I love eating and drinking outdoors and although it's obviously extra-special when the weather is balmy, I don't even mind bundling up to dine al fresco if the venue is worth the potential of getting slightly cold toes.
The UK's lockdown rules which allowed pubs and restaurants with outdoor space to open helped us all find some new gems which we might not have considered if the option to go indoors was available. Just searching for "best rooftop bars in London" opens up a whole range of hidden gems for instance.
But this weekend even with the choice of indoors or outdoors we chose to eat outside giving the whole meal a real holiday feel.
For me, the perfect outdoor restaurant has to tick three boxes:
- Great location
- Excellent food (and ideally, cocktails)
- Buzzy atmosphere.