David’s Weekly Update – 10 fabulous inns for alfresco drinking and dining
8 July 2018
A legend in its own lunchtime, the Olive Branch is the best A1 pit stop for miles around. The garden out front is a sun-trap in summer, with neat patio tables under the plant-festooned pergola – tuck into tapas on the terrace on warm summer evenings and make the most of the colourful cottage garden.
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A slick seaside inn with stunning saltmarsh views where the sun deck behind the inn is perfect for sunset-spotting, and commands views that vault all the way to Scolt Head Island and the sea. There is a very dapper landscaped terrace out front too.
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A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck – the streamside terrace, floodlit and heated at night, is the place to be on sunny summer days; arrive early at weekends and order seafood, salads and burgers from the Shibden Shack, a cool little outside kitchen.
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Hidden down country lanes and tucked into the hillside high in the Peckforton Hills, the Pheasant draws the crowds for the far-reaching views across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh mountains, best enjoyed from the fabulous tiered patio with a pint of local Weetwood ale in hand.
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This spruced up inn hidden away in the Windrush Valley has a fabulous terrace – on summer days bag one of the posh teak tables and soak up the sun and the views across fields in the Windrush Valley. Colourful flower borders and raised fragrant herb beds create more private areas.
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The garden is the jewel in The Griffin’s crown. The grassy green space out back looks out over glorious Sussex countryside (part of Sheffield Park as it happens) – don’t miss the memorable barbeques & jazz on the lawn on summer Sundays or ‘The Sheffield’ a rustic wooden bar which opens up in fair weather.
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Beautifully restored, this ancient inn stands in a timeless village with views down the Derwent Valley. Eat alfresco in the original Abbey cloister garden, tucking into delicious roasts cooked in the Green Egg oven. There’s room on the grass for summer brollies, tables and chairs, plus boules, croquet and a giant Jenga game.
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The Wheatsheaf Inn, Combe Hay, Somerset
Tucked down twisting narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 15 minutes south of Bath The Wheatsheaf is set on two lush grassy terraces, replete with bright flower borders, veg plots and chickens, the stunning south-facing garden makes the most of the tranquil valley view – it’s the perfect spot for summer eating and drinking.
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