With lockdown coming to an end it feels like the right time to discuss the best pub beer gardens in Lincoln. There's nothing better than sitting outside with a few friends having a beer and from April the 12th beer gardens will be reopening across Lincoln to give us all that opportunity. While bars like Craft, The Mailbox and The Slug and Lettuce have excellent gardens you wont find any of them on this list as a quintessential part of a good beer garden is the option to purchase a quality pint and for the most part those three really don't have good selections at all, although the Mailbox occasionally pulls out a surprise.
We'll start our pub beer garden crawl at the bottom of Lincoln High Street and the pub with the best beer garden of them all, The Golden Eagle. This excellent old Castle Rock Brewery pub has a huge beer garden with heated booths, plenty of grass and a genuinely quality selection of real ales and craft beers. If you're lucky you'll be in town when they put on one of their beer festivals. From here just follow the High Street into town until you find The Tiny Tavern. As the name implies this is a much smaller operation that the Golden Eagle but you'll always find 4 great hand pull beers on tap and the staff are excellent.
Continuing up the High Street you'll come to Ritz Wetherspoon's, you can, and probably should skip this one, but it's a cool building with a small outdoor space. The pub you really want to be heading to is The Treaty of Commerce which is situated just before the train line on the High Street. The Treaty is a stunning old building owned by Batemans so you'll always find a few decent pints. Out the back of the pub is a recently extended beautiful suntrap beer garden you're sure to love. From the Treaty it's about a 10 minute walk until the next high end pub beer garden in Lincoln The Jolly Brewer.
The Jolly Brewer is a Lincoln live music stalwart on Broadgate. Don't be put off by the new sign outside this is and always will be The Jolly Brewer. This is very much a rock bar, and it's great. Sadly though the Brewer does have the worst beer selection on this list, but there will always be a couple of real ales to choose from. On a warm evening there's no better place to watch a band in Lincoln than on the Jolly Brewer outdoor stage. From here head up Broadgate, yup I'm afraid we're going up a hill now to The Adam and Eve Tavern on Lindum Road. This is comfortably Lincoln's most Ye Olde pub and you'll find a couple of ales and a large beer garden to the rear.
Now you're up the hill head towards The Morning Star on Greetwell Gate to find another traditional ale pub with a good selection of beers and a lovely beer garden at the back. From here you'll walk past Lincoln's gorgeous cathedral and castle to The Strugglers Inn on Westgate. In the winter you'll find a warm welcome by the fire, but in the summer the beer garden round the back is a real treat as are the minimum of 9 hand pull real ales on tap. Finally head round the corner to The Victoria on Union Road. Here you'll find 4-5 beers on tap and seats right outside the castle walls. There's much worse ways to spend a summer day than doing this pub crawl.
If you're in the mood for a bit of a walk about 20 minutes down the river from the town centre you'll find the Pye Wipe Inn. Sure the selection isn't all it could be but who doesn't enjoy sitting on an old Roman road by the river with a beer?