When was the last time you sipped on a pint while a stream trickled along beside you? The Crown Inn is an ancient pub in a pretty little Isle of Wight village, and its garden means you can plonk yourself down on one of the stream-side tables and throw bits of your lunch to the trout that call it home.
The dovecote-topped island in the middle of the stream makes a pretty view for those dining al fresco, and it’s full of doves that spend their days preening and cooing. Most of the garden sits in the shade of a looming willow tree, and those tables not in its shelter benefit from parasols on sunny summer’s days. Cross the bridge to the other side of the stream and you’ll find a larger car park, or just enjoy the views of this typically English garden while you’re on the island.
It’s difficult to find a better example of a real English country pub than The Crown Inn, and it was even voted the island’s ‘Best Pub for Walkers’ in a survey conducted by Wightlink. There’s an open fire for those who visit during the winter, and the garden also includes a Wendy house and swings for children.