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Best Country Pubs for the Summer and Alfresco Dining

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Knight Frank
London and Country specialist property buying agents
14 Aug 2017  |   Jonathan Bramwell

Our Cotswold and Southern Teams recommend some of the best pubs in their areas to visit if escaping to the countryside this summer.

The Cotswolds

The Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote, Oxfordshire/Gloucestershire borders

Smart pub with great food and four attractive bedrooms which lies between pretty market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and Burford in the heart of the Cotswolds and within a few miles of Kingham station. It boasts a summer dining terrace and large garden with stunning views over Evenlode Valley towards Daylesford and Chipping Norton.

Barnsley House Hotel, Barnsley, Gloucestershire

Formal or informal dining with the added advantage of pampering opportunities in the Barnsley Hotel spa.  The restaurant at Barnsley caters for those wanting to avoid under 14-year-olds while you take in the beauty of the hotel’s gardens which were designed and landscaped by the prolific garden designer and horticulturist Rosemary Verey.

 The Village Pub, Barnsley, Gloucestershire

If you want a more informal atmosphere to the above, venture down the road to The Village Pub which has its own courtyard dining area.  Both are part of the Calcot Manor collection and only a few miles from Cirencester.

The Bell, Sapperton, Gloucestershire

Pretty village pub within a few miles of Cirencester and a good place to venture after the polo at Cirencester Park or having enjoyed the lovely walks which surround the village. Garden and tables at the front of the pub.

The Swan, Southrop, Gloucestershire

The Swan is a quintessential village pub that is part of Thyme and Southrop Manor Estate.  It has two courtyard gardens designed by Bunny Guinness one of which caters for large private parties so makes for a perfect spot for a summer family celebration.


The Star Inn, Sparsholt, Oxfordshire

Locally-sourced food and good cooking in this country pub with tables in the garden near Wantage. They also do B&B.

The Blowing Stone, Kingston Lisle, Oxfordshire

Having undergone a successful upgrade with a new landlord, this friendly pub with rooms near Wantage has become popular with the racing community, locals and weekenders alike. A particular magnet is their Sunday evenings where they organise a live music and pizza night–a wrist band for the evening buys unlimited slices of the pizzas which are made in their outdoor oven.

Rossini at the Leathern Bottel, Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

This is a restaurant rather than a pub but it serves terrific Italian food in a wonderful riverside setting.

The Angel on the Bridge, Henley, Oxfordshire

As Henley’s only pub on the river, the riverside terrace is a popular and bustling and a great spot to watch the world go by on a summer evening.

The Trout Inn, Godstow, Oxfordshire

A perennial favourite, this riverside pub on the edge of Oxford has been a popular haunt for decades.

The Five Horseshoes, Maidensgrove, Oxfordshire

A traditional English pub serving good food with a pretty garden overlooking a wonderful hidden valley.

Berkshire & Wiltshire

The Queens Arms, East Garston, Berkshire

Popular pub in a pretty village not far from Hungerford which has greatly improved over the past year. It has a large south-facing terrace and garden. They have rooms, a private dining area, and covered areas outside with screens for those who smoke or sports enthusiasts. There is also a safe area for children to play.

The Millstream, Marden, Wiltshire

With a great community spirit, this pub is the focus of this pretty village. It is family run and lies in the pretty the Pewsey Vale not far from Marlborough with a lovely beer garden set on the banks of the River Avon.

The Outside Chance, Manton, Wiltshire

Owned by a team including champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy and a London nightclub impresario, who invested his winnings from his race horse finishing first in a 100-1 race at Leicester, this is a traditional pub just outside Marlborough with a pretty garden.

The Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

Michelin-starred pub with five rooms (The Troutbeck Inn) in an attractive village just south of Pewsey. There is a garden, a private dining room and, of course, excellent food much of which is made in house—from the lime cordial to the ketchup.

The Swan, Wilton, Wiltshire

Very much the hub of this pretty village south of Hungerford, the pub is known locally for its excellent modern English menu which is very seasonal. There is a garden which runs down to the picturesque village pond.

Hampshire and West Sussex

The Noah’s Ark, Lurgashall, West Sussex

Idyllic setting overlooking the village pond and cricket green with tables outside in a cottage garden.

The Bush Inn, Ovington, Hampshire

This is a traditional 17th century pub set on the banks of the River Itchen where there is a pretty garden.

The Thomas Lord, West Meon, Hampshire

Traditional village pub with a beautiful garden and an abundant vegetable garden.

The Gamekeepers, Mapledurwell

The large pub garden offers views over green fields and the menu features excellent locally-sourced ingredients.

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