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May 2024 ■
Words by Eleanor Purvis

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The best Guildford pub gardens

There are so many great pubs with outdoor space to choose from in Guildford and the surrounding area. Whether you are looking for a pint in the sun or simply a relaxed summer’s evening spent eating alfresco we’ve got you covered. Let us shed some light on some great pubs with gardens to enjoy during summertime.

  1. Weyside

    The Weyside


    The pub has a beautiful riverside terrace overlooking the Wey River. The perfect spot for catching up with friends over a pint. The pub serves seasonal dishes as well as the usual pub fare. Bonus, it is dog-friendly. So the perfect stop after a riverside walk.

  2. The Drummond

    The Drummond


    The pub has a large beer garden by the river and is well known for good quality big portions of food. It is a cosy spot for a few drinks and a meal - grab a table and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

  3. The Keep

    The Keep


    A traditional English pub serving a quality selection of ales & beers, a gin menu and excellent pub grub. There is an intimate courtyard garden to enjoy, with regular live music played at weekends.

  4. Royal Oak

    The Royal Oak


    A hilltop pub with great views and a lovely garden. Offering real ales from the pub and classic British comfort food. Regular live music is hosted at the venue, and dogs are welcome.

  5. kings head

    The Kings Head


    A 16th-century establishment with a traditional pub menu, intimate terrace and garden. The pub has a regular calendar of open mic, quiz, and curry nights.

Village pubs with great gardens around Guildford

For many a walk in the Surrey hills is a lovely way to while away the weekend. Discover some great pubs for a pit stop mid-stroll or to quench your thirst at the end.

  1. Abinger Hatch

    Abinger Hatch

    Abinger Common

    A coaching inn, in a country setting with beams, a log fire for the winter months and a spacious lawned garden for the summer. The inn offers a wide variety of pub classics and is the perfect spot for a break whilst walking around Holmbury & Leith Hill.

  2. Kings Head Holmbury

    The King's Head

    Holmbury St Mary

    Tucked away in a picturesque village a short drive from Guildford in the heart of Surrey Hills. This charming free house is locally owned with a beautifully landscaped beer garden A seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients using vegetables from the pub's walled kitchen garden.

  3. Grantley Arms

    Grantley Arms


    A firm favourite among locals, open all day from morning coffee through until dinner. Offering a seasonal menu of British classics. The pub offers a charming sun-soaked courtyard garden.

  4. Red Lion Inn

    Red Lion Inn

    Shamley Green

    A traditional village local with a wide range of outdoor seating to enjoy. Choose a table either overlooking the village green or in the colourful pub garden and patio area.

  5. Plough Inn

    The Plough Inn


    Nestled right below Leith Hill this classic country pub offers a warm welcome with a micro-brewery onsite and a large pub garden. The pub offers an extensive range of classic pub fare.

  6. The Parrot

    The Parrot

    Forest Green

    A country pub packed with a lot of charm, an open fire, terrace tables and spacious benches in the rear garden overlooking the green. Enjoy the classic British menu with meat reared on the pub's farm.

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