By Christian Rose-Day.
There are a number pubs in south London that can legitimately claim to have the biggest beer garden in London. The Hope in Wandsworth and The Spencer Arms in Putney both utilise parkland adjacent to their respective taverns as beer garden space (aided by plastic pints), the latter even installing picnic benches in the park (smart move).
The Grand Union in Brixton has possibly one of the best and biggest beer gardens in London (please comment if you know otherwise; would love to hear your thoughts), and The Leather Bottle certainly provides lots of fresh air, benches and pétanque possibilities for the residents of Earlsfield and its surrounds.
But it’s not always the size that matters; the quantity is also important. So which pub in London has the MOST beers gardens?
One new contender for this particular crown is The Rosendale pub in West Dulwich which recently reopened with a new lick of paint, a British menu, some yummy local ales, fancy chandeliers, vintage theatre posters, a wall of butterflies (what self-respecting pub could be without one) and a giant wall map made from just one sheet of paper (so I’m told).
This erstwhile Victorian coaching inn was procured by award-winning pub company, Renaissance, providers of such greats as Avalon in Clapham and The Tommyfield in Kennington.
Much like Avalon, The Rosendale pub has not one beer garden, or two beer gardens, but three beer gardens!! The front beer garden is your normal roadside, leafy neighbourhood sort of affair (usually favoured by smokers). The side beer garden is more secretive, shaded and favourite of those who aren’t enamoured with kids, and that’s because beer garden number 3, the rear sun trap, is popular with young parents thanks to the children’s play area filled with a decent supply of toys.
See for yourself.
And that’s three.
If you know of any pubs in London that have more than three beer gardens, we’d love to hear about them. In the meantime, Renaissance, this accolade is yours.
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