October 5 2015

Best pub beer gardens in Durham

Summer may be fading away but it’s still nice to bask in the sunshine when it does decide to show up! So here’s a list of what we think are the best pubs with beer gardens in Durham.

From tiny courtyards to more spacious sun gardens, Durham’s pubs have a wide variety of beer gardens to please every type of al fresco drinker.

Half Moon Inn, New Elvet, Durham

The Half Moon Inn has earned a reputation from being a very definition on a “real Pub” with it’s honest and comfortable surroundings it has long been a favourite amongst Durham students. The half moon had a lengthy beer garden which overlooks the river where you can enjoy watching canoeists, rowers & the ducks pass by whilst supping on a pint.

Bishop Langley, Framwellgate Bridge, Durham


The Bishop Langley has the arguable the best outside area for a pub in the whole of Durham. More of a garden roof terrace situated above the pub with plenty of seats with a fantastic view of the river, castle and cathedral which simply cannot be beat! The terrace was actually voted one of the top 30 rooftop terraces in Britain (paywall link), according to The Times in August 2014, and is open all year round! The pub itself has a nice relaxed atmosphere, serves food and a range of ales, craft beers, lagers, wines, spirits & cocktails. Our personal favourite is the mulled cider they every winter.

The Library, Saddler Street, Durham

The Library has been well known for its outside terrace before it even was the library! Offering some fantastic rivers views of Durham’s River Wear, their outside terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a drink in the sunshine. Another positive being that the terrace has what every northern beer garden needs: patio heaters!

The Library offers a range of American-style grub as well as a massive range of ales, craft beers, lagers, wines, spirits & cocktails!

The Angel, Crossgate, Durham

The Angel Inn has long been a hub from Durham’s rock community as it features live music every Saturday evening. The pub is large and it just so happens to have a very spacious outside space, perfect for a break from the loud music with a great view over the city of Durham!

The Swan & Three Cygnets, Elvet Bridge, Durham

The Swan and Three Cygnets has long been established as a must visit pub for Durham students, even though it’s interior is nothing much more than a classic old fashioned pub but prices have always been very wallet friendly making it perfects for a frugal student wanting to enjoy a drink without the dreaded account checking the next day. The pub has a great seated terrace outside the entrance as well as on the river front, which is a great place to relax with a drink and watch the world go by.