There is very little that beats a good beer garden on a hot spring, or summers day. The busses are frequent in North Devon during the summer months, so getting to and from most beer gardens is easy.
No need to settle for the more popular beer gardens, why not go off the beaten track and find a rural beauty.
The Red Barn
Starting with one of the most popular, The Red Barn. Although not a garden, per se, it is outside, it has seats and the view is tremendous. Sip on a drink whilst watching the Atlantic waves roll through with the surfers riding upon them. This is a great place to people watch and meet new people as it can be busy. The pub often has live music and if you care to continue into the early hours, there are options available like Marisco night club.
A personal favourite is the Ebrington Arms. This is a great little country pub in the village of Knowle just outside Braunton, on the way to Ilfracombe. Hidden amongst the houses, the beer garden is a gem of a sun trap. And if you like it quiet, no banging beats, then this is the place for you. Although the locals can dominate from time to time, as many congregate in the garden on the hottest of days. They also have a nice selection of ales to choose from, and some tasty grub. I could sit in that beer garden for hours on a sunny day. Which can be quite dangerous sometimes! There is a bus stop nearby and the busses are frequent as this is on the main Barnstaple to Ilfracombe bus route.
The Grampas Inn
Another beauty is the beer garden of The Grampas Inn, Lee bay. It has plenty of benches and tables in a garden, right next to an old oak wood, and a lovely character pub, perfect. They also serve great food and play live folk music on any given evening. This Grampas Inn is more isolated and the busses less frequent, but I’m sure if you have one too many and can’t face the walk back up the hill(s) there will be an accommodating taxi driver not so far away in Ilfracombe, or Woolacombe.
The Braunton Inn
A bit less isolated this time, being on the main Braunton to Barnstaple road, is the Braunton Inn, Chivenor. This has a large beer garden to the front of the establishment, with a fantastic view over the estuary and Taw river. There is plenty of seating available and a kids play area. Perfect for the kids whilst you have a nice relaxing drink. The Tarka Trail runs right past the Braunton Inn so you could ride a bicycle, or it is an easy walk to the nearest bus stop.
These are just a few hand picked examples. There are many more great beer gardens in North Devon, search and ye shall find!