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10 of the Best - Pubs with Gardens - Part 1

Let’s face it; the beer garden is an essential part of a British summer, a place where days can disappear. Protocol Education has done some research so we can offer you a list of some of Britain’s favourite pubs with gardens, including Ireland too!
“If there really is a heaven, let it be a pub garden on a summer’s day, ideally with a tinkling trout stream, some shady apple trees and the buzz of convivial conversation.”

For off-the-map eccentricity, the Square & Compass is worth a visit. Just getting there is exciting – via a dead-end lane through the Purbeck marble workings, where you can still see stonecutters in their roadside shacks, fettling away as they’ve done for centuries. The Square & Compass was the quarrymen’s local, a whitewashed tavern with beer and cider straight from the cask, and its own homespun fossil museum, chipped from the limestone cliffs by the Newman family, landlords here for 101 years. The sunny garden is the real find, though, with marauding poultry and vast views that vault the village rooftops to the sea. It is staked out with strange bits of sculpture, leftovers from the pub’s midsummer stone-carving festival, and every table is a mini Stonehenge.
Hampstead Heath, London, The Spanish ambassador had it built as his pleasure grounds, Dick Turpin used it as a lookout, and John Keats wrote Ode to a Nightingale there. The Inn remains a quaint, oak paneled and atmospheric pub with one of the best pub gardens in London which were originally created as pleasure gardens, with an artificial mound from which one could see views over London and even as far as Windsor Castle . Marooned on Hampstead Heath, this is as close as you’ll find to a country hostelry in the capital. Indoors: creaky floors, Harveys ale and more ancient beams than the Lighthouse of Alexandria. Outdoors: a blossomy terrace, an outdoor bar and a chicken coop for kids to coo over. There are weekend barbecues and bank-holiday spit roasts, and if you’ve brought your dog, even a “pooch wash”, where you can shampoo the schnauzer before wetting your whistle.

Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire, it feels somehow wrong to arrive at the Trout by car – especially once you’ve installed yourself at a teak table beside the Thames, with narrow boats sliding by and punts zigzagging into the pub’s private moorings. The inn has been given a makeover with lots of scrubbed slate and fresh flowers indoors, and rather posh nosh such as foie gras wrapped in prosciutto. But it’s not pretentious: proper locals pop in for a pint, and there are sometimes children playing footie in the garden – where the apple trees come in handy for stocking the dessert menu. If you fancy a float, the Trout can arrange a crewed gondola – with champagne picnic, naturally.


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