Dining 'Alfresco' is one of life's simple pleasures. Although we may not always be blessed with the most clement weather, Bath has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to riverside eateries, piazzas and courtyards, or even sun-trapped gardens who offer exquiste surroundings to match their culinary expetise.
It may seem a bit perverse to talk about eating out under the stars when we are only just being allowed back inside, but with so many outstanding venues to choose from, it would be folly of us not to pick some of the best fine dining restaurants, destinations and city centre locations for you to try this summer.
The Royal Crescent
16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS
Tel: 01225 823333
Our award winning dishes are created with passion and served with pride by our Executive Head Chef, David Campbell.
Overlooking our green and pleasant gardens, hotel guests and non-residents can enjoy a wide range of delicious freshly prepared food. We would advise all persons wishing to dine with us to book in advance to avoid possible disappointment.
When it’s warm and sunny what better place to enjoy an exquisite meal than our beautiful gardens. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, a mid-morning snack or an indulgent Afternoon Tea, there’s something incredibly special about eating outdoors. Pull up a chair, tune into the birdsong and tuck into some tremendously tasty food.
Homewood Park, Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath, Somerset BA2 7TB
Tel: 01225 580439
With a large patio, outdoor kitchen, rustic pizza oven, relaxed seating area and views across the hotel’s manicured lawns and the rolling Somerset countryside, the sun-drenched Terrace will be the place to be seen this spring and summer. Guests (two-legged and four-legged) may enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and of course, cocktails aplenty, every day from 12-9pm.
And now for something completely different - your very own 'Big Green Egg' barbecue dining experience, nestled amongst the tree line of our lawns, with unbroken views over the hotel grounds.
Welcomed onto our lawns with a glass of Taittinger Champagne, a three-course dining extravaganza awaits. Whilst enjoying a mezze platter to start, you'll have your very own ‘Big Green Egg’ barbecue butler grilling your main event, you can also have a go at becoming a grill master yourselves! There’s plenty of time to grab those ‘Instagrammable’ shots whilst sipping on a glass of wine before pudding is served to your dome.
18-19 Pulteney Road, Bath, BA2 4EZ
Tel: 01225 580439
The Bird, just a short saunter from Bath’s main attractions, will open its Plate Terrace. Offering one of the city’s best alfresco views and offering a sensory layer cake for the eyes, the terrace is perfectly located to take in the beautiful scenery of Bath. It sits in an elevated position with views across to the Rec, Bath Abbey and the honey-coloured stone buildings beyond.
Reflecting the fun and flamboyant nature of the hotel, this colourful space is designed to bring a smile to everyones faces after a year of lockdowns. A mix of relaxed seating for dining and drinks includes covered pavilions for the Terrace to be enjoyed by families, friends – and four-legged friends - whatever the weather brings.
The Abbey Hotel
North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF
Tel: 01225 461603
Swing by for one of their alfresco tables on North Parade – a sought-after spot for city centre dining and watching the world go by. Order from a menu of delicious food made using top-quality local produce.
The Hare and Hounds
Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5TJ
Tel: 01225 482682
Located at the top of Lansdown Road, and boasting some of the most breathtaking view of the countryside surrounding Bath, The Hare & Hounds has one of the best alfresco facilities on the city. Enjoy a drink or two and admire the vista out in their large garden, and, if hunger strikes, their menu of delicious, seasonal fare will be just the ticket.
Open every day for breakfast, there's a busy atmosphere before lunch is even served, with locals and visitors meeting for coffee and pastries. All food is home-cooked, seasonal fare that ticks the box whether you're after a simple bite to eat or a three-course dinner.
Locksbrook Road, Bath, BA1 3EN
Tel: 01225 427119
In the summer, sit out in the sunshine beside the water and sample the wide range of drinks on offer from our outside bar, while winter offers the perfect opportunity to settle next to the wood-burning stove with friends.
The Locksbrook Inn caters to everyone with ease, with small plates through to hearty hefty portions and everything has a bit of a Locksbrook twist. This is gastropub dining, but not quite as you know it.
The menu is packed with tasty sharing and small plates, salads are big, fresh and exciting and every tasty nine-inch pizza is handmade and hand-tossed before being cooked to delicious perfection. There is also plenty of traditional gastropub staples from battered Brixham fish and chips to 28-day-aged ribeye steak with your choice of sauce and a hearty food truck burger.
Kickstart your day with a Locksbrook brunch which offers delicious classics like eggs benedict, florentine and royale or a big Locksbrook breakfast.
The Brasserie at Lucknam Park
Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ
Tel: 01225 742777
Enjoy a seasonal, dining experience at The Brasserie, a contemporary and stylish restaurant in the spa building. It’s the perfect place to while away the hours whatever the weather, with a contemporary, light and airy interior. The extensive use of glass gives the impression of the garden and The Brasserie being as one, with views of the pretty dovecote and flowerbeds.
Our Chefs use seasonal produce, sourced from local suppliers wherever possible, and ingredients straight from our kitchen garden. Enjoy morning coffee and pastries, lunch and dinner in the restaurant with a full a la carte menu available daily from midday to 9pm. A lounge menu is available from 12pm to 9pm and Sunday lunch is served from midday to 4pm.
Over the course of the summer, we update our Alfresco focus to give you one of the most comprehensive guides for locals and visitors alike. to promote your venue, contact:
The Bath Priory Hotel
Weston Road, Bath, BA1 2XT
Tel: 01225 331922
Escape the hustle and bustle of Bath's city centre for a cosy, casual dining experience with a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our all new vibrant and informal menu serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper is packed with seasonal, light and exciting dishes.
The terrace at The Bath Priory is a very special spot for alfresco dining and drinking, backed in early summer by the scented wisteria clad walls of the hotel and overlooking four acres of beautiful gardens. The perfect spot for a glass of Champagne or any other choice of tipple, everyone is welcome, whether to eat or simply enjoy a drink, with the terrace open from 8am until late.
Bath Pizza Co
Green Park Station, Bath, BA1 1JB
Tel: 01225 566668
Bath Pizza Co make fresh, award winning wood fired pizza in the historic old Green Park Station. Popular with locals and visitors to Bath, this laid back semi-alfresco pizzeria is a buzzing casual dining space in one of Bath's most unique landmarks.
Bath Pizza Co also proudly offers two-for-one cocktails and drinks from the main indoor Brasserie bar where live jazz, funk, soul and swing music flows through the main restaurant (Green Park Brasserie's) doors.
Set underneath a stunning Victorian railway glass roof, next to the old ticketing hall, Bath Pizza Co were finalists at the National Pizza Awards last year and recently won Independent Restaurant of the Year at the European Pizza Awards.
Casual dining, so no bookings required. Bath Pizza Co has huge heaters during the colder months and indoor seating available (Sunday through to Thursday) inside the main Brasserie restaurant.