Top 10 South Essex beer gardens

With the weather getting warmer, there’s no excuse needed for a refreshing al fresco drink in one of South Essex’s charming pub gardens. Whether you love a lager, prefer a craft beer or stick to the soft drinks, the Southend area has a brilliant array of options for you. Read on for our curated list of the top 10 South Essex pubs with gardens or outdoor seating…

The Peterboat

The Peterboat pub garden

This olde worlde pub is located right on the seafront, offering a lovely drinking setting with traditional seaside vibes. Its beer garden is a great size and has both uncovered and covered tables. You’ll find all the drinks you’d expect, plus a food menu covering light bites, various mains, grill dishes and baguettes at lunchtime. There’s also a children’s menu, making this an ideal family spot.

Closest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea

Hoy & Helmet

Hoy & Helmet pub

A little further out of Southend, the Hoy & Helmet in Benfleet is a historic, Grade 2 listed building which may be over 500 years old! Here you’ll find a large beer garden and plenty of drink options, including reasonably priced cocktails if you’re feeling fruity. Food-wise they serve all the pub classics, from gammon and eggs to sausage and mash. Just download the Green King app to order!

Closest c2c station: Benfleet

The Broadway

Drinking glasses of wine

This pub is well-known for showing live sport and brings quite the crowd in when there’s a big football game on. The beer garden here isn’t the biggest in Southend, but the staff are friendly and the food portions are big. What more could you want?

Closest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea

Mile and a Third

This quirky spot is technically a micropub, named after the length of Southend Pier (1.33 miles). It may be compact but there’s space for about 25 people to sit outside and watch the world go by. You might have guessed that the order of the day here is craft beer, but there’s also real ale, wine and cider available. The owners are brothers who are genuinely passionate about craft beer, so you’re sure to be choosing from a top-notch selection.

Closest c2c station: Westcliff

Old Walnut Tree

The old walnut tree pub

The Old Walnut tree is another traditional-style pub situated on Southchurch Boulevard. There’s a spacious, sunny beer garden here with a parasol on most tables. There are plenty of offers on food depending on the day of the week, so you can make sure you get your money’s worth.

Closest c2c station: Southend East

The Broker Freehouse

This highly-rated, family-run pub has a good amount of new outdoor seating with a covered area and heaters – perfect for those chilly spring nights. The Broker serves a wide selection of drinks including real ales, wine and spirits, as well as hearty home cooked food. Book a table for a charming local feel.

Closest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea

West Road Tap

Pint of beer being poured in a pub

West Road tap is another cool micropub on the Southend scene. Head here for a laid back atmosphere where you might discover your new favourite beer! The beer garden isn’t bookable so try and get down in good time to nab yourself a table. Choose from a selection of beers and ales, or cider, wine and spirits if you’re not a beer lover. There are also tasty bar snacks on offer.

Closest c2c station: Westcliff

Craftwerk Beers

This one’s more of a bar than a pub and has a limited amount of outdoor seating, but we had to include it thanks to its excellent reviews, fantastic drinks menu and down to earth feel. Craftwerk’s speciality is beers but it also serves cocktails, quality wines and spirits and even stone-baked pizzas with a number of sides! If you don’t manage to get a seat at one of “the most exclusive tables in Southend” (according to their Instagram), you can always grab some cans or bottles to take home with you.

Closest c2c station: Southend Central

The Crooked Billet

The Crooked Billet pub garden

Another atmospheric pub on the coast – South Essex has plenty to offer! The main outdoor seating area is in a lovely spot directly next to the sea, so there are stunning vistas aplenty here. They’re also taking walk-ins as well as bookings, so if you’re looking for a last-minute pub garden this could be the one. Gin lovers will be spoilt for choice here; the “gin palace” offers a selection of over 15 brands and flavours. The food is equally impressive, with pies, fish dishes, burgers and lots more available.

Closest c2c station: Leigh-on-Sea

Mawson’s Micropub

Our final choice is this small but perfectly-formed micropub in Southchurch. Their beer garden has a few tables, a couple of which are covered by gazebos. Mawson’s calls itself Southend’s first micropub and is a local favourite with an excellent choice of craft beer, real ale, cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks. They even have a “Pint Patron” card, allowing you to amass loyalty points for each drink you buy!

Closest c2c station: Southend East

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