Sunny days don’t come around often, but when they do, it’s the perfect excuse to explore Leeds’ suburban beer gardens.
The suburbs are just as blessed as the city centre when it comes to beer gardens that are perfect for whiling away the hours in. From picturesque spots with amazing views to massive spaces perfect for afternoons with friends, there are plenty of suburban gems to enjoy those rare days of sunshine.
The Myrtle Tavern
The Myrtle Tavern has been through a few changes over the past few years, and as a result, it now serves up quality real ale alongside a menu of pub classics. Its big, lush beer garden makes it an attractive proposition for Leeds folk looking for an escape with a pint, and it has a children’s play area too, so you can make it a perfect family day out.
The Myrtle Tavern, Parkside Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4NE.
The Original Oak
The Original Oak is a Leeds institution, especially when it comes to their massive pub garden. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most popular spots in the city when the sun comes out, with masses of tables for drinkers to sit at while they enjoy a pint or a cheeky glass of wine. In the summer months, The Original Oak lights up the barbecue, offering burgers and hot dogs to the eager crowds.
The Original Oak, 2 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.
The Roundhay Fox
A country pub at the heart of suburban Leeds? Well, that’s exactly what The Roundhay Fox is. Situated just across the road from Roundhay Park and Tropical World, this gem of a pub is a favourite, particularly when the sun shines. Take those glasses of wine or pints of real ale, and sit out front in the beer garden which stretches down the entire length of the pub.
The Roundhay Fox, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2EP.
The White House
One of Roundhay’s lesser-known gems, The White House has a decent sized pub garden for drinkers to enjoy on sunny days. It’s a family-friendly pub, so don’t be surprised to find more than one generation tucking into hearty pub grub out on the patio, surrounded by greenery. They’ll likely meet your drinks needs too, with a decent wine menu, as well as cask beer, cider and lager – all of which is best enjoyed outside of course.
The White House, 55 Wetherby Road, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2JU.
The Old Ball
The Old Ball is a vibrant pizza kitchen with a brilliant beer garden. There’s a sizeable patio looking out over Brownberrie Lane in Horsforth and it’s the perfect place to devour their homemade, stonebaked pizza or even just a couple of drinks under the blazing summer sun. They have canopies too, if you prefer a bit of shade.
The Old Ball, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5SB.
The Abbey Inn
On the border of Horsforth and Bramley, you’d do well to just fall upon The Abbey Inn. It’s snuck down leafy Pollard Lane, but when you do find it, you’ll wonder why it’s taken so long to discover. The good sized beer garden wraps around the front of the pub, and they’re dog-friendly too, so why not take the pooch for a walk along the canal before rewarding yourself with a pint or two in the sunshine?
The Abbey Inn, 99 Pollard Lane, Newlay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1EQ.
The Bridge Inn
It feels like just yesterday when the Kirkstall Bridge pub reopened under the management of Kirkstall Brewery, but it’s now a firm favourite for folk in search of sun and beer. As beer gardens in Leeds go, theirs is pretty great, with a riverside position and loads of space to sit or stand, depending on how many people have flocked there on the day. And of course, the beer is great too with plenty of Kirkstall’s own alongside a few guest favourites that are usually local too.
Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.
The Crooked Billet
The Crooked Billet’s beer garden is well worth a visit – it’s on the border between Leeds and Tadcaster in Saxton. You can take a seat on their lovely decked patio area which has great views of the local greenery. It’s right next to a War of the Roses battlefield, so it’s the perfect place for a post-walk pint. You’ve got loads of real ale to choose from here, as well as a decent wine list, and the food menu is just as good – they’re famous for their filled Yorkshire puds.
The Crooked Billet, Saxton, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9QN.
The Fox and Grapes
Nestled just outside the picturesque village of Thorner is The Fox and Grapes. There’s a small outdoor area with benches out front, but head through the pub and you’ll find an even bigger one out back. It’s got plenty of space and amazing views over the nearby countryside, and it’s dog-friendly too. The bar’s well stocked, with a range of real ale, wine and cocktails – and if you get peckish, there’s a menu of pub classics to enjoy.
The Fox and Grapes, York Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 4NJ.
The Bankhouse Inn
If it’s views you’re after, look no further than The Bankhouse Inn between Pudsey and Gildersome. Situated on a hill that overlooks Leeds, this country pub is a summer’s day dream that’s only minutes from the city. It’s got great local beer on offer as well as wines, cocktails and lagers and they go down even better with something from the menu of hearty classics while the Sunday roast could be the excuse you’re looking for to make the most of that vista out front.
The Bankhouse Inn, 40 Bankhouse Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 8EB.
The Mustard Pot
The Mustard Pot has Chapel Allerton’s top beer garden, making it well worth a visit to the Leeds suburb. The family-friendly pub has a great little spot with a big swathe of grass out front with benches and tables to take a seat at. It’s the perfect area to enjoy something from the pub’s bar which is well stocked with local ales, spirits and wine, and if you need something to soak it all up, they’ve got a decent menu of pub classics to tuck into – their range of pies always go down well.
