15 gorgeous garden terraces and rooftop bars
Put your glad-rags and heels on standby, we’ve collated the best garden terraces and rooftop bars in 'hood. Ibuprofen at the ready? Then we’ll begin!
We love the cosy vibes of a country pub, but sometimes we need the pizzazz of a restaurant or cocktail bar where only a Porn Star martini will do. With outdoor tables booking up quickly in April, you’ll need to clickety click quick to guarantee your al fresco fun.
Coworth Park, Sunningdale
Having been cooped up for months, it’s time to indulge – and Coworth Park has not one but two terraces to waft, scoff and quaff. The Drawing Room Terrace will offer all day posh nosh with views across the gardens and meadow. It will be decked out in spring florals with patio heaters, Coworth Park embroidered blankets and the warm glow of lanterns. It’s the perfect spot for sundowners. Over at the more relaxed and rustic Barn Terrace your get views of the polo fields and a family-friendly menu of British classics. Both open from 12 April.
Roux at Skindles, Maidenhead
It’s got Roux over the door and on the floor, but more importantly it’s got a stonking view of the River Thames and a couple of sunny terraces. Roux at Skindles is the place to be when the big yellow ball is in the sky, necking French Martinis with gay abandon. The hot seats are on the cocktail bar balcony or grab one of the few table outside ground floor brasserie. Bookings are being taken from 19 May.
The Market House, Reading
If you love supercool London street food scene, then you’re gonna love The Market House in Reading a laidback hangout to eat and drink on repeat. It is without doubt one of the most Instagrammable bars in Berkshire and can be found in the old Lloyds Bank building in the centre of town .The roof terrace is is cocooned with living walls and botanical prints that whisk you away from Reading to a more exotic locale. An even quirkier spot is The Vault, with a retractable ceiling for lots of lovely natural light and the original thick cast iron door is still in place. On the menu, street food, cocktails, nice wines and craft beers. Fine dining it is not, but it’s definitely fun. Book now for its reopening on 17 May.
Cliveden House, Taplow
Cliveden House is a posh party palace that’s seen more action than your average country house over the years. So lockdown has been tough on the old girl. The good news is that the Astor Grill terrace will open on the 12 April. Located in Lord Astor’s former stables, you can clip clop onto the cobbles for an informal lunch or dinner of sharing plates or food straight off the grill. You get frisson of first class fun without the need to get the family diamonds out.
Coppa Club, Swan at Streatley
This is definitely in our top five prettiest riverside locations in Berkshire. FACT. The Swan at Streatley hotel and its restaurant Coppa Club are located right on the riverbank, and the 380-cover restaurant and bar is the pretty perfect spot to relax and unwind. Drink in the view, admire the lush interiors and take a pew on large riverside terrace enclosed by a glass to allow al fresco dining all year round. Keep your eyes peeled for tennis totty Tim Henman, he’s a regular. The terrace will be open from 12 Apr.
Stanlake Park Wine Estate, Twyford
Stanlake Park Wine Estate is Berkshire’s hidden gem – not only is it a seriously good vineyard, producing quality English wines, it also has a wine bar with a pretty walled garden. All the wines they grow are available by the glass with no restaurant mark up and you can order a platter or charcuterie and cheese to line your stomach. The wine bar garden will reopen on 13 April and the wine tours (an absolute must, BTW) will restart on 21 May.
OutSide, The Vineyard, Stockcross
This is no ordinary al fresco dining space, this is a five star outdoor restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel in Stockcross. As you would expect from a hotel of this calibre, OutSide is a luxe experience with a giant fire pit, sheepskin rug draped chairs and a BBQ menu to die for. Graze on a selection of small plates washed down with fine wines. It’s very good value too: 3 dishes and a drink for £30 and 5 dishes for £40. Additional dishes £7. Reopens on 12 Apr. There are only a few tables left in April, so book soon.
Monkey Island Estate, Bray
OK, so it’s not strictly and rooftop bar or a garden terrace, but Monkey Island Estate‘s al fresco private dining experience, definitely looks quirky and fun. Head out to the shepherd huts by the river and you’ll be waited on hand and foot. Watch the food sizzle on the grill or simply drink wine and take it the stupendous view. A bit too extra for you? The Monkey Bar also has a sunny outside terrace and there’s also a floating spa and boat for hire even you want to edge closer to the wet stuff. You’ll have to wait for this one, it’s reopening on 17 May.
The Woodspeen, Newbury
In the mood for something a little more refined? The Woodspeen is a Michelin star restaurant that quietly twinkles without much fuss. This former rundown pub has a stylish Scandi vibe restaurant, serving seasonal dishes using homegrown ingredients. Good news, its stunning garden terrace reopens on 12 April with QR code menus and patio heaters to avoid hyperthermia.
A trip to Italy is off the cards right now, but give your tastebuds a mini break and eat and drink your way around Sicily at Veeno in Reading. Located opposite Reading’s Forbury Gardens (avert your eyes from the building itself) you’ll find this rather lovely courtyard seating area, swathed in fairy lights. The food is a crowd-pleasing menu of paninis, salads, pasta and pizzas. All made fresh using quality Italian suppliers – delivering the culinary equivalent a hug (god I miss hugging). Need a wine recommendation? Go for Zibibbo – the Wine Of Love – from the family’s Sicilian vineyard. Opens 12 Apr.
The Boathouse at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead
The Boathouse at Boulters Lock (formerly known as Boulters) has undergone a turbo charged refurb. Inside there’s a cool contemporary vibe, but it’s that river view you come for. Space is limited on the outside terrace, and heaters and a stretched tent have been added to make dining a bit more comfortable while we wrestling with sunshine and snow in the same day. We’d always recommend you book, but some tables will be available for walk-ins if you want to wing it. It’s also cashless and table service only. Simply use your mobile to order and your drinks and food will magically arrive. Opens from 12 April.
Caldesi in Campagna, Bray
Bray is home to gastronomic brilliance, and Caldesi in Campagna in no exception. This Italian stallion is one of Berkshire’s gems. So say bye bye leafy Berkshire and ciao to the Tuscan hills, when you cross the threshold of this stylish eatery and into the piccola courtyard garden. Settle in with a bottle of Montepulciano and be whisked away to the motherland with a special ‘al fresco’ menu. Re-opening on 12 April with limited tables.
Hurley House, Hurley
Hurley House is a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. It has all the boutique vibes for its cosmopolitan customers, but all the benefits a rural location brings. The garden is a beaut, with plenty of seating and an outside bar area to encourage yet more al fresco loafing. The proximity of a fairly busy main road is the only downer, but you don’t notice any passing traffic. On the menu you’ll find quality sushi and crowd-pleasing British classics. Reopening on 15 Apr.
GoGos Waterfront Restaurant, Windsor
Squint and it could be Portofino. But what it lacks in hot Italians, it makes up for in proximity. GoGos Waterfront Restaurant can be found at Windsor Racecourse Marina and offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals – think sharing boards, tapas-style small plates and food fresh from the grill. It’s a bit of a hidden gem and you’ll get a stonking view of the local wildlife on and off their boats.
The Redan, Wokingham
It looks like a pub on the outside, but The Redan is anything but… Welcome to the fun factory. Put your Farrow & Ball paint chart away, this cocktail bar’s cool vibes wouldn’t look out of place on London’s Old Street. Retro, quirky interiors and garden terrace give this place edge – and the 70+ strong cocktail list will leave you shaken and stirred – especially if you work your way through the entire menu. *Hic*. There’s a strict over 21s only policy, a great team, live music and a real emphasis on having a cracking night out. No date yet for reopening, but one to add to your list.