The Ship Inn - Noss Mayo, Devon. Credit: Ash Payne

We’ve compiled some of the most brilliant beer gardens found in your favourite UK holiday destinations. Whether it’s Cornwall, Devon or closer to home, you can now enjoy a local ale or something lighter in the cosiest and calmest of quaintly British environments, surrounded by blue sea or green hills. Make mine a Cornish Knocker.

The Ship Inn – Noss Mayo, Devon

10 miles east of Plymouth is the village of Noss Mayo that sits comfortably and quietly in the Yealm estuary. The Ship Inn attracts punters from all around the South Hams district of South-West Devon, with a range of delicious ales from local breweries in a peaceful setting. The food is award-winning, too.

The King’s Arms – Salcombe, Devon

A sun-trap in the favoured holiday destination of Salcombe, Devon, the King’s Arms is a go-to for drinks as the sun goes down. Its rooftop bar is the only place that’s not covered in the surrounding hills’ shadow later on. Not hanging directly over the water, and among a shipping yard, it sits high with a view over the estuary for miles. Perfect in the hazy summer months.

The Front – in Falmouth, Cornwall

CAMRA Kernow award-winner The Front is the best pub in Falmouth. With its low ceilings and authentic range of local ales and lovely community vibe, it has been described as a ‘beer festival in a living room’.

The Old Ale House – Truro

Another tiny country pub, hosting bubbly local faces and home to the Cornish Knocker ale, this is a true local pub with lovely owners found in the town of Truro. Although Truro is slightly bigger than some other UK holiday towns in Cornwall, this pub still lands you into that Cornish village vibe.

The King of Prussia – Fowey

The little port town of Fowey, that sits at the mouth of the Fowey River, is a quaint Cornish place. The King of Prussia, as odd as its name may sound, is a traditional pub that has become a real attraction for those visiting.  

The Griffin – Dale

Sitting alongside pastel houses in the quaint village of Fletching and looking over the Ouse Valley, the garden in The Griffin Inn is huge – perfect for big groups on holiday. The pub itself is only small, but boasts the surrounding fields that make it seem so wonderfully spacious.

The Watering Hole  Perranporth

Some pubs are on the sea, some on rivers. This pub is on a beach. That’s right. So they’ve already achieved a nice spacious pub garden. Have an ale if you fancy or maybe enjoy something a little more tropical at The Watering Hole in Perranporth.

The Pig’s Nose – Salcombe, Devon

A quirky, dimly-lit pub, this place feels like somewhere from the 1800s. With a loud, lively atmosphere, it sits in the centre of countryside near the town of Salcombe. There’s no such thing as signal here, either, so there’s no chance of hiding away behind a screen. Oh no!

Totnes Brewing Company – Totnes

A brewing company AND a pub, TBC feels like the rawest way to drink – straight from the brewery. With a characterful and cosy pub garden out back, inside it’s beautifully cluttered

The Thatch – Croyde

The Thatch hosts a mix of lovely locals and surfer-types with lovely food, too. Be sure to go visit their quirky little place with an amazing beer garden out back. The food is a mix of Devonshire food and Cornish flavours to please all.