The best places to dine alfresco in Surrey
Pop the cork! Here's to outdoor meet-ups! These are the best pub, café and restaurant gardens and terraces in Surrey to dine or drink alfresco. Cheers!
Café Chai, Banstead
This gorgeous coffee shop has a lovely courtyard terrace just out the back – and it’s as beautifully styled as the interiors of this café. Think terracotta urns, garden mirrors and greenery galore. You’re also guaranteed fab food and great service.
Tsaretta Spice, Twickenham
Fancy Indian food? Then this high-end Indian restaurant in Twickenham’s riverside quarter should do nicely. And with a heated undercover courtyard, there’s no need to worry too much about the British weather. Bookings are recommended.
The Drumming Snipe, Mayford
A heated terrace, quirky horse boxes for alfresco dining, and a big garden makes this gastropub a surefire winner when it comes to alfresco dining. Add to that, a top notch menu, craft beer and ales plus an extensive wine list and it’s striking pretty close to perfection.
Barnett Hill, Wonersh
Stunning gardens and several different dining terraces makes Barnett Hill Hotel a fab place for alfresco catch ups. The hotel is a gorgeous Queen Anne style mansion house in the Surrey Hills at Wonersh, just a few miles out of Guildford. From April 12, the Silent Pool Gin afternoon tea returns (read our review here), or you can simply order from the terrace menu. Chin chin.
The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield
This is your quintessential English pub in a pretty rural setting surrounded by fields and marshes, and overlooking the Nutfield cricket pitch and the eponymous pond. It’s popular with both walkers and cyclists – it’s on the National Cycle Route 21 – and I can vouch first hand for the delicious food and excellent choice of real ales.
The Merry Harriers, Hambledon
This is a great garden for the whole family – it’s a big space with round tables and parasols, and there are even llamas lurking in the field beyond. (If you fancy a trek, you can book those and take off on one of those from here too,.) And if you’re tempted linger longer, you can extend your stay overnight in one of the cute shepherd huts!
The Queen’s Head, Weybridge
The front terrace at The Queen’s Head has had a makeover and now sports a new heated stretched tent – perfect no matter what the weather. There’s a new spring menu, an extensive wine and cocktail list, and well-stocked bar with craft ale and beer. Pefecto.
The Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green
Tucked away on the edge of the beautiful Windsor Great Park is The Fox and Hounds. This traditional English pub is family and dog friendly with top notch food and some of the best pizzas you’ll find outside of Italy. The front garden is open and tables are available on a first come basis – there are no bookings for the moment. Bookings are being taken for the restaurant which reopens on 17 May.
The Grape Variety, Chipstead
A lovely wine bar in Chipstead with a number of outside dining tables – it’s open for alfresco bookings from 12 April. As well as a fab choice of wine, there’s also a good menu of craft beers, gins, and other spirits, plus a great cheese and charcuterie boards.
Great Fosters, Egham
With views of the Parterres, Japanese bridge, Rose garden and fountain the south-facing terrace at Great Fosters couldn’t be more idyllic. Go for afternoon tea, or dine from the Estate Grill terrace menu. It’s open now for groups of up to six people.
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking
The Hatch on the Lawn opens at Denbies from Thurs 15 April, serving a range of hot and cold lunch options, including ‘fish and chips’, local food platters, dressed crab sub rolls, afternoon teas and most importantly – Denbies wine! And the marquee means you won’t get rained on if the weather lets us down! Bookings a must.
The Mitre, Hampton Court
Alfresco dining on terraces at the Mitre in Hampton Court is a go people. Expect a new and exciting menu, summer cocktails, roaring BBQ and friendly faces. Bookings a must.
The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
This 17th century country inn has a picket-fenced paved garden with ample seating to enjoy a sunset meal with your friends and family. The kitchen offers delicious home-cooked food, using ingredients sourced from suppliers in the local area including the pub’s very own game from Leith Hill and fresh produce from the pub’s vegetable garden. Bookings are recommended for both drinks and dining.
The Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond
For class, character and gorgeous river views, plus the option to make a weekend of it, The Bingham has it all. Sip on a classic cocktail or order from the small plates menu, and watch the river world go by. The Riverhouse Terrace Bar is open for bookings now, and as well as uninterrupted views of the Thames, there are heaters, wraps and lanterns. Perfecto.
The Retreat, Staines-upon-Thames
There’s a cool family vibe going on at this friendly neighbourhood pub in Staines. We’re big fans of the wood-fired pizza, and antipasti sharing platter. The enclosed garden opens out from one of the large dining rooms, and is partly shaded with pergolas and parasols. It’s open from 12 April and booking for tables inside and out, is recommended.
The Running Horses, Mickleham
Like your pubs twee and traditional in a cute village setting? Say hello to The Running Horses, nestled in the picturesque village of Mickleham. There’ a great outdoor space at the front of the pub where you can watch the world go by – it’s a on popular cycle route so there’s plenty to see. Fun fact: opposite the pub is the ancient church of St Michael, which is mentioned in the Domesday book.
The Cricketers, Downside near Cobham
With patio-style seating aplenty against the backdrop of the white washed Cricketers pub and a view of the sweeping green, this is your quintessential English country pub. And now there’s also a new heated tent – so whatever the weather you’re sorted. Food is wonderfully French inspired.
The White Horse, Hascombe
The White Horse in Hascombe has long been a Muddy favourite – not least because it’s a multiple Muddy Awards winner. This pub doesn’t do anything by halves – in addition to a stunning dining terrace dining, there’s also picnic-style tables in a lush garden setting. The food is top notch – served up by exciting Surrey chef, Valentino Gentile. Call in for a bite in the sun, washed down with a cold glass of vino from the extensive wine list.
The Withies Inn, Compton
A traditional 16th Century pub with a fairy tale garden fab food, and now also boutique bedrooms. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. You’ll need to book your table in advance.