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9 pubs with fab gardens

Is there anything more British than a beer garden? Whether you want your green space near a river, meadow, or city, we've scoured Bucks & Oxon for the best in show.

I’ve been to a gazillions of pubs in Oxon & Bucks on Muddy duty and have drawn together this scratch list, admittedly half cut late in the evening, but hopefully with a degree of knowledge and insight. Yeah yeah, I’ve probably left some goodies off, and if you think there has been a libellous omission, genuinely please let me know – I love to hear suggestions and much as I bomb around trying out new places, you are the guys who live and breathe your local areas.  I hope these suggestions help you have a wonderful weekend. Slap on the sunscreen and enjoy the view.

The Perch, Binsey

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Lovely thatched pub next to Port Meadow Oxford and its meandering river. An outdoor bar, BBQ in the summer, large garden and great food. Seriously, nothing not to like.

The Old Swan, The Lee

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Decent pubby food in a beautiful Chilterns spot a few miles from Great Missenden, with the perfect pub garden – it’s enormous, it has its own football pitch, it has a shedload of outdoor furniture. RELAX!

The Royal Oak, Bovington Green


Just outside Marlow, this excellent pub boasts award-winning food and a lovely outside area, complete with boules area and large enclosed gardens. Can’t go wrong.

The Fishes, Oxford


A previous Muddy Award finalist that boasts a glorious three acres not far from central Oxford. Buy a picnic from the bar and luxuriate in the sunshine.

Victoria Arms, Old Marston (Oxford)


Large sweeping gardens down to The River Cherwell in this atmospheric Oxford pub. Ideal if you want to spend the day in the city but want the midgets to roam free for a while.


The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, nr Faringdon


Stunning country Cotwold pub with lovely large garden that rolls all the way down to the banks of the Thames. Moor up and enjoy.


The Greyhound, Rotherfield Peppard


Anthony Worrall Thompson’s take on a family gastropub in South Oxfordshire is a success at every level.  Clearly the food is excellent but on a sunny day there’s a mid-sized front garden with oversized Goldilocks chair, pergola and lots of seating.

The Swan, Denham


A stonker of a Georgian pub in a quintessential South Bucks village, with a large, attractive beer garden. Denham is well worth a stroll around afterwards.


The Olde Bell, Hurley


Oh alright, this one’s in Berkshire but it’s so fabulous it has special dispensation and it’s only just over the border.  A lovely old pub with gorgeous child-friendly gardens, and an outdoor kitchen/ bar in a stunning waterside village. On a sunny day, walk down by the river past the locks and over bridges.





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11 comments on “9 pubs with fab gardens”

  • Emily Cooper June 26, 2016

    The Royal Oak is a real favourite of mine, amazing food, local ales and very very dog friendly! Perfect!

  • Karen Fullick June 26, 2016

    Hi, Old Queens Head in Penn – they welcome dogs inside and out as long as they are well behaved. Has a lovely garden and serves exceptional food

  • Jay May 10, 2016

    Thanks for this – any chance of you reviewing pubs and gardens that are dog friendly?

    • muddystiletto May 10, 2016

      Definitely, great idea. I’ll look into it for you x

      • Jo Field June 26, 2016

        I’d be really interested in great pub gardens that are dog friendly too.

        • muddystiletto June 26, 2016

          Hi Jo

          That’s a great idea, I’ll do that for you. Hero x

  • jordans May 8, 2016

    The Royal Standard in Forty Green/Beaconsfield also has many outside tables, beautiful, quirky decor and lovely country views. The food is good and the beer is generally good.

    • Hero May 9, 2016

      Thanks for the tip. It’s been nominated by a reader in the Muddy Awards this year so I’ll definitely be checking it out x

  • Sarah Westacott May 6, 2016

    Hey guys where’s my local? The Black Boy in Oving has got a gorgeous well maintained garden with amazing views of english undulating fields and grazing horses. It’s under new management and they are making a real effort to welcome children and …dogs!! Er yes, not sure I’ve ever seen a dog pull out a wallet and buy a round of drinks.

    • muddystiletto May 6, 2016

      So funny, I nearly put this one on, I know that view is amazing!! Might review in a few months, thanks for the suggestion x

    • Derrill Carr April 20, 2019

      The Black Boy in Oving Bucks has an amazing garden with views fir miles, the food and real ales are exceptional.


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