Glasgow has been dubbed one of the worst UK cities to enjoy an outdoor drink in a new ranking of the country’s beer garden capitals.
New research investigated the number of beer gardens per person in major UK cities and compared it to the cheapest places to buy a beer.
Norwich scored 86 points out of a possible 100, thanks to its high number of beer gardens compared to population, with 4.77 beer gardens for every 10,000 residents. This coupled with its typically good weather conditions helped it scoop the top spot.
However, the worst four cities for enjoying an outdoor tipple happen to be Scottish – Aberdeen, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh – despite being among those with the cheapest pints.
Aberdeen has the lowest number of beer gardens per capita overall, just one beer garden for every 10,000 residents, followed by Glasgow (1.1 beer gardens per 10,000 residents) and Dundee (1.7 beer gardens per 10,000).
Understandably all of these cities have also scored poorly due to their low average temperatures, general lack of sunny days and the typically high rainfall levels in Scotland.
As part of the research, Electric Radiators Direct also investigated the average price for a pint in each major city.
Aberdeen, Bradford and Dundee reign supreme with the cheapest pints averaging £3 a go, while London, Belfast and Brighton carried the torch of priciest pint between £5.50 and £5.
Stephen Hankinson, Managing Director at Electric Radiators Direct, said: “As the weather starts to get warmer and the days get longer, many are excited for the return of outdoor socialising and al fresco dining.
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“Our research has identified Norwich as the best ‘beer garden hotspot’ in the country, boasting the highest number of pubs with outdoor seating in relation to population and generally favourable weather conditions.
“British weather can, of course, sometimes be unpredictable and evenings can get chilly even after a sunny day. It’s important to be comfortable even when temperatures drop, which is why patio heaters can be a great added value to a beer garden.
“Despite outdoor socialising not being a requirement anymore, we’ve seen a +250% increase in demand for patio heaters for both home and commercial use.
“This highlights just how many businesses may have adopted outdoor heating to make customers’ experiences more comfortable, even on a nice summer evening.”