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As the temperature heats up and the long summer holidays stretch ahead, we pick seven superb Shepherd Neame sites with stunning gardens to relax in with an ice cold beverage.
1 The Juggs, Lewes
Every inch the classic country pub, The Juggs comes with a lovely garden and covered terrace to soak up the afternoon sun with a perfect pint or leisurely lunch.
The view from the restaurant is blooming marvellous as wildflower seeds planted two years ago have blossomed, attracting wildlife, and the hanging baskets provide a riot of colour to take in.
It is a popular stop-off for walkers exploring the area, but is also good for families and some of the finest pub food in Lewes.
The Juggs is at The Street, Kingston, Lewes, BN7 3NT, or call 01273 472523. Book at https://www.thejuggs.co.uk/
2 The Bull Inn, Linton
The country pub on the outskirts of Maidstone has some Insta-worthy breathtaking views of sweeping orchard scenes stretching for miles from its spacious terrace, where you can drink and dine.
The heavily beamed, traditional village pub, which welcomes locals and tourists alike with its many walks to choose from, also has tables to sit at in the perfectly kept garden alongside.
Sit back and relax as you take in the country air with a selection of Shepherd Neame’s award-winning beers and dishes made using locally sourced ingredients.
Find The Bull at Linton Hill, Linton, Maidstone, ME17 4AW, or call 01622 743612. Book by visiting www.thebullatlinton.co.uk.
3 The New Flying Horse, Wye
A very special country inn on the edge of the North Downs, this picturesque pub has one of the best pub gardens in Kent, with picturesque planting that’s well kept – the perfect spot for a cream tea in the sunshine.
The spacious garden has seating for up to 60 people and is surrounded by walks to try, as well as a centrepiece Chelsea Pensioner-themed garden, A Soldier’s Dream of Blighty, which was designed by Julian Dowle and won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Recently named Wine Pub of the Year in the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards 2022, visitors can choose from brasserie-style lunches and a full restaurant menu including locally-caught fish specials from the Kent coast.
Find The New Flying Horse at Upper Bridge Street, Wye, TN25 5AN. Book a table by calling 01233 813414 or visiting www.newflyinghorsewye.co.uk.
4 The Griffins Head, Chillenden
The quintessential Kentish country pub situated between Canterbury and Deal, has sprawling wild roses, a lush green garden and pretty views: all adding up to the picture-perfect pub.
While inside it has beams and inglenook fireplaces, outside it has outdoor sofas, decking tables to dine on, and a tranquil pond to complete the scene.
Whether you fancy a Pimms in the garden, a flat white on the decking or a delicious meal, The Griffins Head has you covered.
Find it at Griffin Hill, Chillenden, Canterbury, CT3 1PS. Book by calling 01304 840325 or visit www.thegriffinshead.com.
5 The Castle Inn, Bodiam
Situated on the Kent/Sussex border and a stone’s throw from historic Bodiam Castle, the country pub is surrounded on three sides by countryside as far as the eye can see and is a special spot for a quite drink.
Its glorious garden offers views of the river and nearby Kent and East Sussex Railway, and is of such a size a helicopter has been known to land there.
The large terraced garden at the rear of the pub is the perfect place to take a breath of country air and try some freshly prepared food and exceptional Shepherd Neame ales.
Find The Castle Inn at Main Road, Bodiam, Robertsbridge, TN32 5UB. To book call 01580 830330 or visit www.castleinnbodiam.co.uk.
6 The George, Newnham
Nestled in the Kent countryside between Sittingbourne and Faversham, The George is full of character, dating back to 1540.
The pub, which was named Shepherd Neame’s Heart of the Community Pub of the Year 2022, is in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is surrounded by country walks.
It has a spacious, beautifully manicured garden at the rear, with live music regularly on offer throughout the summer, and stunning views across rolling countryside.
You can find The George at The Street, Newnham, ME9 0LL, or call 01795 890237. Book at
7 The Chestfield Barn, Whitstable
The quirky Grade II Listed building, instantly recognisable due to its thatched roof, is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Chestfield near Whitstable. It boasts an extensive terrace perfect for summer days and evenings, with features including a large pond filled with koi carp.
Relax in the ‘Barn’s Garden’, taking in the village scene, choosing from a delicious menu of light bites and pub classics including the famous Barn Burgers, perhaps accompanied by one of the extensive range of Shepherd Neame ales on offer.
Find The Chestfield Barn at Chestfield Road, Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3LU. Book by calling 01227 793086 or visiting www.thechestfieldbarn.co.uk.
About Shepherd Neame
Shepherd Neame has been based in the market town of Faversham, Kent for over 300 years. Perhaps best known for great British classic ales such as Spitfire Amber, which carries the Royal Warrant, its diverse portfolio includes Five Grain Lager, Bear Island East Coast Pale Ale and Bear Island Triple Hopped Lager, and the Whitstable Bay Collection. It also brews international lagers under licence including Samuel Adams Boston Lager and premium Thai lager Singha. The independent family business boasts an award-winning visitor centre and more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East, from the historic heart of the City to the Kent coastline.
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