Summer drinks and a Sculpture Park at Bel and the Dragon Churt

Proof that you don’t have to travel far to enter a whole new world came with my recent stay at the Bel and the Dragon Churt in Surrey. A quick drive around the M25 and along some pretty country lanes and before long I was sitting in a vast beer garden in glorious sunshine, surrounded by the Saturday papers and drinking an extremely refreshing Sipsmith London Cup cocktail. The staycation had begun.

The Bel and the Dragon collection of pubs

Bel and the Dragon Churt

Bel and the Dragon Churt boasts a vast split-level beer garden, perfect for a sunny afternoon

The Bel and the Dragon chain of country inns was previously owned by entrepreneur Joel Cadbury and is now owned by London hotels and pubs company Fullers (who have recently snapped up several pub chains including the lovely Cotswolds Inns and Hotels group).