Al fresco dining hotspots for sunny days

The best al fresco restaurants for sunny days in the East of England 

There’s no better way to spend a summer’s afternoon or evening than sitting outside in the sunshine with your friends and family, eating delicious food, whilst you admire a magnificent view. Here we have found the best alfresco dining spots in the region for you to do just that.

The Anchor, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EL

Tel: 01223 353554|

Located on the banks of the beautiful river Cam, The Anchor allows diners to enjoy a homecooked meal whilst they watch the punts glide to-and-fro down the river. Being situated in the centre of the historic city, you are just a stone’s throw away from the famous colleges, and opposite the stunning Mathematical Bridge. The menu offers classic ‘pub-grub’, alongside more specialised options such as the Japanese inspired Miso glazed aubergine being just one of them.


SIX at The Varsity Hotel

Six, The Varsity Hotel, Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ

Tel: 01223 308030 |

Six is located on the sixth floor of The Varsity Hotel, in the city centre. The rooftop location allows you to see the renowned colleges from the comfort of your seat, whilst you devour a perfectly cooked meal. This restaurant is ideal for any occasion, whether you just want a lazy brunch at the weekend, a lunch or dinner with friends, or even if you are treating yourself to afternoon tea! In addition to the extensive food menu, there is a wide range of cocktails and G&T’s on offer if you fancy a tipple while overlooking the captivating city.

The River Garden, 36 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, NR7 0EQ

Tel: 01603 703 900 |

The River Garden is located on the outskirts of Norwich, beside the River Yare. There are mooring facilities, making it easy for anyone arriving by boat to pay a visit. With plenty of spots to sit outside in the garden, this picturesque local pub is an idyllic spot for lunch or dinner on a summer’s day. The menu consists of a range of locally sourced and seasonal produce, as well as occasionally hosting themed food nights.

Seafood & Grill at Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh

The Brudenell Hotel, The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BU

Tel: 01728 452071 |

If you are after luxury food whilst you admire the seafront from the convenience of your table, the Brudenell Hotel is the perfect place for you. The outdoor terrace provides a relaxed and informal setting, offering a wonderful atmosphere for any occasion. The menu is made up of an extensive list of locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish, ranging from the classic beer battered cod to a whole grilled lobster, as well as a range of meaty options from the grill. Whether it is meat or fish you prefer, there is something for everyone. Alongside the countless food options, you can also enjoy one of the many cocktails or gins from the drinks menu.

Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6HP

Tel: 01206 323150 |

The riverside restaurant, Le Talbooth, provides an exceptional fine dining experience, overlooking the picturesque River Stour. The outstanding service and fabulous food is what makes Le Talbooth so popular. The well-executed menu consists of delicious British cuisine, offering familiar dishes, as well as more creative, original options for diners with a daring pallet.  There is an a la carte menu, as well as a set lunch and vegetarian menu.

The Plough Bolnhurst, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire MK44 2EX

Tel: 01234 376274 |

This beautiful Tudor building is home to a candlelit bar and restaurant, providing delectable English and Mediterranean-style cuisine. The original low beams and the open fire contribute to the charismatic and homely feel of the pub. The spacious garden is scattered with quirky deck style chairs for you to sit outside, as well as tables for when you want to eat. This restaurant really has thought of everything, providing blankets and picnic rugs for summer days and the cooler evenings, the perfect touch!

The River Kitchen, Riverside Road, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UD

Tel: 01603 926560 |

The River Kitchen is a restaurant café located in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, overlooking this scenic stretch of water. Whether you want breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, The River Kitchen only uses the freshest ingredients to create meals and treats for you. With a range of vegetarian and vegan options, there should be something to suit everyone’s taste. The large outdoor seating area is very popular on sunny days, as it allows you to overlook the tranquil Broads. As well as great food, there are mooring facilities for anyone visiting by boat.

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