10 best Summer pubs
Summer pub crawl around the county: visit these Somerset pubs with groovy gardens and other cool outdoor spaces
A pick of the best Somerset pubs with groovy gardens and other cool outside spaces. Any to add to the list? Let me know in the comments box below. Tally ho!
The Litton, Litton, nr Wells
Three different outside spaces to enjoy the modern British/Med menu and local beers and ciders. Take a seat in the sunken courtyard, on the riverside terrace backing onto the river Chew (there’s a fire pit at night) or let the kids run around in the grassy landscape gardens overlooking the pub.
The Ring o Bells, Compton Martin, the Chew Valley
Walks up to the Mendips behind, Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes nearby, shady places to sit, fab food and live music in the gardens – what more could you ask for?
Hare & Hounds, Bath
Just a mile or so north of the city centre (spot of shopping or culture beforehand?) with a Modern British gastropub menu, massive garden and spectacular views 10 miles across the Bath countryside.
Kingsdon Inn, Kingsdon, nr Somerton
Tuck into English comfort food and south Italian cuisine in gardens overlooking the village green. Kids can play footie, clamber over a wooden ship play frame, have a go on the swings while you down another.
The Lord Poulet Arms, Hinton St George, nr Crewkerne
One of Somerset’s prettiest pub gardens, with French wire furniture, pebbles, lawns, lavender, vines and boules – ooh la la! And of course there’s the award-winning food.
The Halfway House, Pitney, between Somerton and Langport
Rustic pub with a suntrap garden out front and out back, run by three generations of the same family. Hearty, home-cooked food and beers, ciders and ales straight from the barrel.
The Red Lion, Babcary, nr Sparkford
Wrap around garden with slide for the young ‘uns, a little arbour, al fresco wood-fired piazzas and fire pit alight of an evening. Well loved for its atmosphere and great food – see my review.
The Swan, Wedmore
Picnic tables on the terrace and spacious lawns, with a wood-fired pizza oven and BBQ just out of shot. Wedmore’s stylish gastropub has Tom Blake from River Cottage at the helm in the kitchen. Nice. See my review.
The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, nr Langport
Former hunting lodge turned cut-above-gastropub perched on the edge of a picturesque village green. Eat in the courtyard, large terraced walled garden or out front. Games on the lawns too.
Tarr Farm Inn, Tarr Steps nr Dulverton, Exmoor
When I say gardens, I mean grounds – 40 acres of them – and the stunning mediaeval clapper bridge and river Barle to boot. One of the UK’s top 50 Gastropubs.
The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, nr Sherborne
We’ve got our eye on Queenie’s Boozy Brunch: unlimited sparkling wine, lager, assorted cocktails, a delish brunch menu (smashed avocado and grilled mushrooms on sourdough toast for me please), and views around the hills on the Somerset/Dorset borders. Every Saturday, from 12pm – 4pm. Must book.
The Prince of Wales, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, nr Yeovil
Former quarryman’s cottage perched on top of Ham Hill in the middle of the 400 acre Ham Hill Country Park. Bring sledges or IKEA bags to slide down the steep spoil heaps from the old ham stone quarry. Tables overlooking Iron Age terraces and a large lawn to the rear. Sunday lunches are especially good. Live music.