Great places to eat and drink al fresco in East Anglia

Here's just a few of the region's fabulous places to drink and dine al fresco…


The Ramsholt Arms Located on a beautiful isolated spot in the River Deben, the Ramsholt has its own small beach with boats and yachts moored by the dock. Here you can enjoy unparalleled views up and down the river, either from the large patio or the panoramic restaurant windows. The food here is excellent and there's always plenty of locally caught seafood on offer. Dock Road, Ramsholt, nr Woodbridge 01394 411229

Ye Olde Cross Keys This low-ceilinged 16th century inn has a large courtyard that overlooks Aldeburgh's beautiful beach. The food's always good, especially the fresh fish caught daily by the Aldeburgh fishermen. Sip your pint outside with a dozen local oysters, straight from Jimmy's Shed on the beach. Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh 01728 452637

Hintlesham Hall Hintlesham Hall 's magnificent terraces and gardens are the perfect setting for an al fresco meal, be it morning coffee, afternoon tea or lunch – any thing from a steak sandwich and a pint to a three-course lunch from the All Inclusive Lunch Menu. Hintlesham, Ipswich 01473 652334


The Swan House The courtyard of this excellent restaursnt is heated and lit for all year use and creates a wonderful Italian-style al fresco dining experience. Beccles 01502 713474

The Henny Swan Stylish pub restaurant on the river Stour with a great beer garden and patio area. Arrive for lunch in style by boat from Sudbury during summer weekends. Great Henny 01787 269238

The Alex This restaurant and bar has a a fantastic seafront location just across from Felixstowe prom. Choose from the Cafe Bar or Brasserie menus and chill out on the large heated patio overlooking the sea. Felixstowe 01394 282958

Ufford Park Eat in the restaurant offering Table d'hote and grill, or enjoy a bar snack in the lounge/bar or al fresco on the spacious bar terrace, overlooking the golf course and Suffolk countryside. Melton, Woodbridge 01394 383555

The Maybush Delightful pub perched on the banks of the River Deben, offering panoramic views and fabulous patio areas. Waldringfield 01473 736215

The Waterfront Restaurant Delightful restaurant with glorious views of one of Suffolk's award winning rural beaches. Enjoy continental and modern English cuisine on the large patio area. If you like paella, visit on a Thursday! Kessingland 01502 741525
Brudenell Hotel The Brudenell's sea-facing terrace is a fusion of relaxation and pure indulgence. Its seafront setting, simply a pebble's throw from the beach, lends itself perfectly to dining, whatever the time of day.

From morning coffee and afternoon tea to long lunches or romantic candle-lit suppers, where better to enjoy the freshest and finest of food, with the soothing sound of crashing waves as background music. The Parade, Aldeburgh 01728 452071


The Old Ferry Boat Inn Set in the tranquil hamlet of Holywell the Old Ferry Boat, with its thatch and white painted stone walls, overlooks the river Great Ouse and is England's oldest inn. The inn has a large garden and serves lunch and dinner. Their traditional old English dishes are prepared using fresh local ingredients. Back Lane, Holywell, St Ives 01480 463227

The Cutter Inn The patio of The Cutter Inn is just ten feet from the River Ouse. A good a spot to enjoy a summer lunch, with lovely views over the water, and a good choice of dishes on the menu. The inn is a grade II listed building with all the traditional charm of wood floors and panels, and has a bar made from half a boat. Annesdale, Ely 01353 662713

Hotel Felix Hotel Felix is situated in a delightful setting, just five minutes' drive from the hustle and bustle of central Cambridge. The light and airy Orangery and relaxed garden-facing terrace lend themselves perfectly to informal lunches, al fresco dining and afternoons of pure indulgence. Our seasonally-themed menus offer a good choice of fish, meat and imaginative vegetarian options, whilst the great British tradition of afternoon tea offers mouth-watering array of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones served with preserves and clotted cream, pastries, cake and tea. Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge 01223 277977

Don Pasquale Enjoy great Italian food as you watch the lively atmosphere of the Cambridge market. Market Hill, Cambridge 01223 367063

Stazione This chic, understated Italian/Mediterranean restaurant is a delight. During summer months, the front doors open onto Petty Cury where you can dine al fresco and enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of the city. Cambridge 01223 352607

La Mimosa Situated right next to Jesus Green and overlooking the river, this is a great place to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, have a drink and watch the punts go by on the river Cam. Cambridge 01223 362525


The Jolly Sailors This friendly 18th century pub overlooks the water at picturesque Brancaster Staithe in north Norfolk. The pub serves local seafood, traditional pub grub, stone baked pizzas and ales from their own micro brewery. Main Road, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314

The Bridge Inn This family friendly pub on the River Bure has riverside gardens and large children's play area. The inn serves traditional pub food and has its own mooring – perfect for Broadland holidaymakers to moor up and enjoy a spot of lunch, dinner or breakfast. Old Road, Acle 01493 750288

Buckinghamshire Arms Situated at the gates to the National Trust's beautiful Blickling Hall, this handsome old pub has plenty of outside tables, good, reliable food and it serves Adnams, Fullers and Woodfordes beers. Blickling 01263 732129

