Six beer gardens to visit while the sun shines

Badger & Co's Riverbank Beer Garden
Badger & Co's Riverbank Beer Garden
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ONE of the best things about an Indian summer is the chance to pop into your local beer garden for a tipple far later in the year than you might expect to do so, and where better to do just that than in one of the best beer gardens in the UK.

That accolade has just been handed to Badger & Co, on Castle Street, the only Scottish bar to make the shortlist in a nationwide search for the UK’s Best Beer Garden.

Located in a sunken courtyard, ‘Riverbank Beer Garden’ boasts a splendid mural by Chris Rutterford, which depicts characters from Wind in the Willows - a celebration of the premises, the birthplace and childhood home author Kenneth Grahame.

Manager Mike Davies says, “We’re absolutely delighted at Badger being the only Scottish entry in the competition.

“We just love the Riverbank Beer Garden where patrons can enjoy a drink and a meal alongside our stunning mural.”

A unique spot to soak up the atmosphere of the city, you can help Badger & Co win the coveted Best Beer Garden 2016 title by voting at www.smeinsurance.com/britains-best-beer-garden/ by  noon tomorrow.

Of course, the Capital has no shortage of beer gardens just waiting to be discovered, here’s five more you might want to try.

The Blackbird; this relaxed cafe-bar on Leven Street has a wonderfully secluded sun-trap of a beer garden - perhaps the best kept secret in Tollcross.

Head through to the back of the The Beehive on The Grassmarket and you’ll find another spacious beer garden. Easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there.

Then there’s The Pear Tree, perhaps the city’s best known beer garden, loved by students, visitors and locals alike, this West Nicolson Street cobbled yard is usually rammed on a really sunny day.

Hidden away on Broughton Street Lane, the dog friendly Outhouse regularly holds themed parties in their canopied out door space. The trendy place to be.

Finally, sports lovers wanting to catch a few rays could do worse than head to The Scottie. The well-established local, on Northfield Broadway, has a great beer garden when you fancy an escape from the sport on their seven screens.

Friendly efficient staff, generously portioned pub grub make the beer garden an ideal place to be on a warm day.

Let’s hope the sun shines on.