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The Akeman Pub »

Winner of best designed pub in England gets a garden to match! This was the outside space to the recently refurbished restaurant at the Akeman Pub in Tring. 


before image of the akeman pub garden

This was the outside space to a recently refurbished restaurant. 

The building’s interior had been finished to a very high standard and although the garden had been constructed at the same time, it did not have the same level of finish as the inside and certainly did not maximise its considerable potential to attract customers. 

An uninspiring decked area surrounded by dull grey granite sett paving, with overgrown planting in a single raised bed hardly reflected the efforts made inside to make this a welcoming destination. 



The main aim of the redesign was to increase the value of the garden to the business and, in so doing, create a space that was both warm and welcoming, and in tune with the restaurant’s interiors.








after image of the akeman pub garden

To this end an outdoor fireplace was designed to create both physical warmth and a draw to passers-by, as it could be seen through the archway leading to the road. 


Materials similar to those on the inside were used in the construction to achieve flow between the two spaces. 

A feeling of intimacy was created by subtly dividing the long corridor-like space with moveable, bespoke hardwood slatted screens, and the neighbouring building’s fire escapes and bin stores were disguised with contemporary planting. 


after image showing the water feature

Finally a sparkling water feature was added to the raised bed, which not only introduces the pleasing element of sound, but is also spectacular when lit up at night. 





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