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

Rock Garden Bar and Cafe, Torquay

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

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 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

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.

Explore the English Riviera Food and Drink section for further inspiration.


Rock Garden Torquay
Rock Garden Torquay, Devon

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
The Drum Inn Torquay, Devon

The 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 ( 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 th

The Babbacombe Inn Torquay
The Babbacombe Inn Torquay, Devon

Great Sizzling Food Served All Day Located on Babbacombe Downs, our relaxed bar and restaurant is the perfect place to be whatever the weather at any time of year. During the warmer months, enjoy a refreshingly cold beverage and spectacular sea views, in our very own award-winning raised beer garden and terrace. When it’s cold outside, it’s always warm and inviting inside with plenty of seating for dinning or relaxing. With plenty of seating, you can choose from our fully air conditioned restaurant, comfortable lounge area, a window seat with a view or sit outside in our fabulous floral surroundings. Open from 9am every day for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

The Boathouse Paignton
The Boathouse Paignton, Devon

The Boathouse Bar and Grill in Paignton boasts one the best locations to wine and dine in the whole of Torbay… along with its stunning views and fantastic location, this is the perfect Summer bar if you like to dine al-fresco or enjoy a drink with friends in the sunshine. From the best in burgers, impressive platters, stone baked pizzas, fresh local seafood and seasonal salads to name but a few, there is something on the menu for everyone… not forgetting to check our regularly updated ‘Specials Board’! Our bar has a superb selection of wines, spirits, local ales, draft lagers and bottled beers! The Boathouse also hosts regular LIVE music from only the best local artists…



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