You just can’t beat a pint in the sun, especially in some of the top beer gardens across west Dorset.

If you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to sitting outdoors with friends and family now the warmer months and second May bank holiday weekend is here, we have got you covered.

We asked Bridport News readers on Facebook what they thought were the best beer gardens in the region – here are some of your favourites.

Some of the best pub beer gardens in west Dorset

Pymore Inn 

Location: Pymore Road, Pymore

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This popular free house is hosting a Cider Festival over the bank holiday weekend featuring more than18 different local craft ciders, delicious food and freshly made pizzas.

There will be live music from The Pickwicks, Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures, Jack Daniels and Emma Marshall. 

Martin's Bar & Restaurant

Location: Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype, Bridport, DT6 6AR 

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Although based at a holiday park, this family-owned spacious venue is open to all.

The beer garden is just a 10 minute walk to the coast path and the dog exercising meadow where pets can have a run off the lead.

Bridge House Hotel

Location: 115 East Street, Bridport 

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A favourite with readers is the Potting Shed at the Bridge House Hotel.

Its website says: "The walled garden is perfect for relaxing, with its outdoor kitchen and ‘Potting shed’ bar open from early Spring into late Autumn.

"Inside there’s a cosy snug with books and newspapers to enjoy a pot of tea or a tipple from the honesty bar."

Shave Cross Inn 

Location: Shave Cross, Bridport, DT6 6HW

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Another popular beer garden is the outdoor facility at the Shaves Cross Inn.

The 14th century inn is now under new management.

A whopping Farmer's Grill will be served up on the evening of Saturday, May 25 for those who are feeling particularly hungry!

READ MORE: 'Lord Nelson pub opens under new ownership'

West Bay Hotel

Location: 3 Station Road, West Bay, Bridport

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You couldn't really get much closer to the beach than the beer garden of the West Bay Hotel.

The pub will have takeaways available this weekend that can be enjoyed in the - hopefully sunny - courtyard only minutes from the beach.

The pub was refurbished in March 2022 and offers beers from Palmers Brewery, Lyme Bay Gins and Rums and Golden Cap Whiskey.