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Sip Back & Relax! 

Our guide to the best Swindon pub gardens, patios and terraces

It’s not so long ago that a trip out for a drink in the open air meant venturing into the uncertain world of pubs with fibreglass tree houses and tables that acted like see-saws.

These days - thankfully - things have improved somewhat, with pubs better equipped and more sophisticated – and a number of other choices for sipping back and enjoying a warm summer’s day or balmy evening.

So we’ve taken a stroll through the patios and terraces as well as the gardens of pubs in our area to find out which are the best for visiting when it’s too hot to be indoors.
 
 
Featured Venue
 
Fox & Hounds, Wroughton
Markham Road, Wroughton
Swindon, Wiltshire
SN6 9JT
01793 815415

One of the best pubs in the area for food, the garden makes the ideal place to eat al Fresco or just enjoy the afternoon with a swifty or two. Farmyard animals in their own paddock too!
Fox & Hounds, Wroughton pub garden
  
The country pub
 
The Royal Oak
Bishopstone
Swindon
SN6 8PP
01793 790481

A genuinely unspoilt and much-loved pub which the Michelin Guide recommend for its good food. But it has even more to offer in the summer months because of its front terrace & friendly little garden where you can enjoy weekend barbecues - and even camp with pigs in late August!
Royal Oak at Bishopstone terrace
 
Bakers Arms, Badbury > Bakers Arms - website
Badbury,
Near Swindon
SN4 0EU
01793 740313

The Bakers Arms near Swindon is probably as close as it is possible to get to the archetypal little, down-to-earth, country 'local'.

And with a lovely pub garden to boot.

   
The Fox & Hounds, Uffington >The Fox & Hounds - website
High Street
Uffington
SN7 7RP
01367 820680

This fantastic pub is set in beautiful countryside surroundings.

This dog-friendly pub, is an ideal base for walking, cycling, golfing or just chilling out at any time of the year.

    
The Old Boathouse, Cotswold Water Park > The Old Boathouse - website
Lake 6, Cotswold Water Park
Near Swindon
GL7 5FP
01285 864000

At The Old Boathouse, you can enjoy all-day dining and drinking with views of the Water Park from their lakeside tables and outside decking.
Old Boathouse, Cotswold Water Park
 
The White Horse, Woolstone > The White Horse, Woolstone - website
Woolstone,
Near Swindon
SN7 7QL
01367 820726

A 16th century thatched inn just a short drive east of Swindon with new decking, covered terrace & woodburning pizza oven perfect for the summer season.
 
One of the most picturesque pubs in the UK.
 
Just out of town
 
The Sun Inn
Coate

Swindon
SN3 6AA
01793 523292

Just the place for all the family, especially before or after visiting neighbouring Coate Water or the Richard Jefferies Museum. The garden includes a children’s playground and on sunny days the barbecue area is busy. You may even catch a live band playing outdoors in the thatched shelter.

 
Sally Pussey's Inn > Sally Pussey - website
Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
SN4 8ET
01793 852430

Brilliant when the sun's out and not half bad if you prefer the shade.

The garden at Sally Pussey's is perfect for a summer pint or a bite to eat.
Sally Pussey Swindon pub garden
    
Best in North Swindon
 
The Tawny Owl
Taw Hill
North Swindon
SN25 1WR
01793 706770

If only all modern estate pubs were like the Tawny Owl. On the edge of Swindon’s huge northern expansion and only opened in 2003, the pub has surprising charm and elegance for such a young pub, and this is complemented by its smart patio. No wonder it was the first Swindon pub licensed to hold wedding ceremonies.

  
The Kingsdown
Upper Stratton
Swindon
SN2 7PE
01793 824802

Drive past The Kingsdown and you'll only get a sneak peak of their wonderful pub garden.

It's one that locals and visitors in the know have enjoyed for years - whether that's a quiet drink with family and friends, a live music event or the chance to enjoy the pub food al fresco.
Kingsdown pub Swindon
 
 
The White Hart
Stratton St. Margaret
Swindon
SN3 4JD
01793 822272

Whether it's an evening pint or a lunchtime soft drink, the new decked terrace at The White Hart is the ideal place to unwind with friends and family.
 
