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Beer Al Fresco

22/08/2023 | David Lloyd

Summer's not over just yet...

And, hey, even if it was that's no excuse not to enjoy the best beer gardens the Left Bank has to offer.

Everyone has their favourites of course, but while the sun is still (tentatively) shining, we recommend visiting these brilliant bars below:

1. The Ferry, Egremont

Not so much a garden as a panoramic river view from the old Egremont Ferry pier. Great homecooked food too. A welcome promenade pit stop!

2. The Scrapyard, Wallasey

One of the best places to head if craft beer’s your thing. And if craft beer, blues and a sunny garden’s your thing, the stakes just got higher.

3. The Cheshire Cheese, Wallasey Village

With its Cheshire Gin Garden tucked into the pub’s smart terrace around the back, this is summer evenings, sorted.

4. The Cleveland Arms, New Ferry

Great to see this New Ferry institution firing on all cylinders – and its good-sized yarden, lined with blooming potted plants, is the perfect place to hug a cool pint of Trapper’s Hat.

5. The Tap, Eastham Ferry

Great country pub close to the A41, with terrific river views and grassy lawns to stretch out on. Well, you could choose to sit at a picnic table.

6. Gallaghers, Birkenhead

Come for the pizzas, stay for the great atmosphere in this Birkenhead institution: Merchant navy memorabilia lines the walls, but outside’s the place to be right now.

7. The Magazine Hotel, New Brighton (pictured)

Elevated rear garden with the Mersey glistening behind the trees. There’s no better place to end your beach day adventures than this picture-perfect pub, close to Vale Park.

8. Telegraph, New Brighton

Take the air at New Brighton’s oldest, and highest pub. The Telegraph’s a great spot - offering guest ales, great food and a sunny terrace.

9 Shrewsbury Arms, Oxton

When the twinkling lights turn the trees into a magical Oxton garden grotto, where else would you want to be on a summer’s evening?

10. The Vineyard, Wallasey

Appearances can be deceiving. This friendly pub hides a huge beer garden behind its trim Seaview Road exterior. Bit of a sun trap, too…

Lead image credit: Pete Carr


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