The Good Taste Guide: Best beer gardens and sun terraces

The Old Stables at Allerton Manor
The Old Stables at Allerton Manor

Make the most of the sunshine with dinner or drinks al fresco, whether that’s a cool city sun terrace or a relaxing suntrap beer garden…

The Old Stables

After work drinks just got that bit sunnier thanks to The Old Stables summer gin terrace. The ever-popular South Liverpool restaurant at Allerton Manor Golf Club has opened its sunny garden in partnership with Liverpool Gin.

Open daily though the summer – weather permitting – it offers live music every Friday from 6pm, a great selection of local and national gins – including the full Liverpool Gin range.

Don’t miss: The state of the art Co2 glass chiller to make sure that each and every gin is served at the perfect temperature for maximum refreshment.

Allerton Rd, Liverpool L18 3JT,


1539 Restaurant & Bar, Chester Racecourse
1539 Restaurant & Bar, Chester Racecourse

Tucked away at the top of the Chester County Stand, the first-floor bar and Roof Terrace at 1539 Restaurant & Bar offers panoramic views across Chester Racecourse.

They’ve thought of everything – with outdoor heaters and a well-stocked bar – the outdoor tables have umbrellas and there are relaxed sofas next to picturesque wisteria – perfect to lounge on for that summer Instagram shot. It is also available for hire for parties and events, and the team are experts at making every guest feel welcome.

The space is split into three beautifully designed areas, each providing a unique advantage, with the roof lounge inside, and then the roof terrace – one section with a cover should it rain.

Don’t miss: The fantastic selection of spirits, fizz and cocktails, plus every Friday after work there’s the fantastic Let the Weekend BeGIN, with a G&T of your choice for £4.50.

Chester Racecourse, Chester,  CH1 2LY,

The Park – Bar & Kitchen

The Park St Helens
The Park Bar and Kitchen St Helens

This gorgeous sun trap in Sherdley Park Golf Club is perfect for afternoon drinks, or lunch in the sunshine. The Park – Bar & Kitchen in St Helens opened in May after a £1 Million refurbishment and is located at the ever-popular golf club, which was taken over by Green Circle Estates (the team behind the transformation of Allerton Manor Golf Club) last June and is open to golfers and non-golfers alike.

It’s dog-friendly, so you can even bring your four-legged friend.

Don’t miss: The freshly made pizzas, alongside sandwiches, burgers and steaks.

Sherdley Park Golf Club, Saint Helens, WA9 5DE,

The White Horse

White Horse, Chester
White Horse, Chester

Grab a seat in this beautifully tended beer garden and conservatory – gloriously sunny on a good day and snuggly and covered when it’s chilly – and indulge in a spot of people watching whilst sipping on something hand-shaken and superb.

The White Horse has a spacious beer garden with children’s play area, outdoor bar and BBQ, all in the paddock of Chester Racecourse. There’s also a conservatory, with retractable roof – perfect for the changeable British weather.

There’s plenty of free parking, along with generous helpings of comfort food, an impressive selection of traditional beers, real ales and one of the best wine lists in town.

Don’t miss: Little ones can explore the different sized ships in the impressive outside play area, while mum and dad enjoy a drink from the outside bar and BBQ.

Chester Racecourse, Chester,  CH1 2LY,

Commonhall Street Social

Commonhall St Social Terrace
Commonhall St Social Terrace

Chester’s perfect laid-back day to night venue, Commonhall Street Social has a beautiful outdoor terrace, complete with ping pong table and places to chill on a sunny summer day, or right through into the evening. Enjoy food and drink and soak up the sunshine.

Don’t miss: It’s dog-friendly too – dogs even eat free on Sundays!

10 Commonhall St, Chester CH1 2BJ,