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The Best Beer Gardens in Leeds’ Suburbs

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Make the most of the suburbs' finest beer gardens.

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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

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, headingley

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 Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2DG.

The Roundhay Fox

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

White House pub, Leeds

One of Roundhay’s lesser known gems, The White House has a decent sized pub garden for drinkers to enjoy on sunny days that just cry out for outdoor drinking. 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

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Having undergone a refit not that long ago, The Old Ball’s found new life as a pizza kitchen. With a sizeable patio looking out over Brownberrie Lane in Horsforth, The Old Ball’s beer garden is the perfect place to devour a 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

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

Kirkstall 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 Rd, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BW.

The Fox and Grapes

The Fox and Grapes

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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 ales, wines 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

The Bankhouse Inn, Pudsey

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 roasts 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

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 wines, and if you need something to soak it all up, they’ve got a decent menu of pub classics to tuck into – the pie of the day always goes down well.

The Mustard Pot, 20 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3QY.

The Boundary House

The Boundary House, Methley

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 pearl barley risotto, Barnsley lamb chop and whole lemon sole.

The Boundary House, 24 Church Side, Methley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 9EE.

Calverley Arms

Calverley Arms

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 to the garden 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 Thornhill

The Thornhill, Calverley

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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

The Dragon, Wortley

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.

The Dragon Hotel, 150 Whitehall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 4TJ.

The Stump Cross

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, LS27 0DD.

Lord Gascoigne

The Lord Gascoigne

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, with tables to sit out and enjoy a bite or a drink and green space for any little ones you want to bring along.

Lord Gascoigne, 6 Aberford Road, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1PX.

The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn

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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 drive 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

The Chequers Inn

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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.

The Bingley Arms

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 Chevin Inn

The Chevin Inn

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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 pub 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 of the local area which go down great with a beer or two.

The Chevin Inn, West Chevin Road, Menston, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 6BE.

The Fleece

The Fleece, Otley by Tim Green (CC)

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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

The Cow and Calf, Ilkley Moor

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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. With a beer garden that sits in view of the landmark which shares its name, it’s a classic old Victorian lodge that can’t be passed by. 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.

The White Swan

The White Swan Yeadon

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Having undergone quite a makeover recently, it’s time to reacquaint yourself with The White Swan in Yeadon. This lovely suburban haunt is a classy pub that has a brand new decking area out back that makes for a wonderful beer garden, with 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

The Black Bull, Rothwell

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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

The New Inn, Scarcroft

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 Fleece Inn

The Fleece Terrace

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.

The Bay Horse

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 outback, 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.

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