One feature of many of our lives that has been strangely absent in the last year is the humble British pub.

Memories of relaxing in a sunny garden with a refreshing drink in hand, or sheltering from the cold with something a bit stronger, come to mind. But throughout much of 2020 and 2021, they haven’t been able to be there for us.

But following the government’s lockdown roadmap being announced, pubs will be able to reopen outdoors from April 12, with indoor seating from May 17.

Ahead of the reopening, here’s 10 pubs recommended by customers on TripAdvisor in and around Weymouth and Portland where you will be able to sit outdoors....

The Ship Inn, Custom House Quay, Weymouth harbourside

Dorset Echo:

This Hall & Woodhouse inn has confirmed it will be reopening its outside space from Wednesday, April 14. There will be cover provided from the elements and people can book in advance for up to groups of six on the pub’s website.

This pub’s outdoor seating is extremely popular with one drinker saying: “It’s in a fabulous situation on the harbour to sit outside and have a drink. Very sunny too.”

Red Lion, Hope Square

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The pub will be opening on April 12 and operating its outdoor seating on a first come first served basis.

Drinkers praise the pub’s ‘extensive’ outdoor seating area and enjoy the ‘dappled shade from the trees’.

Turks Head, East Street, Chickerell

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From April 12 Mark and Debbie look forward to welcoming its customers back to enjoy their outside hospitality.

The pub has been praised for its outdoor seating area which even has a VIP table.

The George Bar & Grill, Custom House Quay, Weymouth harbourside

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The pub is taking bookings for April 12 and onwards and staff say they cant wait to see everyone again. One customer says of its outdoor seating: “Great to sit outside and watch the world go by on sunny day.”

Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills

Dorset Echo:

The very popular outdoor seating area at the Smugglers Inn will once again be open from Wednesday, April 14. There will be an open sided marquee in the garden to provide cover from the elements and people can book an outdoor table for up to six people in advance on the pub’s website.

The Bridge Inn, Preston

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The pub will open its outdoor area from Friday, April 16. It will only be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12pm - 6pm. Food will be served 12pm - 5pm. Pub staff say on their Facebook page: “This is due to only being able to open outside. Obviously the weather will play its part but we will have limited tables under cover.”

The pub’s garden is described as ‘lovely’ and a ‘sun trap’.

Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring

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The pub is now taking bookings for outside service from Monday April 12. Its opening hours for the first week will be...Mon - Sun Bar 12 Noon - 8pm / Kitchen 12 Noon - 6pm; Sunday Bar 12 Noon - 6pm/Kitchen 12 Noon - 4pm.

Chefs are planning a new Spring menu and one customer says: “Sitting in the garden on a sunny day cannot be beaten!”

The Royal Standard, Upwey

Dorset Echo:

The pub will be reopening from Monday, April 12. Customers praise the pub’s courtyard beer garden at the back and its outdoor seating at the front.

Cove House Inn, Chiswell, Portland

Dorset Echo:

You can see outside at the Cove House and feel as though you’re right on the broad sweep of Chesil Beach. The pub will be returning on Thursday, April 15 from 12pm with outside service.

It will be open Thursday to Sunday until May 17 when indoor settings can be reopened. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it will be open from 12pm-9pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 6pm.

The pub’s outdoor seating is weather dependent and it will be operating on a reduced menu. All patrons wishing to eat should book a table on the day from 10am.

John Gregory, Southill

Dorset Echo:

This friendly neighbourhood pub with its newly renovated beer garden is reopening from Monday, April 12 and is taking bookings for its outside seating area by email only.

It will be open from 12pm - 8pm Monday to Sunday with food being served during the following hours... 12pm - 7pm Monday - Saturday and 12pm - 6pm Sundays.

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