Is this Yorkshire’s biggest beer garden?

A MASHAM landlord has unveiled his pub’s new beer garden, which he thinks could be the biggest in Yorkshire.

John Feeley of the Bruce Arms in Little Market Place has refurbished his pub’s original garden and brought back to life an area of scrubland next to it.

The garden now measures around a third of an acre and includes a children’s play area, and John is offering the space free to groups and organisations for events like concerts, dance shows and plays.

He said: “The garden has a spectacular outlook over the River Ure and Lower Wensleydale, which is why we now say the Bruce Arms is the ‘pub with a view’.

“We’ve created a great outdoor space which is perfect for putting on shows in the summer months, and I don’t know of anywhere as big in Yorkshire.

“We’re already putting together plans for a Morris dancing festival around August Bank Holiday, along with a brass band show in the autumn.”

Just below the main seating area and children’s playground is a lightly wooded area which John is considering turning into a play area for “big kids”.

“Throughout last autumn and then this spring the garden really started to take shape. We had to level much of the ground before constructing retaining banks, installing new steps and then planting trees, shrubs and flowers,” he added.

“I’m very pleased with the result, there’s one or two further things I’m looking at doing but the main issue is to ensure that is gets well used.”

Now that the garden is complete, John is setting out on refurbishing the interior of the pub which is said to be haunted with a former landlady claiming to hear noises from the gent’s toilet only to find it empty.