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London’s Top Beer Garden Barbeques

23 July 2013 Robert Bradley

With the weather finally getting on par with the rest of Europe, London Calling decided to send out it’s intrepid reporter Robert Bradley to bring you a report on the best of London’s beer garden BBQs in the North, South, East and West of our beloved capital.

I can’t tell you how excited I was when getting the all clear from the editors at London Calling to write this! It’s been an interesting past few weeks, and I need at least six months in the gym to try and at least get back some of my imaginary six pack! I’ve spent the last three weeks enjoying some of London’s best kept secret beer gardens, but with so many of them offering barbeques, which ones were the best? Find out below!

North London

The Stag – Hampstead

I love The Stag, with its collection of fine ales and ciders to whet my West Country appetite for nostalgia, and a beer garden that’s spacious and relaxing. The barbeque opens around mid-day on a Saturday and 3pm on a Sunday offering a range of meaty choices. The pinnacle for me was the lamb burger. It came in one of those tan-shinny buns that looks just like the one that Samuel took a chunk out of at the beginning of Pulp Fiction. The burger was divine; the only problem being they’re a little on the pricey side with a burger setting you back around £9 without chips. But then you are in Hampstead!

The Garden Gate - Hampstead

Always rammed, The Gate is located just beside the Hampstead Heath overground station and offers a rather intimate garden with plenty of seating. The meat of the grill is excellent, though choice is a little thin with just hot dogs and burgers, however some weekends they do tend to do the occasional hog roast as well. A burger, sans frites, will lighten your wallet by £6.

East London

The Britannia – Victoria Park, Hackney

Perhaps one of East London’s best pubs. They serve a multitude of beer to whet your whistle and have a large delightful beer garden. The best part about The Britannia is that they have an outdoor kitchen and offer a whole range of different food, including barbequed meats and treats! The prawns were amazing! For a burger without chips you’re looking at £7.

The Water Poet – Spitalfields

The garden round the back is decked out and apart from a few plants here and there doesn’t really add up to much. However, the hog roast and barbeque sells this pub like nobody’s business. The only real draw back besides the beer garden's size is that the barbeque is only ever fired up during the week; on weekends you’ll have to settle for the hog roast, which is actually rather lovely! Expect to pay £3.50 for a hog roast bap, and £4.50 for a burger.

South London

The Country Arms – Wandsworth Common

Perhaps one of London’s oldest pubs, they offer all of Youngs’ draft ales. The inside makes the pub quite a good choice for the winter months as well, thanks to the many open fire places. The beer garden was newly refurbished last year and now hosts one of south London’s best barbeques, offering all the usual culprits: you’ll be asked to part with £5 for a burger without chips.

The Devonshire – Balham

This pub’s barbeques are fantastic. Annoyingly for the purpose of this article I was unable to get a seat as the beer garden was rammed! It’s best to book the day before to avoid disappointment. However I did have a burger and hot dog and they are to die for! Well worth the £7 you’d be expected to pay and they tend to be served with corn on the cob.

West London

The Crabtree – Fulham

Surrounded by woodland the huge beer garden at The Crabtree is delightful. A stones throw away from Fulham football ground, the pub is best avoided on match days, however they do have a strict 'No football shirt' policy. The barbeque is excellent - burgers come with chips, gherkin and aioli which will set you back around £8.

The Eagle – Shepherd’s Bush

Arguably one of the best beer gardens in London. The garden has a giant lawn littered with brightly coloured bean bags and is surrounded by swing chairs for couples and various booths for groups. The barbeque is on for the entire weekend and serves everything you’ll ever want. A burger comes with chips and you’ll be looking at £7.50.

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