Prettiest Places to Eat Al Fresco

From riverside retreats to secret gardens

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15th July, 2021

Head for secret gardens and sunny terraces in our city and market towns, unwind by a river or feast on a farm.

Riverside Delights

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Castle House Hotel

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ye old ferrie inn

Ye Old Ferrie Inn

The Lion, Leintwardine

What could be lovelier than lunch in the gardens at The Lion? The lawns run down to the River Teme, with stunning views of the Welsh Marches behind, whilst the menu is a showcase of seasonal local produce.

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Ye Old Ferrie Inn, Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat is just the spot for an adventure! Hire a canoe or paddleboard to launch from Ye Olde Ferrie Inn and return afterwards for a well-earned lunch on the riverside terrace, accompanied by a local tipple.

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Bridge Inn, Michaelchurch Escley

Glorious food in an idyllic setting is on offer at the Bridge Inn. Deep in the Golden Valley, it will summon everyone’s inner romantic, with its weeping willows and views of the Black Mountains.

Castle House Hotel, Hereford

An enchanting spot near the Cathedral, Castle House Hotel is famed for its afternoon teas. Sample the finest sandwiches, scones and sweet treats in the gardens, which overlook the former Castle moat.

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The Riverside, Aymestrey

This characterful black and white former coaching inn, so typical of North Herefordshire, sits alongside the River Lugg. It’s a real treat to dine alfresco and the excellent menu always features favourites from the kitchen garden.

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Hen and Dot Cafe, Flanesford

Basking in its glorious green surroundings by the River Wye, Hen and Dot Cafe is based at Flanesford Priory. Call in after a trip to Goodrich Castle or Ross-on-Wye, for a delicious brunch or fabulous cake.

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Feasts on the Farm

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Drovers Rest Farm

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Green Cow Kitchen

Crumplebury, Green Cow Kitchen

Drovers Rest Farm

Magical foodie gatherings are a speciality at this organic farm near Hay-on-Wye. Book your place at a five-course Wild Feast, or a simpler Food Night, to enjoy communal meals cooked on open fires, accompanied by lush cocktails.

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Crumplebury, Whitbourne

Eat at Green Cow Kitchens or book for one of their spectacular woodland feasts. You’ll wind your way along a secret path through the woods and emerge in an enchanted glade with laden tables, twinkling lights and the Farm Landy loaded with chilled drinks. Cheers!

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Secret Gardens

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Stockton Bury Gardens

Stockton Bury Gardens

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La Madeleine

La Madeleine

Stockton Bury Gardens, Leominster

The Tithe Barn Cafe at this beautiful garden just outside Leominster is open to all. Admire the planting as you tuck into their delicious salads, quiches and cakes, made with local and homegrown produce.

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La Madeleine, Hereford

French favourite La Madeleine is found on Church Street, in the independent quarter. Tuck into homemade specialities in their chic secluded garden which catches the sun by day and is lit by candles in the evening.

The Malthouse, Ledbury

Relax over superb brunches, lunches and cakes in the tranquil courtyard garden at The Malthouse. Hidden away on Ledbury’s pretty cobbled Church Lane, it also has a gallery which is perfect for a mooch.

The Ledberry, Ledbury

Weave your way through this lifestyle boutique on Ledbury’s Homend to find their stylish garden (and absolute suntrap). Catch up with friends over coffees or cocktails, accompanied by a sharing board.

Sunny City Terraces

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The Yard

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Sensory & Rye

Sensory & Rye

The Yard, Hereford

Step through the arch to discover The Yard, a colourful, urban eating and drinking space bedecked with fairy lights and tents. Order excellent eats from The Bookshop, The Burger Shop or Barabeka and you’re all set!

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The Courtyard Chase Lounge, Hereford

The Courtyard, the county’s creative and cultural hub,  has teamed up with Chase Distillery to create the Chase Lounge. Relax on the stylish Rooftop Terrace over small plates and traditional dishes as well as fabulous cocktails.

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Sensory & Rye, Hereford

Chill out at this cool eaterie. The sunny terrace is  tucked away at the back and is just the spot for brunch, lunch or a well-earned coffee and cake. Expect creative flavours, perfect presentation and edible flowers.

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The Green Dragon, Hereford

On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Green Dragon offers al fresco dining on Broad Street. Parisienne-style seating, seasonal specials, plus heaters and blankets for cooler evenings.

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No 9 The Balcony, Hereford

Serving brunch in the daytime, and cocktails and small plates in the evening, No 9 specialises in Cornish seafood. Hang out with friends on the buzzy balcony over an espresso martini or two.

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