Outside catering

Discover 10 top destinations for enjoying the delights of al fresco dining

The Pheasant at GestingthorpeChurch Street, Gestingthorpe C09 3AU01787 461196

THIS is your chance to dine in an award-winning garden. Chef/proprietor James Donoghue has installed his Chelsea Flower Show Bronze medal-winning garden at The Pheasant. The garden is a must for anyone wishing to dine outside this summer, with a superb view of the surrounding countryside. Dine here and you automatically feel at ease and can relax and enjoy the delicious food on offer.

MilsomsStratford Road, Dedham, Colchester CO7 6HW01206 322795

Set in a stunning two-acre garden, Milsoms has a huge sail that covers the entire terrace making dining al fresco a reality whatever the weather. Using local produce when in season, you will also find a tempting array of specials.

The Peldon RoseColchester Road, Colchester CO5 7QJ01206 735248

The garden at the Peldon Rose is perfect for summer dining. Spacious and sunny with a lovely pond, it is surrounded by trees giving it a private feel. Ideal for enjoying homemade food made from the freshest produce.

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The Thatchers ArmsMount Bures CO8 5AT01787 227460

The Thatcher's Arms is a country pub set on top of the rolling hills of the Colne and Stour Valleys. Food is locally sourced and freshly cooked and can be enjoyed inside or out in the large garden which boasts stunning views over meadows and fields. Bookings are definitely advised.The Coast Inn108 Coast Road, Mersea Island, Colchester CO5 8NA01206 383568

The Coast Inn on the River Blackwater offers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner in its garden overlooking the coast. You'll also see some stunning sunsets.

The Victory at Mersea92 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8LS 01206 382907

Visit The Victory and discover the best in casual dining in the bar, restaurant or garden, all with fantastic views over the Blackwater estuary. While adults relax in the garden, children can enjoy the play area.

Barda Restaurant30-32 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1SW 01245 357799

This restaurant has proved a big hit in Chelmsford. Barda has a decked patio area, so during the summer months you can sit outside and enjoy the glories of the British summer, as well as the tempting fixed price or a la carte menus.Swan Inn15 Brook Street, Manningtree CO11 1DJ01206 585066

Situated in Constable Country, the Swan Inn is the perfect place for walkers to rest and relax in the elegant garden. Enjoy the freshly-prepared food while enjoying the sea breeze from Mistley Quays and a crisp glass of wine.

The HoopStock Road, Stock CM4 9BD01277 841137

The Hoop is a freehouse which dates back 450 years. It is perfect for outdoor dining on warm summer days with a beautiful garden that contains not only a 30ft combined barbecue and hog roast, but also a garden bar.

The Bear StockThe Square, Stock CM4 9LH01277 829100

This 15th century coach inn has a wonderfully spacious beer garden with a lovely duck pond. With barbeques planned throughout the summer, tuna, swordfish, and award-winning beef burgers will be on the menu under the heated canopy. What could be better on a lazy summer evening?

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