Luxury Restaurant Guide shares its eight favourite places open now to spend sunny (and safe) days this summer:
There’s two great outdoor experiences you can enjoy at the magnificent Cliveden. The first is the Veuve Clicquot pop-up available until 17th August, from 12pm to 5pm everyday. They’ve transformed the courtyard into a retro suntrap for foodies with a love for laidback luxury. Takeaways of fluffy scones (and all the trimmings), fish and chips and the Astor Grill burger are on offer from the impressive Veuve Clicquot airstream. Of course pair with a chilled glass (or bottle!) or Veuve Clicquot. And if you wish to enjoy your food nearby, they’ve have laid out seating, positioned appropriately to give you peace of mind yet a sense of normality. This ones not bookable in advance!
Then there’s always the more extensive dining menu on offer at The Astor Grill to enjoy in the courtyard of the charming old stable block which once Lord Astor’s prized fillies (the four legged variety). See sample menu here. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details.
We love: Perfect to sip, savour and spend time with loved ones in National Trust grounds
The fact La Famiglia has never needed any fancy hype – if you get it right first time round – don’t mess with it, is a testament to how good it is. Diners have been in the safe hands of this trusted family business in a quiet spot off Kings Road for over 45 years. They are working on 50% less capacity to keep you safe through out the restaurant and garden restaurant area.
We like: A Tuscan gastro-heaven whenever you go
Thyme Estate has always been about nature, so dining inside or out, with their large spaces, is reassuring and refreshing. They are offering a reopening summer lunch menu to enjoy outdoors on the south-facing terrace of their Ox Barn. Starters £5 to £15, main courses £5 to £25 and deserts £5 to £10. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details.
We like: It’s got the air of chic but hip country club without the membership fee. The place, people and cooking are all devoted towards being just simply healthier
The new addition to the hotel, ‘The Garden at The Berkeley’ is a secret little culinary spot between the side of the hotel and neighbouring St Paul’s Church. We say secret, but it’s been thriving with success since launch on July 4th. It offers socially distanced tables for two to six people and is open Monday to Friday 6 – 10pm and Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 10pm. Last seating is at 9pm. Booking is available for the first sitting, followed by walk-ins only. View the Garden menu here.
We like: When sometimes the best antidote is to just hit the glam-it-button
Great Fosters, itself a Grade I listed building, has 55 acres of Grade II listed gardens in the the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens to enjoy. Visit to experience the Japanese bridge, Parterres topiary, a moat, archery pavilion, secret gardens, kitchen gardens, bee hives, piggery and even a sundial given to the estate by Sir Francis Drake. They are offering social distanced al fresco Terrace dining, bbqs and afternoon tea parties. View The Terrace menu here. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details.
We like: It’s quick and easy to reach out of London and its secret gardens are perfect to hire you own piece of outdoor history for a balmy day
Take the crazy-high standards of the Dorchester Collection and mix with refreshingly low-free English rural charm. You’ll find all that at The Barn brasserie off the beaten path to Ascot in Coworth Park. Now open, The Barn and its large terrace is the kindred spot for care-free dining in social distanced times. View The Barn a la carte menu here. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details.
We like: Always our go-to for summer trip gold to dine out with your besties – the adjoining polo field can be a fun watch too
Food reminiscent of an exotic holiday and an outdoor space the pure oasis of calm in swanky London’s Kensington/ Holland Park. Chakra’s traditional Indian gourmet delights and a day like this (above) are heaven-sent. View Chakra Kensington’s summer menu here. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details
We like: Forget the razzmatazz of central London, the real London is finding gems like these
Endless alfresco dining possibilities exist at Chewton Glen, especially if you are seeking to get away from it all. There’s the modern and casual dining on The Kitchen Terrace, or for a more tranquil and elegant setting you have The Dining Room Terrace with pergola and abundance of scented roses. Luxury Restaurant Club member dining privileges apply, download free app here for details.
We like: Following a delicious meal with a lovely stroll to the beach (only 1 mile away)
And more great outdoor dining coming soon- hover over to find dates