Well, the summer has finally arrived and, fingers crossed it isn’t going anywhere. With all this good weather, we at The Shankly Preston thought we’d seek out the very best pubs in Preston with the nicest beer gardens, where you can sit and soak up plenty of sun whilst enjoying a beverage or two.
The Pear Tree
Where: 155, Leyland Road, Preston, PR1 9QB
Just a hop skip and a jump over the River Ribble and you’ll find yourself reclining in the spacious backyard of The Pear Tree.
Well known by locals and enjoyed by visitors, The Pear Tree Inn has a fabulous Gin menu and a quality selection of regional real ales.
So, no matter where your tipple tastebuds take you, you can guarantee a seat in the sun with your favourite drink in hand.
Where: 100, Victoria Rd, Walton-le-Dale, Preston PR5 4AU
Rolling down to the River Ribble again but, this time we are staying waterside in the Yew Tree.
This stunning little sun trap is nestled near the Walton Retail Park so, visitors can shop til they drop then pop themselves down into a comfy chair, with a frosty drink.
The Yew Tree has a charming country pub feel with a modern tasty menu of food and a wide selection of cask ales and premium spirits.
Perfect for summertime supping in Preston.
The Old Vic
Where: 79 Fishergate, Preston PR1 2UH
When the sun comes out there’s nowhere better to be than an outdoor terrace in one of the most popular pubs in Preston.
The Old Vic is the ideal place for a pint after a long train journey, and better still, there are always 7 or more guest ales to chose from, often representing the best local breweries of Preston.
Great for watching sports, live music and a busy pub atmosphere, The Old Vic does everything a good pub should.
Should the weather allow it, you can even pull up a pew in the decked out beer terrace and soak up some Preston sunshine.
The Plungington Hotel
When: The Plungington Hotel, Lytham Rd, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR
We said we’d found the best pubs in Preston with the most impressive outdoor spaces and The Plungington Hotel takes the cake.
Not only is there a quaint fenced in the garden complete with rustic palette tables and old park benches to sit on but, hop over yonder path and guests can take outdoor drinking to another level.
That’s right The Plungington have brought a taste of the seaside to their large outdoor space and, what was once an old Victorian bowling green, has become Preston’s number one outdoor social spot.
Not only does The Plungington provide an ample selection of spirits and craft beers from indoors but, they also host an exquisite Gin Festival at the beginning of August, serving up some of the newest and rarest Gin’s known to man.
One of the best pubs in Preston with the most gorgeous and expansive beer gardens, The Plungington Hotel is one of the favourites on our list.
The Wellington Inn
Where: 40, Glover’s Court, Preston PR1 3LS
Known affectionately among locals as the ‘Welly’, this traditional pub is welcoming, friendly and has a brand new-ish beer garden with its own little outdoor bar.
On quieter sunny days you can pull up a pew right next to the dinky little bar or when things get a little busier there’s plenty more space on the shiny decked area.
What’s more, there’s even an outdoor pool table for when you just can’t take any more sitting still in the sun, enjoying a cool refreshing beer.
The Welly is the perfect pub in Preston to enjoy long lazy sunny days at the heart of the city centre.
Where: 99, Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 2XQ
A stunning Preston building that was once the residence of a wealthy cotton manufacturer and later a surgeons office in the 1920s.
Now The Guild is a grade II listed public house that has a wonderful outdoor space to match its ancient red brick exterior.
Known for the best burgers in Preston and for its sun-drenched beer garden, The Guild is one of the best pubs in Preston to visit with the family.
With an extensive food menu, outdoor kids play area and a long list of real ales, both regional and imported, The Guild Pub has something for everyone visiting Preston.
Where: The Corn Exchange, Lune St, Preston PR1 2NN
With a motto that advises patrons to “expect the unexpected” 1842 certainly rouses curiosity.
Set inside, what was once, Preston’s bustling Corn Exchange, bar 1842 promises a unique experience from the fabulous food, delectable drinks and awesome outdoor space.
Customers are guaranteed live music every weekend and, out on the terrace, live DJ’s will provide the perfect summer soundtrack.
No less than 27 cocktails are on the menu or you can choose from the finest cask ales and both old or new world wines from around the globe.
We can certainly appreciate the way 1842 deliver the unexpected in the best possible way.
Where: The Hunters, Hennel Lane, Walton Park, Preston, Lancashire PR5 5UL
A little way outside the city and you will discover one of the largest beer gardens on our list.
Up there with the best pubs in Preston to cater to family visits and groups of friends alike, The Hunters has an extensive menu of hearty meals that will please everyone’s taste buds.
A relaxing space that allows you to enjoy a drink or two in the baking sun, under the gazebo or along the lawn laid with traditional pub benches and tables.
Just put your feet up and enjoy the day in The Hunters big beer garden.
Where: South Meadow Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR18
If you consider yourself a connoisseur when it comes to choosing the best tipple then make your way to The New Continental, and enjoy what they have to offer.
On the cool kid’s list of places to be, the New Continental is on our guide to the best pubs in Preston because they have it all.
