View of Cherwell Boathouse from the River with outdoor dining space and punts for hire

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The pandemic has brought lots of change to all our lives and across many businesses in the tourism sector.  One area that has successfully emerged is a new fashion for outdoor dining.  Alfresco dining is extremely popular across the continent where most restaurants, cafes and bars offer outdoor seating for you to sit and enjoy the beautiful weather, good food and great company.   This has become increasingly popular here in the UK, as we head for the relative safety of outdoors, and businesses across the South develop new outdoor spaces for us to enjoy a great outdoor dining experience in, no matter what the weather.  As we prepare for hopefully another scorching summer in the South East, there is a host of new and exciting places to enjoy alfresco dining.

Take a look below for some of the finest resturants, bars and cafes with outdoor seating in South East England, where you can meet friends, sample some of the region's great delicious cuisine and hopefully the sunny weather too. 

Top places to enjoy outdoor dining across the South 

  • Between the vines - Known as the wine capital of the UK take the opportunity to visit one of the many vineyards across the South. Whether you choose to order a picnic basket and sample its delights it in the grounds at Oxney Organic Estate, Rye or head onto the terrace at Balfour Winery, Maidstone or Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate, Horsham and enjoy the stunning views across the estates, you will not only be able to enjoy great food, but tasty wine to wash it down with. 
  • On the Waterfront - Watch the coming and goings of a busy harbour when you head to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth.  With a choice of over 30 waterfront restaurants and bars, your sure to find the right place overlooking the harbour for you. If you prefer to be surrounded by history, then head to The Courtyard at Southsea Castle, where you can settle down on one of the benches and enjoy quality food and drink, with many ingredients and produce sourced from the local area.
  • On the seafront - Enjoy people watching and the chance to soak up the local atmosphere.  The West Beach Bar & Kitchen at the bottom of Brighton i360, Brighton., beachfront terrace is open for all day dining with a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options plus a great value kids menu too.  
  • Along the River - Discover the historic Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford, a family run boathouse and restaurant for more than 50 years.  Enjoy great food, great company and a punt along the beautiful River Cherwell for a quintessential English experience. 
  • Afternoon Tea - Visit the 4 star Holiday Inn, Winchester on Morn Hill for a fantastic afternoon tea. During the Spring and Summer why not take tea on our outdoor terrace and enjoy the sunshine!
  • Heart of the Countryside - Watch someone else do the work at The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, in the heart of the New Forest.  The à la carte menu includes grazing dishes, pizzas and gourmet burgers to tantalise the taste buds and what's more you can finish with a very own James Martin pudding.
  • A Walkers Stop - Make a pit stop at the beautiful Feathered Nest Country Inn in the heart of Cotswold Country.  Just 1 mile from the Oxfordshire Way and Diamond Way long-distance footpaths, with unrivalled views it's a great place rest those weary legs after a long day walking.

Discover a host of other dining options by visiting some of the destination dining out pages across the South East, including EastbourneSouthampton, Bournemouth, Christchurch, PooleGosport and Maidstone

Don’t forget to book ahead and Know Before You Go. Please contact the restaurants, pubs and attractions direct to book and to check availability.  Look out for the 'We're Good To Go' industry standard and supporting mark.

Restuarants and places to eat with outside seating near me?

Discover a host of great resturants, pubs and cafes with outside seating in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Dorset. Whether you're looking for something near you, or if you are travelling to a part of South East England for a short break or day trip, use the 'map view' button to find something local.

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  1. Weald and Downland Living Museum

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    Meeting Venues

    Chichester

    The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum is a unique location for your wedding and a tranquil haven from the rush and noise of modern living.

  2. Volk's Electric Railway

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    Railway

    Brighton

    The world’s oldest working electric railway; built in 1883 and running for one and a quarter miles along the top of the beach from the Aquarium Station near Brighton Pier to the Marina. Trains every 15 mins.
    No need to book. Just turn up and ride.…

  3. Beale Wildlife Park

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Reading

    Located on the banks of the River Thames in Berkshire, Beale Park is home to a unique collection of rare and endangered birds, animals favourites including monkeys, prairie dogs, meerkats and wallabies.

