A fine spot to drop anchor

What’s your idea of the perfect beer garden? Is it beside the sea or in the heart of the city or countryside? Help us find the best and you could win a VIP trip for two to Ibiza.

It’s high summer and the season for enjoying the company of your friends in the open air. Our mission is to identify Britain’s ultimate beer gardens and we need your help. If you have a favourite outdoor watering hole then please add it to the San Miguel Summer Shortlist for a chance to win an unforgettable VIP trip to Ibiza for you and a friend.

Jane Peyton, a pub and beer expert, is touring the country hunting for the best al fresco spots for enjoying a glass of San Miguel, Spain’s leading quality lager. Her latest suggestion for the San Miguel Summer Shortlist is the Banana Wharf in Southampton. If you have ever hankered after a floating palace then the place to be is the terrace, which overlooks the city’s largest marina – a basin deep enough for super-yachts and tall ships to moor in. In the distance, you might be able to spot a cruise liner gliding through Southampton Water.

Banana Wharf is an ideal destination for chilling out waterside on the south coast. A quick peek at the menu is a reminder of the region’s seafaring tradition. As well as Sunday roast, steaks, stirfries, and vegetarian dishes, it contains a selection of fresh fish, lobsters, scallops – much of which is locally caught, and all of which is delivered fresh daily. San Miguel is a perfect beer to match with seafood, so we hope you’re hungry and thirsty!

Banana Wharf

"It's relaxing sitting on the terrace and admiring yachts in the marina" - Hamish Johnstone, regular.

  • Banana Wharf, Ocean Village, Southampton SO14 3JF
  • Tel: 023 8033 8866
  • www.bananawharf.co.uk
  • Mon–Sun, 8.30am–11.30pm
  • Food: 8.30am–10.30pm
  • The bar is named after the Caribbean bananas that were landed from ships moored at the wharf

Win a VIP trip to Ibiza

Summer is here and to celebrate San Miguel is on a mission to find Britain’s best beer gardens. But we also want to hear from you. Simply tell us about your favourite outdoor drinking spot and you could win an unforgettable VIP trip for two to Ibiza. To get involved, join us on Facebook here and you can start dreaming about that island in the sun.