Article by Alasdair Hooper: A historic Billericay pub has been recognised as having one of the best beer gardens in the UK.
The King’s Head, situated on the A129, has been crowned regional winner of The Marvellous Vintage Inns Garden Competition for Essex.
The contest, which began in April and is run by national pub chain Vintage Inns, aimed to find the very best spots where the British public could enjoy their favourite drink in the summer sun.
The judges unanimously voted for The King’s Head thanks to its perfectly manicured displays, ample seating and beautifully kept lawns. To celebrate their achievement, the pub secured a Fever Tree garden kit.
Dating back to 1750, The King’s Head was once a major stopping point for travellers journeying between Rochford and Brentwood.
The pub would serve refreshments and even to this day it continues to offer a welcoming outdoor environment for those enjoying the nearby countryside. General manager Michael Breitsprecher at The King’s Head:
“We are proud of the garden here at The King’s Head and take pride in maintaining it to ensure it is welcoming and enjoyable for all our guests,” said landlord Michael Breitsprecher. We like to think it is the perfect place for people to stop for a refreshing drink after a hard day’s work or a long walk in the countryside.”
The King's Head has one of the best beer gardens in the UK
Graham Bird, national operations director at Ground Control and a member of the judging panel, said:
“The King’s Head is an outstanding example of what we consider to be the ideal beer garden. It is a welcoming space which is full of pristine greenery and seating – offering an outdoor area that delights both locals and visitors to the area alike.”
Other Vintage Inns sites across Essex include The Robin Hood in Clacton-On-Sea, The Crown in Colchester and The Fowler's Farm in Braintree.
For more information about Vintage Inns, visit www.vintageinn.co.uk, or to find out about special events at your local venue search for the pub on Facebook.
Article by Alasdair Hooper, Essex Live