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. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. Sparsholt Conferences and Events

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    Campus

    Sparsholt, Winchester

    Set in 450 acres of gorgeous Hampshire countryside, on the green and leafy Sparsholt College campus.

  4. Cherwell Boathouse

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    Restaurant

    Oxford

    The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell.

  5. 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.

  6. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Romsey

    The world famous Gardens near Romsey. The Victorian manor house Tea Rooms is nestled in an idyllic setting within the 180 acre Gardens

  7. Brighton Palace Pier

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    Meeting Venues

    Brighton

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

  8. Buckler's Hard

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    Tea Room/Coffee Shop

    Brockenhurst

    Buckler’s Hard is a place for relaxation as well as exploration.

  9. Winchester's Military Museums

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    Museum

    Winchester

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Wendover Woods Cafe

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    Café

    AYLESBURY

    We Serve Fairtrade, ethically sourced hot chocolate, coffee and premium teas.
    Walking, running cycling orienteering, Go Ape, children’s trails.
    Wheelchair friendly.
    Parties and social events catered for.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Crowne Plaza Marlow

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    Conferences & Weddings Conferences Category

    MARLOW

    4 Star hotel, with Conference facilities for up to 450 delegates in 10 state-of-art Meeting Rooms with natural daylight, high-speed Wi-Fi, Electronic Screens, Data Projector, Day Delegate Residential packages & Conference Manager. Complimentary…

  17. Oakley Hall Hotel

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    Country House Hotel

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. West Beach Bar & Kitchen

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    Bar

    Brighton

  20. 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…

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