We are all hoping the summer will finally arrive and we will be able to spend time outdoors. Beer gardens have become a hot topic of conversation with some many of our wonderful local pubs creating beautiful outside spaces. Pub or Beer Gardens (originally known as Biergarten in German), initially began in the 18th century! They were developed to brew and keep beer in warmer weather, beer cellars were dug into the earth, chestnut tree’s rose above, and people gathered in-between to drink the fruits of the brewers’ labour. Beer gardens as we know them today, come in all shapes and sizes. From beautiful country pubs set in idyllic rural locations, where you can sit outside and look out on to a fields or a river, to a beer garden squeezed in-between buildings in the middle of a busy city!
This seem the perfect opportunity to share some of our favourite beer gardens throughout Sussex and Surrey – the perfect excuse for you to try for yourself and enjoy!
The Dog and Duck in Outwood, Surrey is a great family pub owned by a local couple, boasting good food and atmosphere. The dog friendly establishment is in a brilliant location, as it backs on to a big field full of activities to entertain kids in. A jungle gym and an electric jeep racecourse to name a couple! There is an abundance of walks you can discover- we think it is a great combination for some exercise followed by a stop off at the pub, for a refreshing drink or 2 after! There is also a new outdoor bar and dining area in the family garden as well as, a second decking area for adults only! During the Summer months, they host BBQ’s and throughout the rest of the year they hold other events such as, darts competitions.
“The Dog & Duck in Outwood is a great family pub, great food and atmosphere! Great for kids and there are some great walks around the pub so it’s a perfect spot to stop off and have a beer or 7…” – Dylan Haswell, Senior Sales Manager at Move Revolution Nutfield
The Ramblers Rest found in Central Couldson, is well known for its extensive menu choices and its variety of cuisines. The gorgeous country pub not only has beautiful interiors, but its many original period features also make a truly lovely backdrop! Imagine large wooden beams and exposed flint stone walls. It’s pretty, idyllic garden is just as impressive. The picturesque patio area is surrounded by mature bushes, colourful flower beds and trees, with tables and chairs, some shaded under big umbrellas in the summer and there’s also the views over the rolling hills in the distance.
“It’s easy to get to as it’s in central Coulsdon and their menu has so much variety!” – Ryan Milson, Senior Negotiator at Move Revolution Purley.
This traditional pub with its contemporary interiors in the middle of Cashalton village, has come highly recommended. The Sun holds a reputation for its fresh seafood menu and excellent customer service, whilst still retaining a laid-back atmosphere, which makes this a perfect hangout! Its wonderful garden and roof terrace are brilliant for enjoying some alfresco food and drinks. Along with its weekly events, from quiz nights to singing competitions!
“Relaxed atmosphere with great service. The garden and roof terrace is perfect in the Summer and they always put on good events.” – Daniel Pinckney, Senior Sales Manager at Move Revolution Purley.
For a charming village pub, The Farmer’s Freehouse in Scaynes Hill is a family run business welcoming everybody from families, dog walkers and locals alike. They’re inviting and gorgeous interiors, paired with a delicious menu and large garden with its own play area, believed to be the biggest in Sussex, provides family friendly fun for all! Although it’s nice to huddle around the cosy open fire in the Winter, the Summer is particularly great to visit as they have an outside bar with BBQ’s and live music. Not to mention, an outside ice cream shack which isn’t just a hit with the kids!
“Great food and a sunny garden which is perfect for the kids. Good choice of ale and a range of food – a proper village pub!” – Mathew Gurr, Associate Director at Move Revolution Haywards Heath.
The Bent Arms is a beautiful 16th century coaching inn, in Lindfield. The grade II listed building is located on the picturesque high street, easy to get to if you have been mooching around the shops beforehand. It is a traditional country pub with low ceilings and old wooden beams providing plenty of character. The relaxed and informal atmosphere is perfect for all, along with a large garden serving quality ales and home cooked food from locally grown produce.
A good-sized car park and B&B availability if you are coming from further afield.
“A traditional pub right on the high street, so it’s easy to walk to and be part of what is going on in the village. There’s ample parking at the back if you’re coming from outside the village.” – Lizzie Noble, Senior Sales Negotiator at Move Revolution Haywards Heath.
Flower Farm has turned one of its festival fields into the biggest pub garden in Surrey! The award winning farm is family owned and located in the picturesque North Downs, just East of Godstone. As well as a traditional animal farm, they also have pick your own crops and a farm shop with a deli, butchers, fishmongers and flower stand. They now have a tea room and the Strawberry Fields pub garden! With mini golf, a maize, children’s entertainment and regular events such as live music. Their food and drinks menu changes regularly but you’ll always find something delicious!
“Flower Farm is amazing, we love going as a family as there is so much to do and the pub garden is great fun with a group of friends!” – Paul Mulligan, Director of London and Surrey.
If you are thinking of moving in Surrey and Sussex why not take a look at our property portfolio. Perhaps you would like to be close to a county pub or a lovely walk? We would love to chat with you about your dream home. We have offices throughout Surrey and Sussex so if you are thinking of moving just give us a call to book a valuation – we can’t wait to speak with you