Weatherproof pubs and restaurants for outdoor drinking

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor

Wondering where you can go out to a pub for food and drink with the British weather doing its best to sabotage your fun?

Look no further! Holiday bookings website has compiled a list of venues across 14 UK cities which are totally weather-proof, meaning you can sit tight until further restrictions are lifted with a pint in hand.

Viewable on the interactive map below, the 70 or-so sites either offer rain cover or outdoor heat  - think marquees, umbrellas, electric heaters and fire pits. The site has promised to update the map with user recommendations, having based its existing list on an analysis of Google and TripAdvisor reviews.

Among the venues whose pub garden was deemed to be fit for all weather are the following: 

  • The Grain Barge Bristol

Located on a moored boat with big windows, a sunny deck and live music nights, Grain Barge is right for any Bristolian keen for a fill of beer and pies. 

  • Cardiff Distillery

The Cardiff Gin Distillery offers cocktail-making masterclasses, and its garden has outdoor dining pods to keep you warm despite the predictably inclement Welsh weather. 

  • Express Tavern, Brentford

The Express Tavern, located in Kew, built a new garden to welcome its patrons in the summer of last year for the 4th July relaunch. It is once again serving its selection of small-batch beer and cider al fresco, as of yesterday. 

  • Secret Garden Nottingham

This outdoor-only venue in Nottingham city centre has got you covered (and heated!), with the opportunity to rebook another six-person table on another day if the weather is just too bad to brave.

  • Escape to Freight Island, Manchester

This Manchester venue promises to deliver its "urban festival atmosphere" despite ongoing restrictions, with live music and DJs playing every night of the week. 

  • The Beer Engine, Sheffield

Open from April 30th with a rotation of local guest beers as well as a selection of usual suspects, The Beer Engine also has what it calls "a proper chef" who cooks up Tapas/Small plates and Sunday roasts. 


  • Buyers Club, Liverpool

Pasta, pizza and lots of natural wines and a massive outdoor area with some covered and heated tables. All first come first serve. 



  • North Brewing Co. Leeds

Set on Sovereign Square in Leeds' city centre, the North Brewing Co tap room has an expanded outdoor space from which one can enjoy a selection of the 20-year-old brewer's finest beers.

The company's Brewery and Tap Rooms, located in Springwell, on the site of a former tannery on Buslingthorpe Lane, will be opening on the 16th, with food from Asian street food purveyor, Little Bao Boy.


  • By the River Brew Co. Newscastle

This container settlement is set under the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river, and consists of a Brewery & Tap Room, an open fire kitchen, a coffee house and a cocktail bar - as well as a street food market on weekends, all of which can be enjoyed from the safety of one's seat thanks to the wonders of technology.


  • The Devil's Advocate, Edinburgh - part of the The Bon Vivant Group

In line with Scottish government guidance, as of April 26th, this old Victorian pump house's Terrace will be open from midday until 8pm for food and drinks reservations with the indoor restaurant area available for lunch and dinner reservations - with no alcohol consumption allowed inside quite yet.

  • Brewdog Glasgow, Merchant Street, Doghouse

The iconic Brewery's first food-focused venue will be serving up American-style barbecued meats from April 26th, in an outdoor seating area and indoors. 

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Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor 13th April 2021

Weatherproof pubs and restaurants for outdoor drinking