12 of the best places to eat al fresco in Yorkshire
- Credit: Grantley Hall
Here's our pick of places to gather outdoors with friends and family to catch-up. and enjoy the sunshine and great food across Yorkshire.
Laurent Perrier Champagne & Seafood Terrace, Bolton Abbey
The Devonshire Arms brings back its Laurent Perrier Champagne & Seafood Terrace with a pop-up marquee complete with uninterrupted views over the magnificent Dales, where diners can feast ‘al fresco’ on a range of seafood platters for sharing, served on marble café tables, accompanied by a favourite tipple, whether it be Laurent Perrier Champagne La Cuvée, or a chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. There’s also a tempting Brasserie menu.
Yorebridge House, Wensleydale
This popular Dales hotel is in the prettiest of locations and you can now enjoy a more laid-back vibe with the outside dining menu that includes wood-fired pizzas, sharing boards and sweet treats.
Rudding Park, Harrogate
The Clocktower has one of the best south-facing terraces and eating out spaces in Yorkshire, for a more private gathering, you can book out the Breeze House for 2-8 diners.
Chophaus, Oakwood, Leeds
A new heated outdoor deck makes the dining easy at this North Leeds food favourite. Chef Lee Murdoch is at the helm with a collection of menus taking inspiration from around Asia, Europe and beyond. Raw & Sushi include the refreshing salmon tartare tacos with grapefruit and a lime crème fraiche, California crab rolls, spicy tuna gunmaki and Kumamoto oysters with yuzu and galea apple. There’s also a grill menu.
The Sandside Café, Sandsend
A great all-weather beachside café with decked area, fine cakes and exceptionally good good crab sandwiches:
Coffee Culture, Shibden Country Park
If you’re making a trip to Shibden Hall for some Gentleman Jack tourism, this lakeside café offers a pre-booked afternoon tea. It’s also open daily for snacks and cakes in a lovely restful spot.
The Norton Courtyard, Grantley Hall, nr Ripon
A really magical little spot that mixes English country garden with some chateau chic in this super-luxe hotel. You can dine on lobster or fish and chips – whatever takes your fancy. There are classic salads and a Josper grill for fired-up treats as well as a great summer garden drinks menu.
Kilnsey Park, Skipton
Café by the Lake offers outside seating and table service overlooking Kilnsey Park’s famous two fresh water angling lakes and just a stone’s throw from the famous Kilnsey Crag.
Star Inn the City, York
One of the loveliest waterside spots to while away an afternoon, Andrew Pern’s city hotspot has a lovely terrace and hard-to-beat food.
Brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks all served outside on the heated and in places – covered – terraces and Secret Garden.
Black Bull Sedbergh
Rustic outdoor dining in the stables and meadow is what you get at this acclaimed gastro pub that’s worth a journey, when we can do bigger journeys. Quality food from the team that made it in the Top 50 gastropubs this year and who serve up ‘epic menu, beers, funky wines’.
Fat Badger, Harrogate
The popular neighbourhood brasserie welcomes you to Pod Ville! Enjoy dining alfresco in your very own private pod. Join up to five of your nearest and dearest in this intimate space, for an AA rosette dining experience outside, perfect for this Spring’s social scene. Book your Pod for just £5 per hour Monday – Thursday and £10 per hour Friday – Sunday.
Find more outdoor dining inspiration in the April/May issue of Yorkshire Life