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Top 10 beer gardens

Hampshire has a great selection of pubs with beer gardens, the perfect way to relax on a sunny afternoon. Whether you want riverside views or quiet seclusion, we have put together a top 10 selection of some of the best beer gardens across the county:

Jolly Sailor, Old Bursledon

This stunning pub is tucked away in the heart of Old Bursledon, Southampton and it boasts a spectacular waterside location along the River Hamble. Once known for its part in TV series Howard's Way, the Jolly Sailor serves a fine selection of wine, beer and fresh seafood. Outside you can enjoy a seat outside in the heated patio area, or sit along one of the tables located at the river's edge, overlooking the many yachts docked in the area. 

The Mayfly Pub, near Stockbridge

This riverside inn has fabulous views across the River Test and has some great outside space where you can watch the world go by. Set in the heart of the countryside, The Mayfly often attracts local walkers and cyclists who like to stop off for a refreshment after exploring one of the many trails which surround the pub.

The Chilworth Arms, Southampton

Located in the heart of Chilworth, this pub and restaurant is modern, family friendly with excellent food. Its extensive beer garden is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon whether you are looking to relax with a beer or enjoy a hearty meal.

The New Forest Hotel, Ashurst

The New Forest Hotel has great views of unspoilt open land which leads across to the New Forest. It is perfect for a cold drink, hot meal or hotel room. Its extensive beer garden features patio and grass eating areas, along with a play area for children.

The Globe, New Alresford

Located in the market town of New Alresford, this former 16th Century Coaching Inn sits next to a pretty lake. Visitors to its beer garden will be greeted by picturesque views across the water, where you will often find a duck or two nesting in the area! With great food and drink, this pub is not to be missed.

The Bishop on the Bridge, Winchester

The Bishop on the Bridge sits along the banks of the River Itchen, in the heart of historic Winchester. Located at the very bottom of the High Street, this pub serves freshly made food, premium ale and has regular entertainment such as quiz nights. The beer garden sits next to the flowing river and is the perfect way to escape busy city life.

The Cricketers Inn, Curdridge

The Cricketers sits in the quiet area of Curdridge, in the heart of Hampshire's countryside. Providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere and home cooked food, the village green style beer garden provides a peaceful atmosphere in a picturesque surrounding.

The Willow Tree, Winchester

This gem of a pub is located a short walk away from Winchester City Centre. Offering a selection of seasonal food with local produce, the Willow Tree is well known for its secret riverside garden. See if you can spot the wild trout swimming in the surrounding streams! This pub has an excellent reputation and is also very family friendly.

The Queens Head, Petersfield

This establishment consists of a lounge bar area, Italian restaurant 'La Cucina' and a large pub garden. Sit back and relax in the pretty garden as you enjoy one of the many fine ales on offer, or sample some fine Italian cuisine at this well established restaurant.

The Fox, North Waltham near Basingstoke

This picturesque pub is tucked away along a country lane and is within easy reach of the M3 and A30. Serving a fine selection of beer and wine, it also has an extensive menu and is family friendly. The pretty beer garden is surrounded by hanging baskets and blooming flower beds, providing the perfect ambience for an afternoon sitting in the sunshine. You will also find an outdoor play area for kids.