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Top pub gardens in Leicestershire and Rutland to enjoy this summer

Niche Journalist Emily Miller shares her favourite pub gardens in Leicester.

pub garden with umbrellas
Picking the best sunshine filled pubs in Leicester

Enjoying the sunshine in a pub garden with friends and family is a delightful experience and one that when the sunshine does make an appearance I like to enjoy with friends.

The inviting atmosphere of a pub garden in the summer provides the perfect backdrop for a break at the weekend when a trip away isn’t possible in the budget.

Who doesn’t love to sit with a sparkling something, sun cream on, enjoying a delicious something you haven’t had to prepare!?

Leicestershire boasts some of the most charming pub gardens, perfect for soaking up the sunshine. Here are my top pub gardens to enjoy in and around Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland this summer.

The White Horse, Quorn

Located in the idyllic village of Quorn, The White Horse boasts a stunning garden that’s ideal for sunny days. This traditional pub offers a mix of shaded areas and sun-drenched spots, surrounded by beautiful flowers and well-maintained lawns. Popular with locals (who are also welcoming to those that aren't) is an ideal spot or those in the area to wile away a few hours in the sun.

Their extensive menu of classic British dishes and a great selection of ales and wines make it a delightful spot for a leisurely afternoon.

blue skies over pub garden
The White Horse, Quorn

The Blue Bell Inn, Rothley

The Blue Bell Inn in Rothley features a lovely, spacious garden with plenty of seating options. Its serene setting includes charming garden ornaments and well-tended plants, creating a peaceful ambiance. Its location is gorgeous in a lovely village - perfect for a moment in the countryside! Known for its friendly service and delicious pub food, it’s an excellent place to unwind with a refreshing drink in hand.

picturesque countryside pub garden front
The Blue Bell Inn, Rothley

The Griffin Inn, Swithland

The Griffin Inn, located in the picturesque village of Swithland, offers a beautifully landscaped garden that’s perfect for enjoying the sunshine. Located close to Bradgate Park, it's also a popular choice for a drink after a walk!

The garden features ample seating, picturesque views and a cosy, inviting atmosphere. It’s an ideal spot for a family outing or a quiet drink with friends, with a menu full of locally sourced delights.

industrial style decor pub garden tables and chairs
The Griffin, Swithland

The Cradock Arms, Knighton

Located in the Knighton area, The Cradock Arms features a beautifully landscaped garden that’s an ideal location not too far from the city centre. This pub offers a great mix of shaded and sunny areas, with plenty of seating and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

The Cradock Arms is well-known for its delicious pub food and wide selection of ales, making it an excellent choice for a leisurely afternoon with friends or family.

pub garden benches
The Cradock Arms, Knighton

The Red Lion, Great Bowden

The Red Lion is my top pick for enjoying what feels like a trip to the Mediterranean! The garden is designed for enjoying sunny days with a Balearic feel. My children even like this one saying, "It's like being on holiday!"

A highlight of The Red Lion is their woodfired pizza, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and cooked to perfection. A short drive from Market Harborough; this pub boasts a lovely indoor bar too.

sunny garden with fence  umbrellas and plants
The Red Lion, Great Bowden

Bakers Arms, Blaby

Bakers Arms in Blaby is a charming, traditional pub known for its warm atmosphere and excellent service. Nestled in the heart of the village, it offers a cosy setting with rustic décor, making it a perfect spot for relaxing with friends and family. The menu features classic British pub fare, including hearty pies, fish and chips, and Sunday roasts, complemented by a wide selection of ales and wines. Its friendly ambiance and quality food make Bakers Arms a beloved local and delightfully hidden away gem.

garden with beer benches in front of a thatched pub
The Bakers Arms, Blaby

The Rutland and Derby, City Centre

The Rutland and Derby in Leicester is a popular pub and bar, celebrated for its lively atmosphere and stylish interior. Located in the city's vibrant area, it features a unique blend of modern and traditional décor. The venue boasts an extensive menu with a variety of gourmet burgers, pizzas, and seasonal dishes, paired with an impressive selection of craft beers, wines, and cocktails. With its spacious rooftop terrace, the Rutland and Derby offers a perfect spot for socialising and enjoying city views.

a cold pint of beer in front of two people in a pub garden
The Rutland & Derby, City Centre

The Waterside Inn, Mountsorrel

The Waterside Inn in Mountsorrel is a picturesque pub and restaurant situated along the scenic banks of the River Soar. Known for its charming riverside setting, it offers a delightful dining experience with both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu features a mix of contemporary British cuisine and traditional pub favourites, using locally sourced ingredients. The Waterside Inn is perfect for a relaxing meal with beautiful views by the water – perfect for watching the world float by.

The Waterside Inn, Mountsorrel

These top pub gardens in Leicester and Rutland provide the perfect setting to enjoy good food, refreshing drinks, and great company in the summer sun – maybe see you there?!


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