Dorset Pub Gardens Receive Awards
11:51am 10th September 2014
Two Dorset pubs have been rewarded for their pristine pub gardens.
The Marquis of Lorne at Nettlecombe and the George Inn at Chideock have been named as winner and runner-up respectively of this year's Pub Garden in Bloom competition, run by the Palmers brewery.
Judges praised the Marquis of Lorne for its excellent presentation and the sheer effort put into the garden by owners Steve and Trace Brady. The site includes a new play-area, mini-woodland work and horse-hitching posts.
The George Inn, owned by Steve and Emma Smith, was credited for getting the most out of a small patio area and using it to good effect for a series of quirky and popular events - including the World Garlic Eating Competition, which is due to take place once again this weekend.
A special mention was given to the Lord Nelson in Bridport, and its landlord Alan Campbell. The pub has almost doubled its turnover since installing a new courtyard area last year.
Trace Brady, landlady of The Marquis of Lorne, says the garden is important in attracting visitors to her pub.
"It gives a great first impression when customers turn up and see it looking so pretty, and the playground is so popular with families At the same time, people who want a quiet pint can sit out the front and enjoy the lovely setting.'