Last year, by far and away the most popular blog post I wrote was a guide to the best places to eat and drink outdoors across Derbyshire. This summer I’ve noticed some incredible outdoor spaces opening up. Here’s my round up of the most stunning pub gardens imaginable. The term ‘beer garden’ probably doesn’t do them justice. Here’s the most sublime places to eat and drink al fresco this summer and the best beer gardens in Derby, the Peak District and the rest of Derbyshire.
Best Summer Pubs in Derby
Waterfront Bar at The Cotton Works, Darley Abbey
Relax by the river with a cocktail or perfectly chilled glass from their extensive drinks menu. Chilled summer tunes complete the Balearic vibe. Dogs welcome on short leads. The waterfront bar is open in fine weather and weekends only. No booking required.
The Kedleston Country House
The Kedleston Country House was designed by noted architect, Robert Adam. The lovely landscaped Georgian gardens have been restored from the originals designed by Adam himself and enjoy unspoilt rolling countryside views.
There’s a good range of cocktails. I thoroughly recommend ‘The Kedleston Cup’ a delightful mix of Mulberry gin, elderflower liquor, vanilla, lime and apple, served in a bougee little plant pot, adorned with edible flowers. The bar is stocked with plenty of local brands such as White Peak Distillery.
Cock Inn, Mugginton
Featured in Red Magazine, the multi award winning, the Cock Inn in Mugginton is a great choice on a summer’s day. The manicured gardens are a perfect place to relax with a glass of something cold and one of their delicious sharing boards.
Bluebell, Kirk Langley
Easily accessible from Derby city centre, but with that delightfully relaxing ‘out in the sticks’ feel, The Bluebell in Kirk Langley is a luxurious, contemporary environment. There’s plenty of garden seating including the private dining garden rooms. Inside, the light and airy Orangery is a bright and welcoming space. Also check out their bottomless prosecco and pizza offer.
The Horseshoes, Long Lane
Named by The Telegraph as one of the Top 50 best pubs with beer gardens, The Horseshoes in Long Lane is an award-winning gastro pub with gorgeous, peaceful gardens. Bask in the sunshine and then once the sun goes down retire to the cosy bar area. The food at The Horseshoes is simply divine – check out my previous blog.
Pretty Peak District Beer Gardens
The George, Hathersage
Popular gastro pub, The George in Hathersage has recently opened a bright and sunny courtyard to enjoy their delicious locally sourced food and wonderful wines.
The Maynard, Grindleford
Boutique hotel and restaurant, The Maynard enjoys a really pretty garden with stunning Peak District views. There’s often live music and the food is divine.
Great Beer Gardens in the rest of Derbyshire
Dragon at Willington
Situated on the Trent and Mersey canal, The Dragon at Willington enjoys a picturesque setting. There’s an expansive beer garden and courtyard. The Dragon also has some boho chic private dining igloos. From here, you can walk along the canal path to nearby Mercia Marina.