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Four of the best Exmoor beer gardens

With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner the sun has been out on Exmoor this week.
We’ve been enjoying it here at Duddings Somerset holiday cottages and have spent plenty of time out and about in the sun.
We’ve been keeping busy with some lovely walks and some gardening, so with a bank holiday at the end of the week we’ve decided to relax and spend some time in some of Exmoor’s best beer gardens.
We thought we’d take a look at four of the best and share our findings with visitors to our website, so others can head out to the best pubs on the moor for an al fresco beer.

The Black Venus, Challacombe

The pub of choice for Challacombe locals is believed to be the only one in Britain to have this unusual name.
The old stone-built pub is set in a wonderful location within Exmoor National Park and is charming inside, with the pub’s 16th century low ceilings and beams adding character to a warm environment.
But never mind inside, you’ll want to be outside this summer with record long periods of sunny weather forecast.
You can enjoy that weather with a circular Exmoor dog walks from the pub, through Challacombe and across the river Bray before heading back for a pint of cider or Exmoor Gold in the Black Venus’ well-maintained and beautiful beer garden.

Culbone Inn, Porlock

The Culbone is renowned in North and Mid Devon and Somerset as a real foodie’s pub, serving delicious seasonal fare all year round.
But it’s in the spring and summer it comes into its own, with guests able to relax and unwind while enjoying stunning views of the moor.
The outdoor dining area offers spectacular views to go with the spectacular food - this is definitely the pub to visit for an outdoor evening meal and fine dining experience.

The Hunters Inn, Heddon Valley

The Hunters is famously known as a walkers’ pub, sitting at the top of the Heddon Valley and at the start of a fantastic walk towards the spectacular Heddon’s Mouth beach.
With hundreds of walkers visiting in hiking gear and with dogs every day during the spring and summer the pub has plenty of use for outdoor drinking areas, which is why it has two large beer gardens.
Styled as a Swiss Chalet, the pub doesn’t just offer gardens to sit in. Its extensive gardens have been designed to fit in with the natural beauty of the Heddon Valley and its lawns, lakes and shrubs don’t disappoint

The Poltimore Arms, Yarde Down

The Poltimore Arms is one of the most unusual, yet most traditional, of Exmoor’s many inns – and conforms to many of the stereotypes and views some uninformed Exmoor outsiders often have!
The pub is so isolated it doesn’t have mains electricity and has to rely on a generator to power its lighting and kitchen equipment.
On entering the pub it seems as if you’ve stepped back in time to a 19th century cottage, albeit with a small bar in the corner.
But despite its somewhat spartan appearance the pub oozes character and that’s never more evident than in the beer garden, which offers views over miles and miles of lush moorland.
If you’re able to ignore the throb of the generator it’s an incredibly relaxing and authentic experience.

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