West Swindon
 
Woodlands Edge
Sparcells
Swindon
SN5 5AN
01793 887 635

A refreshing port of call in Sparcells, West Swindon. Plenty of seating and even views of the Peatmoor lagoon.
Sports fans also love it when the big games are on with outside screens showing all the action.
Woodlands Edge pub garden West Swindon
 
Down by the river

The Riverside
Lechlade

GL7 3AQ
01367 252534

With its stunning location in the shadow of the ancient Halfpenny Bridge over the River Thames at Lechlade, The Riverside is not just popular with drinkers and diners but also ducks, swans and heron. Just the place for parking up your car or your boat and taking in the pub’s priceless atmosphere down by the riverside.
Riverside Lechlade near Swindon
 
The Trout Inn
St John's Bridge

Faringdon Road

Lechlade
GL7 3HA
01367 252313

The Trout is one of the area’s most picturesque pubs – both inside and out. In the summer the marquee is filled with the sound of music – famously jazz but also folk, blues and covers. But probably the greatest attraction of all – especially after a stroll along the banks – is the pub garden that extends right down to the River Thames.
Trout Inn, Lechlade, near Swindon
 
Red Lion, Castle Eaton > Red Lion - website
Castle Eaton
Swindon
SN6 6JZ
01793 740350

The first pub on the Thames at Castle Eaton makes this another country pub well worth the drive or cycle-ride.

Add in some very good cooking and riverside views and you almost have the perfect summer destination for drinking & eating.

 
The Runner > The Runner - website
Rushy Platt
Swindon
SN1 4NQ
01793 523903
 
Yes, down by the river in Swindon town centre!

The Runner, formerly the Running Horse, has a new terrace overlooking the meandering River Rey plus a big adjacent garden with children's play area.

 
Old Town
 
Twenty at The Kings
20 Wood Street
Swindon
SN1 4AB
01793 522156

A hidden gem with its own real ale bar at the back of one of Old Town’s busiest venues. Good food as well + available for small private parties.
Terrace at 20 at the Kings Swindon
 
Mackenzies
18 Wood Street
Swindon
SN1 4AB
01793 430111

We couldn't do a guide to Swindon's top places to enjoy a summer drink without including Mackenzies because it's been one of the best and most popular locations when the sun's out for over twenty years. Ideal as well come evening and night time with it's very own bar open 'til late.
Mackenzies Swindon
 
The Clifton
Clifton Street
Old Town, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 3PY
01793 523162

Now this is the Good Life when the sun's out!
 
Back to its best after a major refurbishment - with more to come - The Clifton Hotel, just off Kings Hill, is the place to relax, enjoy a drink and catch up with friends.
 
The Plough, Old Town
26 Devizes Road
Swindon, Wiltshire
SN1 4BQ
01793 610694

Always a delight on a bright sunny day, the 'secret terrace' at the back of The Plough is worth seeking out!

 
Town Centre

Rudis
> Rudis - website
21 Regent Circus
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 1PR
01793 523 892

A summer favourite since the 60s and still ideal for a lazy summer afternoon or evening drink. And for those who fancy a true taste of the continent, Rudis also serves tapas every evening.

 
The GW > The GW - website
Station Road
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN1 1DH
01793 694997

The GW's pub garden is a real sun-trap, perfect if you fancy a swifty before catching the train or a bus.

 
 
The Weighbridge Brewhouse The Weighbridge Brewhouse - website
Penzance Drive 
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN5 7JL
01793 881500
 
The Weighbridge Brewhouse is open all day every day, and when it warms up there's no better place to enjoy a cool afternoon or evening drink than on their terrace.  

  
Lake view
 
Stanton House
The Avenue
Stanton Fitzwarren
Swindon
SN6 7SD
0870 084 1388

What we think is probably the best view in Swindon during the summer months - Stanton park and lake from the Stanton House Hotel terrace that overlooks it.
 
Open from 10am-10pm serving drinks and food, and accessible from the park itself so walkers and dog-owners are welcome too.
Stanton House Hotel, Swindon
 
And there's more!...
 
These are also highly recommended.
 
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