Hands up if you’re a little excited about pub gardens reopening on 12th April. Just in time for warmer weather, this next step on the roadmap sees restaurants and pubs with outdoor eating facilities allowed to reopen. Keep scrolling down and you’ll find family friendly pubs rights across Bucks from Milton Keynes to Aylesbury and High Wycombe to Chesham. Step over the border and we have a great list of family friendly pubs, restaurants and cafes in Berkshire and Oxfordshire too.
All the ideas here are places I’ve been too or have been recommended by friends or Red Kite Days followers on social media. Is your family favourite here? If not let me know I’ll get pop them in the guide.
Please check directly with venues (most you’ll probably need to book in advance anyway) before going.
Pub Gardens & Outdoor Dining in Bucks
Gray’s Inn, Wooburn Green (near High Wycombe)
A contemporary, country pub in the beautiful village of Wooburn Green, they have a large garden with children’s play frame.
The Jolly Farmer, Cookham (near Marlow)
The Jolly Farmer is a historic traditional pub located in the beautiful countryside of Cookham Dean. The pub dates back to 1788 and many of its original features are still in place. They have a stunning beer garden, offering the best spot in Cookham for a refreshing drink or an alfresco meal when the sun is shining. For the children, they have a popular play area but this is CLOSED for the time being.
Crow’s Nest (Beefeater), near Aston Clinton
Technically they’re in Hertfordshire but they were recommended as having a play area. Their garden reopens from 12th April but worth checking in advance is the children’s play part will be open too.
The Harrow Bishopstone, Aylesbury
The Harrow Bishopstone will be opening it’s doors (well, garden gates) again, from Wednesday to Sunday each week, starting on Wednesday 14th April. They have a large outdoor covered and heated lodge, complete with outside bar, as well as a further covered and heated pergola. There is also plenty of room around the rest of the garden and patio, with ample table umbrella’s
The Oak, Aston Clinton
The Oak has been a favourite Aston Clinton family pub for centuries, and has had a big part in the history of the village. Great beer, friendly staff and excellent food make it the perfect place to relax and unwind. The children’s play area has gone temporarily and will return in the summer.
Red Lion, Evenley (near Brackley)
This would be great to combine with a trip to the wonderful Evenley Wood Gardens. The Red Lion will be continuing their evening takeaway service, though weather permitting you’re more than welcome to eat your takeaway in the garden, pub grounds or the green! They will also be serving a very small selection of nibbles throughout lunch, though we won’t be taking reservations.
Harte & Magpies, Coleshill (near Amersham)
The gardens at the Harte & Magpie reopen from 12th April. Dogs and wellies are welcome too but worth noting that the kids climbing frame will remain closed temporarily.
The Jolly Sportsman, Chesham
The garden at the Jolly Sportsman opens from Monday 12th April and they open their kitchen from 5pm for PIE MASH & LIQUOR (Take Away or sit in Garden service).
The Bedford Arms Hotel, Chenies
The Bedford Arms is a classic English country house hotel and reopens for alfresco dining from 12th April. Have a look on their facebook page and check out the ‘Bedford Cozies’ which are small marquee covered tables with heating and lights.
Akeman Inn, Kingswood
A beautiful rural destination pub restaurant in Buckinghamshire (near Bicester Village), the Akeman Inn will be reopening their garden from 12th April. Brunch and prosecco with friends, Sunday roast with the family or even just a coffee and a natter after a walk with the dog. Sounds good to me!
The Galleon, Milton Keynes
Not opening until 17th May but the weather should be better by then to enjoy their outdoor garden which has a little children’s play area.
Wolverton House, Milton Keynes
Taking bookings for the garden from 12th April. They have a large outdoor area and next to a children’s play area with a big kids and toddler section.
The Old Crown, Ashton
The Old Crown in Ashton (not too far from Milton Keynes) have the facilities to cater for anything the British weather has to offer us and plenty of room for little ones to run around and entertain themselves in their outdoor play area.
The Caldecotte Pub & Grill, Milton Keynes
The Caldecotte is reopening it’s gardens from 12th April and taking bookings now. While it doesn’t have it’s own playpark it’s right next to a great little one and you can combine it with a family walk at Caldecotte Lake.
Bugle Horn, Hartwell
Reopening 17th May – po9pping it into the bottom of this guide as it’s been recommended by a few people so worth having on your list of places to try out.
The Broad Leys, Aylesbury – TBC
Located on the outskirts of Aylesbury town centre, The Broad Leys bar and restaurant was recommended on our facebook page. Awaiting further details on reopening.