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5 of the best pub gardens in The Cotswolds

Whilst many local pubs in The Cotswolds lend themselves to cosy Sunday roasts around an open fire, with flagstone floors, muddy wellies and even muddier dogs, others come into their own in summer months, with river frontage gardens, sun-drenched terraces and the perfect spaces for some ‘socially distanced’, outdoor dining this summer. We’ve put together a round-up of our five favourite pub gardens in The Cotswolds this week, from award-winning design to children’s activities and the best view...

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Maytime Inn, Burford
The 17th century Maytime Inn near Burford has stunning views across the rolling Oxfordshire countryside from its award-winning garden. There’s plenty to keep all ages entertained, including an outdoor gin bar (with regular gin tasting nights), a boules pitch and live music when restrictions allow. On the menu this summer are locally sourced meats, Mediterranean inspired sharing platters and plenty of ‘pub favourites’ with a modern, homemade twist to keep all the family happy.

The Old Swan and Minster Mill, Minster Lovell (main pic)
The Old Swan in Minster Lovell has reopened its picturesque pub gardens for relaxed drinks and ‘picnic boxes’ this month, while across the road their sister site, the newly renovated Minster Mill hotel has reopened offering a more grown-up al fresco dining terrace on the banks of the River Windrush (main pic). This September they are offering a ‘fish and dine’ experience, where after a morning fishing on their own private stretch of the river, you can enjoy a gourmet picnic, rustled up by the in-house chefs.

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The Ebrington Arms
We have shared our love for The Ebrington Arms in our winter journal post on ‘the best country pubs in The Cotswolds’ – and whilst it is cosy and characterful inside, the Victorian walled garden is the perfect spot to enjoy their award-winning menu (voted The Good Pub Guide’s 'Country Dining Pub of the Year 2019') and home-crafted ales. There are plenty of great walks that could conveniently start or end at their front door, including popular Broadway Tower and the National Trust’s Hidcote Gardens.

The Trout Inn, Lechlade
There aren’t many pubs that you can arrive by boat, but The Trout Inn in Lechlade offers exactly that. There’s a great wild swimming spot at Buscott Weir too (read our full guide here), if you fancy a quick dip to cool off before lunch. The home-cooked, honest country menu is all cooked to order by proprietor Penny, with plenty of local ales and ciders to quench your thirst as you watch the tooing and froing on the river as you dine.

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The Perch, Oxford
Another great riverside location, on a beautiful stretch of the River Thames is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs, The Perch. After a stroll across Port Meadow, relax in the shade of the ancient willows with a Pimms in hand in their most quintessentially English of spots. There is a real focus on ‘farmhouse fayre’, with a fantastic Ploughmans and homemade pies, puddings and preserves. If you’re looking for a lighter bite, their summer seafood and salads are perfect for al fresco lunches, washed down by one of their famous garden cocktails from their ‘Shed Bar’.