Believe it or not, but the UK can enjoy long, hot balmy days as the following selection of pretty beer gardens demonstrates! The most popular bars and restaurants appreciate that customers relish dining alfresco, and aren’t afraid to invest in stunning outdoor environments. This is how designers like Dawnvale can help, offering their expertise in creating amazing garden bars where customers can soak up the atmosphere in a laid-back setting.
Gardeners Rest, Sheffield
Whether enjoying a refreshing drink or enjoying an unhurried family meal, this is a beer garden that combines visual delights with a bohemian twist. Clever combinations are applied, a meeting of stained glass, brickwork and quirky mirrors – the overall effect is topped by some delightful, state of the art lighting fixtures shaped as yellow flowers. The result is curiously modern yet reassuringly homely. The garden comprises a selection of large, leafy shrubs framing seating areas that are arranged in a hotchpotch of benches, chairs and standalone tables. Finishing touches provided by fun garden ornaments create a most interesting backdrop to enjoy a refreshing G&T.
The Mill at Rode, Somerset
This is a beautiful location, with emphasis placed on a sophisticated dining experience. A section of the dining area is arranged on raised decking, redolent of beachside tavernas, with the use of fabric canopies to offer comfort in the shade. Modernistic metallic steps give onto an elegant terrace that straddles the river, combining brick and flag paving to bring a Mediterranean flourish. Chunky, comfortable dining furniture is spacious and organised in an avenue formation, lending stacks of space for families with small children. The Mill retains the charming atmosphere of its former life, utilising sympathetic design with an attention to detail that complements its tranquil, riverside setting.
Jinty McGuinty’s, Glasgow
Relaxation comes in many shapes and forms, none more so than in this playground-effect beer garden for grown-ups. Choose from the selection of seating, as there is something to fit every mood. Box seats are placed snugly next to leather topped square-shaped tables, and barrel tables are available for customers who prefer to stand while enjoying a pint or two. For the more languid patron, there are some delightful teardrop basket chairs complete with sumptuous cushions to enjoy lazy afternoons. Comfortably cushioned areas are available to literally sit back, and watch the world go by. The backdrop of trees and shrubs perfectly complements the furniture design, as well as the deceptively random seating arrangements. There is a suggestion of an arboreal grotto-like appeal to this garden, and little wonder it proves such a popular watering hole.