The best UK restaurants with outdoor seating for al fresco dining

We’re not a nation known for our al fresco dining scene, but come now that pubs, bars and restaurants can open for outdoor dining, you can bet we’ll be making the most of it – whatever the weather. 

Boris Johnson gave the green light to phase two of his roadmap on Apr 5, meaning hospitality will reopen outdoors for groups of six from April 12. For many of us, that means making a beeline for our nearest beer garden. 

Groups of up to six, or two households, are also able to meet in outdoor areas for a much-needed catch up or picnic in the park, after the rules on social gatherings were relaxed on March 29.

Below Telegraph Food writers reveal where they will be trying to nab a table for a drink and some food – food that is delicious, of course, but also (praise be!) cooked by someone else. 

Sam’s Riverside, Hammersmith 

Recommended by William Sitwell, Telegraph Magazine food critic

Situated on the Thames, Sam Harrison’s popular restaurant had been open for less than half a year before the pandemic hit. With ample outdoor seating, which they extended throughout the summer months last year, it’s the first place I’ll be going for a plate of dressed crab and Queen of Puddings, to be enjoyed while catching some rays (I’m being optimistic, I know) and gazing up at Hammersmith Bridge. 

Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth

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