The Locks Inn Situated on the Norfolk side of the River Waveney, this lovely old pub has a huge outdoor terrace and a lively calendar of events: folk music on Thursdays, curry on Fridays and live music on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Geldeston 01508 518414

The White Horse The fabulous conservatory restaurant with sun deck terrace and adjoining dining area give spectacular views overlooking the Norfolk Coastal Path and the tidal marsh beyond to Scolt Head Island. Brancaster Staith 01485 210262

The Eagle Great pub with a good sized beer garden and large terrace area. Popular Sunday night BBQs. Newmarket Road, Norwich 01603 624173

The Wiveton Bell Award-winning food and a lovely south-facing garden and patio, heated and lit in the evenings. Wiveton 01263 740101

The Albatros Unique restautrat and bar on a North Sea Klipper serving a variety of traditional Dutch Pancakes and other Dutch specialities. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk 07979 087228

Hotel Wroxham With amazing views overlooking the River Bure, the hotel's Waterside Terrace Bar and Restaurant is a terrific place to relax and enjoy a selection of menus. Wroxham 01603 782061

The Waterside During the day The Waterside cafe and tearooms serves a tempting range of homemade dishes and in the evening it transforms into a unique and stylish restaurant. Choose a table outside looking out on to the Rollesby Broad. Rollesby 01493 740531

 The Orange Tree Stylish, contemporary, award-winning dining pub, nestled in a beautiful coastal village, with an attractive al fresco dining area. Thornham 01485 512213

The Olive Tree Restaurant This stylish restaurant's light and airy interior opens onto a spacious, patio terrace surrounded by box hedges. The terrace is perfect for al fresco drinks or meals, with extensive timber decking plus 1,000 square metres of gorgeous Indian sandstone paving. Its focal point is a timber bridge over a beautiful Japanese Koi carp water feature.

Beyond is the summer bar area and open-air swimming pool – the finishing touch that makes the Olive Tree so special. North Walsham 01692 404900


Rose and Crown Positioned on the river Colne, this small friendly pub on the quay serves good home-cooked food. Barbeques and evening meals are served in the summer with a riverside table service. Catch the ferry to Rowhedge. The Quay, Wivenhoe 01206 826371

The Queen's Head Great food and beer and a terrace overlooking the boats and barges of Maldon's Hythe Quay. Maldon 01621 854112

Le Talbooth Stunning fine-dining restaurant on the banks of the Stour. Dedham 01206 323150

The Anchor Hullbridge The large grounds of this great pub runs to the rivers edge. The outdoor eating area includes two large decks, a BBQ area and terrace. Hullbridge 01702 230777

Quayside Restauarant With views over Burnham Quay and across the river Crouch to Wallasea Island, the outside patio area is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a drink or something to eat. Burnham-on-Crouch 01621 783350

Roslin Beach Hotel Enjoy panoramic views of the Thames Estuary from the fantastic terrace overlooking the sea. Choose a snack from the Terrace Menu or something from the al la carte lunch or dinner menu. Thorpe Bay, Southend 01702 586375

The Boathouse Restaurant situated in tranquil surroundings on the river stour in the heart of Constable Country. The restaurant hires out boats that you can take down the river – even as far as Flatford Mill, which is about a mile and a half away. Dedham 01206 323153

Sands Enjoy lunch or an evening meal on the bar bistro's new dining deck with stunning estuary views. Southend-on-Sea 01702 468123
Riverside Inn Hotel, restaurant and pub in a fabulous converted corn mill. Look out for their summer BBQ menu. Chelmsford 01245 266881

The Terrace Cafe A great place to meet, eat and enjoy fine wines, lagers and freshly cooked food in a cafe culture experience. Potter Street, Bishop's Stortford 01279 465924

The Whistling Duck What better way to make the most of the warmer weather than relaxing on a peaceful decking overlooking the river Lea and sampling some of Hertfordshire's very best cuisine?

Choose a snack from the lounge bar menu or a lunch or evening meal from the a la carte menu. Hertford 01992 514726

Town Hall Country House Hotel This impressive Italianate mansion is one of England's most established country house hotels. This summer, enjoy Down Hall's new Terrace restaurant, an alfresco dining experience in the sophisticated surroundings of the Down Hall estate.

Treat yourself to dishes from the exciting new menu featuring a selection of grills, pasta's and salads. Hatfield Heath 01279 731441


Bedford Riverside Grill Located in Bedford's new cultural quarter, this modern, stylish restaurant serves great grilled food and the south facing heated terrace overlooks the River Ouse and the Castle Bailey Gardens. Castle Lane, Bedford 01234 359599

Donatello's Wonderful, popular traditional Italian restaurant. The al fresco area seats up to 50 and has a barbecue area. Dunstable Street, Ampthill 01525 404666

The Bedford Swan Restaurant and bar overlooking the River Ouse, and in fine weather you can enjoy an al fresco lunch on the terrace. Bedford 01234 346565




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