With a heatwave gripping most of the country, and temperatures soaring into the 30s on the south coast, Britain can, for once, enjoy the Mediterranean, al fresco lifestyle.
While Brighton might be famous for its iconic picture-postcard seafront, there’s also a demand for the best pubs and bars with beer gardens.
Here, Fran Villani of Brighton blog The Graphic Foodie has selected her favourites.
65 Upper St James’s Street, 01273 679927, facebook.com/sidewinderbar
Boasting not one but two beer gardens, this is one of the best al fresco drinking spots in Brighton. There are also heated cubby holes for the less tropical spells.
57 Upper N St, 01273 731347, Facebook page
A spacious outdoors area with shelter in case the sunny weather fizzles out.
37 First Ave, Hove, 01273 738266, www.hoveplace.co.uk
This is one of the best pubs in Hove and boasts a stylish beer garden out back, with great locally sourced food.
69 Upper N St, 01273 202475, facebook.com/windmillbrighton
This family – and dog – friendly pub has a south-facing patio with tables, and food is served from noon to 9pm.
1 Windmill St, 01273 626192, Facebook page
The clue’s in the name, but this little pub up the hill in Hanover really does offer great views of the sunset on a summer’s evening.
132 Dyke Rd, 01273 204993, www.goodcompanionsbrighton.co.uk
This relatively new arrival in the Seven Dials area of Brighton has a decked courtyard for anyone wanting a drink in the sun.
48 Hove St, Hove, 01273 206578, www.connaughtpub.co.uk
The Connaught is a traditional pub that offers a great menu and is kid-friendly. It also boasts a large garden with picnic tables.
31 York Pl, 01273 682933, www.hobgoblinbrighton.co.uk
This pub has plenty of character on the inside, with regular drinks deals and live music, but right now the massive beer garden is sure to pull in the punters.
324 Portland Rd, Hove, 01273 419657, www.noblehousehove.com
It only opened last year but has already become one of West Hove’s favourite establishments, thanks in no small part to its sizeable beer garden, where you can even hire the BBQ for private parties.
Lion & Lobster
24 Sillwood St, 01273 327299, www.thelionandlobster.co.uk
One of the oldest pubs in Brighton, the Lion & Lobster’s multi-level terrace is as charming as its rabbit-warren interior.
Battle of Trafalgar
34 Guildford Rd, 01273 327997
If you make it up the hill from the station and are gasping for some refreshment, check out the deceptively large beer garden behind this traditional pub.
6 Clifton Hill, 01273 205260, www.crescentbrighton.com
Another favourite in the Seven Dials area, this pub’s walled garden offers a pleasant place to while away a sunny evening, with excellent bar food on offer.
Busby & Wilds
9 Rock St, Kemp Town, 01273 696135, www.busbyandwilds.co.uk
This friendly pub in Kemp Town offers a range of guest ales and bottled beers, as well as fresh, uncomplicated food and a courtyard garden.
146 Springfield Rd, 01273 880102, facebook.com/theopenhousepub
Located next to London Road station, the Open House is large inside with various rooms, but its appeal during the summer is undoubtedly one of the largest beer gardens in Brighton.
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