OpenTable announces the UK’s al fresco favourites

Diners’ Choice awards reveal the Top 50 restaurants for outdoor dining.

We might not have the most reliable climate, but Brits aren’t likely to let a little rain get in the way of enjoying some al fresco action this summer! OpenTable is delighted to release The 2014 Diners’ Choice award winners for the Top 50 outdoor dining restaurants in the UK.

Showcasing restaurants located in some of the most picturesque corners of the country, the complete list includes winners across the UK and an eclectic mix of cuisines. The Southeast fared particularly well with 21 winning restaurants in London, five in Kent and three apiece in Hampshire and Berkshire.  British cuisine dominates the list representing over half of the top 50 venues. European, Italian, barbecue and gastropub fare is also a favourite of British diners for al fresco eating.

“From seaside seating and sidewalk terraces to sublime river-front views, these winning restaurants have created some of the country’s most coveted al fresco dining experiences,” said Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations UK,  OpenTable.

The 21 London winners include some of the capital’s best-loved riverside restaurants, rooftop terraces and gastropub gardens. Restaurants on the water proved popular, with Thames-side venues like Le Pont de la TourButlers Wharf Chop House and The Perkin Reveller all making the list. Neighbourhood favourites including Ostuni, an Italian eatery dedicated to the cuisine of Puglia, Petersham Nurseries café at an internationally prized garden centre, and Shrimpy’s, located at an old petrol station in King’s Cross also made the cut.

The Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the UK are generated from more than 325,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between 1 May, 2013, and 30 April, 2014. The complete list may also be viewed at:

2014 Diners’ Choice Award Winners for the Top 50 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the UK in alphabetical order:

Albert’s Didsbury, West Didsbury, Manchester
Albert’s Shed, Manchester
Albert’s Worsley, Worsley, Manchester
Anchor, Cambridge
The Anchor at Hullbridge, Rayleigh, Essex
Androuet, Spitalfields, London
The Big Red Pizza & Bar, New Cross, London
Black Rabbit, Arundel
Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch, London
Butlers Wharf Chop House, London Bridge, London
Cantina del Ponte, London Bridge, London
The Crown Inn, Worcester
Dickens Inn Pizza, Tower Hill, London
The Fighting Cocks Pub and Riverside Restaurant, Dartford, Kent
Fish Market, Liverpool Street, London,
Gardeners Arms, Ardingly
The Gun, Canary Wharf, London
Hickory’s Chester, Chester
Hickory’s West Kirby, West Kirby
Jolly Sailor, Southampton, Hampshire
Le Pont de la Tour, London Bridge, London
The Little Brown Jug, Hildenborough, Kent
The Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay, Cornwall
Manicomio – Chelsea, Chelsea, London
Old Granary, Wareham, Dorset
The Old Mill, East Grinstead
Ostuni Bar Ristorante, Queen’s Park, London
Peacock Farm, Bracknell, Berkshire
Pebble Beach, Barton on Sea, Hampshire
Perkin Reveller, Tower Hill, London
Petersham Nurseries Cafe, Richmond, London
Piccolino Heddon Street, Oxford Circus, London
Pincho, Twickenham, London
The Plough Harborne, Birmingham
The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, London
Retreat Grill-Bar-Restaurant, Bolton
Rocksalt, Folkestone, Kent
The Rooftop Cafe, London Bridge, London
Salty Dog Bar & Bistro, Jersey
The Secret Garden, Ashford, Kent
Seven Stars, Petersfield, Hampshire
Shrimpy’s, King’s Cross, London
The Summerhouse, Paddington, London
Swan Inn, Newbury, Berkshire
The Swan Pub, Chiswick, London
The Thatch, Thame, Oxfordshire
The Three Oaks, Gerrard’s Cross, Buckinghamshire
The Vineyard, Turnbridge Wells, Kent
The Waterway, Maida Vale, London
The White Oak, Cookham, Berkshire


Notes to Editors

The Diners’ Choice Awards

All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the outdoor eating category along with a minimum overall rating.


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