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Dartmouth pubs with beer gardens and outdoor seating

Six friends having a toast with beers in a pub garden

Where better to enjoy a refreshing beverage this summer than outside a Dartmouth pub? Here’s our guide to where you’ll find the best beer gardens, terraces and outdoor seating in this much-loved South Devon riverside town:

The Dartmouth Arms

Buy a pint in this traditional English pub and cross the cobbles for a seat on historic Bayards Cove. This is to spot where the Mayflower docked for repairs before travelling onto Plymouth and then America in 1620.

Bayards Cove is a popular spot for Dartmouth Arms customers to rest and enjoy a drink – just mention where you’ll be sitting and they’ll serve your drink in a disposable glass. 

The Dartmouth Arms is also famed for its pizzas, Mexican dishes, and homemade burgers. You can eat in, or takeaway to watch the Lower Ferry or be entertained by the youngsters crabbing off the harbour wall.

Find out more about The Dartmouth Arms.

The Floating Bridge

Get an elevated view of Dartmouth Higher Ferry and the bustling maritime activity on the River Dart from The Floating Bridge’s roof terrace. 

This Dartmouth pub also has picnic tables out front where you can be served a hearty portion of fish and chips made with fresh catch from nearby Brixham or Plymouth.

Find out more about The Floating Bridge.

The George & Dragon

Dartmouth’s largest beer garden by far can be found outside The George & Dragon on Mayors Avenue. 

It’s known for its live music, homemade cakes and a tempting selection of Devon and Cornwall real ales. The wide parasols in the garden make it the perfect spot to enjoy an al fresco pub experience in Dartmouth, even on a grey day.

Find out more about The George & Dragon.

Platform 1

No Dartmouth bar has outdoor tables closer to the River Dart than Platform 1 on the Embankment.  

This unique bar and restaurant is in the Grade 1-listed former GWR railway station. It once sold ferry tickets for train services leaving Kingswear on the opposite side of the river. The passenger ferry to the Dartmouth Steam Railway still departs from the pontoon to the right of Platform 1.

To the left, there’s outdoor seating for diners, as well as a few on the footpath looking over to the Boat Float.

Find out more about Platform 1.

The Sail Loft

The new kid on the block when it comes to pubs in Dartmouth is The Sail Loft on Foss Street. It has a small and stylish courtyard garden that’s made for lounging with a cocktail or two.

Find out more about The Sail Loft.

Enjoyed these recommendations? Take a look at our guide to unique places to eat in Dartmouth.

Stay in Dartmouth

If you’re looking for places to stay that are within walking distance of these Dartmouth pubs, then we have plenty of options for you. Take a look at our Dartmouth holiday cottages.

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