THE Beaufort Hunt in Chipping Sodbury is a ‘proper pub’ with plenty of hidden treasures.

With two bars, one offering comfort around welcoming log fires and the other decorated like a parlour providing the perfect meeting place, the Beaufort also has an outdoor seating area complete with relaxing garden furniture as well as a patio and function room.

But it is best known for Chipping Sodbury’s worst kept secret, the pub’s sprawling ‘secret garden’ which goes on and on and gives weary shoppers a tranquil place to enjoy a drink or families plenty of space to share a meal.

Every nook and cranny of the Beaufort has a story to tell, from the iconic posters on the walls to the colourful outdoor furniture and the yellow brick road children can follow to the garden.

For the drinkers, the over 21s policy inside the bar makes the pub a favourite for the older generation and mums and dads keen to escape parenthood for an hour or two.

The Beaufort serves three regular beers; Fuller's London Pride, Great Western Maiden Voyage and Greene King IPA.

Landlord Mike Harrington said he was ‘humbled’ at being shortlisted for the Gazette’s Pub of the Year competition.

“We feel very humbled and pleased that so many have voted for us,” he said. “All of the pubs should receive an award for all their hard work.”

Locals who nominated the Beaufort said it was an ‘old fashioned pub’ with good food and friendly staff and its popularity goes beyond Chipping Sodbury with some nominations coming from Canadians impressed by the pub when visiting the area.