Now that summer is here, there's nothing better than dining outside and making the most of the beautiful sunshine and stunning Cotswold surroundings. 

Here are 10 of our favourite places for al fresco dining in the Cotswolds.

The Bear of Rodborough
The Bear of Rodborough  Near Stroud

Expect a real garden party feel with fairy lights, deckchairs, and classic Kilner jars filled with your favourite treats… there’s even a retro popcorn machine and slushies for grown-ups! Weather dependent, the Pavilion Garden Bar is open daily serving drinks and a menu of family favourites. There are even garden games to keep the kids entertained!

The Maytime Inn
The Maytime Inn  Burford

Nestled in the historic village of Asthall, just outside Burford, The Maytime Inn’s private garden overlooks the beautiful rolling Cotswold hills. The picturesque walled garden and terrace make this an ideal outside dining location during the warmer months, and a tranquil spot to enjoy hot toddies by the fire pits in the cooler weather. The garden bar serves a mix of artisan gin, Cotswold Brewery beers and wine from Château Léoube: their sister estate vineyard in Provence. Don’t miss the seasonal wood-fired pizzas served from a converted horse box in the garden!

The Manor House
The Manor House  Moreton in the Marsh

Sitting in the heart of the historic market town of Moreton, a special experience awaits you at The Manor House. The magnificent 16th century hotel boasts a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and bar to tantalise your taste buds. Take a stroll around the peaceful seclusion of the beautiful walled gardens, sink into a deckchair with a Pimm’s or enjoy a cocktail on the terrace before your al fresco dinner. Oh, and pooches are welcome too!

The Feathered Nest Country Inn
The Feathered Nest Country Inn  Nether Westcote

Nestled in the sleepy village of Nether Westcote, this charming 17th century inn is truly a hidden gem for food & wine lovers. Originally an old Malthouse, the thoughtfully refurbished Feathered Nest offers stylish interiors paired with a cosy, warm atmosphere. Sitting in a glorious position overlooking the Evenlode Valley, the far-reaching views can be enjoyed from the spacious covered outdoor terrace and garden.

The Lygon Arms

The Lygon Arms  Broadway

The Courtyard Terrace lies at the heart of The Lygon Arms - a warm, secluded spot surrounded by beautiful Cotswold stone and glorious, landscaped gardens. The Courtyard is open all day, whether you opt for a quiet morning coffee, a laid back drink, or a relaxed al fresco lunch or dinner from Grill by James Martin. Whatever your preference, just relax and soak up the summer vibes.

The Swan
The Swan  Ascott under Wychwood

Described as having a slightly funky sense of formality by the Daily Telegraph, the Swan offers a stylish mix of rural chic and professional service. The 16th century pub with its wooden beams and eye-catching art also boasts a delightful terrace garden with a wisteria-clad pergola for those warm summer days and evenings.

Ellenborough Park
Ellenborough Park  Cheltenham

In the spring and summer, step outside of Ellenborough Park for a unique al fresco dining experience. Watch the sun set over Cheltenham from the front lawn with a chilled glass of bubbles, indulge in a luxurious afternoon tea or dine in one of their quirky carriages for a truly unforgettable meal. Whether you’re dining with friends, family or your four-legged friends, there’s a menu to suit everyone!

The Wild Rabbit
The Wild Rabbit  Kingham

A beautiful setting to dine in the warmer months, the terrace at The Wild Rabbit overlooks Kingham village and is perfect for a relaxed afternoon or evening with great company. Enjoy your favourite tipple or try one of the signature cocktails from the lovingly converted horsebox bar and sample the mouth-watering food.

The Painswick
The Painswick  Painswick

With a mantra for food that is ‘deliciously distinctive and made to be experienced’, The Painswick offers the perfect mix of fine-dining and breathtaking views. Kick back on the sunny terrace or balcony, take in the valley views and treat yourself to the decadence of a Painswick afternoon tea. Tuck into a selection of perfectly trimmed sandwiches, homemade pork pie and scotch egg, delicious cake of the day and the freshest scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.

Cleeve Hill
A picnic with a view - the Cotswolds

Bring a blanket, pop into one of the countless local delis or farm shops dotted across the Cotswolds for some scrumptious food and enjoy a truly unforgettable picnic with a view. Marvel at the breathtaking views from Cleeve Hill, between Cheltenham and Winchcombe, relax and watch boats sail by from the banks of the River Thames, or experience an atmospheric picnic in the shade of the tree canopy at Westonbirt Arboretum…. (there’s just so many possibilities!)




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