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Hot day? Cool pub gardens

The Muddy pick of the best Somerset pubs with groovy gardens and other cool outside spaces. Is your favourite here?

Why be inside if you can be out? Our favourite Somerset pubs for al fresco eating and drinking. Any to add to the list?  Let us know in the comments box below. Tally ho!


The Litton, Litton,  nr Wells

Take your pick:  a sunken courtyard, on the riverside terrace backing onto the river Chew (there’s a fire pit at night) or up in the grassy landscape gardens overlooking the pub. Modern British/Med menu, local beers and ciders and 50 whiskies on the menu. Live music Thursdays.


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 globally inspired grub 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

pub garden with French wire furniture and boules

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 gardens, 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 medieval clapper bridge and river Barle to boot. One of the UK’s top 50 Gastropubs.


The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, nr Sherborne

Views from the courtyard and lawns while you tuck into Queenie’s Boozy Brunch: unlimited booze and a delish brunch menu every Saturday, from 12pm – 4pm. Bank Holiday Monday, live music and a BBQ.


The Prince of Wales, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, nr Yeovil

Not so much gardens as the whole of Ham Hill at your feet. 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.


The White Hart, Somerton

Gardens and a suntrap courtyard which is pretty at night on the edge of a medieval market square, with upmarket pub grub coming out of a kitchen lead by chef Ashley Brill(iant) under the tutelege of ex-River Cottage Tom Blake.


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