Beer Gardens In Essex

Essex is jam-packed with places to eat and drink outdoors, from quirky terraces to picturesque gardens. Whether you're in the mood for a country escape, waterfront gem or city centre destination, these pub gardens are some of the very best in the county. Top up your tan with elegant eats, refreshing drinks and scenic views as you make the most of these brilliant beer gardens in Essex.  

Last updated on 6th July 2022

Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

141 user reviews 4

With its painted murals, picnic tables and outdoor screens, Golden Fleece is an unmissable beer garden in Chelmsford. That's not all though as this welcoming pub offers its patrons the chance to enjoy discounted food and drink with regular deals throughout the week. 

For top-notch pubs in Essex, The Bull Romford is a fabulous watering hole during the summer months. Choose from a wide array of tipples, from refreshing vino to craft beer and paired with yummy nibbles - think snack nachos, drunken mushrooms and BBQ beef tacos.

The Merchant, Brentwood

40 user reviews 5

Looking for an affordable bar with outdoor seating in Essex? The Merchant is a relaxed Brentwood spot for drinking alfresco, with a menu of classic cocktails, thirst-quenching gins and cask ales alongside classic pub grub if your belly starts to rumble.

The Centurion Colchester

54 user reviews 4

This colourful pub in Colchester also happens to boast one heck of a beer garden. A real suntrap in warmer moths, The Centurion offers something for every type of group, whether you're catching up over a pint, watching sports or tucking into classic dinners. 


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The Anchor is a restaurant and waterfront pub serving seasonal British fare from its home on the banks of the River Crouch. Overlooking green belt countryside and the surrounding nature reserve, this pub is an essential venture for those hoping to drink and dine in a stunning Essex beer garden this summer.

The Village Chelmsford

116 user reviews 4

The Village Chelmsford is upping the ante when it comes to beer gardens in Essex. Secure your spot at this pop-up bar, and you'll get the chance to sip signature cocktails, munch on delicious burgers and top up your tan with ping pong aplenty.

The Greyhound

1 user review 5

From its blooming beer garden to its traditionally cosy interiors, The Greyhound is a firm favourite on the Essex pub scene. If you're looking for a cool place to drink and dine outside, this Brentwood spot provides the perfect space for socialising when the sun's shining. 

As its name would suggest, Inn On The Green features a cracking beer garden for summer drinking sessions. Join them for a few local ales, spirits or wine with some seriously hearty pub grub, including healthy salads, juicy burgers and their famous Yorkshire pudding wrap.

The Bay Horse

2 user reviews 3

Set in the heart of historic Moulsham Street, The Bay Horse combines period features with award-winning roasts and regular entertainment to create a quintessential Essex pub experience. If the weather's holding up? Make the most of their terrace area for a few alfresco drinks. 

The Rose & Crown is a staple for summertime drinking and dining on The Quay. As well as serving pub classics and a wide choice of drinks, the venue boasts an outdoor seating area that stretches into the water when the tide is high, providing a totally unique beer garden experience.