The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.
The Boundary House
This Methley favourite is packed full of country pub charm – and it has a huge beer garden to boot. There’s a raised patio overlooking swathes of green grass, with tables, benches and sofas to cosy up on. Inside, you can choose from craft beer, cocktails or wine – and if you get peckish, the bar snacks are great. Think Scotch eggs, meat sticks and pork pies. If you’ve got a bigger hole to fill, they’ve got a menu of dishes like steak frites, wild mushroom tagine and baked turbot.
The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.
This has got to be one of Leeds’ biggest beer gardens. The pub, which sits on the border between Calverley and Rodley, has a massive plot and a huge chunk of it is devoted to the garden. You can sit up on the terrace or stroll out onto the grass and enjoy your drink there, with great cask ales and traditional pub grub – the Arms’ speciality. Either way, there’s ample opportunity to enjoy the sunshine at this suburban pub.
Calverley Arms, Calverley Lane, Calverley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5QQ.
The Square and Compass
You can kill two birds and one stone with a trip to North Rigton – you can visit Almscliffe Crag first, then head to The Square and Compass for an afternoon in their wonderful beer garden. It’s got a raised patio outside, with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors taking you from the inside out. Take in the impressive views as you sup on beers from Theakstons’ or Leeds Brewery and tuck into pizzas or their popular Sunday roast.
The Square and Compass, North Rigton, Harrogate, West Yorkshire, LS17 0DJ.
It’s hard not to like a classic country pub, and you’ll have no problem falling for The Thornhill. Based at a crossroads in the heart of Calverley, there’s not much greenery, but the charm of the place makes it well worth sitting outside. The local cask ales and traditional menu are best enjoyed out on the extensive tables that wrap around the pub – with all the scenery around, it’s hard to think you’re not that far from the city centre.
The Thornhill, 18 Town Gate, Calverley, Pudsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5NT.
The Dragon Hotel
A trip to Wortley might well be in order for The Dragon Hotel. A proper local pub only a few minutes away from the city centre, it’s got a nice, open beer garden that’s one of the biggest in the area. It’s the ideal space to soak up the rays with a few of their ales, lagers and wines, all soaked up with one of their famous burgers or steaks.
The Dragon Hotel, 150 Whitehall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 4TJ.
The Stump Cross
As proper pubs go, The Stump Cross in Morley should do the trick. It’s got a traditional feel but a recent makeover has brought it up to date a little. While it’s charming on the inside, it also has a sizeable outdoor area that’s great in the summer. It’s split into two, with a patio area looking out across a grassy seating space, providing the perfect spot for a pint in the sun – we’d recommend one of the local cask ales.
The Stump Cross, Britannia Road, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 0DD.
Nope, Gazza hasn’t got himself into the House of Lords… yet. The Lord Gascoigne is a family friendly pub at the heart of Garforth with a focus on quality food and drink that looks after the whole family. Luckily, they also have a hefty beer garden too. It’s the perfect size for those warm summer days – there are tables to sit out and enjoy a bite or a drink as well as green space and a play area for any little ones you want to bring along.
Lord Gascoigne, 6 Aberford Road, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1PX.
The Needless Inn
The Needless Inn is a little known gem, particularly on sunny days. There’s a small covered terrace area out front, but if you head round the back, you’ll find an extensive grassy beer garden with great views, loads of places to sit and plenty of room for the kids to run around. You can choose from a decent selection of real ale and your usual pub grub to soak your beers up.
The Needless Inn, Scotchman Lane, Morley, Leeds LS27 0NZ.
The Plough Inn
It’s one of the oldest pubs around Leeds, but The Plough Inn in Burton Salmon is also one of the prettiest. They have a conservatory which leads out onto covered decking before a nice chunk of green space dotted with tables and umbrellas. It might be a bit of a way out of the city, but a trip out to the picturesque surroundings of Burton Salmon will make a great summer’s day out, especially when washed down with one of their array of amazing real ales.
The Plough Inn, Main Street, Burton Salmon, West Yorkshire, LS25 5JS.
The Chequers Inn
Ledsham is as picturesque as villages come, and that means they’re bound to have a pub full of character. Step up, The Chequers Inn, which prides itself on its local produce in a menu of Yorkshire classics. The Yorkshire theme translates into the drinks as well, with the likes of John Smith’s, Theakstons, Brown Cow and Leeds Best on offer, and they should all go down well in their small but perfectly formed beer garden.
The Chequers Inn, Park Lane, Ledsham, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 5LP.
You won’t find many pubs with a beer garden quite like The Royalty. It’s slap bang in the middle of the Chevin Forest Park in Otley – the beer garden is massive with loads of tables and you’ll need to sit down to take in all the breathtaking scenery. They’ve got loads of real ales on the taps and a decent pub grub menu – their homemade pies are a must try. It’s dog-friendly too and your pooch will love stretching their legs out back.
