WHEN the sun is shining on a hot summer’s day, not much beats a cold, refreshing drink in a beer garden.

A drink or two al fresco with family and friends is the perfect way to enjoy the warm weather.

But where is the best beer garden in St Helens?

Which pub, restaurant or café is your favourite place to enjoy a pint or a glass of wine outdoors with a few bar snacks?

Last week, we asked for your beer garden nominations and you sent us your favourite places.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 12 places that are ideal for a drink al fresco in a bid to find St Helens’ Best Beer Garden.

And don’t forget that if you fill in the coupon inside this week’s St Helens Star and email it to us, it gives five votes to your favourite.

There are three ways to vote:

1. Search for the Best Beer Garden post on our St Helens Star Facebook or Twitter pages and comment under the post with the name of your winner = 1 vote

2. Name your favourite in the comments section on this article via our website = 2 votes

3. Purchase a copy of this week’s St Helens Star (June 13 edition) and fill in the entry form = 5 votes

(*NB For newspaper entries, email a screenshot of the completed entry form to heidi.summerfield@newsquest.co.uk - please note that only original copies will be accepted. More than one entry can be submitted per person but you will be asked to provide your own unique reference code for each entry to avoid duplication eg if your name is Smith you may wish to write Smith123 or HS21! as your code. You will need to provide a different code for each different entry submitted. For full terms and conditions go to newsquest.co.uk/terms-conditions).

Voting officially opens today, Thursday, and closes at midnight on Sunday, June 16.

We will be announcing the winner next week.

Keep an eye out for our next Best of appeal on our social media pages on Friday.


Carr Mill Dam

Carr Mill Dam

The Dam, Carr Mill Dam

This venue has won Best Beer Garden for the past two years – can they make it three in a row?

The views make the perfect back drop for a drink in the sun.

For more details go to facebook.com/TheDamcarrmill

The Star Inn

The Star Inn

The Star Inn, Rainford

One nomination said: “The Star Inn in Rainford is a great pub where you’re made very welcome and the beers are first class.”

For more details go to facebook.com/StarInnRainford

The Swan

The Swan

The Swan, St Helens

The outside space at The Swan is a huge hit with regulars wanting to enjoy a drink outside.

There’s always a warm welcome and positive vibes.

For more details go to facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063593437641

The Griffin Inn

The Griffin Inn

The Griffin Inn, Eccleston

One nomination said: “This is an incredible beer garden with a pizza oven and drinks.

“It’s by far the best in St Helens.”

For more details go to facebook.com/thegriffininnsthelens

The Gerard Arms

The Gerard Arms

The Gerard Arms, St Helens

One happy customer said: “The Gerard Arms’ beer garden is always kept tidy, there is great service and it can get sunshine all day long.”

Is this the biggest beer garden in St Helens?

For more details go to instagram.com/thegerardarms

The Cowley Vaults

The Cowley Vaults

Cowley Vaults, St Helens

Customers love this “community pub with tonnes of atmosphere” with one saying it’s the most welcoming place in the north west.

For more details go to facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063750063147

Manor Farm

Manor Farm

Manor Farm, Rainhill

This 17th century farmhouse was converted into a pub in 1977.

If you visit on a sunny day, you can enjoy the large patio area and beer garden with great views.

For more details go to facebook.com/ManorFarmRainhill

The Cricketers ArmsThe Cricketers Arms (Image: supplied)

The Cricketers Arms, St Helens

One review on their Facebook page said: “I’m a regular here.

“There’s great beer and friendly staff - why go anywhere else?”

For more details go to facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063707419141

The Turks Head

The Turks Head

The Turks Head, St Helens

Customers love the beer garden with “great beers, delicious food and great table service from staff".

Some say they are “treated like royalty”!

For more details go to facebook.com/theturksheadsthelens

Eagle and Child

Eagle and Child

Eagle and Child, Rainford

This venue is popular with locals who appreciate the “friendly pub with a great atmosphere”.

There’s always a warm welcome waiting for customers who want to meet up with friends or family inside the pub or out in the beer garden.

For more details go to facebook.com/eagleandchildrainford

The Vault

The Vault

The Vault, Church Street, St Helens

Nominations mentioned the “great atmosphere” and “lovely staff”.

Another said: “A great space in the outdoors!”

For more details go to facebook.com/vaultsthelens

Tank Bar

Tank Bar

Tank Bar, St Helens

One nomination said: “It has to be Tank Bar.

“It’s the best within miles with great tasting beer and a great atmosphere every time.”

Another said: “It might be small but Tank always has the best beer garden atmosphere.”

For more details go to instagram.com/tankbar39