While we can still just about enjoy the last dregs of summer, take advantage of some of the splendid and marvelous pub gardens to be found in these sceptered isles. I’ve been gathering a few for you, some I’ve even been in!
Gardens can be spectacular, but the pub really excels at hanging baskets. They’re just amazing. Luckily for us city folk, many of the best are right here in London, but you can bet on a country pub to be resplendent at this time of year. The winner might just be The Churchill Arms in Notting Hill.
So much for the battle of the baskets. What about the gardens? Actually, the best I have ever been to is The Harrow Inn, Steep, Hampshire. I cannot even find a picture that begins to do their garden justice, but only hints at it. The garden is packed with color and goes on for days. You can even buy plants in the forecourt.