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Bury St Edmunds & Beyond Top Al Fresco Dining Spots with a View!


Make the most of the warm days ahead and check out our pick of Bury St Edmunds & Beyond's top outdoor dining spots!

Pretty Outdoor Spaces

Damson & Wilde's Beautiful Outdoor Garden

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The stunning outdoor garden of Damson & Wilde in Bury St Edmunds is a popular outdoor dining destination!

Damson & Wilde is the perfect place to relax and unwind whether it's for lunch, coffee, dinner or a glass of wine.

The heart of their menu is simple. Well sourced seasonal ingredients, cooked simply, served with what you enjoy most. Nibbles, a sharing board or a few small plates - their food served your way.

Queens Bar & Grill's Pretty Garden Area

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Queens Bar & Grill's Courtyard Garden

Located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, Queens is a welcoming bar and grill serving top quality food and drink!

Queens Bar and Grill is located in what used to be the 'Queen's Head'. With a new lease of life and a complete re-design, they serve home-made american inspired food including burgers, ribs and bar nibbles in an atmospheric industrial style setting.

Split into a dining area, bar, conservatory and garden, there are plenty of areas to make yourself comfortable and tuck into one of their menu delights or just pop in for a cocktail...or two! There is a games room at the back with a pool table and table tennis, as well as board games dotted around for you and your friends. They have regular live music, events and showcase some big sports. Pooches are welcome in the bar area and garden, as long as they are well behaved and kept on a lead at all times.

A Traditional Pub Garden at The Masons Arms

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A traditional pub in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, The Masons Arms serves a fabulous selection of real and guest ales alongside hearty pub grub.

The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a pint of one of Greene King's cast ales (brewed within the town), alongside your meal; choose from Masons fish and chips, pulled beef chilli con carne, scampi, jackfruit burger and sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry.

Lounge and Garden's Charming Garden

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One of the town's most stylish cafes situated in Bury St Edmund's prestigious Hatter Street, the Lounge & Garden has a beautiful garden to soak up the sun and enjoy breakfast or lunch.

Enjoy one of their freshly baked giant fruit scones with clotted cream and jam with a pot of tea, a tasty breakfast, or a wrap or pannini with soup.

No4 Restaurant & Bar's Delightful Courtyard

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The pretty little courtyard at No4 Restaurant & Bar is perfect for a catch up with friends over lunch or dinner. It is Abbeygate Cinema's restaurant so why not book a pre film dinner?

Located in Hatter Street in the historic sector of town it is the perfect venue for coffee and a chat, afternoon tea with home-made cakes, a relaxing glass of wine or a sit-down meal, available day and evening.

No.4’s menu is created by the restaurant’s Red Seal certified Canadian chef, Alex Rotherham who specialises in Canadian West Coast cuisine blending foods from around the world yet using local produce when possible.

Midgar's Secret Courtyard

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The secret courtyard at Midgar is a lovely relaxing outdoor space tucked away from the hustle and bustle.

Make your way past the facilities and up a corridor to find the secret courtyard at the back of the coffee house.

An independent cafe serving good coffee, tasty toasties, scrumptious homebaked treats, Midgar has a friendly, cosy and tranquil atmosphere.

They are located on St John's Street, a road full of character with many independent shops just off the main shopping square of Bury St Edmunds.

Midgar serve specialty coffee, brewed teas, fresh juices, natural smoothies, homemade cakes, vegan and vegetarian toasties.

Pizza Express

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National chain Pizza Express can be found in Abbeygate Street with a bright open plan indoor setting which also has tables outside.

Sink Your Teeth Into Our Mouthwatering New Dishes, Like their Dough Balls Al Forno!

Cote Brasserie

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Cote serves simple, freshly prepared French food from breakfast through to lunch and dinner, daily.

Inspired by new trends in Paris where locals are tunring away from over complicated expernsive French food, Cote offers a modern approach to classic French dishes, such as steak frites, moules marinieres and corn fed chicken from the heart of rural Brittany.

The award-winning restaurant is dedicated to serving authentic dishes with a modern twist, welcoming the families, dining couples and friends to enjoy good food with good value for money.

They have an enclosed garden which offers alfresco dining.

Outside Food with a View

No 5 Angel Hill Overlooking the Abbey Gate

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Enjoying a fantastic spot on Angel Hill, overlooking the Abbey Gate and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, No 5 Angel Hill is a wonderful spot to eat outside and watch the world go by.

Enjoy breakfast or lunch here with tea, coffee or a glass of fizz and people watch.

While inside, there is artwork and tables from Dapper Aviation, which makes furniture from aircraft parts, and makes this cafe truly unique.

Beyond Bury St Edmunds ...

Ravenwood Hall Hotel

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Outdoor dining at Ravenwood Hall Hotel

There is ample outdoor seating at Ravenwood Hall Hotel near Bury St Edmunds, providing a range of sun, shade and cover from the rain (this is a British summer after all!)

Diners can have a pre-meal drink or enjoy their whole meal outdoors! Just write it as a special request when you book online https://ravenwoodhall.co.uk/book-table.

The Swan at Lavenham

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Soak up the sun with lunch, or watch as it goes down with a table in the pretty garden at The Swan at Lavenham.

The lunch menu includes grilled sardines, pressing of Suffolk ham hock, prawn and lobster cocktail and summer Caesar salad for starter; Adnams beer battered haddock, lamb and apricot burger, grilled herrings, summer green vegetable gnocchi, ribeye steak and grilled plaice.

To finish, enjoy a summer dessert of strawberry and elderflower fool, vanilla panna cotta, pistachio and chocolate brownie and apricot tarte tatin.

The Black Lion, Long Melford

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The 15th century Black Lion in Long Melford is the perfect space for a relaxed lunch, dinner or cocktails in the new conservatory which leads on to the large terrace.

You can start your day here with a delicious breakfast of full Suffolk breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled egg, poached egg with smashed avocado and brioche toast an buttermilk pancakes.

For lunch there's a 2 or 3 course set menu or afternoon tea menu to choose from and for dinner, the a'la carte menu features dishes such as line caught stone bass, pork tenderloin, rack of lamb, duck breast and chicken breast with chorizo.

The Weeping Willow

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Located in a pretty village in the heart of Suffolk, The Weeping Willow in Barrow has been beautiful restored and renovated.

The garden is one of the prettiest you will see, with beautiful herbaceous flower beds that surround the outside high tables with bar stools, wicker swings and as the name suggests, a weeping willow!

The menu is impressive; chargrilled ribeye steak, Willow burger in brioche bun, paella mixta, oyster mushroom risotto, and filet of seabass, followed by white chocolate crémeux, sticky toffee pudding, lemon posset and Willow mess. To accompany the food, make sure you also cast your eye over the gin and cocktail menu!

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