NOW that the weather is getting warmer, people will be heading out to their favourite beer gardens to soak up the sun.

There's a range of pubs with highly-rated beer gardens in Kidderminster, Stourport, Bewdley and villages across the district.

Shuttle readers have been sharing which beer gardens they think are the best across the Wyre Forest.


The Rock Tavern - Wilden

One popular destination, situated next to the River Stour is the Rock Tavern in Wilden.

A number of readers singled out the pub for its atmosphere and setting.

Owen Shelton said it's "always a great atmosphere, whether it be with the live music or the sound of the river Stour drifting past".

Jess Flight said the viaduct bridge next to the garden is "stunning" and added the pub is both child friendly and dog-friendly.

Sandy King described it as "beautiful riverside tranquillity."


The Black Star - Stourport

Another favourite beer garden is the Black Star on Mitton Street in Stourport, situated next to the canal.

The pub was recently announced as a finalist for the Best Traditional Pub in the Midlands at the Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards 2024.

The pub is known for its mural in tribute to fallen soldiers, and for installing large decorative bows on special occasions.

Gregg Siwicki said it's a "beautiful sun trap", and the food and ale are "amazing".

Lesley Goodman said it's a "friendly pub" with a "great atmosphere." She said there's lots of room sitting along the canal.


The Old Waggon and Horses - Iverley

The Old Waggon and Horses on Stourbridge Road is a hit with pub-goers in the area.

People think it's one of the best because of its "huge" children's play area and outdoor bar and kitchen.

There are also farm animals at the countryside spot.

Jordane Wadlow described it as "perfect" and said the pubs "always got something on for everyone"

Jack CJ Breakwell said it's a "great day out for the family" with "enough entertainment to keep the kids happy all day."


Button Oak Inn - Bewdley

Another pub which is popular with readers is the Button Oak Inn in Bewdley.

The pub has a large outdoor seating area as well as a children's play area.

Sharon Owen said it was her choice of beer garden because they have bands outside.

Rebecca Wright said it's got "loads of space" there and is "great for kids."


The Swan - Chaddesley Corbett

The Swan at Chaddesley Corbett has also been singled out as having a top beer garden.

The pub is known for having a large beer garden with views overlooking the countryside.

Nicky Humphreys said people can enjoy "lovely views over the fields and lovely fresh cobs available".

Other pub beer gardens that were mentioned by readers include The Post House in Kidderminster, The Lock Inn in Wolverley, the Mar and Colt in Summerfield, The Hollybush in Stourport, and The Anchor Inn in Caunsall.