Here are the best pub gardens in England – just in time for the bank holiday scorcher

And what better way to celebrate than to head to one of England's most glorious pub gardens.

While pubs provide a cosy cover during the winter months, there's nothing better than sipping a cold pint in the garden on a hot summer's day.

Us Brits pretty much happy with any stretch of grass as long as the sun is shining, but some gardens are definitely better than others.

Here, Editor of the Good Beer Guide, Roger Protz, shares his top English pub gardens.

Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire

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The onus at The Bell is on everything traditional

A 15th century property that has been in the same family continuously since the 18th century – the decor hasn't changed much since then either.

Roger said: "This is what British boozers are meant to be: cozy, ancient and rustic.

Owned by the same family for over 250 years, with a building dating back to the 13th century, the onus at The Bell is on everything traditional – so much so that mobile phones are banned inside.

"The pretty garden leads on to the village cricket pitch and is the perfect spot for a refreshing pint."

Cambridge Blue, Cambridge

A backstreet pub with an enormous amount of traditional ale and the more modern craft beer behind the bar.

Roger said: "Beer connoisseurs unite – The Cambridge Blue is your heaven. With an enormous selection of proper beers in bottles, kegs and casks.

"And its garden? With memorable views over the sprawling Mill Road cemetery, it's one of the city's best spots for a beverage, especially at sun down."

Blisland Inn, Blisland, Cornwall

A village pub and former CAMRA national award winner – this pub's dedication to serving a variety of ale has seen it sell more than 2,500 types.

Roger said: "The friendly pub landlord at the Blisland Inn is nicknamed King Buddha due to his laid back charm.

"With a garden that's actually the village green, this old-fashioned pub on the edge of Bodmin moor has a weekly rotating beer selection and has won the Camra award for best pub multiple times."

Drunken Duck Inn, Barngate, Cumbria

A micro brewery pub in the hills near Ambleside, but up in the hills, with views over the Lake District – here they get the water to make their beer.

Guests can also stay overnight.

Roger said: "Not strictly a garden, but the benches at the front of the Drunken Duck Inn in Barngate offer such dramatic views of the Lake District Fells, they're worth a mention."

Exeter Inn, Ashburton, Devon

The Exeter Inn has nearly 900 years of history behind it – it was here that Sir Walter Raleigh was arrested after the death of Elizabeth l in 1603, before being taken to the Tower Of London for imprisonment.

Roger said: "Built in 1130, the Exeter Inn is the oldest pub in Ashburton, and allegedly was the regular water hole of both Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.

"Order a crisp local Thomstones cider and be charmed by the secluded walled garden out back."

Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset

This Grade II listed pub that was once a haven for smugglers was built from two cottages in the 18th century, and the building also houses a museum of local fossils.

Home pressed traditional cider made by the owner is a favourite among guests.

Roger said: "Exquisite views, check; award-winning cider served through a hatch, check; fossil museum, er check.

"The front garden at Dorset's Square and Compass looks out on the English Channel, making it the best seat in the house."

Red Lion, Kirby-le-Soken, Essex

Located in a quiet, North-Essex village, The Red Lion in Kirby-le-Soken is a newly refurbished 14th century public house and restaurant.

Roger said: "For the perfect family-friendly pub garden, Essex has the answer.

The Red Lion, a beautifully renovated 14th century pub, has one of the finest beer gardens in the country with a large children's play area."

Boat Inn, Ashleworth, Gloucestershire

The Boat Inn is an award winning country pub located on the west bank of the River Severn at Ashleworth in Gloucestershire, serving  10 real ales and 20 real ciders, served straight from the cask.

Roger said: "Another traditional old pub, this time with views over the River Severn from its garden and ten delicious ciders on tap."

Flowerpots Inn, Cheriton, Hampshire

The award-winning Flower Pots Inn and Flower Pots Brewery lies in the village of Cheriton in the county of Hampshire.

Roger said: "You'll find this gem of a pub – complete with its own brewery in the quaint village of Cheriton, close to the National Trust property, Hinton Ampner.

The garden is dotted with trees for shade and boasts views over the glorious Hampshire countryside."

Crooked Billet, Colney Heath, Hertfordshire

Roger said: "If you like darts, good-value grub and Arsenal football club, you'll love this boozer.

With a large garden featuring children's play area, and a footie mad landlord, everyone's welcome in this laid-back traditional pub."

Fur & Feather Inn, Woodbastwick, Norfolk

A country pub with a thatched roof close to the Norfolk Broads.

Roger said: "In the picturesque village of Woodbastwick, this pleasing boozer is right next to the Woodforde's real ale brewery – where punters can enjoy organised tours."

Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire

In the Cotswold village of Hook Norton, this traditional pub offers wooden beams, wood burning stove, with a full range of Hook Norton cask ale and crafty keg on tap.

Roger said: "The pretty 18th century pub, which also serves as the Brewery tap, is ideally located for use by the many walkers who pass by or visitors to the Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre."

Sussex Ox, Milton Street, Sussex

A country pub with its own organic farm, serving local food and drink.

Their beef comes from their own herd of cattle, the lamb comes from their own flock of sheep, with potatoes, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden.

Roger said: "Is it a pub? Is it a farm? Actually it's both.

"The Sussex Ox is a stylish wood-beamed pub and restaurant with a gorgeous sun trap garden to boot. With views to the south, west and north over the Sussex downs."

Hart's Head Hotel, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire

A recently refurbished stone-and-brick inn with a traditional bar and restaurant,  in the North West Yorkshire Dales

This is a popular place to stay for hikers.

Roger said: "For views over the Yorkshire dales with your pint, it has to be the Hart's Head."

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