Al fresco dining and drinking is what summer was made for! And, as the summer days continue, there are plenty of excellent spots in Salisbury to spend a sunny afternoon sipping your favourite tipple.
Here are some of our favourite outside spaces in Salisbury to meet friends, laugh, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Sit back and relax in the riverside garden at The George and Dragon. It’s a beautiful spot where you can enjoy traditional pub meals, ales or some cheeky cocktails! They’ll be making the most of their outdoor space this August when they host a Cider & Music Festival as part of Taste Salisbury. It’s one summer event you won’t want to miss!
The garden at the George & Dragon backs onto the River Avon
This pop-up bar is bringing the summer vibes to Salisbury city centre. As part of Fayre on the Square, the Salisbury City Garden Bar offers an outdoor space to enjoy hot and cold drinks plus live entertainment. There’s even a special dedicated Pimm’s deck! Fayre on the Square, which also includes crazy croquet, table tennis and food vendors, runs until the end of the month.
Join the summer fun at Fayre on the Square
Serving real ales and good English pub food using locally sourced produce, The Wig & Quill is a traditional establishment and has a pretty courtyard garden that backs onto the historic Cathedral Close.
Another one of our pubs that has an outdoor area that’s great for a gathering of friends, is The Old Ale and Coffee House. It is blessed with a large garden which the team have filled with huts and a marquee that ensure customers can enjoy the garden no matter the weather.
Take a break in the garden at the Old Ale and Coffee House in Salisbury (phot: insta/@oaandch)
The Craft Bar at The Salisbury Arms offers a secluded courtyard garden where you can enjoy home-made Craft Burgers cooked in their outdoor ‘street food’ kitchen. There’s always something new and unusual to try on their craft cocktail menu alongside a large range of spirits and craft beers.
Taking touches of inspiration from the likes of Pop Brixton, Boxpark and Pergola Olympia, Brown Street is Salisbury’s only dedicated outdoor venue. Join them for local street food, drinks and live entertainment.
If you like wine and cheese (surely that’s most of us?!) then you’ll love this independent, boutique, family-run bar in the heart of Salisbury. At Maul's Wine & Cheese Bar you can take a seat in their outside space on Fish Row to bask in the historic surroundings.
The Anchor & Hope is a new style pub with a large garden, colourful benches and covered areas. A perfect place to try their amazing cider, cocktails and nibble plates.
There's lots of colour in the garden at The Anchor & Hope
Perhaps one of the most impressive gardens in Salisbury due to its views of Salisbury Cathedral. The New Inn is a perfect pit-stop for those seeking a classic pub menu to enjoy in a beautiful and charming setting.
You'll get dinner with a view at the New Inn in Salisbury
The 18th century Bishops Mill has one of the largest pub gardens in Salisbury, and it offers fantastic views as well as a lot of space for customers. The building sits on the riverside next to Bridge Street in the Maltings shopping area. They'll be making the most of the outside space this August when they host the Bishops Mill Garden Sessions as part of Taste Salisbury. You can find out more about that here.
The Bishops Mill benefits from a great location next to the River Avon
Salisbury High Street offers numerous outdoor food and drink options. Boston Tea Party, Wilding and Wafflemeister all have outside seating areas that benefit from a handy city centre location and views of Salisbury Cathedral (the spire at least!) and High Street Gate.
One of the newest food venues in Salisbury, The Pickled Frog is a bar and bistro that overlooks the historic Guildhall Square. Sit outside to enjoy their tapas, sharing boards and cheeseboards. You’ll also want to try their organic English wines, coffee, and cake!
Our next favourites don’t really have their own gardens as such, but their outside space is still very special and worth a mention.
The Ox Row Inn, Market Inn and La Piazza are all located on Salisbury’s historic Market Place and their outside areas allow customers to sit back, enjoy the centuries old square and soak in the atmosphere.
The historic Market Place is a perfect outdoor location
Whether you want inside or out, a family-friendly restaurant or pub to meet friends, Salisbury has plenty of options and you can find them all on the Experience Salisbury website here.
Experience Salisbury this summer.
Taste Salisbury - a ten day celebration of local food and drink - makes a welcome return this summer,
Summer is the perfect time to visit our beautiful city. Discover stunning architecture, fun attractions and wide open spaces. Here's the lowdown on what to do in Salisbury.