosphere during the summer and there are many events held throughout the year for pub goers to enjoy. There is a selection of great beers on tap (and prosecco by the glass), all there to be enjoyed with one of the tasty sharing platters.

3. The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road

On a hot summer’s day, head over to The Exmouth Arms and the large beer garden will always be abuzz with families, friends and their dogs soaking up the sunshine with a drink or two. Located on the very popular Bath Road, the pub is renowned for its great selection of ales and extensive menu of classic pub dishes. The popular wood-fired pizzas will also be making a return during the warmer months, on Friday and Saturday evenings. Weather permitting of course!

4. Wild Beer, Cambray Place

Located in the town centre, Wild Beer is the perfect pub for a post-shopping tipple. Although it is still relatively new to the Cheltenham pub scene, Wild Beer has certainly made its mark on the local residents with its selection of ever-changing unique beers. It is fast becoming the place to catch up with friends over a pint and some tasty small plates, and the courtyard garden out the back is just the place to do this.

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5. The Hewlett, Harp Hill

Sheltered away from the busy main road linking the town centre to Cheltenham Racecourse, you’ll find the Hewlett, tucked away on Harp Hill. Offering a sizeable pub garden in the centre of residential Cheltenham, the Hewlett is perfect place to soak up some rays while enjoying dinner and drinks. Burger fans will love the inventive options on the pub’s extensive burger menu – The Alpine with smoked ham, melted Swiss cheese, gherkins and mustard mayo anyone?

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6. The Kemble Brewery, Fairview Street

We’re expecting quite the backlash for sharing one of Cheltenham’s best kept secrets but it is simply selfish to keep it to ourselves! The Kemble Brewery is tucked away in a residential street in Cheltenham with a wonderful courtyard garden for drinkers to enjoy. The staff are friendly as are the clientele and there are some brilliant ales on offer too. It is a traditional English pub and there is nowhere in Cheltenham quite like it.

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7. The Beehive, Montpellier

The Beehive is the heart of Montpellier’s community and it has already been mentioned in our article about Cotswold Life’s favourite real ale pubs. But did you know the pub has got a lovely beer garden too? People of all ages congregate here to celebrate the weekend, enjoy great beer and eat delicious food (don’t miss the Sunday lunch or the Lovett pies). The Beehive describes itself as a country pub in the centre of town, and it certainly has the bonhomie atmosphere to match!

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8. The Retreat, Suffolk Parade

The Retreat is a regular haunt of the younger crowds in Cheltenham and in the summer the beer garden is full of people soaking up the sunny atmosphere. There are plenty of spirits, beers and great wines behind the bar and there’s always eclectic music playing from the speakers. Lunch is served between 12 – 3pm, with plenty of delicious dishes created with seasonal ingredients.

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9. The Cheese Rollers, Shurdington Road

Synonymous with the quirky tradition of cheese rolling which takes place a few miles down the road, The Cheese Rollers is well-loved for its ‘proper village pub’ qualities by locals and visitors alike. The menu includes classic pub fare: think filled baguettes with chips, sausage and mustard mash and homemade pie of the day. When the sun shines, dinner can be enjoyed al fresco in the pub’s large beer garden.

10. The Bell, Shurdington Road

Whether sitting in The Bell’s delightful conservatory or in the beer garden, pretty views of the adjacent cricket pavilion can be admired (especially lovely when the sun begins to set). This traditional pub along the Shurdington Road is just a short drive from the town centre, and the friendly service, local ales and ciders and the delicious, home-cooked dishes are worth jumping in the car for. We have it on good authority that the roast dinners are spot on!

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11. Sandford Park Alehouse

At CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2015, you can expect top-notch ales from beer lovers who own and run the pub. Sandford Park Alehouse has a large rear garden with plenty of outdoor seating, so unwind in the sun with a pint of real ale in comfort and peace. If you’re feeling peckish, soup and sandwiches are served Monday – Saturday until 5.30pm and a special menu served on Sunday.

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12. Jolly Brewmaster, Painswick Road

Tucked away from the from the crowds in Cheltenham, the Jolly Brewmaster can be found on a residential street only a few minutes walk from Bath Road. Ale and cider is the name of the game at this pub, so grab a pint, a packet of crisps and a newspaper, and while away the afternoon in the spacious beer garden. Four-legged friends are more than welcome to join in the fun too.

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Unsure of which pub you’d like to visit? Maybe one of our extensive pub guides can help make your mind up!

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