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 29th June 2021

Golden Fleece, Chelmsford

88 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. 

The Merchant, Brentwood

19 user reviews 4

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.

Spritz Social Chelmsford

53 user reviews 4

The Spritz Social is upping the ante when it comes to beer garden bookings in Essex. Secure your spot at this pop-up bar in Chelmsford and you'll get the chance to sip signature cocky tails, munch on delicious burgers and top up your tan with ping pong and Instars opportunities aplenty.

The Centurion Colchester

18 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 pub dinners. 


686 user reviews 4

The Anchor is a gorgeous 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 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 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 pub provides the perfect space for socialising when the sun's shining. 

The Rose & Crown is a staple for summertime drinking and dining on The Quay. As well as serving pub classics with 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. 

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.