There are few things more satisfying than a cool, refreshing beer after a sun-soaked day at the beach.  Here on the English Riviera we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to top quality pubs, bars and inns, boasting some of the best coastal and countryside views in the South West.

Here are 5 suggestions of top beer gardens in Torquay, Brixham and Paignton to whet your appetite:

Rock Garden Bar and Cafe, Torquay

Rock Garden beer garden in Torquay, Devon

This award-winning town centre bar has one of the largest enclosed beer gardens in the whole of the English Riviera. Rock Garden is open until the early hours on Friday and Saturday nights so this is a great choice if you’re planning a night out or celebration with a large group of friends.   

You’ll find all the well-known brands for your draught and bottled beers and ciders as well as excellent quality, locally produced specialties such as Hunt’s Cider’s: Andsome Bay, handcrafted in Devon since 1805.

The beer garden has a large grassed area with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, refreshing beers and entertaining live music each night.

The Drum Inn, Cockington, Torquay

The Drum Inn beer garden, Cockington, Devon

Set within the quaint village of Cockington, The Drum Inn is a lovely country pub and restaurant with plenty of rustic charm and character.  Designed by the world-famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, the picturesque surroundings and pretty beer garden are the perfect backdrop to enjoy some of the finest carefully nurtured cask ales, craft beers and fruity ciders. There’s a wide selection of quality bottled lagers, draught beers and low/non-alcoholic flavoured varieties to choose from, making this the cream of the crop.

Babbacombe Inn, Babbacombe, Torquay

Babbacombe Inn beer garden, Torquay

Babbacombe Inn is located in one of the most popular areas of Torquay. Sitting in a prominent position on Babbacombe Downs you can enjoy the stunning landscape, a designated UNESCO Global Geopark and the far-reaching fabulous views over Lyme Bay and towards Portland Bill in Dorset.

The Babbacombe Inn has won many top awards for its well-maintained beer garden and spectacular floral displays and iconic palm trees. The delightful sunny terrace is suitable for children and dogs. Open daily from 11am (midday on Sundays) and just a few minutes’ walk from Babbacombe Cliff Railway and Oddicombe Beach, soak up the English Riviera’s Mediterranean-style climate and continental atmosphere with a thirst-quenching lager.

The Boathouse, Paignton

The Boathouse beer garden, Paignton

Situated on the waters’ edge at Preston beach in Paignton, The Boathouse has a large outdoor terrace with plenty of seating and amazing views of the entire bay from Thatcher’s Rock in Torquay to Berry Head in Brixham. This popular beach bar has a great selection of beers on the drinks menu that includes Bays Brewery’s locally produced Topsail, Devon Dumpling and Tall Order.

It’s a dog friendly venue so you can bring your four-legged friend along and enjoy a beer in the sunshine. Great local live music acts regularly play at this popular outdoor music venue, adding to the chilled-out feel and friendly atmosphere, packed with locals and English Riviera visitors.

Skipper Inn, Brixham

Skipper Inn beer garden in Brixham

A friendly, traditional English hostelry in the heart of the quaint fishing town of Brixham which has a large terraced beer garden. Just a 3-minute walk from the town centre and Brixham Harbour, The Skipper Inn is known for its homely feel, reasonably-priced Sunday carvery, home-cooked dishes, live TV coverage of major sports events and fine real ales.

Visit the English Riviera Food and Drink webpages for further inspiration.

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Rock Garden Torquay
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Rock Garden Torquay

The Award Winning Rock Garden only opened a couple of years ago but has quickly become the place to be. This is due in part to our delicious food of either freshly made pizzas cooked in our wood burning stone oven(The only one in the area)or our legendary burgers and juicy steaks. We have much more then that though ranging from salads to sandwiches and soups to stews as well as a separate Vegan, Vegetarian & Gluten free menu. As expected all our food is freshly made and prepared on the premises. The other reason behind Rock Gardens success is the largest outdoor space in Torquay town. The garden has to be seen to be believed, during the summer you can soak up the sun while enjoying our food, jugs of Pimms or one of our amazing cocktails.

The Drum Inn Torquay
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The Drum Inn Torquay

he Drum Inn in Cockington is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar. Book a table online, or make the best of the British weather by lingering over a relaxing drink in our pretty beer garden. A little pub history Dating back to 1936 The Drum's claim to fame is its architect; the world famous Sir Edwin Lutyens (www.lutyenstrust.org.uk). Lutyens designed the pub as the focal point of the village and today his beautiful vision retains all its traditional charm thanks to a recent million pound restoration project that replaced its tha

The Babbacombe Inn Torquay
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The Babbacombe Inn Torquay

Winner of many awards for their spectacular gardens, The Babbacombe Inn sits on Babbacombe Downs and enjoys one of the most fabulous views around. With a large bar, separate air conditioned restaurant and comfy entertainment lounge, it's a great location to meet up with friends and family. At the Babbacombe Inn you can have a light lunch, grills, steak, burgers, fish, curry or classic pub favourites such as Steak and Ale Pie. With scrumptious starters and delicious desserts, the Babbacombe Inn is the prefect choice for a bite (or two) to eat. The drinks selection is good too with loads of local ales and a great range of wines and spirits. Whatever your tipple, the Babbacombe Inn is bound to have it in stock. The Babbacombe Inn has free car

The Boathouse Paignton
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The Boathouse Paignton

The Boathouse sits at the edge of the beautiful Preston beach at Paignton, Devon, a wonderfully safe family beach typified by the brightly coloured beachhuts that stretch along its promenade. The views from our terrace stretch from Thatcher's Rock in Torquay to Berry Head in Brixham and are unrivalled in all of Torbay There is no finer place to sit in the sun and relax with a drink and /or a meal from a varied menu with dishes ranging from our homemade burgers to pizzas and a fine selection of fresh Brixham fish At the Boathouse we pride ourselves on our friendly welcome, great service and quality product. All our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order using the finest local ingredients.

Skipper Inn Brixham
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Skipper Inn Brixham

Showing all live sport on Sky/BT , Large Beer Garden , Famous Sunday Carvery , Now also Thursday evenings . Free function room to hire . ife in the busy Devon fishing town of Brixham has always centred around the harbour, where heritage trawlers jostle for space with dayboats heading out to sea for the day’s catch, bringing it home daily to Brixham’s famous Fish Market. Here, in the heart of England’s Seafood Coast, the freshest fish and most delicious seafood is on the menu everywhere.

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