The Royalty, York Gate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DG.
The Bingley Arms
This is England’s oldest pub, so The Bingley Arms offers much more than one of Leeds’ loveliest beer gardens. Inside, it’s all period features, while outside, the traditional architecture, coupled with a scenic garden and seasonal blooms make a trip out of the city centre essential. It’s particularly nice to hear the sounds of the local stream, rather than city traffic – and look out for the ancient yew tree while you’re supping one of their cask ales or wines, which is said to pre-date the pub itself.
The Bingley Arms, Church Lane, Bardsey, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9DR.
The Old Peacock
The Old Peacock is one of the most popular beer gardens in Leeds. It’s a popular spot when there’s a game on at Ellland Road, but whether it’s match day or not, you can take your pick from two outdoor areas. There’s a huge, grassy space out back with a kids play area that was was once a bowling green, or you can take your pints of Ossett Brewery real ale and enjoy them out front on their covered terrace.
The Old Peacock, 251 Elland Road, Churwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8TU.
The Chevin Inn
If you’re looking to make the most of that fresh Yorkshire air with a walk across the famous Otley Chevin, you’ll surely deserve a trip to the pub that shares its name. The Chevin Inn is a historic venue dating back as far as the 18th century and has not one, but two outside areas. There’s the patio but if you keep going, you’ll find a huge green area – both have plenty of tables, and the latter promises stunning views across the local area which go down great with a beer or two.
The Chevin Inn, West Chevin Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6BE.
Few beer gardens are as impressive as The Fleece in Otley. On the banks of the River Wharfe, its lovely outside area looks out over the water and across the rolling countryside around it, a sure-fire hit for when the sun shows its face. They stock beer that is brewed just minutes away from the pumps as well as a few you’ll no doubt already know. Look out for the barbecues in the summer – they’ve got the perfect beer garden for it, after all.
The Fleece, Westgate, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DT.
The Cow and Calf
Named after the local landmark, The Cow and Calf is the perfect spot to take it all in after a day of rambling across the West Yorkshire countryside. It’s a classic old Victorian lodge that can’t be passed by – you can take a pew in the beer garden that sits in view of the landmark which shares its name. They serve up a traditional menu made with quality ingredients, as well as seasonal wines and local real ales – enjoy!
The Cow and Calf, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8BT.
You have two beer gardens to choose from at The Roebuck. This isolated pub just outside Otley is completely surrounded by incredible Yorkshire countryside, whether you’re on the raised terrace to the side or in the large green space out back. You’ll want to pause to take in the views, as you enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of Black Sheep. They’ve got a great pub grub menu too, with ingredients sourced from local Yorkshire producers.
The Roebuck, 1 Roebuck Lane, Newall With Clifton, Otley, North Yorkshire, LS21 2EY.
The White Swan
The White Swan in Yeadon is a lovely suburban haunt. It’s a classy pub that has a wonderful decking area out back that makes for a brilliant beer garden, offering up views over the adjacent cricket pitch. It specialises in quality cask ales, with nine pumps each offering something different from local breweries. They also do a mean pub grub menu, with the Sunday carvery going down a treat in particular.
The White Swan, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7TA.
The Black Bull
Ossett Brewery doesn’t just have pubs at Granary Wharf, they’ve also got one in Rothwell. The Black Bull is a traditional affair with dark mahogany furnishings, but it’s looking great thanks to a recent makeover. Grab yourself one of Ossett’s best ales from behind the bar and head outside to their lovely decked beer garden at the rear of the pub, which catches the sun’s rays until well into evening.
The Black Bull, 15 Commercial Street, Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 0AX.
The New Inn
You can’t really miss The New Inn, such is its enormous country house-style size, and you won’t want to either. Set in huge, lush green grounds in Scarcroft, it’s a country pub with buckets of charm and plenty to offer food and drink wise. Popular with local walkers heading to or from Hetchell Crag, you could go for a ramble across the countryside, before stopping off for a pint of ale and some locally-sourced food, all in a stunning Yorkshire setting.
The New Inn, Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 3AT.
The Bay Horse
Just down the road from The Myrtle Tavern is The Bay Horse, another pub that has undergone something of a renaissance in the past few years. They have two beer gardens here. Head for the large one out back, it has a smattering of tables ready for those summer days, and they even have an outdoor bar for when it gets chocker, meaning there’s no need to step inside to make the most of your trip here – only to take your pick of local ales that are stocked on the bar.
The Bay Horse, 16 Parkside Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4NB.
The Fleece Inn
Okay, confession time. This one isn’t in Leeds, but we couldn’t resist putting it on our list of beer gardens. This cracking little pub is tucked away in Ripponden, and it has stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside. The beer garden is more of a roof terrace, which means you can look out over the fields from a prime location – and since they have rooms, you could always stay the night, so you can enjoy a drink or two.
The Fleece Inn, Ripponden New Bank, Barkisland, West Yorkshire, HX4 0DJ.Cover image © Copyright Leeds-List 2018 by Corvin Pamp