Garden And Gardener

Everything for the Gardener and their Garden


by Diane - October 7th, 2016.
Filed under: Places to visit.


unnamedThe Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar in Bournemouth has beaten over 70 of the UK’s most vibrant and picturesque pubs to be crowned Britain’s Best Beer Garden 2016.

The winner received the highest number of votes in the competition organised by small and medium sized business insurance provider, SME Insurance (SMEi), which specialises in the pub and hospitality sector.

The Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar claimed the top spot, closely followed by theBelle Vue Tavern in Kent and the Maytime Inn in Oxford.  The general public voted for their favourite beer garden along with an independent judging panel, comprising industry experts from pub trade magazine The Morning Advertiser, the British Beer and Pub Association, and Two Thirsty Gardeners’ blog.

The winner and following Top 10 gallery of entries can be viewed in full at

  1. Chaplin’s & Cellar Bar – Bournemouth (winner)
  2. The Belle Vue Tavern – Ramsgate in Kent (2nd)
  3. The Maytime Inn – Asthall in Oxfordshire (3rd)
  4. The Queens Arms  – Somerset (finalist)
  5. Barley Mow – Portsmouth (finalist)
  6. Badger & Co – Edinburgh (finalist)
  7. The Johnson Arms – Nottingham (finalist)
  8. The Old Horse – Leicester (finalist)
  9. The Kings Head – Laxfield in Suffolk (finalist)
  10. Black Bull Inn – Preston (finalist)

In addition to being crowned Britain’s Best Beer Garden 2016, Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar will receive a professional photo shoot of their pub garden, a commemorative plaque to mark their achievement and vouchers up to £500to use towards treating their staff. The two runners-up will also receive both a plaque and vouchers.

Jonathan Webber, Commercial Director of SMEi commented: “We would like to raise a glass to Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar on winning this prestigious accolade and wowing both the general public and our independent panel of judges with what is a truly eye-catching beer garden. Competition was fierce, with all ten finalists deserving high praise for making it such a close-run battle.

“The quality of entries was very high and simply underlines how much time and effort publicans put into creating a memorable beer garden. The standard has been set for next year!”

Daniel Woolfson, Food & Drink Writer for The Morning Advertiser and competition judge, commented: “I had to choose Chaplin’s because there is something overwhelmingly endearing about the mock stained glass decorations and out-there wall murals. It even looks like the set of a David Lynch film.”

Nick Moyle, Director for Two Thirsty Gardeners and competition judge, also said: “We were highly impressed by Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar’s creative use of interesting paraphernalia, with a good mix of healthy looking plants. I can imagine meeting some great characters over a few pints in this garden.”

SMEi provides a wide range of specialist commercial insurance products specifically designed to meet the needs of a wide range of sectors, including the pub trade industry. For further information,