We’re not a nation known for our al fresco dining scene, but come April 12, when pubs, bars and restaurants can hopefully open for outdoor dining, you can bet we’ll be making the most of it – whatever the weather.
Assuming the key dates for the easing of lockdown measures go forward without delay (fingers crossed, everyone), groups of six people, or two households, will be able to gather in outdoor areas, public or private, for a much-needed catch-up. For many of us, that means making a beeline for our nearest beer garden.
Below Telegraph Food writers reveal where they will be trying to nab a table for a drink and some food – food that is delicious, of course, but also (praise be!) cooked by someone else.
Sam’s Riverside, Hammersmith
Recommended by William Sitwell, Telegraph Magazine food critic
Situated on the Thames, Sam Harrison’s popular restaurant had been open for less than half a year before the pandemic hit. With ample outdoor seating, which they extended throughout the summer months last year, it’s the first place I’ll be going for a plate of dressed crab and Queen of Puddings, to be enjoyed while catching some rays (I’m being optimistic, I know) and gazing up at Hammersmith Bridge.
Gylly Beach Cafe, Falmouth