With outdoor hospitality set to return from 12 April, it’s finally time to start planning a drink (or two) and dinner with friends and family again. For many of us, that means making a beeline for our nearest beer garden to enjoy delicious food that is cooked by someone else and drinks that are served to your table, no more serving yourself from the fridge!

Luckily for us, the Tees Valley has a great selection of pubs, bars, cafes, and restaurants that offer the perfect outdoor spaces for that first reunion.

So if you are looking for a beer garden in the Tees Valley, we’ve rounded up just ten places that you can enjoy.

*Please check availability and how to book direct with each venue before visiting. Remember you can only meet in groups of six or two households and you must follow all of the latest government guidance which you can find here.*

1. The Derry, Long Newton

Head to The Derry in Long Newton come rain or shine and soak up the atmosphere from under their fairy light lit canopy. Heaters are on hand for colder evenings and there is even a big screen and pool table to enjoy. All orders are placed online so there is no need to leave your table.

Bookings are now open for The Derry and can be placed via the website.

2. The Sitting Room, Saltburn

The only sitting room we want to spend time in from 12 April is The Sitting Room in Saltburn. The small, vintage-styled teashop and cocktail bar has a cosy outside space which is covered and heated. Serving a range of real-leaf teas, speciality coffee, homemade cake & scones by day and delicious cocktails and a new wood-fired pizza menu (from Thursday – Sunday only) by night, a table here provides the perfect treat away from your sitting room!

Bookings can be made via the website here.

3. Muse, Yarm

Yarm’s Michelin guide restaurant, Muse is busy adding an extra outdoor terrace to host al fresco dining at the heart of the pretty market town of Yarm, perfect for watching the world go by.

Bookings are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and can be made via the website here.

The Devonport in Middleton-One-Row and The Bay Horse in Hurworth, part of the Muse family also have outdoor space to enjoy. For more details and to book The Devonport go to thedevonport.com. For more details and to book The Bay Horse go to thebayhorsehurworth.com.

4. Hartlepool Marina

Hartlepool Marina is the perfect place to head for a variety of waterside eateries that have the ideal lookout over the marina.
With many of the cafés, bars and restaurants along the stretch offering outdoor seating, you can take your pick from Wallis & Co, Open Jar, Black Olive, Rosies and The Conservatory.

Check directly with the venue on availability and how to book.

5. Scruffy Duck, Norton

The Scruffy Duck is a quintessential British pub located in the heart of Norton village with an outdoor space that will transport you somewhere tropical no matter what the Tees Valley weather. The colourful selection of high tables surrounded by blossoming plants provides a perfect setting to enjoy the traditional, locally sourced, hearty food and an extensive wine list.

Bookings open from 1st April at 10am and are online only thescruffyduck.co.uk.

Please be aware that the outdoor tables aren’t suitable if it’s raining as they’re not under full cover.

6. Turtle Bay, Middlesbrough

Whether the sun is shining in the Tees Valley or not, Turtle Bay will be serving up some Caribbean sunshine from 12 April. You can soak up breakfast, brunch (including bottomless), lunch, dinner or just drinks on the Turtle Bay’s “Beachfront” which are all available to book now.

For more details and to book go to turtlebay.co.uk/news/were-taking-bookings

7. Imperial Quarter, Darlington

Who says you need grass to make a beer garden? Last year, the streets of the Imperial Quarter in Darlington were transformed into an outdoor drinker’s paradise with tables and chairs lining Coniscliffe Road to add outdoor space for bars such as Dr Inks and Hash Bar & Kitchen.

This space will return from 12th April from 12noon – 10pm daily, you can also escape to the roof terrace of Hash Bar & Kitchen, the secret courtyard or Macy Browns or watch passers-by from the pavement café of the Imperial Express Café.

Check directly with each venue on availability and how to book.

8. The Spa Hotel, Saltburn

For al fresco drinks with a view, you can’t get much better than The Spa Hotel in Saltburn. With a perfectly positioned terrace overlooking the cliffs and coast at the pretty Victorian seaside town, you won’t want to be anywhere else. To make it even more special The Spa is putting on a series of Saturday Sunset Sessions with live acoustic music from local artists throughout April and May. They are booking up faster than Café Mambo in Ibiza so make sure you reserve your place soon, so you don’t miss out.

For further details and to book email reception@thespahotelsaltburn.co.uk or call 01287 622544.

9. Baker & Bedford Street, Middlesbrough

Whilst you must wait a little longer for the outdoor artisan food & drink festival Orange Pip Market, which calls Baker, Bedford Street and Albert Road its home, you can still soak up this independent quarter’s cool atmosphere in a variety of outdoor spaces that line the streets.

You can find outdoor seating at Baker Street Kitchen, The Twisted Lip, The Chairman and Sticky Fingers Cafe & Rock bar on Linthorpe Road. Keep an eye on their social media pages for all the latest announcements and booking details.

10. Raby Arms, Hart Village

For a more traditional beer garden vibe in Hartlepool, you can grab a picnic table at the Raby Arms in Hart Village. This dog-friendly pub, serving delicious home-cooked meals are a great choice for a sunny day.

Bookings are by phone only on 01429 864287, make sure you check out their Facebook page for all the latest updates too.

Discover more beer gardens in the Tees Valley at www.enjoyteesvalley.com/food-drink-listings/beer-gardens.

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