Greene King #SpringCleanCompetition

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Written by: Pub Partners Team
Date added: Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:00

Please note that this competition is now closed. Congratulations to all our winners, especially The Cott Inn, Dartington who won the overall prize.

This Friday, 12th May, is the deadline for our #SpringCleanCompetition where we’ve been encouraging everyone to spruce up their pub gardens ready for the summer trade. With £3,000 up for grabs for the overall winner, and cash prizes for regional winners and runners up, there’s still time to get your entry in.

All you need to do is give your outdoor areas a good spring clean and then send before and after pictures to by Friday. We’ve been sharing some of the entries so far on the Pub Partners Facebook to provide some inspiration – have a look here to see what other Greene King pubs have achieved.

You don’t have to enter the competition to have a winning pub garden. Get your garden in shape now and you’ll have the whole summer to impress your customers and reap the rewards of having this valuable trading space. Here are our top tips for preparing your pub garden for the season ahead:

Getting Your Pub Garden In Shape

1. Tidy Up and Spruce Up

Whatever your plans for your pub garden this summer, everyone needs to get the basics right. That means clearing dead leaves and rubbish, weeding flowerbeds and planters, cutting grass, pruning shrubs, jet washing patio areas and decking, and repairing or replacing any outdoor fixtures and fittings. Give any painted surfaces a lick of new paint too, giving them a quick face lift.

2. Update Outdoor Furniture

As well as checking the general state of repair of your tables, chairs, benches and another seating, updating your outdoor furniture is a relatively easy way of transforming your pub garden. If you don’t want to change the layout and hard landscaping, new furniture instantly looks fresh and modern.

3. Planters And Hanging Baskets

Another quick fix is to introduce some large planters and hanging baskets, planted up with flowering plants or foliage. You’ll need to make sure regular watering is on the rota of jobs to ensure they look great throughout the season.

4. Plan Your Food Service For The Garden

The additional trading space of a beer garden is great for increasing the number of covers you do during the summer, but you do need to ensure food service works effectively. If there isn’t easy access from the kitchen to the garden it can be difficult to manage. Many pubs are adding an outside kitchen and bar to cater for their customers, or designing a beer garden menu of quick, easy meals ideal for serving outside.

5. Coping With The British Weather

While we all hope for warm, sunny weather we also have to have a contingency plan. Adding some covered, even heated, areas will weather proof your pub garden. We love these huts at The Rose & Crown, Egham and The Black Boy, Shinfield.

6. Looking After Younger Customers

For many customers the warmer weather is an opportunity to go out as a whole family and take children out for meal. An outdoor play area that allows parents to enjoy a drink while watching their children play is ideal: keeping everyone happy.

We’ve got our fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us this year and give all our pub landlords a great summer. Even if you don’t enter our #SpringCleanCompetition we would still love to see your pub garden. Share on our Facebook page or email