NOTE: This content is old - Published: Friday, May 25th, 2012.
With the thermometer hitting an astonishing 30C at the time of writing according to our @wrexham weather station we thought it would be an opportune moment to give you a run down of the best beer gardens that Wrexham has to offer.
It’s by no means a comprehensive list so feel free to join the debate on our forums and suggest your favourite local beer garden.
It was a tough call but in the end we went for The Alyn in Rossett, placed directly next to the picturesque River Alyn and only a stones throw away from Rossett Mill. There are quite a few tables outside and one or two areas amply shaded by trees if you’re not too keen on getting scorched! Their menu boasts a number of seasonal fish dishes as well as a decent Sunday lunch.
You can probably tell our criteria for a good beer garden when we pick The Cross Foxes near Overton as our number two. Again it’s placed right next door to a river providing cracking views of the River Dee as pictured above. The pub itself has plenty of decent ales on offer and offers a diverse menu consisting of locally sourced food.
For this one we’re going a bit outside the box and maybe controversially going for…a beer terrace! Also some will be shocked to learn that it’s not the one at Fat Cats either. Whilst we’re not averse to a few cocktails on the roof of the bus station we recently came across a hidden gem on Wrexham High Street. Hidden away to the rear of the Royal Oak is a set of stairs which leads you up to the pub’s very own beer terrace. It’s quite small but a brilliant sun trap with several tables and seems to be relatively unknown to most Wrexhamites. The pub has a large number of cask ales for all you real ale lovers and as an added bonus they allow you take your own food in to eat. We took a picture of the views from the terrace as shown below.
The second of the Brunning & Price chain to make it into our top five is the Pant Yr Ochain. Located in the countryside near Gresford on the old Wrexham Road the Pant has a huge beer garden and probably the most tables out of any on our list. It’s also the most child friendly with loads of space for the kids to run round and a small park for them too. On top of that there’s lovely scenery surrounding you including a fishing lake and some overly curious cows. Again they have a good selection of ales and good local food.
On the family friendly front you needn’t look more further than number five on our list. The Plas Coch is ideally situated on the retail park of the same name, just off the A483 and next to Sainsburys. Whilst the views in urban Wrexham aren’t the best it’s quite spacious and has a playground for the kids. The newly refurbished pub also does good deals on food with two for one offers on main meals.
As we mentioned our list is far from the final word on Wrexham’s beer gardens, so if we missed out your favourite then don’t be afraid to join the forums and pull us up on it!
Update: Friday 5pm
As predicted our top 5 has created a lot of debate amongst Wrexham.com readers so we thought we’d do an update to include the ones you thought we should’ve included.
The most glaring omission according to our @wrexham followers is The Boat in Erbistock. Situated just down the road form the Cross Foxes it’s certainly up there in terms of the best beer gardens down on the banks of the River Dee. There are ample opportunities for a walk down by the river too as shown in the picture below, sent in to us by @ScreweAlexander. There was some debate over whether Erbistock is in Wrexham, but we can confirm it is within the county borough.
Another place suggested to us was the Royal Oak in Bangor-on-Dee which is again down by the River Dee and serves the locally brewed Plassey Bitter.
One final suggestion we’ve had is The Telford Inn which is situated down by the canal at the Trevor Basin at the north end of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Lets be honest it doesn’t get any more picturesque than that!