The Best Places to Eat with Outdoor Dining in Berkshire

Berkshire is home to some of the best restaurants and pubs in the UK, offering a range of outdoor dining to suit every taste and occasion.

As a guest of Berkshire Rooms, you are never more than a short trip away from a memorable gastro experience.

Here is a flavour of the fantastic venues and stunning locations providing outdoor seating for those hot summer evenings or cosy, heated areas for those dark wintery nights. 

1. The Rowbarge, Woolhampton

The picturesque River Kennet flows alongside the Rowbarge in Woolhampton with its extensive outdoor dining area offering fantastic countryside views.

The centuries-old venue’s outdoor terrace and garden have undergone a recent facelift providing a peaceful setting for dining or enjoying a drink.

The Rowbarge boasts an extensive menu at reasonable prices and a stocked bar with real ales, wines and a selection of malts.

The gastro pub is a favourite of nature lovers being situated next to a canal towpath and only a few miles away from Beale Park. Nearby Reading and Pangbourne are easily accessible and provide an extensive variety of bars, restaurants and pubs with outdoor eating areas. 

2. The Fox, Peasemore

Situated in the heart of the pretty West Berkshire village of Peasemore, The Fox provides a memorable outdoor eating and drinking experience all year round with its heated and covered garden terrace.

A short drive from Newbury and surrounded by idyllic countryside, The Fox has rightly gained a reputation for its excellent location, cuisine and service.

Affordable alfresco eating and drinking never stops regardless of the time of year thanks to an outdoor terrace. The menu caters for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans with an emphasis on homemade ingredients.

The superb outdoor terrace area makes this one of the top destination pubs in Berkshire. Children and dogs are also welcome – perfect for that special family occasion.

3. The Great Shefford, Great Shefford

Staying in West Berkshire, The Great Shefford gastro pub in Great Shefford boasts a terrace flanking the River Lambourn and is perfectly located for bird and nature watching.

4. Ship Inn, Wokingham

The Grade II listed Ship Inn is situated in the heart of Wokingham and has a reputation for great food, ales and cocktails which can be enjoyed all year round from its new, heated outdoor seating area.

Fresh seasonal ingredients are the theme of its menu which offers everything from sandwiches and pizzas to hearty mains and tempting deserts.

With plenty of big screens for sporting occasions, regular comedy nights, and live music, this 400-year-old venue is a perfect entertainment hotspot for the whole family.

5. The Boatman, Windsor

Windsor’s only pub on the River Thames, The Boatman is one of the best venues with outdoor seating in Berkshire.

The extensive terrace area is an ideal spot for a bite to eat or relaxing drink while you watch the boats pass by.

Menu prices are more than reasonable and offer tempting dishes for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans.

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, visitors can relocate to the cosy conservatory, bar or dining room.

6. Other Windsor Eateries of Note

Windsor itself is awash with pubs, restaurants and bars boasting outdoor seating areas including The Henry VI with its new-look menu, bottomless brunches and gin lab or the dog-friendly Duke of Connaught with its Thai cuisine and guest ales including many from the local Windsor & Eton Brewery.

7. Waterside Inn, Bray

Michelin-starred chef, Alain Roux, has created an idyllic setting on the River Thames from which to enjoy the finest French cuisine in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.

Waterside Inn is on the pricier end of the scale and is perfect for those special occasions. The food is delicious and the outdoor seating area offers glorious river views. A range of menus are available and stand-out dishes include crab with yuzu and caviar or crispy frogs’ legs with basil agnolotti.

Visitors can also take advantage of The Waterside Inn II – the restaurant’s very own motorboat offering relaxing trips on the river. 

8. The Swan, Streatley

Further west up the River Thames from Bray is the pretty village of Streatley where The Swan is situated.

The tranquil, riverside location provides a perfect setting for eating and relaxing with the family. Serving everything from breakfast and afternoon tea to evening dinner, The Swan is among the best outdoor places to eat and drink in the area.

A tempting menu includes nibbles, sharing plates, pasta, pizzas, and scrumptious mains like sea-reared trout on the plancha, roasted halibut fillet and spice-roasted cauliflower.

Part of the Coppa Club group that also includes The Great House in nearby Sonning, The Swan has it all – whether it’s great food you’re looking for or simply somewhere to relax with a cocktail on the Thames.

9. The Woodspeen, Newbury

This Michelin-starred gem nestled in West Berkshire countryside is another location for those special occasions and for eating outdoors during warmer months.

The former country pub has been converted into a contemporary restaurant and bar with plenty of space for alfresco dining.

Renowned for its seasonal dishes and homegrown ingredients, The Woodspeen’s menu is of the highest quality which is reflected in the prices. The food and service are outstanding but without the stuffiness associated with some Michelin-starred venues.

10. Coworth Park, Ascot

A gorgeous location offering five-star luxury with heated outdoor patios.

At Coworth Park, all-day alfresco dining is available from The Drawing Room overlooking the terraced garden and croquet lawn. The Barn provides a more rustic feel with far-reaching views across polo fields and lush countryside.

When the weather turns chilly, visitors can grab a blanket and snuggle up near the warm glow of patio heaters and take advantage of some beautiful sunsets.

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Our properties are located in Berkshire’s major towns where a vast range of places to eat and drink will leave our guests feeling spoilt for choice.