Bournemouth bar wins title of Britain’s best beer garden


Chaplins The Cellar Bar Bournemouth garden

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar in Bournemouth has beaten other bars and pubs across the country 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 hospitality sector.

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar claimed the top spot, closely followed by the Belle Vue Tavern in Ramsgate in Kent and the Maytime Inn in Oxford. The top 10 finalists also included Badger & Co in Edinburgh (pictured below).

The general public voted for their favourite beer garden along with an independent judging panel from the industry.

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar will receive a professional photo shoot of their garden, a commemorative plaque to mark their achievement and vouchers up to £500 to use towards treating their staff. The two runners-up also receive a plaque and vouchers.

Jonathan Webber, commercial director of SMEi, said: “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 10 finalists deserving high praise for making it such a close-run battle.”

Britain’s Best Beer Gardens 2016

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

Badger & Co Edinburgh

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