Beer Gardens: Five Of The Best
At the first sight of sunshine, put on the sun cream and escape to the country to enjoy a beer in the great outdoors. We found some of the best beer gardens in and around Carlisle to enjoy a cold one this summer.
The Crown Inn
Probably the most unique spot in the city to enjoy a pint, the Courtyard at the Crown reopened in May following a £20,000 revamp. Along with luxurious furniture, sofas and fire pit tables, the transformation includes a striking 25 foot mural painted by international graffiti artist Martin Hayhurst. As well as incorporating the Carlisle coat of arms, the work depicts the city’s rich history and famous landmarks.
Warwick on Eden
The huge beer garden at The Queens is furnished with contemporary wooden seating, features a huge lawn and backs onto an enclosed public park, perfect for keeping the little ones happy while you sup. The pub also hosts regular community events, from BBQs and family fun days – keep an eye out for more of these coming up at the end of July and over the August Bank Holiday.
In the pretty village of Talkin, The Blacksmiths Arms offers all the comforts of a traditional country inn. The pub serves light meals and bar snacks, while a separate restaurant area serves a full menu with daily specials. The pleasant beer garden makes for a lovely quiet setting to enjoy a drink or meal after a day out at Talkin Tarn or a trip to Hadrian’s Wall, both of which are in close proximity.
The grounds of this traditional country pub between Wigton and Carlisle are the perfect place to while away an sunny Sunday afternoon. The home cooked food is excellent, the real ales are plentiful and there’s a pool room and darts board as well as a large beer garden, with a long stretch of lawn. Don’t forget to say hello to the pub’s pet pigs while you’re there.
Fox and Pheasant
Situated in a beautiful river setting, in the midst of the gorgeous Eden Valley, step outside this charming village inn and you’ll find yourself in nature’s very own beer garden. Offering home cooked food and an extensive list of fine wines and real ales, sip your pint while admiring the spectacular views and basking in the tranquil setting.