Top Beer Gardens in Nottingham

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Discovering a good beer garden can be a saving grace of summer fun, and luckily for us Nottingham has a great selection in it’s midst. Tucked behind our bars and pubs there are yards, rooftops, canal banks and terraces which have been cleverly transformed into lovely spaces, perfect for whiling away summer days, meeting friends, and of course enjoying a pint with the sun on your skin. Have a look at some of our favourites below….

The Hand & Heart – Derby Road


While this delightful establishment first appears to be another classic pub, peer behind the bar and you’ll notice a stretch of beautifully lit cave which serves as a classy and unique setting for fine dining. Upstairs the bar gets more intimate with a number of function rooms and nooks, and a gorgeous outdoor terrace. Fitted with elegant furniture and greenery, you’ll feel like Derby Road royalty as you sip your drink and watch the world go by below.

Extra Tip! – Derby Road has a great selection of quirky shops to check out. Pop into Focus Gallery and admire the wide selection of artisan goods on offer from local independent artists.

The Lincolnshire Poacher – Mansfield Road

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If you’re not a fan of loud music, slot machines and sports channels and want a traditional well stocked boozer complete with a good range of ales and whiskey, the Lincolnshire Poacher is worth a little trip up Mansfield Road. This gem of a pub from Castle Rock Brewery has garnered a staunch reputation with locals as the place around to meet, relax, eat and drink. The brick walls of the rear garden are dotted with vintage enamel signage, there are regular outdoor food events, a number of cosy booths to sit in, a motley crew of lovely regulars if you fancy striking up a conversation, and quite often an friendly dog.

Extra Tip! The Arboretum is just behind the Poacher and a must if you want to admire the greenery in Nottingham’s beautiful city park which is said to have inspired J.M. Barrie’s Neverland!

The Organ Grinder – Alfreton Road

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Another quality, classic pub with a great atmosphere, cosy fire blazing in the winter and lush garden for the summer months! Split between two levels, part of the garden sits on the rooftop and is dotted with hanging baskets and benches, making this garden a delightfully chilled out suntrap to enjoy one of the many fine ales served. As a Blue Monkey Brewery pub the selection of drinks is second to none and classic pub snacks like pork pies and scotch eggs are served.

Extra Tip! – Nip across Alfreton Road and within seconds you’ll find yourself on Raleigh Street where the famous bicycles were first created in 1886.

The Canal House – Canal Street


Another Castle Rock pub and one of the more unusual venues on our list is The Canal House. A stone’s throw from Nottingham Station and a short walk from The Lace Market or Nottingham Castle, The Canal House is a great venue for sunny days when you’re craving a hedonistic few drinks by the water. The unique building was once Nottingham’s canal museum, so the water actually flows into the pub with moored canal boats sitting outside. The garden is probably largest covered outdoor area in the city, bright with flowers and the gentle bustle of the boats going by,

Extra tip! – The annual Waterfront Festival is a great all day charity music festival featuring lots of live music from Nottingham and beyond!

Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem – Brewhouse Yard

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A pub that almost needs no introduction, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem plays one of the starring roles in Nottingham’s rich history, and not least because it is carved out of the rock on which the castle stands. Dating back to 1189, inside the building is brimming with character, with each of the features and objects on display telling a fascinating tale. Sit outside however and you can get a unique view of the castle’s cliffs while relaxing in the large leafy garden and imagining the dramatic events which would have taken place around the pub over the past 800 years.

Extra Tip! – The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard is just next door, so make sure to pop in before your pint to learn about Nottingham through the centuries!

The Broadway Cafe Bar – Broad Street


On a sunny day, Hockley’s Broad Street really shines as the independent, creative hub that it is, and Broadway is the place to watch it all pass by. Not only a spot for cinephiles, you’ll mostly find locals engrossed in conversation, collaborative projects being whipped up, and regular street events bringing a festival vibe to Hockley.

Extra Tip! – Bring the drama into 3D at the Nottingham Arts Theatre just around the corner. Their regular programme sees theatrics, comedians, and performers of all kinds take to the stage in diverse quality shows.

Posted on 14 June 2017
Featured author: Sophie

Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

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  • Respectfully if you consider the Hand & Heart atrium a beer garden then the magnificent Malt Cross music hall should also qualify? Another Canning Circus suggestion in addition to the Organ Grinder would be the Sir John Borlase Warren’s aesthetically pleasing lower rear garden and sun terrace.

    As a Hoodtown-lifer one of my favourite green hideaways with actual garden is the Johnson Arms in Dunkirk/Lenton Lane now round the corner from a tram stop. A huge weeping willow, great pale ales and right by the canal for any passing cyclists. Just don’t tell everyone though yeah?


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