12 beer gardens and chill-out spaces in York that are definitely open

31 Jul 2020 @ 12.34 pm
| Food & drink

Looking for somewhere to chill, eat and drink in the sunshine?

Fortunately York has lots of beer gardens and other al fresco spaces. Here are some that are now open, and Covid secure.

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College Green pop up

College Green, off Goodramgate, York

Created by the York BID, this area next door to York Minster is where you can enjoy food and drink bought from nearby pubs and restaurants.

Thor’s Sol Ást

Principal York Hotel, Station Road, York

Found in the Principal York Hotel Gardens, until 6th September 2020, this outdoor area and tipi offers table service from the bar. It’s card-only and they advise pre-booking for parties of four or more.


17-21 Piccadilly, York

Always a favourite in the sunshine, you can sit outside in York’s box park enjoying food and drink from city producers.

Lamb & Lion Inn

High Petergate, York

Adjoining the city walls, this fab beer garden affords a terrific view of the Minster to admire while sipping your G&T.

Dyls Café Bar

The Motor House, Skeldergate Bridge, York

Earlier in the lockdown it was the only place to get a drink. But even with more choice Dyls offers an idyllic spot by the river.

Waggon & Horses

19 Lawrence Street, York

The picture says it all. Lots of terrific beers to try too.

Stonegate Yard

8-10 Little Stonegate York

Close to York Minster, Stonegate Yard has a lovely enclosed beer garden with modern furniture.

Shambles Tavern

44 Shambles, York

Chill with one of their great range of beers, and do a bit of people watching behind Shambles.

Eagle and Child

9 High Petergate, York

This spacious pub also has a nifty beer garden, which is well worth checking out.

Star Inn The City

Museum Street, York

Relax and watch the world sail by from your Star perch above the River Ouse.

Judges Lodging

9 Lendal, York

Plenty of outdoor space up front at this historic bar and hotel – and more open air opportunities on the decking behind.

Old White Swan

80 Goodramgate, York

This little courtyard on Goodramgate is a nice spot to sit and relax.