NORTH West brewery Hydes is set to welcome customers to its beer gardens, patios and terraces after investing over £1m across its pub estate, including at two popular Chester locations.

As part of its ongoing pub refurbishment programme, which has seen over £10M pumped into its estate since 2022, the family-owned business has enhanced many of its outdoor spaces, carrying out makeovers which have seen investment in smart new decking, patios, planters, benches and furniture, Nordic-style tipi extensions and outdoor screens and heaters.

Last month, Hydes relaunched The Mount Inn in Boughton, with a new look following a full exterior and interior refurbishment.

Timed to be completed ahead of the forthcoming summer of sport including the Euros, the refurbishment of the popular pub, acquired by Hydes in 2016, includes an extensive exterior redecoration to feature a tiered multi-level beer garden with new decking and a terrace overlooking the River Dee, complete with new garden furniture, planters and features.

The new terrace and beer garden at The Mount Inn.The new terrace and beer garden at The Mount Inn. (Image: Hydes)

The exterior makeover has more than doubled the previous capacity of the outside seating area and is proving to be a great success with regulars and new visitors.

The Stamford Bridge on Tarvin Road, Chester will host Stamford Summer Live Garden Party on July 27, with food and drink, family entertainment and live music in the spacious beer garden. The pub restaurant has also been equipped with a retractable roof, for customers who don’t want to take any chances with the weather.

The pub chain has a packed programme of summer events taking place at nearby location too. Throughout August, a series of family-friendly party in the car park events are planned at the Quarrybank in Timperley, Horse & Farrier in Gatley and The Plough in Ashton on Mersey.

The Golden Lion in Rossett is preparing to host its sixth annual spectacular Summer Festival on 24-26 August featuring free live music and entertainment across two stages plus a great selection of summer drinks and fresh food. 

Managing director of Hydes, Adam Mayers said: “Every summer we have a packed programme of garden events at Hydes pubs as we know our customers love to enjoy the outdoors.

Hydes MD, Adam Mayers.Hydes MD, Adam Mayers. (Image: Hydes)

“So whether it’s enjoying a refreshing pint in a sun-kissed beer garden with friends, taking in the spectacular views of the North Wales countryside, attending a mini Glastonbury-type music festival or enjoying lunch in one of our Nordic inspired tipis, there is something for everyone this summer at Hydes. That’s why we continue to invest in our pubs, ensuring that our customers have a memorable and enjoyable visit and will want to return, again and again.

“We’ve invested heavily in our pub estate and remain committed to supporting our establishments, helping them to make the most of the summer weather. After the last few years, we’ve recognised that outdoor spaces such as beer gardens and terraces have never been more important.

“Our beer gardens investment programme is specifically designed to help our pub managers maximise the opportunity and we do everything we can to support and encourage activity outside that will boost business.

“Investment has dramatically transformed lots of our pubs' outdoor spaces, providing comfortable, welcoming spaces for people and communities to come together and enjoy a pint, a bite to eat and quality entertainment in a space that can be enjoyed all year round.”