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

Cherwell Boathouse


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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. 

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 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 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.  
  • 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!
  • 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. 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.

  2. West Beach Bar & Kitchen

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    Bar

    Brighton

  3. 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.

  4. Harbour Park

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    Adventure Park / Playground

    Littlehampton

    Home to the sea, beach, riverside, picnic greens and buckets of laughs. A must do for any family planning a fun day out!

  5. Crowne Plaza Reading East

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    WOKINGHAM

    4 Silver Star hotel, with Conference facilities for up to 260 delegates in 8 state-of-art Meeting Rooms with natural daylight, high-speed Wi-Fi, Electronic Screens, Data Projector, Day Delegate Residential packages & Conference Manager.…

  6. Waterperry Gardens

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    Garden Centre

    Oxford

    A day out at Waterperry Gardens near Oxford is guaranteed to delight and inspire garden-lovers from across the country and the world.

  7. British Airways i360

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    Sightseeing

    Brighton

    Take to the skies to see Brighton and the South Coast as you have never seen them before!

  8. Waddesdon Manor

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Aylesbury

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. HMS Warrior at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    HMS Warrior 1860 was Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured warship and the pride of Queen Victoria’s Fleet. On her first voyage, HMS Warrior caused a sensation; people crowded to see her and she was considered invincible.

  12. Aldingbourne Country Centre

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    Wedding Reception Venues

    CHICHESTER

    At the Aldingbourne Country Centre we can cater for all your conference needs. In our state of the art conference rooms, we offer fully interactive technology including smart touch screen TV's.

  13. The Needles Landmark Attraction

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    ALUM BAY

    Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, there's breathtaking scenery and a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs.

  14. HMS M.33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

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    Historic Ship

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

    HMS M.33 is not only the sole remaining British veteran of the bloody Dardanelles Campaign of 1915-1916, but also of the Russian Civil War which followed. The ship is one of just three British warships from World War I still in existence.

  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. University of Surrey

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    Meeting Venues

    Guildford

    Surrey Conferences at University of Surrey host corporate, charity meetings, conferences and sports events all year round, two campus venues, Stag Hill & Manor Park/Surrey Sports Park. During the Summer vacation 1000 bedrooms are available.

  17. 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.

  18. Army Flying Museum

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    Museum

    Stockbridge

    The Museum of Army Flying is an award-winning British military aviation museum about the history of flying in the British Army.

  19. Royal Navy Submarine Museum

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    Gosport

    Get up close to HMS Alliance at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the only remaining Second World War era submarine.

  20. Action Stations – Boathouse No.6

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    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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