Family-friendly Beer Gardens to try this Summer

I love a cold beer or a glass of wine in the sunshine as much as the next person. I'm a strong believer that the fact I'm a parent does not mean I cannot partake in this little pleasure (obviously please drink responsibly). Here is my roundup of family-friendly pubs throughout the North East that serve food alongside a good selection of drinks and also have a nice outdoor space and something to keep the kids entertained. Let me know in the comments if there's anywhere else I should add to my list.

Family friendly beer gardens to try in North East England this summer

Three Horse Shoes, Cramlington

Not only does the Three Horse Shoes have a beer garden to the side but also a huge enclosed beer garden and park to the front. There is a large selection of play equipment including swings, slides, frames and their famous treehouse. There are picnic tables in this space too and you can order food and drinks to be eaten outside. Find out more here. 

The Beehive, Earsdon 

The Beehive in Earsdon feels like you are in the middle of nowhere when in fact you are just a few miles from the coast. What I love about here is their secret garden which is accessed through a secret door at the side of the car park. It is so secret in fact that we had to ask a member of staff where to find it! Once inside you could be anywhere. The garden is fully enclosed with a play frame and picnic tables. Music plays through the hidden speakers and it feels like your own private garden party. Food is very good but can sometimes take a while to arrive. Find out more here. 

Gibside Beer Garden, Gateshead

The Gibside beer garden is the largest beer garden in Gateshead. It is only open on a Friday evening 6-9pm (and Saturdays during summer). The atmosphere is super family orientated and there is often a live band playing. As the sun sets the garden transforms into something magical as the candles twinkle on the wooden tables. There is a small miniature castle play frame and children like to bring their scooters to ride while mum and dad relax. Admission is free for National Trust members.  Find out more here

The Northumbrian Piper, Fawdon

The Northumbrian Piper in Fawdon is a deceptively large pub with an even larger garden to their rear complete with play area for children. Again, you really do not feel like you are just minutes away from the busy motorway! Find out more here. 

The Lion and Lamb, Horsley

The Lion and Lamb in Horsley is the pub for you if you prefer your pubs traditional and in the middle of the countryside. The food is award winning and there is a garden with play area with views of the river Tyne. Find out more here. 

The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval 

The Keel Row in Seaton Delaval is where you need to be if you fancy a bargain home cooked bite to eat or drink in the sun. There is a beer garden to the front and a separate beer garden with play area to the rear. Find out more here. 

The Ship Inn, Low Newton 

The Ship Inn in Low Newton is a perfect pub by the coast. It has wonderful sea views, it's own microbrewery and serves wonderful food. The children's menu is fairly limited but don't let that put you off. There is no play area as such but families spill out onto the large area of grass outside and the beach is on your doorstep. Take a picnic blanket as if it's a lovely day the picnic tables soon get snapped up. Find out more here.

Killingworth Arms, Killingworth

The Killingworth Arms is a friendly village pub famous for their carvery dinners. You'll find a well-kept garden and children's play area outside. Find out more here. 

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Black Horse, Beamish

The Black Horse, Beamish is a gorgeous gastropub serving delicious home-cooked food in the countryside. There's a large beer garden and play area for kids as well as sheltered seating outside. Find out more here. 

Royal Quays Brewers Fayre, North Shields 

The Brewers Fayre Pub at Royal Quays Outlet has a small and enclosed play area for children (as well as an indoor play area too). Find out more here. 

Travellers Rest, Slaley 

The Travellers Rest, Slaley is a 16th Century Farmhouse, perfectly located for exploring Hadrian's Wall. There's a gorgeous play area outside for kids with picnic tables and lots of space to run about. Find out more here

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The Lakeside Inn, Hebburn 

The Lakeside Inn serves a large selection of cocktails, is dog-friendly and runs a slimming world menu too. There's a lovely beer garden and play area outside too. Find out more here. 

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The SandPiper, Cullercoats 

The SandPiper in Cullercoats has a children's play area to the rear of the pub near the car park. Find out more here.

The Hogs Head, Alnwick

The Hogs Head Inn is just off A1 near Alnwick and handy if you're driving home from Scotland or visiting one of Alnwick's attractions and would like to stop off somewhere for a bite to eat or drink. There's a large play area with seating outside and the food is recommended too. Find out more here.

Woodhorn Grange, Ashington

The Woodhorn Grange is well located Brewers Fayre Pub in a lovely lakeside setting. You'll find both an outdoor and indoor play area for kids. Find out more here. 

The Old Storehouse, Amble

The Old Storehouse is a gorgeous pub in Amble. It's part of the Park Leisure Holiday Park but open to the public too. The play area outside is fab for kids. Find out more here. 

Sunnyhills Farm Shop, Belford

Sunnyhills Farm Shop near Belford is a lovely place to stop just North of Alnwick. There's outdoor seating and the restaurant is licensed. Find out more here. 

Prince William Bar & Grill, Forget Me Not Park - Longhorsley

The Prince William Bar and Grill serves tasty bites and drinks and is home to a lovely play area for children to the rear. Find out more here.

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The Old Ash Dene, Ashington 

The Old Ash Dene is a real ale pub with a small play area for kids. There's also a patio with seating for grown-ups and food is available too. Find out more here.

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The Walls End, Wallsend

The Walls End Hungry Horse pub is convenient for the Silverlink and certain DIY stores. There's an enclosed garden and play area for kids. Find out more here. Find out more here.

Twin Farms, Kingston Park 

Twin Farms is a Sir John Fitzgerald pub with a large garden and lots of space for kids to run about. Find out more here.

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The Stables, Beamish 

The Stables at Beamish Hall has a fab little play area outside for kids as well as an enclosed beer garden for grown-ups which is a bit of a sun trap. Find out more here.

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Astley Arms Stonehouse Pizza, Seaton Sluice

As well as a big play park by the beach, the Astley Arms also has it's own enclosed play area in their sunny back garden which is accessed via the conservatory. There's outdoor seating too. Find out more here. 

Where is your favourite family-friendly beer garden in the North East? I would love to try somewhere new and add some more recommendations to this post.



  1. You've mentioned some old favourites and some new places to visit this year - thanks for another great post Sam xx

  2. My girls love Woodhorn Grange in Ashington. The walk around the lake is lovely too x

  3. The Boatside Inn, Warden has just built a new play area for children. Great food too, well worth a look!

  4. I think you should add the Cock Crow Inn, Hebburn. It’s got a decent play area and outdoor seating and you have nice views of a pond. It’s cheap as chips too. I’ll try get you a photo next time we go.


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