Seven of the best restaurants with covered outdoor seating to book now

As London and other regions go into tier two lockdown, we’re no longer allowed to meet up with friends for dinners at restaurants… unless we sit outside.

Choosing restaurants and pubs with outdoor seating provides a handy loophole for the isolation of lockdown, allowing anyone in tier two to dine with friends and family from other households.

But restaurants with covered and heated outdoor dining spaces are going to book up fast, so you’ll need to move quickly.

To help you whittle down your hunt for dining spots where those in tier two are actually allowed to eat, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants with outdoor seating to book now.

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Pastaio, Westfield White City

The extensive heated outdoor terrace at Pastaio, Westfield in White City, offers seasonal prosecco slushies and handmade fresh pasta.

Shop till you drop, then refuel with the likes of tagliatelle with eight-hour beef and porcini bolognese, or a classic carbonara with cured pork cheek and egg yolk.

On Thursdays, the £25 Infinity Pasta menu offers unlimited plates and an Aperol spritz.

Strawberry Fields terrace at Drake & Morgan, King’s Cross

Drake & Morgan in King’s Cross has teamed up with Martin Miller’s Gin to create a Strawberry Fields terrace.

Decked with cascading flowers and pretty foliage, it’s a sweet setting to sip cocktails from the specially curated menu, like the Strawberry Fields G&T featuring Martin Miller’s Gin, topped with tonic and finished with cracked black pepper and strawberry (£8.95).

Tacos Padre, Borough Market

Being covered, Borough Market is the perfect place to gather and tuck into something tasty. And it doesn’t get tastier than Tacos Padre.

Chef-owner Nick Fitzgerald has a prime pedigree, not only with past experience at Breddos Tacos but at one of the best restaurants in the world, Pujol in Mexico City.

Pull up a stool at the white-tiled counter and get stuck into tacos with slow-roasted pork cochinita, marinated chicken asado or short-rib brisket.

There’s a longer dinner menu, and with mezcal margaritas and micheladas to wash it all down, you’ll feel like you’re at a fiesta.

Godstall Terrace at The Botanist, Chester

Cosy up on the Godstall Terrace at The Botanist, Chester, a sheltered outdoor space that backs on to one of the city’s medieval lanes.

Book in for the new Aperol Spritz Bottomless Brunch on weekends, which involves the exciting-sounding Aperol spritz ‘trees’, as well as classic dishes from pancakes with berries and the full English to the decadent Nutella and Biscoff layered French toast (£27.50pp).

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond

Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries boasts a heated pergola outside, perfect for gathering to dine on the likes of delicious, produce-led dishes such as heritage beetroot salad with goat’s cheese, pickled radish and Petersham honey, or chargrilled pork with onion, spiced carrots and plums. The floral setting adds to the charm.

Frenchie, Covent Garden

Pretty Covent Garden restaurant Frenchie now aptly has its own French terrace. Located next to the piazza, you can enjoy bottles of chilled rosé outdoors to accompany seasonal dishes such as pumpkin and ricotta tortellini with sage or Welsh lamb saddle with fresh corn and baba ganoush.

Cosy Club, Bath

You’ll feel, er, cosy at the Cosy Club in Bath, a quirky bar and restaurant with a balcony and outdoor terrace overlooking Southgate Place. Fill up on hearty fare from slow roasted pork belly and Thai green curry to fish and chips and hot smoked salmon fishcakes, with vegan and veggie dishes also available.

Alternatively, sets of two people can enjoy private-style, socially distanced dining at the chef’s counter at the following fabulous London venues…

Kebab Queen at Maison Bab, Covent Garden

Downstairs at Covent Garden’s Maison Bab is a secret chef’s table: Kebab Queen. The idea is to ‘push the kebab as far as it will go’, resulting in some extraordinary food, from foie gras kebabito, to monkfish shish with chicken, and pineapple shawarma.

Six-course tasting menu from £70pp,

Beef Bar at Gaucho, Charlotte Street

Charlotte Street steak specialist Gaucho has introduced its Beef Bar after a refurbishment. Here, the chef will prepare four courses using the finest Argentinian beef, from a deceptively simple tartare, to a grill selection featuring several cuts of meat.

From £50pp,

Evelyn’s Table at The Blue Posts, Soho

In the basement of Soho institution The Blue Posts is an intimate counter called Evelyn’s Table. It’s just been taken over by chef Luke Selby, formerly of Hide. The menu will feature the likes of squid noodles with mushroom dashi, and tarte tatin with clotted cream and miso.

Five courses from £55pp,

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