Posted by Francesca De Franco on 09 Jul 2022

With all the great weather we are currently having I’m sure many people’s thoughts have turned to the good old British beer garden.

There are plenty of great family-friendly places in the local area, which offer top notch al fresco dining, sumptuous cocktails and even brilliant play areas for the kids. We’ve saved you the hard work of researching, here’s our round up…

The Well Inn House, Coulsdon 








The Well House Inn is a gorgeous country pub steeped in history with relaxed elegance and delightful quirks of 15th century England. It boasts a wonderful garden overlooking the beautiful Surrey countryside.

Read all about its Bottomless Prosecco Brunch here.


Telephone: 01737830640

Chipstead Lane, CR5 3SQ

The Derby Arms, Epsom 

The Derby Arms, located opposite the world famous Epsom Downs Racecourse, is a stylish pub, bar and restaurant. It has a great courtyard, and the whole pub overlooks the picturesque countryside of the Epsom Downs. Cocktails, extensive menus and Sunday roasts add to its charms.

Read Kat’s full review here.

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Telephone: 01372 722330

Derby Arms Road, KT18 5LE


The Cricketers Inn, Epsom

A great traditional country pub situated at the side of a lake and opposite Epsom common. It’s perfect for ball games and the resident hungry ducks are always happy to see you. Very dog friendly.


Telephone: 01372 729384 

1 Stamford Green Road, KT18 7SR

Horton Golf Park

The Clubhouse at Horton Golf Park – which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days per week – boasts a 200 person capacity patio and conservatory where you have a full view of the playground. Of course you can also combine with a family round of golf at Jungle Island.


Telephone: 0208 394 2626

Hook Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8QG

The Blenheim, Epsom 

The Blenheim has undergone a huge transformation. There’s a daily changing menu, extensive drinks menu (including 24 gins, real ales and batch Bourbons!), plenty of events and something rather quirky…  the pub has a variety of animals rescued over the pandemic which they showcase indoors and outdoors!


Telephone: 01372 743907 

7 Manor Green Road, KT19 8RA

Marquis of Granby


Explore beyond The Marquis’s traditional exterior and you’ll find relaxing interiors, fresh, quality food and a range of speciality beers, wines and spirits. There’s plenty of scope for alfresco eating and drinking (and lots of patio heaters for less clement weather). There are Sunday roasts, board games and they’re friendly towards our four-legged friends – winner.


Telephone: 01372 744278

4 West Street, KT18 7RG

The Cock Inn at Headley

The Cock Inn is a lovely, relaxed village pub in the stunning Surrey Hills, which serves a seasonal British menu, craft beers and local gins (and is exceptionally dog-friendly). It has plenty of outdoor space.


Telephone: 01372 377258

The Beefeater, Tattenham Corner

You can enjoy steaks, pub classics and an extensive drinks menu at The Beefeater. The one at Tattenham Corner has great views over the downs and has an outdoor play area to keep the kids busy.


Telephone: 01737 351454 

Epsom Downs, Tattenham Cres, KT18 5NY

The Station, Stoneleigh







At the heart of the community, The Stoneleigh – which has Grade II listed status – frequently hosts famous comedians, has loads of special nights and has a large sunken garden out back (and plenty of tables out front). It has a great function room to boot.


Telephone: 02083 932765

Stoneleigh Broadway, KT17 2JA

The Spring Tavern, Ewell Village

Housed in a Grade II listed building and overlooking the duck pond, this stylish gastropub has plenty of space for alfresco dining as well as a great variety of menu options.


Telephone: 020 8786 0121

1 London Rd, Ewell, KT17 2AY

The Woodman, Banstead 

The Woodman – just outside of Banstead – has the village cricket pitch opposite and a large garden and kids’ playground to the rear. It’s a family- and dog-friendly pub, with menus for both children and mutts!


Telephone: 01737 371841 

Woodmansterne Street, Banstead, SM7 3NL

The Kingswood Arms, Banstead  

This pub and restaurant is situated in the quiet village of Kingswood in the Surrey Hills. Very family-friendly, it offers a fine selection of real ales, wines, high quality service and excellent restaurant dining and has a really nice garden.


Telephone: 01737 354053

Waterhouse Ln, Kingswood, KT20 6EB

The Grumpy Mole







The Grumpy Moles (Tadworth & Cheam) are renowned for fantastic food and although not the cheapest option on our list they are certainly one of the most well-regarded; both have attractive beer gardens.


Telephone: Cheam – 0208 394 2000 Tadworth – 01737 353 529

Grumpy Mole Cheam: Inn on the Park, Ewell Road, SM3 8AA

Grumpy Mole Tadworth: Inn on the Park, Dorking Road, KT20 5RX

The Brook, Worcester Park 

The Brook in Worcester Park has a kids climbing frame for burning off energy and they’ve recently added more plants and bushes, which makes it less exposed to the central road traffic. They don’t take bookings for the outdoor garden or pub area; it is operated on a first come first served basis.


Telephone: 0208 337 6891

181 Central Rd, Worcester Park KT4 8DR

The Star, Leatherhead 







The Star is a firm favourite with local families due to its garden, which has a wooden play area for the little ones. It has rather an interesting history, but today is a family- and dog-friendly pub where food is served all day, every day (occasional live music).

Just five minutes from Chessington World of Adventures.


Telephone: 01372 842416
Kingston Road, KT22 0DP


The Plough, Leatherhead  

As well as a great bar, The Plough offers an award-winning Thai restaurant with an extensive lunch and dinner menu. It is definitely getting Summer ready with its huge new alfresco dining and drinking area.


Telephone: 01372 363307 

Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7SP

Fingers crossed for some great weather to enjoy all of these great pub gardens. Cheers everyone!

Fran xx


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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog -

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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