We still have a precious few weekends of summer left, and there's nothing better than knocking back a cold pint of beer in the sunshine with your friends and family. To celebrate this, ‘Let There Be Beer’ has brought you the ultimate guide to the best beer gardens around the UK.
Brel – Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8JS
With its charming cobbled streets and twinkling fairy lights, Ashton Lane has always proved a popular drinking hub for the Scots, and Brel has been well-loved fixture here for quite some time. The Belgian themed bar boasts an endless variety of beers, and has tables out the front and a beautiful beer garden out the back. The trees light up at night for added atmosphere - you'll want to stay right into the wee hours of the morning.
Rain Bar – 80 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5JG
Contrary to its namesake, the multi-award winning Rain Bar proves to be the perfect place to sup a cold one in the sunshine. Come here if you want to experience 'an unashamedly Manchurian feel' or simply to admire the beautiful riverside view along the Rochdale Canal. If you get hungry there's some classic British pub grub such as sausages and mash or a generous-sized burger, all of which can be enjoyed with a fine selection of CASK ales.
Ohso Social – 250a King's Road, Brighton, BN1 1NB
This epic seaside beer garden is perfectly located along the famous Brighton Pier, and what better way to spend your lazy summer afternoons than with a beer on the beach? You can feast on a traditional seaside fish & chips, or if you're really feeling in holiday mode you can chose from a wide selection of Spanish cuisine that goes perfectly with your pint!
Duke of Edinburgh - 204 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8AG
The Duke of Edinburgh combines the traditional British pub atmosphere with a quirky hipster twist. Highlights include the free pasta night and the legendary pub quiz, but best of all is the massive beer garden. Complete with big leafy trees, cosy gas heaters, a wide screen T.V. to catch the football over the summer of sporting events and sausages roasting on a BBQ, what more could you need on a warm summer night?
Buffalo – 11 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BY
Buffalo features an eclectic mix of music, and with everything from Rock, Indie, House and Drum 'n' Bass, you're guaranteed a top quality night out here. But what makes this place extra special is the late night beer garden with 80 seats it's big yet still intimate, and often there's a live acoustic set or a DJ playing, bringing that festival feeling to Cardiff.
The last weekend of August celebrates the 25th International Faversham Hop Festival which commemorates Kent’s hop picking heritage. Dates: Friday 29th & Saturday 30th August 2014.