Published: 18:08, 17 April 2021
| Updated: 18:25, 17 April 2021
A new contender for Kent's best pub garden may have just entered the fray.
As the county basked in some welcome sunshine on the first weekend since the easing of lockdown restrictions, there were plenty of places to cool off with an ice cold pint.
Earlier today, we asked readers to send in their suggestions for the best pub gardens to revel in (sensibly) and we have been inundated with responses.
It was prompted by our article showcasing the stunning setting at the Rose in Bloom in Seasalter, near Whitstable, which has been created to cater for a post-pandemic world of outdoor dining.
Landlord Steve Prigg - who has run the pub for 25 years - has invested heavily in making the garden a drinkers' paradise.
A newly-built pathway lined with eye-catching plants leads customers to their tables, which enjoy views over the Swale estuary, out towards Sheppey.
But now a new contender for the best beer garden on the block may have just entered the fray.
Just a short drive from Ashford International station, and the McArthurGlen designer shopping outlet, is The Beaver Inn.
Outside, the garden has recently been given a facelift and now features a patio, decked seating, water feature, and a refurbished children’s play area.
"I believe the Beaver Inn in Ashford has an exceptional garden," said pub goer Paul Fothergill.
"The landlord Mark, and his wife Jane have spent all of the lockdown making it a wonderful place to be, with outdoor booths with TVs in, phone charging points and an array of amazing plants and flowers. It genuinely has to be seen to be believed."
Another response signposted the Banks Nightclub in Maidstone, which has recently reopened its outdoor garden and now includes a heated marque.
The George Inn in Trottiscliffe, near West Malling, and The Little Brown Jug off Chiddingstone Causeway, Tonbridge, also came with glowing recommendations.
If you're looking for something slightly left field we've been assured the garden at the Western themed The Dancing Dog Saloon in Sheppey Way, Sittingbourne, packs a punch.
Of course, the balmy Spring sunshine does not come with a guarantee.
In any event, the garden at The Yarrow, Broadstairs, which was refurbished last year, is also a good bet for some al fresco style dining.
It also features lovely planters, new furniture and heaters so is well equipped for the chilly and interchangeable British weather.
There's also a new garden menu with some tasty seafood delicacies and indulgent chocolate options.
But are these the best pubs in Kent? Email pictures of your favourite to email@example.com
To read the Secret Drinker’s pub reviews click here.