Great drinks choices, live music, theatre nights, and a beer garden that resembles a festival field. Get comfy on a hay bail, snuggle down on one of the scattered floor cushions, or be boring and grab a chair!
No matter where you sit you can bask in sunlight all day long, enjoying an imported craft ale, artisan cider or the award-winning house beer.
Where: Mariners Way, Preston, Lancashire PR2 2YN
Another family favourite among the best pubs in Preston and one right on the marvellously scenic Marina.
The Ribble Pilot is the perfect Preston pub to enjoy sunny summer days with the family or, gazing upon waterside sunsets with a loved one.
The huge beer garden caters well to families with little ones as it’s safe, large and soaked in sun all day long.
With an amazingly affordable menu and all the staples of a great drinks menu, The Ribble Pilot is perfect for a daytime family-friendly visit to Preston.
Ships and Giggles
When: 3 Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2XQ
Known as one of the best pubs in Preston among the student population, Ships and Giggles and their tropical beer garden is a chilled outside space, with a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Thanks to one huge HD TV and a few more smaller ones around the venue, Ships and Giggles is a great place to catch all major sporting events.
Combine this with exceptionally cheap drinks and enormous platters of food and you’ve got the ideal place to start your night out on the town in Preston.
When: 55 Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2XQ
Home of the Glastonferret festival and hub of Preston’s live music scene, The Ferret is the place to be seen in the city.
The venue concentrates on providing patrons with a jam-packed line-up of amazing live music with everything from open mic night Wednesdays to full weekends of live gigs.
Feeling thirsty? Then check out The Ferrets wide selection of world lagers, beer-filled fridges and choose from a minimum of 5 guests ales at any given time.
The outdoor space is warehouse chic mixed with Hawaiian style bamboo fencing, whacky wall art and a smattering of greenery, that gives off year-round summer sunshine vibes.
Where: Navigation Way, Preston PR2 2YP
This exotic looking waterfront establishment lures people in with a creative, but adorable back story, about a cocktail-mixing Englishman and a pizza-slinging Italian beauty.
Legend has it that together they founded the venue that began serving delicious pizza that is still served today at Baffito’s. That and a magnificent menu of cocktails said to be among the best tasting in the city.
Combine all this with a Mediterranean style outdoor dining and drinking terrace and you have one of the best outdoor spaces in Preston attached to the finest pizzeria in the land.
Spend some time sharing the most amazing pizza, washed down with your choice of cocktail and simply watch the world float on by on the nearby waters of Preston Marina.
The Old Black Bull Inn
Where: 35-36 Friargate, Preston PR1 2AT
Since the early 19th century, The Old Black Bull Inn has been supplying the people of Preston with pints of delicious real ale.
Once a private brewery, The Old Black Bull Inn has a long an interesting history as one of the best pubs in Preston, all of which you can read about on the detailed timeline on the pub’s website.
Everything from the building itself, to the permanent and guest ales, served from the ancient bar and the stunning beer garden make The Old Black Bull Inn a special place to visit.
Where: Haighton Green Lane, Preston PR2 5SQ
After a short venture a little way out from the centre of Preston, you will find a stunning ancient manor house is understood to have been standing since the 17th century.
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The building served as a residence for many wealthy families and at one point even held a collection of artwork that would eventually form the founding Harris Museum collection.
For nearly a century Haighton Manor was used as part of Whittingham Hosptial as a residence for staff and patients.
It wasn’t until the 70s that Haighton Manor was used as a restaurant and, today people who visit can enjoy the fully restored historic house, complete with original stone floors, working fireplaces and best of all, an expansive beer garden that melts into the sweeping surrounding landscape.
Now when visiting Haighton Manor you can select a real ale straight from the pump or, pick a speciality Gin from an impressively long list then sit back in the gorgeous gardens, and while the day away.
Where: Marsh Lane, Preston, PR4 5JY
Located just on the edge of the picturesque Preston marshland is the seemingly unassuming Dolphin Inn.
The perfect pub in Preston to start or finish a long walk along the River Ribble with a cask ale in hand. Boasting original open fires and characteristic wooden ceiling beams, The Dolphin Inn is one of the best pubs in Preston to visit after exploring the edges of the city.
What really makes the Dolphin Inn special is the huge beer garden complete with breathtaking views of the surrounding Preston countryside and, the selection of farmhouse produce available from within the well-stocked pantry store.
The Shankly Hotel Preston
We’ve created this guide to the best pubs in Preston to help visitors and future guests of The Shankly Hotel enjoy all the best bits of the city whilst they are here.
Our own stunning Carriage Bar and Restaurant will be a fine addition to the best pubs in Preston, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for news of its launch.
During sunnier months these venues are the perfect places to sample some of Preston’s unique and social culture as well as enjoying the great outdoors.
So, whether you are a family looking for a friendly lunch spot in the heart of the city or a group of friends trying to find somewhere to enjoy a summer night out on the town, our guide to the best pubs in Preston will help you find your way.
Of course, if we have missed any of the best pubs in Preston or fantastic beer gardens, please let us know by commenting on our Facebook page, we’d hate to leave out a favourite hidden gem.