When the sun’s shining there’s no better place to be than outside, basking in those rays. Summer is also when barren beer gardens spring to life, and plant-filled terraces come into bloom. Here’s 8 of the best al fresco spots that welcome dogs and humans.
Petersham Nurseries’ reputation precedes it, so you’ll need to get your booking in early for this plant-filled south London spot. Overhead vines and creepers offer shade from the sun, and diners can choose from a menu of Italian-inspired dishes made using Petersham produce. petershamnurseries.com.
Chow down on some Rick Stein recipes at this peaceful Cornish pub, which is tucked away in the village of St Merryn. There’s a huge beer garden out back, and dogs are welcome as long as they’re kept on-lead. The countryside is just on this pub’s doorstep, making this a good mid-walk stopping-off point, or the perfect start to a long ramble. www.rickstein.com.
Sat on the edge of a dog-friendly beach – voted Sunday Times Beach of the year 2017 – this Newquay restaurant has sand, sea, and sumptuous food, including plenty of fresh fish. If you visit on a Woof Wednesday, there’s even a canine dinner on offer, which raises money for a local animal charity. www.lustyglaze.co.uk.
While perhaps not as picturesque as a countryside beer garden, the Thames has its own undeniable charm – which Londoners can make the most of at Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow, where diners gaze across the river while feasting on classic pub fare. Dogs are welcome in the restaurant, and we recommend an evening visit when the water’s reflecting the lights of the city. www.luxepetguide.com.
Immerse yourself in history at this 450-year-old Gloucestershire pub, which is perfectly placed for exploring the many walks of the Cotswolds. The menu offers updated versions of British classics, as well as a cracking Sunday lunch, all of which can be enjoyed in the pub’s wisteria-decked garden. theluckyonion.com.
If it’s sea views you’re after, then stop off at Newquay’s Lewinnick Lodge, which is perched at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic. There’s fresh seafood on the menu, of course, but it’s really the chance to gaze over the water, and maybe spot a dolphin or two, that makes this one special. lewinnicklodge.co.uk.
It doesn’t get more traditional than this thatch-roofed pub set in the Devon countryside, which welcomes dogs into its peaceful greenery-filled beer garden. The nearby Branscombe Beach is also dog friendly, and there’s plenty of coastal walks nearby. www.masonsarms.co.uk.
The Bluebird in Chelsea welcomes dogs with open arms, and is regularly included on lists of London’s most dog-friendly dining hotspots. The food’s not to be sniffed at either – think pork shoulder and tuna tartare, and a long list of specialist cocktails. Even better, you can enjoy all that while soaking up the sun on the Bluebird’s front terrace. www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk.
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