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Catergories: Food and Drink

The summer months and the warmer weather have arrived (hurrah!), perfect for some alfresco dining! Enjoy Hampshire's delicious food and drink in some of the best places to eat outdoors, whilst soaking up the sunshine.

We have put together the guide below to some of the top places in Hampshire you can sit outdoors, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat or a cooling drink. From great pub gardens to fine dining at country house hotels and gin and tonics by the sea to vibrant city centre outdoor café culture, Hampshire is a foodies' dream. 

Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth


Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays has over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops to choose from in its stunning waterfront location including Brasserie Blanc, Pizza Express, and the Cosy Club.  Pull up a chair on one of the waterside dining terraces and take in the views of the boats going by underneath the Spinnaker Tower. 

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Harbour Hotel Southampton 

HarBar on 6th at Southampton Harbour Hotel

The super-yacht inspired Harbour Hotel Southampton has not one but two stunning outdoor decks to enjoy some al fresco food and drink with views of the Ocean Village Marina. 

On the ground-floor at the bow, The Jetty specialises in fresh seafood, with relaxed seating and private pods. On the rooftop, the wraparound terrace of HarBAR on the 6th has some of the best views in the city, accompanied by contemporary dishes and cocktails. 

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Bombay Sapphire Distillery, Laverstoke

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Few bars can boast a backdrop as impressive as the glasshouses of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, the home of Bombay Sapphire gin at the historical Laverstoke Mill.

The Distillery’s Mill Bar is a beautiful space within the boutique botanical palace, where guests on the excellent experiences, as well as visitors, can enjoy Bombay Sapphire cocktails inside and outside on the terrace beside the River Test.

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The Greyhound on The Test, Stockbridge

The Greyhound on The Test's outdoor dining space

WILDS Kitchen at the Greyhound on The Test is a gorgeous outside dining area right next to the sparkling River Test. A variety of different nights take place throughout the summer, from wood-fired pizzas to gourmet burgers, so there is always something exciting to tempt your tastebuds. 

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The Mayfly, Chilbolton near Stockbridge

The Mayfly

The Mayfly picnic tables are nestled between the River Test and one of its many tributaries creating the perfect picture from every angle. The famous Test Way leads to the pub and it is just across the road from the West Down Nature Reserve which makes it the perfect stop for a pint after a long walk or bike ride.

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The Watership Down Inn, near Whitchurch

The Watership Down Inn Exterior

The Watership Down Inn nestles at the foot of the North Wessex Downs near Whitchurch, overlooking the headwaters of the Test Valley. The renowned Watership Down lies to the north of the Inn. The Watership Down Inn has a large garden and sun terrace perfect for savouring its local produce dishes in the sunshine. 

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The Old Vine, Winchester

Outdoor seating at The Old Vine in Winchester

Cafe culture is part of the Winchester way of life and of the prettiest spots in the city is on one of The Old Vine’s outdoor tables facing the cathedral. Summer favourites include steamed Exmouth mussels in white wine and garlic cream; free-range chicken and chorizo skewers with a light Cajun spice; and The Old Vine’s famous home-made Scotch egg. You can also find a spot in The Old Vine's flower-filled rear patio and conservatory, one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

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Lainston House, Winchester

Lainston House on the outskirts of the city of Winchester

Luxury alfresco dining is available on Lainston House’s Indian stone terraces to enjoy everything from a glass of Pimm’s to a fine award-winning dinner with far reaching views down the avenue of limes. For a quintessentially English experience, pick up a picnic basket and find a spot in the 63 acres of parkland. 

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Four Seasons Hampshire, Dogmersfield Park 

Four Seasons pizza

The alfresco La Terrazza restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire brings a touch of La Dolce Vita to the county.

Dine out on mouthwatering pizzas straight from the traditional pizza oven, bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients complemented by a colourful selection of freshly prepared salads and fine Italian cold cuts. Fill your glass with an Italian-inspired cocktail and enjoy the lush countryside views.

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The Beach Club, Southsea

The Beach Club

A proudly independent beachside bar and restaurant, combining a passion for food and drink with the South’s most sought after view.

Mouth-watering contemporary dishes and a classic seaside selection are available all day, catering for all ages. The Beach Club supports local suppliers and food is prepared freshly to order.

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Southsea Beach Cafe

Southsea Beach Cafe

Southsea Beach Cafe is positioned right on the beach at South Parade Pier.

The cafe has the most amazing uninterrupted views of the Solent and Isle of Wight, which you can enjoy whilst eating and drinking freshly cooked food from local produce. 

Come rain or shine there is a indoor and outdoor terrace area and when the sun comes out there is a retractable roof to enjoy the weather and locally sourced home cooked and seasonal food.

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Inn on the Beach, Hayling Island

Inn on the Beach

Occupying a stunning location right on the beach on Hayling Island, the Inn on the Beach is the ideal destination on a warm summer day. With more open space than ever and views overlooking the Solent, the Inn on the Beach is the perfect place to unwind and catch the ever-changing sunset. Don’t miss out on the chance to grab some fish & chips from the garden kitchen this summer and experience these views for yourself. With the Inn’s regularly rotated guest and craft ales, you won’t go thirsty on their watch!

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Beachcomber Cafe, Barton on Sea

Beachcomber cafe

Located on Barton on Sea cliff top the Beachcomber Cafe is surrounded by stunning views of The Solent and the Isle of Wight's Needles. 

The cafe has a large garden which is perfect for taking in the views in the sunshine.  Look out for live music taking place on most weekends.

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Where is your favourite place to eat and drink outdoors in Hampshire? Tell us below in the comments. 

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