The UK’s ‘smallest beer garden’ has been crowned and it’s a tight squeeze


A micro pub’s outdoor drinking area, which contains two deckchairs and a table, has been crowned the ‘Smallest Beer Garden’ in the UK.

The New Inn, in Yarm, Teesside, was given the title by Capital Breakfast, with landlord Ross Buchanan saying it was “probably the proudest moment” of his life.

Radio show presenter Roman Kemp awarded the boozer a cup after it was able to fulfil jokey criteria including “a wonky table, mismatching coasters and at least two plants”.

The bijou bar was nominated by local listener Sam Riggs, reports Teesside Live.

DJ Roman, 28, told his listeners: “All of this week I’ve absolutely loved what you’ve been sending in, because you’ve really been helping us out, we’ve been trying to find the UK’s smallest pub garden.

“And I think, at the very last minute, guys, we may have a winner!”

He asked Ross: “What is genuinely, the official capacity you can allow in The New Inn’s pub garden?”

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The New Inn landlord Ross Buchanan was delighted with the win
The New Inn landlord Ross Buchanan was delighted with the win

“Are you ready?” Ross said, “officially, by law, is two people.

Ronan replies: “Two people! Congratulations, you guys have actually done it, you are holder of the smallest pub garden in the UK. Well done! That is so good.

“That’s amazing thank you,” an ecstatic Ross responded, “I love that, thank you.”

When asked by co-host Sian Welby if this was one of his proudest moments, Ross replied: “This is probably the proudest moment of my life!”

Ross opened The New Inn, which is Yarm’s first micro pub, in a former chocolate shop last summer.

He wanted to bring “something a bit different” to other pubs in the town.

Pubs and restaurants across England were allowed to re-open on April 12 for outdoor drinking and al fresco dining as part of the latest lifting of lockdown restrictions.

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