The best British pubs with HUGE gardens to socially distance outside with a pint on April 12


BRITS are now able to meet up outside with up to six friends – although a visit to the pub can’t go ahead just yet.

Pubs with gardens will be able to open up from April 12, just in time for the end of the Easter holidays.

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Here are the best British pubs with the biggest pub gardens

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Here are the best British pubs with the biggest pub gardensCredit: Alamy

Pubs which have gardens have seen bookings for punters sell out – out of 47,000 pubs in the UK there are 27,000 with gardens, according to The British Beer & Pub Association.

Adam Bloodworth from London tweeted: “Just tried to book a pub, and can reveal that the whole *pubs opening on April 12* thing may as well be an illusion if you haven’t already got a booking!

“I’ve tried around 20 and none have any space whatsoever.”

Carrie Walsh added: “Have discovered that every pub garden in London is actually fully booked until late May.”

Punters will have to follow a strict set of rules when pubs and restaurants do open again, with outdoor bookings still only allowed table service and social distancing must be followed.

In better news, the hated 10pm curfew will be scrapped and drinkers won’t have to order a substantial meal with their alcohol, putting an end to the Scotch egg debate.

Here are our favourite pubs across the country that are open, which have gardens big enough to be at a socially distanced table with your mates.

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Anglers, Teddington

Anglers in Teddington overlooks the River Thames

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Anglers in Teddington overlooks the River Thames

The Perch, Oxford

The Perch can be accessed from the city centre but you have to go over the Medley footbridge first

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The Perch can be accessed from the city centre but you have to go over the Medley footbridge first

Old Neptune, Whitstable

The Old Neptune Pub has an entire beach as a back garden

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The Old Neptune Pub has an entire beach as a back gardenCredit: Alamy

Pump House, Liverpool

The Pump House in Liverpool is built into a converted Victorian - you guessed it - pumphouse

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The Pump House in Liverpool is built into a converted Victorian – you guessed it – pumphouseCredit: Alamy

Tickled Trout, Ashford

A short walk from Wye station is the Tickled Trout, overlooking the river

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A short walk from Wye station is the Tickled Trout, overlooking the riverCredit: Alamy

Leather Bottle Pub, Earlsfield

The 300 year-old pub with bright, traditional decor, even has beach huts and games to play

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The 300 year-old pub with bright, traditional decor, even has beach huts and games to play

Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton

The Duke of Edinburgh has food prepared by White Men Can't Jerk

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The Duke of Edinburgh has food prepared by White Men Can’t Jerk

The Bowgie Inn, Cornwall

The Bowgie Inn also has great views of the Cornish coast

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The Bowgie Inn also has great views of the Cornish coast

The Red Lion, Leytonstone

While the pub has a ballroom, it's best to sit in the mural-covered walled garden and relax

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While the pub has a ballroom, it’s best to sit in the mural-covered walled garden and relax

The Bull’s Head, Chislehurst

There is plenty of Kentish ale on tap at the pub ,which dates back to 1753

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There is plenty of Kentish ale on tap at the pub ,which dates back to 1753

The Rose and Crown, Orpington

The Rose and Crown has a large lawned garden as well as small eating huts

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The Rose and Crown has a large lawned garden as well as small eating huts

The Mill, Surrey

Dating back to the 17th century, The Mill is a truly rustic pub with wooden beams and flagstone floors

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Dating back to the 17th century, The Mill is a truly rustic pub with wooden beams and flagstone floors

The Imperial, Exeter

The Imperial was a hotel in 1923, and operated as one until bought by Wetherspoons

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The Imperial was a hotel in 1923, and operated as one until bought by Wetherspoons

If you’re keen to get a table at a pub or restaurant once they reopen, we explain ways to beat the post-lockdown rush.

  • Book a table early: It may sound obvious, but it’s worth booking your table as early as possible. We’ve rounded up booking rules for the major pub chains, but it’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your favourite restaurants’ social media channels for reopening plans.
  • Show up: If you’re struggling to get a booking, it could be worth turning up at the doorstep on the day. Often restaurants have had “no shows”, so they may be able to fit you in.
  • Use OpenTable: The online reservation service lets you search available restaurant bookings based on your selected date, time, number of people and location. Plenty of restaurants also offer 100 points when you make a reservation. Once you rack up 2,000 points, you’ll get a free £10 dining voucher.
  • Download the right apps: We’ve rounded up the apps you’ll need to book tables and restaurants when they reopen.
  • Consider odd timings: If you aren’t fussed about the timings, you’ll typically have a better chance at getting a table by choosing outside of peak lunch and dinner times.
Loophole means pubs without a beer garden can still open to punters from April 12
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