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 is becoming more 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. 

Ten 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 Hush Heath Winery, Maidstone and enjoy the stunning views across the estate, you will not only be able to enjoy great food, but tasty English 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 British Airways 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.  Try Blakes Bar & Bistro at the Beachcroft Hotel & Beach Hut Suites, Bognor Regis you can enjoy freshly made sandwiches, light lunches or a traditional English afternoon tea just a stone's throw from the sea.
  • Dining Domes - Enjoy a fine dining experience to remember in your very own dining dome at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury.  Open Thursday - Sunday's until 6th June, you can enjoy the stunning art and architecture of Windmill Hill and then first class dining high on the hill, overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury, in outdoor Covid-safe luxury.  Head to Greenwich and dine outside the historic Queens House until 6th June, recently used in the hit Netflix series Bridgeton. 

Dining Domes at Windmill Hill, Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

  • 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. 
  • By the Marina - Enjoy breath-taking marina views from the HarBar on 6th at the Southampton Harbour Hotel.  Spend time on the terrace with roof heaters, outdoor fire pits and a wood burning pizza oven to help you brave those cooler evenings.
  • Bedouin Tent Space - Feel like you have been whisked away to Morocco on your next visit to Henley on Thames at The Baskerville.  This traditional English pub garden, has been transformed with a stylish luxurious indoor/outdoor Bedouin tent space, making a backdrop with a difference for your next alfresco dining experience. 
  • A Ideal Train Stop - Located right next to Windsor and Eton central station, Bills Windsor its the perfect coffee stop, when waiting for the train, or all day dining option when out exploring Windsor and Windsor Castle. 
  • 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 Feather's Nest 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. Whitchurch Silk Mill

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    Water Mill

    WHITCHURCH

    A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is open to the public and is one of Hampshire's hidden gems.

  2. The Lights Theatre

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    Theatre

    Andover

    The Lights, Andover's professional arts and entertainment venue is the hub of creative activity for Andover and the north west of Hampshire.

  3. Sparsholt Conferences & Events

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Sparsholt

    Set in 450 acres of beautiful Hampshire countryside, the Sparsholt Conferences & Events offers an excellent selection of state-of-the-art conference facilities, ideal for all types of corporate events, whether large or small.

  4. Guildhall Winchester

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Winchester

    Guildhall Winchester is a beautiful Victorian building situated in the heart of this historic city. A short stroll away from the famous cathedral, shops and river walks. Winchester is only 1 hour from London.

  5. Park House Hotel & Spa

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    Meeting Venues

    Midhurst

    The size and character of Park House continues to lend itself perfectly to exclusive use of the premises for events. From a corporate retreat, a birthday party, an anniversary celebration or Christmas break.

  6. 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.

  7. The Mill at Sonning

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    Restaurant

    Reading

    With much of the original structure retained, this 18th Century Flour Mill has been converted into a renowned Dinner Theatre. Patrons enjoy a fresh home-cooked meal - with not a microwave in sight! -before watching the performance in our theatre.

  8. Kent Life

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    Civil Licensed Venues

    Maidstone

    The Museum of Kent Life is the perfect Kentish venue for a wedding, civil partnership or a baby welcoming. Among the 30 acres of grounds are restored period buildings and beautiful tended gardens for your unforgettable day.

  9. Waddesdon Manor

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Aylesbury

    Afternoon tea at Waddesdon: a very special occasion...

  10. 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…

  11. The Solent Hotel & Spa

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    Wedding Organisers & Services

    Fareham

    Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. We would be delighted to welcome you to the Solent Hotel and Spa to celebrate your special day. With many years of experience, you can count on our team to make sure your day is perfect.

  12. Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

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    Wedding Reception Venues

    AYLESBURY

  13. 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.

  14. West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Chichester

    Host your team or clients at West Dean College and escape everyday distractions to achieve more in a creative environment that brings out the best thinking in your team

  15. 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.

  16. Brighton Palace Pier

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    Meeting Venues

    Brighton

    World Famous Pier with food, shopping, funfair and arcades.

  17. West Beach Bar & Kitchen

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    Bar

    Brighton

  18. Leeds Castle

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    Wedding Organisers & Services

    Maidstone

    Create a lifetime of memories for you and your wedding guests at Leeds castle. Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, Leeds Castle is an idyllic setting for the most romantic of weddings in any season.

  19. British Airways 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

  20. Action Stations – Boathouse No.6

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Portsmouth

    Located in the historic Coastal city of Portsmouth, Action Stations provides a superb maritime setting for those who seek a unique venue for any event.

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