Cosy alfresco dining in Surrey
Baby it's cold outside and what better way to warm up than a feast somewhere fabulous? We're talking private pods, dining domes, igloos, roaring fires and winter wonderland terraces.
THE COURTYARD IGLOO: Café Chai, Banstead
Love this gorgeous Insta-worthy café on the High street in Banstead, but if you’re after something just a little more spesh, book the heated igloo in the garden. Think cosy sheepskin rugs, fresh foliage and twinkly lights. It’s available in two hour slots at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm for up to 8 people. Cost is £55 in total, which includes a glass of something lovely (wine, craft beer, Prosecco or soft drink).
THE HEATED BOOTHS: José Pizarro at the Swan Inn, Esher
A garden terrace with heated booths, a fire pit and authentic Spanish food from the Godfather of Spanish food himself. The booths fit up to 10 people and right now there are two festive set menus to tempt you. Don’t fancy the fresh air? There is also a cosy private dining room.
THE ROARING FIRE: The Plough Inn, Coldharbour
If crackling fires, comfy leather armchairs and country pubs are what you’re after, The Plough Inn in Coldharbour is the spot. And the cosy vibe carries through to the Christmas menu with choices of oxtail stew and dumplings, winter vegetable wellington or a classic roast turkey with all the trimmings. It’s also the perfect spot to cosy up after a walk up Leith Hill.
THE WINTER TERRACE: Winter Wonderlounge at 144 on the Hill, Richmond Hill
Channelling a truly Continental winter vibe, 144 on the Hill in Richmond has transformed their outdoor terrace into a Winter Wonderlounge. Serving up sweet and savoury fondue and mulled wine, with fairy lights, heaters and blankets to keep things warm and cosy. Books are for tables of 2 to 8, and it’s for grown ups only.
THE ROOFTOP POD: Coppa Club, Cobham
Domed pods on the rooftop terrace at the Coppa Club in Cobham make for a magical festive setting. There are five signature Coppa Club Igloos – each one individually heated with sound systems – perfect for special occasions with friends and family. Just add fizz!
THE PRIVATE POD: The Spaghetti Tree, Warlingham
Fancy pizza in your own private pod? Done! Seating up to 10 people on cosy velvet sofas, they’re heated and come with your own private waiter, smart LED TV and a bluetooth speaker.
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