Take advantage of the final summer days and the upcoming bank holiday with our guide to The Cotswolds best pub gardens. Francesca has done the hard work for you finding the very best al fresco country pubs to visit for delicious drinks and tasty plates…

The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood

Sun dappled and full of flourishing flowers and fragrant herbs, The Swan’s garden is reminiscent of the typical English countryside and is a tranquil environment for a glass of chilled rosé and a lovely lunch (they do amazing sourdough pizzas that are hand stretched then woodfired in the outdoor pizza oven as well as bistro food like steak sandwiches and a choice of salads), and if you fancy going for the whole bottle of rosé, check yourself into one of their unique, country chic rooms. Whether you want shade or full sun, The Swan has you covered (or not!)


The Back Lane Tavern, Woodstock

Tucked down – literally – a back lane, this tavern is usually teeming with locals from the surrounding gorgeous market town. Sit outside for a smaller bar menu or enjoy an alfresco drink before moving inside to dine from their fuller menu of charcuterie, cheeses and sharing plates. The Vietnamese rolls are definitely one to order but one you might want to keep to yourself – either that or order two!


The Double Red Duke, Bampton

The famous Double Red Duke country pub with rooms and spa needs little introduction. With an on-going schedule of special events including guest chef evenings and live music on the lawn, there is always something exciting going on here – in and out of their large and vibrant Cotswolds garden.


The Perch, Oxford

A true oasis, you would never know you were within a stones throw from Oxford city centre sat in The Perch’s spacious garden filled with picnic tables, ancient trees and a path down to the river. They also have a separate outdoor section with dining tables, a constantly updating specials menu and is sizeable enough to host private events such as weddings with an outdoor bar and secret garden. Order a limoncello spritz and extend summer by enjoying aperitivo hour in the sun. The Perch is truly a place to lose yourself for a few hours, either with loved ones, friends or just a good book.


The Bull, Charlbury

Recently reopened after acquiring new owners and an extensive refurb, The Bull has a great garden BBQ to order from while taking in the sunshine. There’s also a great Saturday market within walking distance and is soon to get a new neighbour in Daylesford’s latest impending opening of The Bell across the road.


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