What’s this then, actual warm weather? The sun is actually out? England, what are you playing at?!
There can certainly be no question that Summer is most definitely here. The Great British weather system has pulled itself together and has provided us with some glorious sunshine, and the Met Office is telling us to fully embrace it as it’s going to be sticking around for the foreseeable future, so by George we most definitely are! We may be a tad biased as a brewery but there’s only one thing to do in weather this glorious… that’s right it’s pub time! You can’t just visit any old pub in this weather though, you must carefully choose your spot based on the availability of a beer garden and of course here in the Butcombe pub estate we have some of the best beer gardens in the South West.
Starting with the Methuen Arms, the pub itself is tucked away just off Corsham High Street and hosts a beautiful courtyard adorned with greenery and floral displays, it’s a truly tranquil little spot perfect to while away the hours with a tipple or two. If you get a chance to visit them be sure to check out their kitchen garden where they grow a whole host of fruits and vegetables especially for their award-winning kitchen.
If you’re after the perfect view, then it’s the Quarrymans Arms you must visit. Overlooking the rolling hills of rural Wiltshire, the breath-taking surroundings make it the ideal location to maximise those long summer evenings and watch the sun go down.
An absolute feast for the senses is the Bower Inn which sits in East Bower, Bridgwater. Before you even reach their perfectly manicured garden you are hit with the wonderful smell of the roses and flower beds that surround the tables that sit on the grass at the front of the pub. Another equally as lovely garden awaits you at the rear. A picture-perfect location for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and of course these glorious summer days.
In Bristol you are truly spoiled for choice, with The Ostrich’s massive beer garden (we’d hazard a guess that it’s the biggest in Bristol!) you’re guaranteed to see the sunshine all day long. Alternatively The Cottage boasts a prime location by the waterfront and is the perfect spot to pass the time, beer in hand watching boats drift up and down the river and possibly catching a glimpse of one of Bristol’s famous hot air balloons. The Cottage truly comes alive in the summer as tourists and locals alike flock to grab a pint and chill in the sun-trap of a garden or seat themselves on the water’s edge with some fresh fish and chips.
If you’re after a traditional pub and garden then look no further than the Lime Kiln Inn situated in the village of Knole in Somerset. Expect a wealth of home cooked food and real ales in a pub full of character and charm, fully restored to its original glory with settles, antique furniture and old pictures of local village scenes. The beer garden is perfect for families and large groups alike with a wealth of space and a multitude of picnic benches.
The final pub on our whistle-stop tour of some of the best beer gardens in the Butcombe pub estate is the Royal Oak in Cheltenham. Situated in the Cotswold village of Prestbury and not too far from Cheltenham Race Course, their garden boasts an array of classic picnic benches furnished with large parasol umbrellas for those times when the heat gets just that bit too much.
Whatever your choice of pub, whack on that sun cream, pick up your favourite sunnies and come join us outdoors. We’ve got a pint waiting for you.