Alfresco Ales

The forecasters reckon that this August Bank Holiday weekend is set to be a scorcher. Well, at least bearable temperatures to sit outside. So we thought we’d give you five lovely NottsNight pubs where you can enjoy a pint in the garden.

1. The Sir John Borlase Warren

The grand daddy of Canning Circus pubs, the Sir John arguably has the best beer garden in the city centre area. Having undergone extensive refurbishment a couple of years ago, the Lincoln Green company has also added a micro pub within the pub called the Dog and Thief, which serves up some great craft beers.

Sir John

2. The King Billy, Sneinton

Looking from the outside, you wouldn’t know that this unassuming boozer even had a beer garden, but The King Billy – just a stone’s throw from Sneinton Market – is full of surprises. Admittedly, the rooftop garden is used year round as a smoking area, but on a sunny afternoon you could easily be on a balcony in the Med. Providing your resort overlooked a tower block. But you can’t argue with the quirky charm of this one.

3. The Lincolnshire Poacher

It wasn’t too long ago that the rear yard of the Lincolnshire Poacher was a great place to pick up a selection of cigarette butts, splinters and broken glass. Thankfully, this has now been transformed into a bustling beer garden with loads of character. Plus, the Poacher has one of the biggest selections of real ales and whiskies in the whole of Nottingham – a perfect way to laze away a warm afternoon.

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4. The Canal House

There aren’t too many pubs that provide a place to park your boat – on the inside – but this former waterway warehouse is full if surprises. The Canal House can get incredibly busy with the after work crowd, but be patient and wait for a table – and you could imagine yourself somewhere closer to Munich with a stein of something cold.

5. The Victoria, Beeston

Bigger than most in every sense, The Victoria makes a great starting – or finishing – point for a pub crawl around the rest of Beeston. The sprawling beer garden features a marquee that can be opened up on the sunniest days, and has the added advantage of a side gate taking you directly to the Nottingham-bound platform of the railway station. The word “oasis” may be pushing it, with the occasional thunder of a 125 passing through – but this place doesn’t lack character.

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