West Yorkshire pub crowned best beer garden

By Emily Hawkins contact

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Blooming marvellous: the Foxglove in Kirkburton was awarded the best beer garden title by its chain, Vintage Inns
Blooming marvellous: the Foxglove in Kirkburton was awarded the best beer garden title by its chain, Vintage Inns

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A West Yorkshire village pub has been given the title of best beer garden by its chain owner Vintage Inns.

The country pub brand hosted the Marvellous Vintage Inns Garden competition to find the pub which had made the best use of its outdoors space.

A judging panel voted unanimously for the Foxglove in Kirkburton, a 19th-century countryside pub adorned with fuchsia flowers

The prize was a Fever Tree garden kit.

Louise Grundy, licensee at the Foxglove said: “We are proud of the garden here at the Foxglove and take pride in maintaining it to ensure it is welcoming and enjoyable for all our guests.

“We like to think it is the perfect place for people to stop for a refreshing drink after a hard day’s work or a long walk in the countryside.”

Ideal garden

Graham Bird, national operations director at commercial landscapers Ground Control and a member of the judging panel, said: “The Foxglove is an outstanding example of what we consider to be the ideal beer garden.

“All of the judges commented on how the pub sits in an especially picturesque landscape, including well-groomed shrubs, a grass area and hanging baskets.

“It is a welcoming space which is full of pristine greenery and seating – offering an outdoor area that delights both locals and visitors to the area alike.”

Regional winners

Twelve regional prizes were also awarded by the panel.

The regional winners were: the Mermaid, in Wolverhampton; the Three Legged Cross, in Wimborne, Dorset; the Church Mouse, in Chester le Street, County Durham; The Sandpiper, in Ormskirk, Lancashire; the Windhover, in Northampton; the Friars Oak, in Hassocks, West Sussex; the Kings Head, in Billericay, Essex; the Cheshire Cat, in Chester; the Hedgehog, in Lichfield, Staffordshire; the Curlew, in Bournemouth; the Bumble Bee, in Gloucester; and the Stables, in Glasgow.

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