The Best Family Friendly Pubs with Outdoor Spaces | Berkshire

Hands up if you’re a little excited about pub gardens reopening on 12th April.  Just in time for warmer weather, this next step on the roadmap sees restaurants and pubs with outdoor eating facilities allowed to reopen.  Keep scrolling down and you’ll find family friendly pubs rights across Berkshire from West to East.

All the ideas here are places I’ve been too or have been recommended by friends or Red Kite Days followers on social media.  Is your family favourite here?  If not let me know I’ll get pop them in the guide.

Please check directly with venues (most you’ll probably need to book in advance anyway) before going.

Pub Gardens & Outdoor Dining in Berkshire


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Craven Arms, Enbourne near Newbury

The Craven Arms is a charming 17th century pub that can be found in the picturesque village of Enborne, just outside Newbury in Berkshire. Our family orientated country pub serves delicious, seasonal, good quality food and beverages.  The pub has one of the largest pub gardens in the area, which includes a fully enclosed children’s play area complete with small football pitch. The garden has plenty of seating areas complete with tables and parasols.  The tipi and garden open from 12th April.

Craven Arms website

The Furze Bush Inn, Newbury

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Just outside Newbury, The Furze Bush Inn have a beautiful front garden and orchard seats, whilst the shaded rear patio and children’s play area seats.

The Furze Inn website

The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley

Stunning Gardens with over an acre of outside space including a beautiful paddock, large covered terrace, sofa area & Outside ‘Horse-Box Bar’

The Bull Inn website

West Berkshire Brewery, Yattendon

The wait is almost over, you can now reserve your outdoor table at the brewery. With excellent social distancing measures in place, why not pop down to your local brewery for a tasty pint, delicious food and hopefully a dash of sunshine.

West Berkshire Brewery website

The Cunning Man, Burghfield Common

Lots of work has been going on to get the garden reading for outdoor dinning at The Cunning Man in Burghfield Common.

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After a bite to eat, why not make a day of it and take a walk along the Kennet and Avon towpath – the perfect place to watch the narrow boats passing by.

The Cunning Man website

The Pack Saddle, Mapledurham

The Pack Saddle have a new outdoor space all ready for visitors from 12th April.  There’s also a small children’s play area with swings and a climbing fort.

The Pack Saddle website

Wheelrights Arms, Hurst

A charming local, country pub with lots of character and a great atmosphere, serving real ales and great food with a large enclosed beer garden.  70% of their outdoor area is covered but don’t forget to book in advance.

Wheelrights Arms website

Elephant and Castle, Hurst

A country pub serving good value food. They are family and dog friendly with a secure new kids play area.

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Elephant and Castle website

The Waterside, Woodley 

A family friendly restaurant and bar in Woodley. The Waterside also has a children’s play area in the garden and the South Lake on their doorstep.

The Waterside website

The Jolly Farmer, Cookham

The Jolly Farmer is a historic traditional pub located in the beautiful countryside of Cookham Dean. The pub dates back to 1788 and many of its original features are still in place.   They have a stunning beer garden, offering the best spot in Cookham for a refreshing drink or an alfresco meal when the sun is shining. For the children, they have a popular play area which is currently CLOSED for the time being.

The Jolly Farmer website

The Palmer Arms, Dorney (near Maidenhead & Slough)

The Palmer Arms is a family friendly pub in Dorney.  Locally sourced British food is available and they have a large garden with a dedicated children’s play area.

The Palmer Arms website

The Alma, Windsor

The Alma has the biggest pub garden in Windsor and will have children’s crafts going on outside on Tuesday 13th April.  You could try the Queen’s Walk for a walking adventure with the kids first then head to The Alma for treats all round.

The Alma website

The Greene Oak, Windsor

A few minutes drive West of Windsor in Oakley Green, The Greene Oak offers diners the best in fresh, local & seasonal food. When the sun comes out (fingers crossed) there are plenty of tables in the quiet garden to soak up the warmth.

The Greene Oak website

Stirrups Hotel, Maidens Green near Bracknell

A family run hotel set within 10 acres of tranquil Berkshire countryside between Royal Windsor and Ascot.  They’ve got some amazing looking pods installed in the lush gardens.

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The Swan at Streatley

One of my favourites with wonderful outdoor space and a beautiful spot on the River Thames.  Perfect to combine with a riveside walk. The Coppa Club restaurant reopens from 12th April

The Swan at Streatley website

The Rowbarge, Woolhampton

The Rowbarge in Woolhampton is a great spot for a family-friendly pub lunch, especially on a sunny day. It has loads of outdoor tables and picnic benches and has a large grassy area where kids can run around.  The location is stunning – it’s right on the Kennet & Avon canal with miles of car-free paths in either direction so is a perfect spot to start/finish/mid way stop on a family walk or cycle.   Find out more about a Thatcham to Theale family bike ride.

Check out my review (done zonks ago way before covid)

The Rowbarge website

The Cottage Inn, Upper Bucklebury – TBC

The Cottage Inn is a family pub and restaurant with a large paddock containing a children’s playground, mini football posts and animal enclosure with chickens, goats and rabbits.  Surrounded by mixed woodlands and an abundance of walking trails.

The Cottage Inn website


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