12 outdoor dining experiences in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 13:30 23 July 2020

Petersham Nurseries (c) Herry Lawford, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Petersham Nurseries (c) Herry Lawford, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


Come summer, we Brits always try our best to recreate the Mediterranean dining experience by eating outside - perhaps more this year than ever before. Here we round up some of Surrey’s top places to dine al fresco | Words: Rebecca Younger

1) Barnett Hill

With wrap-around terraces, gorgeous gardens and divine delights from the kitchen (and the bar!) Barnet Hill is a fantastic spot to pitch up at for a post lock-down treat.

It’s just joined forces with Silent Pool to launch a gin garden on the Wendy House lawn, where you can enjoy afternoon teas paired with three Silent Pool Gin drinks.

Blackheath Lane, Wonersh, Guildford GU5 0RF Tel: 01483 893361

2) Bingham Riverhouse, Richmond

Looking out onto the River Thames, the Bingham Riverhouse hotel’s restaurant in Richmond has recently been taken over by ‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ winner Steven Edwards.

From Friday to Sunday there is a ‘spaced out’ dining menu inside but you can also step onto the walled English garden’s terraces and lush green lawns for a Champagne picnic with superb views of the river.

61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 6UT Tel: 020 8940 0902

3) The Clock House, Ripley

The Michelin-starred, 3 AA Rosette restaurant in Ripley has a gorgeous terrace tucked away at the back, which provides the perfect setting to enjoy a summer’s drink alongside their summer three-course lunch menu created by new head chef Paul Nicholson.

High Street, Ripley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6AQ Tel: 01483 224777

4) The Dysart, Petersham

The Dysart has created a beautiful outdoor garden to provide an exquisite alfresco dining area for guests to view acres upon acres of Richmond Park.

South-facing and capturing the sun’s rays throughout the seasons, this Michelin-star restaurant offers top quality cuisine in the blossoming gardens.

135 Petersham Road, Petersham, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7AA Tel: 020 8940 8005

5) The Garden House, Leatherhead

Grab a blanket and head to The Garden House at Beaverbrook, near Leatherhead, where you can pick a spot in the grounds and dine on their picnic menu featuring dishes made with ingredients from the kitchen garden.

Reigate Road, Leatherhead KT22 8QX Tel: 01372 571300


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6) Great Fosters, Egham

With views of the Parterres, Japanese bridge, Rose garden and fountain the south-facing terrace at Great Fosters couldn’t be more idyllic.

Accompany that with an afternoon tea or meal from the Estate Grill terrace menu, where could be better to while away an afternoon and perhaps the evening too? Afterwards you can walk the gardens and take in sculptures by renowned artist David Harber, which will be scattered around the grounds until September 30.

Stroude Rd, Egham TW20 9UR Tel: 01342 714914

7) The Ivy, Cobham

Another riverside dining spot (not that you’d know it from the outside) the garden terrace at The Ivy in Cobham butts onto the River Mole.

Dine on British classics or take afternoon tea in this quintessential English country garden.

The Ivy Cobham Brasserie, 48 High Street, Cobham, KT11 3EF Tel: 01932 901777

8) Inn on the Lake, Cobham

Whether you are a keen golfer or simply want to absorb beautiful lakeside views while enjoying dinner on the heated terrace, this bistro suits all.

The restaurant offers a dish for every occasion and serves a blend of contemporary and traditional cuisines.

Silvermere Golf, Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1EF Tel: 01932 584316

9) Kinghams, Shere

Situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Shere, the gardens at Surrey Life’s 2019 Restaurant of the Year winner, Kinghams, are a great spot for an al fresco meal- the charming 17th century building providing a stunning backdrop.

Gomshall Lane, Shere, GU5 9HE Tel: 01483 202168

10) Petersham Nurseries, Petersham

Hidden amongst the botanical haven of Petersham Nurseries is the perfect spot for guests to escape from the hustle and bustle of city/town life. The internationally prized garden centre overflows with some of the most luscious flowers and plants to create a place of calm and beauty, where foodies can enjoy a delicious meal.

Plus, for the first time ever, service will extend on selected evenings until sundown.

Church Lane, off Petersham Road, Petersham, Richmond upon Thames, TW10 7AB Tel: 020 8940 5230

11) Piccolino La Griglia, Virginia Water

With its 110-seat all-weather al fresco terrace, Piccolino La Griglia has brought Sicily to Surrey.

Featuring a retractable roof, the restaurant, situated opposite Virginia Water Lake, also boasts an outdoor wood burning and charcoal grill.

London Road, Virginia Water, GU25 4QE.Tel: 01344 844756

12) Thai Terrace, Guildford

With one of the best and most unexpected views around, the Thai Terrace is found hidden away on the top of a town centre car park and is home to the Palm Terrace, where cocktails and delicious Thai lunches can be enjoyed.

The perfect way to heighten the senses…

7th floor Castle Car Park, Sydenham Road, Guildford, GU1 3RW Tel: 01483 503350


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