The best seaside pubs where you can sit on the beach with a pint – ahead of a sunny May bank holiday weekend


THE UK heatwave is arriving just in time for the bank holiday weekend, with temperatures expected to hit 24C.

And with pubs now open again, with Brits able to dine inside and out since May 17, they are expected to be busy during the long weekend.

Brits are expected to flock to the pubs this weekend with temperatures up to 24C

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Brits are expected to flock to the pubs this weekend with temperatures up to 24CCredit: Alamy Live News

To make the most of the good weather coming, many establishments have pub gardens which punters can make the most of.

Out of 47,000 pubs in the UK there are 27,000 with gardens, according to The British Beer & Pub Association – also great news for people trying to maintain social distancing.

Even better are pubs which have beaches for their gardens, with views of the sea from the bar.

Here are the best coastal pubs to make the most of this summer while sinking your feet into the sand.

The Old Neptune, Whitstable, Kent

The Old Neptune is a favourite of locals and tourists alike thanks to its seats on the pebble beach

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The Old Neptune is a favourite of locals and tourists alike thanks to its seats on the pebble beachCredit: Alamy

The Victorian pub is a favourite with locals, with its ‘pub garden’ being the pebble beach.

Due to its proximity to the sea, it has been damaged a lot over the years – and in 1897 was completely washed away.

However the current pub has been restored using pieces of the previous building, and now rests further up the shore.

Zetland Arms, Kingsdown, Kent

Zetland Arms is one of the few buildings on the stretch of beach in Kent

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Zetland Arms is one of the few buildings on the stretch of beach in KentCredit: Handout

Also in Kent is the Zetland Arms, whose walled front garden is placed on the top of the beach.

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It has unobstructed views of the sea, and is perfect for a socially distanced drink.

It might not be around forever, with Kingsdown being badly affected by flooding due to global warming.

Bluff Inn, Hayle, Cornwall

Bluff Inn is found at the Haven holiday park in Cornwall

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Bluff Inn is found at the Haven holiday park in Cornwall

Located in the Haven Riviere Sands Holiday Park is the Bluff Inn.

The pub garden has a large number of benches, but just over the fence is Hayle Beach.

Head there on a Sunday and enjoy the roast carvery.

The Cove House Inn, Portland, Dorset

While being damaged in storms over the years, the pub still overlooks Chesil Beach from just a few steps over the road

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While being damaged in storms over the years, the pub still overlooks Chesil Beach from just a few steps over the roadCredit: Graham Hughes – The Times

The 18th century The Cove House Inn is one of the most popular pubs in Portland, with the beautiful Grade II listed building often bustling with punters.

It has also experienced damage in the past due to storms, although less so since a sea wall was built in the 1950s.

It boasts the best views of Chesil beach which it overlooks.

The Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven, Cornwall

The tiny village of Crackington Haven has just the one pub next to the beach, favoured by surfers

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The tiny village of Crackington Haven has just the one pub next to the beach, favoured by surfersCredit: Alamy

The tiny beach of Crackington Haven has just one pub, the Coombe Barton Inn.

Surfers often pitch up by the end of the day, being just a jump over the tiny bridge.

Grab a table by the window to watch the sunset over the sea.

The Bay Hotel, Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire

Walkers will love visiting The Bay Hotel, with the bar named after Alfred Wainwright

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Walkers will love visiting The Bay Hotel, with the bar named after Alfred WainwrightCredit: Alamy

The North Yorkshire pub dates back to 1828, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay.

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The bottom bar of the Bay Hotel, which was originally The Stables, has been renamed Alfred Wainwright’s Bar in his memory of the Lake District walker.

Be prepared to stroll for a bit, however, as the area isn’t known for its easy parking locations.

The Anchor, Seatown, Dorset

The Anchor Inn is found along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset

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The Anchor Inn is found along the Jurassic Coast in DorsetCredit: Alamy

Located on the Jurassic Coast is The Anchor, just a few jumps from the beach.

The pub even offers paddle boarding lessons and brewery tours.

Otherwise just grabbing a drink and watching the sea is the perfect way to enjoy the pub.

We’ve also rounded up the best pubs with huge gardens if you still want to social distance.

Britain’s smallest pub, located on the seaside, is so small that it still can’t welcome guests inside despite restrictions being lifted.

Here are the new pub rules you will have to follow since they reopened inside from May 17.

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