Pubs with beer gardens in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 11:13 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 20 April 2018

These beer gardens are perfect for hot summer days (photo: the Prae Wood Arms)

These beer gardens are perfect for hot summer days (photo: the Prae Wood Arms)


When the weather warms up, nothing beats sunning in a beer garden. We have picked some excellent pubs in St Albans with beer gardens to try

White Hart Tap

4 Keyfield

With its own on-site micro brewery, the White Hart Tap is passionate about beer. The pub has four house beers, alongside three guest beers, bottled craft beers, draught lagers and ciders too. There is also a wide selection of whisky and a great wine list.

The garden: bring the pooch along and sit under the giant willow tree in the idyllic beer garden during the warmer months.

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The Six Bells

16-18 St Michaels Street

The half timbered, Tudor style Six Bells pub is over 500 years old and retains many period features including its open fireplace and wooden beams. If you join the pub on a Thursday evening (6pm to 10pm from 3rd May), there will be wood-fired pizzas fresh from the outdoor oven and cold drinks waiting.

The garden: being located close to Verulamium Park, the Six Bells is ideally situated for a post-walk drink and some food in the beer garden.

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The Garibaldi

61 Albert St

A pretty red brick tavern, the Garibaldi is bursting with flowers in the summertime and serves its simple food menu with changing specials inside or out in the garden.

The garden: drink and dine al fresco at the Garibaldi on the patio terrace garden, with pot plants and trellises that make this feel like a home away from home.

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The Peahen

14 London Road

The interior design at the Peahen has a stylish, vintage feeling with a modern twist that perfectly complements the history of the place, which was built in the late 15th century. Food is high on the agenda; the menu has featured tempting creations such as the buttermilk chicken burger with Emmental and BBQ sauce and desserts such as salted caramel cheesecake with a dulce de leche sauce.

The garden: step through the archway made of logs into the patio garden and gather round a large table with friends for wine and good food.

The Foragers at the Verulam Arms

41 Low Dagnall St

The Verulam Arms is a unique pub – that also happens to be one of our restaurant picks – serving “wild” food found by the Foragers. Making the utmost of seasonality and even holding far flung foraging expeditions, this is exciting food in a gorgeous red brick building.

The garden: featuring a covered section packed with climbing plants and colourful benches exposed to the sunshine, the garden at the Verulam Arms is a peaceful retreat from the city buzz.

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The Rose and Crown

10 St Michaels Street

Recently refurbished, but still steeped in history, The Rose and Crown has plenty of classic dishes on its menu as well as some unexpected creations including seared seabass with a red wine risotto, spinach and saffron.

The garden: Admire the 16th century architecture of the old place as you grab drinks from the outdoor bar that opens during the evening, making for a vibrant atmosphere during those balmy summer nights.

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The White Lion

91 Sopwell Lane

With exposed brickwork and cosy décor, The White Lion is truly a place of comfort for visitors – it even specialises in homemade pies! Expect dishes such as sausage and potato hash with onion gravy at lunchtime or steak and kidney pot pie in the evening.

The garden: strung with fairy lights, there is a large lawn area and a covered patio area to choose from, all surrounded by large trees, creating the feeling of a secret spot to unwind in.

Great Northern

172 London Road

“Made from scratch, locally sourced ingredients, seasonal and delicious!” is proudly displayed on the Great Northern’s website. This independent pub serves exciting, colourful and original dishes alongside plenty of wine, beers, spirits and cocktails.

The garden: order some food and take your drinks into the large beer garden, complete with large benches for a sociable atmosphere to eat, drink and be merry.

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The Lower Red Lion

36 Fishpool Street

On Fishpool Street, nestled among the pretty whitewashed cottages which are clad with flowers in the warmer months, you will find The Lower Red Lion. A traditional real ale pub, it is also a bed and breakfast with cosy rooms. With plenty of British dishes, there will be changing chef’s specials too so keep an eye on the board.

The garden: the tranquil surroundings of Fishpool Street make for a great spot for drink in the sun in the small beer garden.

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The Mermaid

98 Hatfield Road

With CAMRA’s coveted Pub of the Year award under its belt, the Mermaid has real ales and ciders alongside Belgian brews, so beer lovers will be right at home. Be tempted by the pub’s hearty pie and mash alongside a cold glass of something.

The garden: head outside to enjoy the atmosphere and you might catch some live music as you sit with lights overhead.

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

16 Abbey Mill Lane

Located just a stone’s throw from St Albans Cathedral is reportedly Britain’s oldest pub, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, that may date as far back as the 8th century. There are plenty of changing real ales to try and live music every Friday night for its open mic sessions. Food is excellent too, with chefs using locally sourced ingredients in the dishes.

The garden: there is ample outdoor seating at the Fighting Cocks and pretty views of the flora and the old pub itself provides a striking backdrop.

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The Three Horseshoes

612 Hatfield Rd, Smallford

Nestled between St Albans and Hatfield in the village of Smallford is the Three Horseshoes pub. Rustic interiors include exposed beams and vintage style décor or head into the large open beer garden and enjoy home cooked food with drinks in the sun.

The garden: outdoor seating on the lawn is surrounded by trees and makes for a great spot to wile the afternoon away.

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The Prae Wood Arms

Garden House Lane

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Prae Wood Arms is a stately home with its regal interior design and rolling gardens. The 19th century former “cottage” serves fresh British fare and experimental dishes from further afield. Expect plenty of wines, gins and more on the drinks menu and friendly service too.

The garden: with lots of outdoor seating in the garden, the patio terrace extends out to a huge lawn that’s perfect for children and dogs to enjoy. At the bottom of the garden is a river and there is greenery surrounding the entire place.

The King Harry

2 King Harry Lane

King Harry Lane’s eponymous pub focuses on good food with its raved-about Sunday roasts, and drinks menu that includes an extensive list of real ales and beers to try. There will be much to do, including the Craft Beer Festival and on Monday nights each week there is the quiz night to get involved in.

The garden: the pub’s beer garden is a welcome sight after exploring the city. Find a seat in the sun or shaded by a large umbrella and enjoy a cold glass of real ale.


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