Beating more than 20 pubs in the borough to the coveted top spot, The Hutton Junction came joint-first last year.
Judge Robert Gunn of Burnt Oak Consulting said: “This is a lesson in how to make the most of a small area.
“Hanging baskets and planters are filled with such a wide variety of planting. You can enjoy the sound of bubbling water from the water feature in the courtyard. What really makes this place special is the fabulous grape vines.”
Brentwood gardening expert and competition judge Keith Petty said: “Large bunches of grapes on very healthy vines are everywhere, with some fruit already changing colour.
“Keeping vines in this condition takes a lot of work and those involved are to be congratulated.”
Attending the event was Sally Poulter from Corkers Crisps Ltd of Ely who presented Pub Bloom winners 2015 Jenny Morgan, The Hutton Junction with a box of Corkers Crisps.
In third place is The Brave Nelson. “Beautifully laid out flowerbeds, a well-equipped children’s play area and barbecue area make up this colourful garden. Added to that there’s an incredible 92 well maintained hanging baskets,” said Robert.
Special certificates were also awarded as follows:
Best Pub Front The Cricketers, Mill Green near Ingatestone
Best Small Courtyard The Brewery Tap, Kings Road
Best Beer Garden The White Hart, Margaretting Tye
Best Novelty Planter The Alma
Most Improved Outside Space The Victoria Arms
Best non-plant Feature The Swan
All pubs participating in this year’s competition along with schools and religious grounds entrants were invited to an awards presentation event at Brentwood Brewery on Thursday 20th August. A certificate of participation was awarded to each of the 22 pubs.
Brentwood Brewing Company MD Roland Kannor said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Brentwood in Bloom Pubs again this year. The local community is at the heart of this competition.
“Making pub gardens and courtyards attractive with floral displays and planting brightens up the local environment for everyone to enjoy.
“Nicely planted beer gardens can attract more custom and that’s got to be good for business too.”
Our thanks go to independent judges for the pubs category, Keith Petty and Robert Gunn who volunteered to spend two days, effectively on the driest pub crawl ever, judging. Thanks lads – same again next year?