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 Outdoors The Great The Watering Hole


With the sun constantly shining and the temperatures soaring to record levels (alright I may be dreaming a little, lets just say it's pleasant for the time of year), it's time to escape the confines of the house and take a trip down to your local and enjoy the summer months, happily supping your favourite tipple in one of our Cities many beer gardens.


OK,you could choose to make the most of your own garden by dusting off the barbecue, safe in the knowledge that as soon as the first charcoal reaches the drum the rain clouds descend and make a mockery of the home made chicken skewers and flimsy burgers. If this sounds all too familiar then why don't you take the pain out of the whole experience by getting someone else to do it for you.


There is nothing better than spending a lost afternoon in a pub beer garden. A quintessentially British experience, lounging in the sun whilst enjoying a few cold ones whilst the kids can run themselves into the ground. It ticks all the boxes! Whether your establishment of choice sits on the banks or a canal or river, overlooks the countryside or indeed offers a rest bite from the hustle and bustle of the City, a few social drinks is the perfect way to spend some time – whatever you're drinking.


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As with restaurants, Plymouth suffers from an embarrassment of riches when it comes to finding that special retreat to hide away in for the afternoon so here are a few to whet your appetite. Located on the Barbican. The Watering Hole, has become one of the most popular pubs in the City, with a permanent BBQ at weekends and Live Music, the beer garden becomes a hive of activity in the Summer. Also situated in the City centre is the Wetherspoon's owned, Union Rooms which although has always been considered a student pub does have a fantastic beer garden with live music and live sport. If you prefer an action packed City centre beer garden then the Mutley Crown is perfect for you. With Sky Sports , Live Music, a function room and a roof terrace, not to mention opening until 4am every Friday and Saturday, this pub will challenge the most hardened insomniac.


If you prefer a more sedate afternoon, maybe by the water,The Boringdon Arms, Turnchapel has a small but perfectly positioned beer garden that not only captures the sun all day but has the added benefit of the fresh sea air. The Royal Oak on Lake Road is another pub within walking distance from the water. both are perfect for families and for those wanting to escape the City or just to take the dog out for a stroll.


With the areas rich history its a shame not to take time out ( over a drink or three ) to take in the sites. The Old Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers is fantastic in the summer with stunning views over the River Tamar. Similarly, The Two Bridges, Saltash which has a terraced beer garden out the back overlooks the two bridges in question.


Finally, if you want to combine award winning food with a village pub atmosphere then there is nowhere better than the Rose and Crown, Yealmpton. The walled garden, with its own man made fountain, is a real sun trap – what could be better than a lazy lunch with a chilled bottle of wine whilst enjoying the garden in the sunshine ?


Whatever your tipple and whatever your preferred venue, there will always be a beer garden somewhere in the City that is happy to offer you an escape from life's worries for the afternoon.


Royal Oak


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