Easter comes early in 2024, so we hope the warmer weather will too! With that in mind, we thought now was the perfect time to discuss what makes the perfect pub garden. At Fairland, we’ve worked in hospitality and leisure refurbishment for over three decades. We work with some fabulous designers to create stunning interiors. But we also work with the same professionals to carry out fast-track pub garden refurbishments!
One of our most recent projects at the Pontcanna Inn in Cardiff included a lovely new garden scheme. We used plenty of natural wood, which, together with abundant greenery, has transformed a former car park into a usable outside drinking area.
Before discussing what makes the perfect pub garden, we thought we would explore why outside areas are so popular with your patrons.
Why are pub gardens popular in the Great British Pub?
Despite our often inclement weather, UK pub gardens are the ultimate weekend (or weekday) destination for many of the country’s pub-goers. In fact, our unpredictable weather means that customers cherish any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Pub gardens offer a chance to soak up the sunshine on brighter days. However, they also allow us to embrace the Great British spirit by braving the elements with a pint under a canopy or umbrella.
You’ll find many pub gardens in picturesque settings, such as countryside villages, coastal towns, or historic city centres. This adds to the appeal of the experience and allows patrons to enjoy beautiful views, lush greenery, or charming surroundings while indulging in food and drink.
Finally, pub gardens are often family-friendly, welcoming children and pets, adding to their popularity.
The perfect outdoor area.
Deciding what features to include in your pub garden refurbishments will depend on your location and clientele. However, as a rule of thumb, you should consider several features. Listed below are some elements that can make your pub garden the perfect outdoor area.
A Space to Relax:
A great pub garden should offer plenty of seating options for different group sizes and preferences. This can include traditional wooden benches, individual tables and chairs, cosy nooks, and perhaps even some comfortable outdoor sofas or loungers.
A View to Enjoy:
A garden with lush greenery, flowers, and trees or shrubs will enhance the ambience, provide a pleasant backdrop and create different zones, providing areas that attract different groups of patrons.
A Place to Shelter:
Given the UK’s unpredictable weather, providing adequate shelter from rain and wind is essential. This might include covered areas, retractable awnings, umbrellas, or even heated outdoor spaces and pods to keep customers warm during cooler evenings.
A Place in the Evenings:
Lighting plays a crucial role in creating ambience, especially during the evenings. Fairy lights, lanterns, or strategically placed lamps can transform your pub’s garden into a cosy and inviting space after dark.
A Place to Order:
Customer convenience is essential. So, having an outdoor bar or service area where customers can easily order drinks and food without going inside the pub is a definite plus. It enhances the outdoor experience and reduces congestion inside the pub.