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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.  
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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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. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Marwell Hotel

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Colden Common, Winchester

    Marwell Hotel is located near to Winchester and Southampton and offers 13 meeting/function rooms and 66 comfortable and well-equipped bedrooms.

  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. Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    Southampton

    An impressive Edwardian Manor House set in 12½ acres of beautiful landscaped grounds perfect for outdoor events and team activity experiences, Best Western Chilworth Manor has 11 air-conditioned conference and event rooms with the largest…

  6. 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…

  7. Mannings Heath Wine Estate

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    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…

  8. Hotel du Vin & Bistro Winchester

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    Winchester

    The very first Hotel du Vin is housed in the fine architecture of one of central Winchester's most important Georgian buildings dating back to 1715.

  9. Kits Coty Glamping

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    Glamping

    Aylesford

    Ideally located close to both Maidstone and the Medway Towns our Shepherds Hut,Festival Tent and themed Bell Tents are perfect for short breaks,romantic getaways, or longer self-catering holidays in the Kent countryside.

  10. 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.

  11. Hilton Garden Inn Abingdon Oxford

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    ABINGDON

    Modern hotel located just 6 miles south of historic Oxford
    Close to Blenheim Palace, Bicester Village and Oxford University
    Comfortable rooms with A/C, mini-refrigerators and complimentary WiFi
    All-day dining including buffet breakfast in our hotel…

  12. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

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    Garden

    Romsey

    Discover the beauty and inspiration at the Gardens, woodlands walks and breath-taking views.

  13. Grange Farm Country Cottages

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    Self-Catering

    Bicester

    Stunning courtyard of converted Victorian barns, on a working farm in peaceful rural location. Fully equipped, their style reflects beautiful country charm, combined with outstanding levels of comfort. Broadband, fishing lake, gardens. Dogs welcome.

  14. 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.

  15. Alice Holt Cafe

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    Café

    FARNHAM

    Set in beautiful surroundings of Alice Holt Forest the cafe has been designed to have a welcoming, colourful and friendly vibe.

    We are open daily serving breakfast, lunches, snacks and a tempting selection of homemade snacks.

  16. The Needles Landmark Attraction

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    Family Fun & Activities

    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. The Goodwood Hotel

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    Chichester

    The Goodwood Hotel, at the heart of the Goodwood Estate, is a flexible venue that offers a variety of room sizes and styles to accommodate your business needs.

  20. 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.

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