GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Pub Garden 2023 sponsored by Diageo

By The Morning Advertiser

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Green thumb: a number of the locals get involved in keeping on top of gardening at the Gaggle of Geese
Green thumb: a number of the locals get involved in keeping on top of gardening at the Gaggle of Geese

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A freehouse pub in rural Dorset wowed the judges with its myriad of activities in its outdoor area, making it the worthy winner of the Best Pub Garden award.

With five acres of garden, the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton has something for everyone in its outside space.

The spacious external area is home to pygmy goats as well as a crazy golf course and play bus – a soft play inside a double decker bus.

Outdoor activities

But that’s not all. It also hosts a ping-pong shack and ice cream parlour for guests to enjoy whatever the weather. In fact, the pub also has a tipi outside that hosts live music and events undercover. This is in addition to serving wood-fired pizza from its airstream.

The pub’s camping set up means it has some 90 more guests, in addition to those in the bar and restaurant area inside.

Its camping offer includes three shepherd’s huts, featuring king-sized beds, wood-burning stoves and bathroom facilities.

Camping offer

There are also bell tents available for guests to stay in comfort alongside plenty of space for those who want to bring their own tents.

Sustainability is also a key area of the operation with a plethora of produce grown on site and used in dishes alongside letting a number of areas outside grow wild, allowing wildlife to nest and insects to pollinate.

Future plans include looking to expand the events side of the business, providing a perfect place for special occasions such as weddings to be celebrated.

Full list of 2023 GBPA winners:

Great British Pub of the Year 2023 – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best City/Urban Pub – the Turks Head, Twickenham, Greater London

Best Country/Rural Pub – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best Pub for Food – the Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

Best Pub for Dogs – the Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

Best Pub for Families – the Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Best Pub for Entertainment – the Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, south east London

Best Pub Garden – Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset

Best Pub to Watch Sport – the Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

Best Sustainable Pub – Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Best Pub Chef – Charlotte Vincent, Candlelight Inn, Chard, Somerset

Best Young Pub Chef – Karl Quirante, the Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Community Hero – the Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester

Admiral Pub of the Year – Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Stonegate Pub of the Year – the Woodman, Ruislip, north west London

Greene King Pub of the Year – the Stag, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Marston’s Pub of the Year – Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire

Punch Pub of the Year – the Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire

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