Still in London but moving west, at number 9 on our list of the UK’s best beer gardens is The Eagle, located on the Shepherds Bush/Ravenscourt Park fringes.
Owned by Gernomino Inns, The Eagle is a luxurious offering. Spacious and thoughtfully decorated, it is a veritable nest of comfortable sofas, open fires, funky wallpaper, quirky artworks and some serious mood lighting. Once a run-down Shepherds drinking hole for locals and random old codgers, it has been transformed into one of the area’s destination venues.
The wine list is packed full of well-chosen bottles from across the globe and the semi-gastro-style pub food is tasty, albeit wandering well into the realms of West London pricing. None of that matters however, when the sun is shining. Because come the summer, there are few places we’d rather land than in the garden of The Eagle.
Like many of the best pub gardens in London, The Eagle’s offering is a hidden gem lurking cheekily behind a modest exterior, hidden to all but those in the know. The vast grassed lawn is the perfect spot for lounging away a lazy afternoon on an outdoor bean bag. Simply slump in your chosen spot, sip on your favourite tipple and wallow in the wafts of freshly mown grass and a newly fired-up barbecue.
If the lawn’s not your thing, no matter. The swinging chairs are a favourite with couples and the marble tables that line the patio area are the perfect spot for a leisurely dinner with friends or family. The terrace is heated, making it a great year-round choice and for the few who have the energy to lever themselves to their feet, a game of giant lawn Jenga awaits.
The Eagle is cool – but not too cool for school. This is the kind of place where young families, groups of friends and the occasional old boy fit happily side by side, and for this reason it is firmly deserving of a place in the Room 101-102 Best Of British – Beer Gardens Top 10.