By Rich Gabe
The winner of this year’s West Dorset CAMRA Pub Garden of the Year award is the Marquis of Lorne at Nettlecombe.
The Palmers Brewery pub, run by licencees Trace and Steve Brady, was a clear winner and beat off stiff competition, independently judged by a panel of CAMRA judges.
Situated half a mile from Powerstock, the 16th century inn has views across the valley toward Powerstock and Eggardon hill. The garden is split into various areas and is well kept throughout the year.
One of the main highlights acknowledged by the judges was the children’s play equipment and safe surroundings. The gardens are split into three main areas with outside benching and tables.
The pub frontage features rose bushes that are spectacular when in bloom. The gardens are bordered by evergreen bushes, and shrubs and the lawns are well kept, with a lot of love and attention to detail in the design and layout.
Herbaceous plants and vegetables for the kitchen are also cultivated in a separate area. There is a hidden small fairy garden that sometimes seems to magically re-locate under mysterious forces! All of these small touches make this garden a wonderful relaxing experience.
Trace Brady said, “We are all delighted at The Marquis to hear that we have received the award of West Dorset CAMRA’s Best Pub Garden. It was a great surprise and very much appreciated to be put forward and nominated for it, let alone win it. Thank you. We are pleased so many people enjoy our grounds and wish to thank Maggie and David for all their hard work and hours they spend keeping it in order for us.
“It really helps parents and adults to relax and enjoy our home-produced food and drink Palmers ale while the children are happy and having fun playing in the playground and fairy garden.”
West Dorset CAMRA chairman Dave Harris added, “We’re delighted to have the Marquis of Lorne selected as our Pub Garden of the Year.
“In this, our second year of running the competition, there were several strong contenders. We have had eight judges evaluating the gardens, and after their work the Marquis of Lorne came out a clear winner – very well done!”