As you'd expect from an 'outdoor county' Suffolk has a wonderful selection of options for eating out and in the warmer months there is nothing more enjoyable than al fresco dining. Outdoor eating is fun for everyone, whether you're looking for a family feast or treating a loved one to a romantic meal for two. Find a selection of our favourites - The Great House Restaurant & Hotel, Lavenham
An award-winning French restaurant in the marketplace of medieval Lavenham, The Great House Restaurant & Hotel
now offers a deluxe a la carte menu to be taken in their striking garden patio. The patio is fully heated and features a fantastic canopy, making al fresco dining even more of a delight (and somewhat less unpredictable!). Open for dinner from Tuesday to Friday and lunch from Wednesday to Saturday, please contact the Great House by clicking on the link above to book your table on the terrace.The Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh
Located just a few steps from Aldeburgh's shingle beach, The Brudenell Hotel
boasts a recently refurbished award-winning restaurant where fish and seafood grill are specialities. The stylish, sea-facing terrace complete with heated patio is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the setting sun, before indulging in the extensive menu at this two AA Rosette Award Seafood & Grill restaurant. Southwold Pier, Southwold
Further up the Suffolk Coast in Southwold is Southwold Pier
where you have a number of 'dining out' options. Food is served at the Boardwalk Restaurant outside on the boards when weather permits, and you can also enjoy snacks and hot meals from the Cafes at either end of the Pier which both have seating outside. So you can choose whatever you fancy on the Pier!The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett
To enjoy a superb selection of vegetarian & vegan delights, visit The Veggie Red Lion, Great Bricett
! This fantastic pub-restaurant offers an array of meat-free and dairy-free meals, all lovingly prepared and great value for money. Diners may opt to eat al fresco in the terraced garden at both lunchtime and in the evening every day except Mondays. Please click on the link above for full details and to view the menu.
Picnic Sites in SuffolkHintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswich
One of the best ways to eat al fresco is on a summer family picnic in one of Suffolk's picnic sites - please click on the link above for full details.
Offering all who visit a truly pampering, luxurious experience, Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswich
, has some al fresco dining options to tantalise your taste buds! You can stop by Harry's at Hintlesham Hall which offers casual dining all day and evening, and can be taken on one of the terraces or the lawn. Traditional Afternoon Tea can also be enjoyed outside overlooking the spectacular grounds (weather permitting). To find out what else this magnificent hotel can offer you, please click on the link above.The Three Tuns Coaching Inn, Pettistree
Close to Woodbridge and Ipswich, The Three Tuns Coaching Inn, Pettistree
, is an 18th Century coaching inn transformed to offer fantastic nights out and great accommodation. Every weekend the Alfresco Grill outdoor experience is offered, with all food displayed and cooked in front of you and eaten in the outdoor seating area. The Three Tuns is also available for outside bars and buffets - please click on the link above to enquire.
Alfresco Dining at Suffolk's Best Restaurants, Cafés & PubsAfternoon Tea in Suffolk
Surely one of the finest ways to enjoy some al fresco delights, Afternoon Tea in a Suffolk Hotel
has something to offer everyone - from tasty sandwiches to yummy cakes, and more. Many hotels in Suffolk offer traditional Afternoon Tea and several can be taken outside on terraces and lawns. Please click on the link above for more information.Thornham Coach House Restaurant, Thornham Magna
To enjoy some hearty home-cooking that certainly doesn't scrimp on portion sizes, Thornham Coach House Restaurant
warmly welcomes you. This family-run restaurant provides outside eating in the large courtyard, where, if you are lucky, you might even spot one of the peacocks that frequently visit! Click on the link above for menu details and to make a reservation.Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
To combine al fresco eating with an event-filled day out, check out Kentwell Hall, Long Melford
. Offering guided tours, extensive public gardens, Tudor recreations and a rare breeds farm, there is something for all the family to enjoy. The Tearoom has undercover seating where you can relax with some light refreshments, and there are two popular picnic areas with breath-taking surroundings. Some days, there is even a Spit Roast on the grounds - please click on the link above to find out more.
Outdoor Activities in SuffolkTuddenham Mill, Tuddenham
What better way to work up an appetite before your al fresco dining experience than by partaking in an outdoor activity in Suffolk! With things to do for the whole family, you are sure to find the perfect way to spend your day here. Please click on the link above for more information.
An expertly converted former watermill, Tuddenham Mill
offers a chic yet rustic, modern menu created by their award-winning head chef. You have the option of dining outside in warmer months, beside the pretty pond in the garden. There are also window-tables available indoors, with fantastic views of the mill stream. Please click on the link above to make your reservation. The Westleton Crown, Westleton
Offering complete meals or light snacks, The Westleton Crown
is a traditional and charismatic former coaching inn restored to create an inn, restaurant and hotel all in one. The pretty terraced garden is a lovely place to enjoy a locally-caught seafood dish or some more traditional, home-made English pub grub. You can even request a picnic or packed lunch - and the sandwiches, with doorstep-cut bread, are a meal in themselves! Please click on the link above to learn more about what the Westleton Crown can offer you.
Suffolk RestaurantsThe George, Cavendish
From home-cooked traditional meals to first class fine dining (and everything in between!), Suffolk Restaurants have it all! To find menus that will tantalise your taste buds, please click on the link above.
A 600 year-old timber-framed building loving restored and refurbished to create a wonderful eating out venue with accommodation, The George at Cavendish
offers a wide range of dishes to suit all tastes and budgets> The menu changes with the seasons, and all meals have the option of being taken outside under heated canopies. Please find out more and contact the George by clicking on the link above.The Ship, Dunwich
Located in the quiet village of Dunwich and surrounded by nature reserves, heath land and the beach, The Ship at Dunwich
has undertaken the mission to provide guests with food that is home-made, traditional and excellent value for money. Visitors are welcome to dine in the huge terraced garden, dotted with fruit trees, or the atmospheric conservatory. For more information please click on the link above.
Family Friendly Restaurants in SuffolkCafé Bencotto, Felixstowe
Meal-times are wonderful family events at the best of times - and not least when you are staying in Suffolk! There are many eating out options that cater for the tastes of the whole family. Please click on the link above for full details.
If you love Italian food then the trendy Café Bencotto
in the seaside town of Felixstowe is a great choice for you. You can begin your evening out with antipasti in the heated courtyard before heading indoors to select from the diverse menu featuring Mediterranean delights of Arabian, Greek, Italian and Spanish origin. Vegetarians are well catered for and you can watch the talented chefs in action in the open plan kitchen. Please click on the link above for full details. Relevant Links:Best Restaurants in SuffolkFine Dining in SuffolkSuffolk Food and DrinkOpen Air SuffolkOutdoor Sports in SuffolkSuffolk Tourist Guide