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The best Tunbridge Wells pub gardens to visit this year

Looking for the best Tunbridge Wells pub gardens? We are sharing some of our favourites!

Tunbridge Wells pub gardens – we are spoilt for choice! As the days lengthen, sunnier weather arrives and finally Tunbridge Wells pubs can reopen their gardens (from 12th April). It might be time to consider which pub garden you would like to go to first?

Here is our run down of our favourite pub gardens in Tunbridge Wells, but which is yours? If you think we’ve missed any, let us know as we can add it in easily.

Although some of these terrific Tunbridge Wells pubs have play areas for the kids, we also have a blog post featuring 40 Pubs with Play Areas in Kent & East Sussex which you might find useful too.

So here they are – our favourite Tunbridge Wells pub gardens as well as some of the top choices in surrounding villages…

The Beacon

The Beacon has undergone extensive renovations outside recently, and their terraces have the best seats in town to watch the sunset. A real Tunbridge Wells favourite – book ahead.

The Barn

The Barn is located in the heart of Tunbridge Wells (on a side road opposite Wagamama) and has a delightful courtyard garden. This privately owned and managed pub a fantastic option for meeting friends centrally.

The Brecknock Arms

A quintessential village pub, The Brecknock Arms in Bells Yew Green has an expansive beer garden with loads of seating. It’s recently under new management so we’re keen to see what changes are afoot.

The Carpenter’s Arms

This beautiful country pub in Tonbridge has a fab outdoors area, with cabana-style huts complete with buttons to ring for service, and there are lots of other great nooks too. Their menu is a mix of specials and traditional fare, but we hear their breakfast pancakes can’t be beaten.

Tunbridge Wells pub gardens

The Chafford Arms

Situated next to rolling farmland in Fordcombe, The Chafford Arms’ view is absolutely gorgeous. The garden is expansive with plenty of grass for the kids to roam free on, and there’s plenty of chairs and tables so you never feel packed in.

The Claremont

This pub is on the small side inside, but out back there is a really decent-sized garden, some of which is covered. There’s a place to order your food and drinks out there, and it specialises in burgers. There’s a very buzzy atmosphere to it, especially in the evening.

The Compasses

Tucked away in The Village area of Tunbridge Wells really close to The Grove park, The Compasses is a great place to head for lunch after a morning in the playground. There’s an extensive and tasty menu – we recommend the Korean fried chicken burger.

Tunbridge Wells pub gardens

The George & Dragon

This wonderful village pub in Speldhurst has recently been taken over and is undergoing renovations before re-opening. I have spoken to so many people who are excited about this and we can’t wait to visit too. This much-loved historical pub is a real gem. And the best news? They have extended their pub garden so it is bigger than before!

What other pub gardens do we recommend?

The George Inn at Frant

You’d be hard pressed to find a cuter village pub. The landlord, Greg, offers a warm welcome, delicious food and a generous pub garden with loads of seating. It’s family and dog friendly.

The Halfway House

This sweet little pub in Benchly is a real magnet for families and real ale lovers. The garden is huge and has some lovely playground equipment to keep the kids entertained.

Tunbridge Wells pub gardens

The Hare

A firm Tunbridge Wells favourite, The Hare in Langton Green offers delicious food and a patio that’s perfect for al fresco drinks. The Green borders the pub and is ideal for kids who want to run and play (where the parents can still see them). One of our favourite Tunbridge Wells pub gardens which happens to be our local at the moment too.

The Kentish Hare

Residents of Bidborough love the Kentish Hare, and it’s easy to see why. Their delicious menu and gorgeous outdoor decking is an unbeatable combo.

The Leicester Arms

Situated in the heart of beautiful Penshurst, The Leicester Arms overlooks the lush green fields that surround the village. The pub has a delicious-looking menu and a lovely patio for drinking, surrounded by a wide lawn that’s perfect for kids to play. Combine it with a the Penshurst Circular Walk too?

The Little Brown Jug

Another Penshurst pub (technically, it’s by Penshurst train station), this pub garden is amazing – there are cute covered huts with comfy seating to while away the sunshine hours, and there’s a little playground for kids. Book ahead if you want a hut.

The Lyle

Discover the relatively new Lyle on Forest Road (formerly known as The Spread Eagle). Their massive renovation project has included a sunny terrace, and The Lyle’s cocktails are hard to beat.

Bring on the sunshine!

The Nevill Crest & Gun

This huge country pub is great come rain or shine. A big patio and massive lawn are perfect for summer days, and there’s a disused play tractor and swing to keep the little ones entertained.

Mount Edgecombe

Situated in the heart of Common, this Tunbridge Wells pub garden is very easy to walk to from town. The Mount Edgecombe is family friendly and has a decent-sized garden with plenty of seating on the patio.

St John’s Yard

St John’s Yard has a popular pub garden with retractable roof and loads of seating. There is a real buzz to this place and  I have enjoyed many’s an evening there with friends. I’m told the burgers are awesome too!

Having fun at The Poacher & Partridge pub garden

The Poacher and Partridge

Over in Tudley, The Partridge & Poacher has all the hallmarks of an Elite pub – a fab child-friendly menu, a decent playground, a huge garden with lots of seating zones, deck chairs and best of all, a burger hut. From here you can order food and drinks and never have to leave the garden – handy for keeping an eye on the children.

The Poet at Matfield

A wonderful country pub in the cute village of Matfield, The Poet is a fab upmarket option. The food is absolutely perfect for a special occasion, and their outdoor area has been adapted for COVID times with a gazebo, heaters and flooring.

Another one of our favourite Tunbridge Wells pub gardens…

The gorgeous pub garden at The Plough in Leigh

The Plough at Leigh

The Plough is a big pub over in the village of Leigh. The garden is fantastic – loads of tables and chairs, a big grassy lawn and a children’s play area. They have a tasty menu with a decent kids’ section.

Sankey’s

Right in the heart of Tunbridge Wells is one of the town’s best-loved bars – Sankey’s. The family-run bar and kitchen has a cute terrace out the back and is best known for its fabulous seafood. They have a great kid’s menu too.

The Spotted Dog

A favourite of many, The Spotted Dog in Penshurst has an incredible terraced pub garden. The food is seriously tasty here too. This really is a quintessentially rural English pub.

The Vineyard

You’d be hard pushed to find a more family friendly pub than The Vineyard in Lamberhurst. Their huge garden has a great playground at one end, and a Burger Shack where you can order food and drinks from in the garden. There’s plenty of decking for seating, as well as a lawn with yet more tables and chairs.

The White Bear

The White Bear went through a massive overhaul when it was purchased by Young & Co’s Brewery back in 2019. Based on The High Street in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, The White Bear has a huge walled garden with a retractable roof. We can vouch for their amazing roast dinner and the cocktails are pretty enticing too! We love the sound of their Doggy Brunch Club which you can take your pooch along to.


Hopefully this blog post about our favourite Tunbridge Wells pub gardens is useful? Please do comment below or email us on hello@mytunbridgewells.com if you would like us to add any in!