Cambs pub with lush beer garden and nearby walking trails up for a national award

The Three Hills pub in Bartlow
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The Great British Pub Awards decide the best pubs across several categories every year. The categories include Best Pub for Dogs, Best Pub for Beer, Best Sustainable Pub and Best Pub to Watch Sport, amongst others. This year The Three Hills in Bartlow, Cambridge is a finalist for Best Pub Garden.

The Three Hills is a multiple award-winning gastropub that boasts a sun terrace and covered patio, softly lit with festoon lights. The beer garden is scattered with picnic tables along a lush grassy stretch.

It is dog-friendly, offers luxury accommodation and has been the site of numerous weddings. In partnership with the Enchanted Cinema, the pub will be hosting outdoor cinema nights this summer, featuring films like La La Land and Wonka. There will also be live music.

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The pub is the starting point of two walking trails. The first is the Three Hills Walk which takes you through the local churchyard, over the disused railway and to the Three Hills – the ancient tumuli from which the pub gets its name. Climb the stairs to the top of the largest hill for a scenic view. The walk is 1.5 miles.

The second trail is the Bartlow to Ashdon Circular Walk. At 5 miles long, it takes you past the Three Hills and Ashdon Windmill, onto the meadows beyond the villages. You finish where you started: at the pub. There’s no better time for a pint than after a walk!

The nearest bus station is Little Barham Hall, only a two-minute walk from the pub. Alternatively, the no. 13 bus towards Haverhill from Drummer Street bus station gets you to the Ridgeway bus stop which is a 25-minute walk away from the pub.

The Three Hills was the overall winner of the Great British Pub Awards’ Best Country Pub category in 2022, and a finalist for the same award in 2023. Its kitchen has received 2 AA Rosettes and a Michelin Plate.

The full list of finalists can be found on the Great British Pub Awards' website .