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 relatively 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 wee hours, there are options available like the legendary Marisco nightclub.
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 trees and houses, this beer garden is a sun trap. The best conditions are when the wind is from the north.
If you like it quiet, no banging beats, then this is the place for you.
It’s a local favourite, which is always a good sign. With many enjoying the glorious beer garden for an after work beer, or a relaxing weekend tipple.
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!
Busses are frequent as this is near the main Barnstaple to Ilfracombe bus route.
The Grampus Inn
Another beauty is the beer garden of The Grampus 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.
They also serve great food and play live folk music on any given evening. Venture in from the beer garden and warm up next to the roaring fire.
The Grampus 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, being on the main Braunton to Barnstaple road, is the Braunton Inn, Chivenor.
There is a large beer garden to the front of the establishment, with a fantastic view over the estuary and the Taw river.
Plenty of seating is available, including a children’s play area. Affording the opportunity for a nice relaxing drink, whilst you gaze over another beautiful North Devon vista.
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!