  4. Sandy Balls Holiday Village

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    Holiday Village

    Fordingbridge

    Five-star, award-winning facilities and the breathtaking forest on your doorstep - the ideal combination for a long weekend, midweek break or longer holiday.

  5. Spinnaker Kitchen and Bar

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Portsmouth

    Distinctively situated on the water’s edge and with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows and open layout, the Spinnaker Kitchen and Bar offers the best, uninterrupted views out over Portsmouth Harbour. Outside seating on the terrace puts you even…

  6. Jeremy's Restaurant at Borde Hill

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    Cafes & Tea Rooms

    Haywards Heath

    Whether it is a catch up with friends on the terrace when the sun is shining, Sunday lunch, a romantic dinner, business lunch to impress, wedding or special celebration or event, Jeremy's Restaurant at Borde Hill is the perfect venue.

  7. Marwell Zoo

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    Animal Collection / Zoo

    Winchester

    Embrace your wild side at Marwell Zoo! Home to hundreds of endangered and exotic species in 140 acres of beautiful parkland, there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy and admire. From Amur tigers to brilliant birds, Marwell offers you the chance…

  8. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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    Garden

    Stockbridge

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”.

  9. Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

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    Meeting Venues

    Fareham

    Fort Nelson is a Victorian Fort set on Portsdown Hill, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour to the south and Meon Valley to the north. Both private and business functions can be held at the fort in the former Officer's Mess.

  10. Farmer Gow's

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    Farm

    Faringdon

    Farmer Gow’s ~ the ‘favourite place on earth’ for lots of its young visitors.

  11. Bedgebury Cafe

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    Café

    CRANBROOK

    Set in beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury National Forest and Pinetum the cafe has been designed to have a welcoming, colorful and friendly vibe.

    We are open daily serving food that is wholesome, fresh and full of flavour.

  12. Brighton i360

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Brighton

    British Airways i360 will be the world’s first vertical cable car and the world’s tallest moving observation tower, designed by the London Eye architects. Guests glide up slowly to 162m in a futuristic glass viewing pod

  13. SS Shieldhall

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    Meeting Venues

    Eastern Docks, Southampton

    SS Shieldhall is a heritage cargo/passenger steamship included in the National Historic Fleet. Launched on the Clyde in 1955, she was built on classic lines and retains her original machinery and traditional wheelhouse. Withdrawn from commercial…

  14. Mannings Heath Wine Estate

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    Meeting Venues

    HORSHAM

    Mannings Heath Golf and Wine Estate was established in 1918 and has operated successfully as a thriving golf club with two 18-hole golf courses and a burgeoning membership. The property has evolved with its new owner Penny Streeter, who purchased…

  15. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    Basingstoke

    Oakley Hall offers 47 elegant bedrooms in both the main house and the converted 19th century stable block. Bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished to a very high standard complete with every modern convenience.

  16. Hurley House Hotel

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Maidenhead

    By Train from London Paddington Station to Maidenhead Station. Then 10 minutes’ drive/taxi ride.

  17. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    Wadhurst

    The Bell in Ticehurst is a traditional, but wholly unique pub and hotel in the centre of Ticehurst village. We have 11 rooms and lodges, delicious food in the restaurant, local ales in the pub and a quirky atmosphere throughout.

  18. Twyford Waterworks

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Winchester

  19. Gravetye Manor Restaurant

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    Restaurants

    East Grinstead

    Gravetye has a oak panelled intimate Restaurant. We hold a Michelin Star, three rosettes from the AA and 6/10 in the Good Food Guide. The Zagat Guide rates us "Top" for décor, food and service amongst Restaurants outside London.

  20. Holiday Inn Winchester

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    Hotel

    Winchester

    The four star Holiday Inn hotel in Winchester is the perfect place to stay, whether it be business, leisure or with the family. This gorgeous hotel is located just two miles from the city centre, offering free car parking and close to many local…

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