There’s nothing more inviting than a chilled glass of wine or a refreshing pint in a sunny beer garden on a holiday weekend.
Beer gardens are a cornerstone of the country’s culture and economy, and with COVID restrictions a distant memory, punters are eager to get out and grab a drink with friends.
Now, more than ever, having a beer garden is ideal for your pub!
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Here at Lanarkshire Live, we’ve put together a handy list of some of the best beer gardens in the county where you might want to stop by.
Montgomerie Arms, East Kilbride
One of the original coaching inns, dating back to the 1600s, ‘The Monty’ is a jewel in East Kilbride’s crown.
Its beer garden is nestled under the clock tower of the old parish church in the heart of the village.
This classic and hugely popular boozer appeals to all ages and the old world theme of this beautiful A-listed stone building exudes a certain charm you won’t find in any old tavern.
A convenient mezzanine smoking area is also a bonus.
The Arms of Auldhouse, Auldhouse
This traditional, family-run country pub has made every effort to invest in its outdoor space.
By revamping their existing beer garden and installing an outdoor bar, there will be a choice of food and drink ready to be served.
With no advance booking system in place, this pub is happy to welcome old and new customers.
The Waterfront, Strathaven
This popular pub is located right by the river and serves a limited outdoor menu.
With a great selection of beer and wine and plenty of seating, it’s a perfect place to stop after a walk.
It’s a great place to pop in when strolling through this quaint town.
The scrapyard, Hamilton
Junkyard, Hamilton, or as they like to call it, JNKYRD, HMLTN, is based in the center of town on Chapel Street.
Boasting a cool interior as well as an inviting outdoor space, punters can expect a lively atmosphere and excellent food and drink options.
It’s worth going back to town and treating yourself to a nice lunch or a night out.
Search for Angels Hotel
The hotel restaurant and bar underwent a massive refurbishment just after the first lockdown and in doing so created an amazing year round outdoor terrace with the stunning Belzazar Rose Bar for food and drink.
With heaters, a covered seating area and cozy lighting, this sleek modern bar really makes you feel like you’re on vacation.
The Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar
The Elphinstone Hotel is proud to have won the Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2016.
Boasting a friendly, warm and cozy dining experience, this little place has charm, history and great food to boot.
If you’re looking for a traditional Scottish pub to eat and drink outdoors, you can’t go wrong.
Owned by the O’Brien family since 1968, this popular public house is known for its high quality food, live music, community vibe and exceptional beer garden that provides great coverage and heating year round .
Try some of Owen’s savory dishes – like their famous steak pie, beef chilli – or just grab a hot roll or one or two of his fabulous cocktails while soaking up the sun.
Cellar Bar, Airdrie
Located near Airdrie City Hall, it’s a great place to relax in comfortable surroundings and sample one of its many delicious whiskeys and beers.
This inviting watering hole has a certain charm with friendly, welcoming staff and excellent customer service.
A huge selection of non-alcoholic drinks is also a bonus.
Search for Smiddy Inn
The family-run Belhaven pub offers good food with weekly deals, big screen sports, quizzes and karaoke plus their popular beer garden.
Their exciting new menu will also be released on May 18 with a range of new small plates, including a delicious hot pretzel, Italian sausage and a new bao bread flavor.
The Arms of Hopetoun, Leadhills
Scotland’s tallest residential hotel, The Hopetoun Arms is nestled in the heart of the Lowther Hills.
A quiet, rural location, it’s the perfect stopping point if you’re traveling north or south, or just for a peaceful break.
Soak up great views of the Scottish countryside while sipping a cold pint or chilled wine in their inviting barbecue and picnic area.
The Electric Bar, Motherwell
Crowned North Lanarkshire’s Best Pub three times, this popular Airbles Road boozer is rightly praised for its customer service, online reviews and overall good service.
With an extensive beer garden and new vegetarian and gluten-free menus to suit different diets, the Electric Bar ensures everyone is welcome.
Red stag, Cumbernauld
This rustic cottage pub has everything you need from a country pub. Its menus are full of hearty favorites and country pub classics, as well as seasonal spring dishes.
Its well-stocked bar, which includes cask ales, fine wines and British gin to suit all tastes, can be enjoyed on its beautiful garden terrace tables or by the crackling log fires.
Waysiders Drumpellier Rugby Club, Coatbridge
Boasting the largest beer garden in Coatbridge, Drumpellier Avenue Rugby Club is perfect for a Sunday session or a few drinks in the sun before dinner.
Members are free and non-members can purchase a one-day membership for five francs.
Hotel Chapelton Auberge
A trio of new owners have revamped the Chapelton Inn in a bid to turn the fortunes of the village pub around.
Now a family community center for locals, the renovated premises are the product of a partnership made up of love and care for the area.
And after investing in a complete overhaul of the site, punters can expect to see a brand new functional suite, a modernized bar and beer garden which the new owners hope will appeal to the wider community.
The sports bar, Rutherglen
This pub has been a fixture on Glasgow Road for three decades and is Rutherglen’s only remaining independent pub.
Publican husband and wife John and Helen Vickers are all set to welcome customers to their family pub and beer garden this bank holiday weekend.
They also have a children’s play area outside which is the largest beer garden in Rutherglen.
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