By Katie Wilson

The UK isn’t known for its sunny weather, especially if the past couple of months have been anything to go by.

So as we head into summer, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best outdoor restaurants in the UK – including some brand new openings – which can be enjoyed rain or shine.

Best Outdoor Restaurants In The UK

Rockwater Roof Terrace, Hove

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If a trip to the south coast is beckoning, book a table at the beautiful roof terrace at new beachside restaurant, Rockwater.

Dine on oysters, lobster and caviar as you look out at the panoramic views over Hove seafront. There is a retractable roof if it starts to rain.

For more relaxed drinks or dining, try the Shacks By the Shore on the lower level which has equally nice sea views.

Book a table at Rockwater Hove

Sabine Rooftop Bar, London

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A new botanical-themed rooftop bar is opening in the capital on May 20 – and it’s perfectly placed for spectacular views of St Paul’s and the London skyline.

Sabine is on the 7th floor of the Leonardo Royal Hotel and has two outdoor terraces, space for private dining – and a retractable roof.

Expect seasonal cocktails, plenty of champagne, and sharing platters featuring dishes such as grilled octopus and burrata with white peach and pistachio.

Book a table at Sabine Rooftop Bar London

Ellenborough Park Dining Carriages, Cheltenham

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Feel like a real-life Cinderella in these quirky dining carriages set within the grounds of elegant manor house, Ellenborough Park.

The carriages, which seat up to four people, are new for summer 2021, along with a new alfresco menu featuring lunch, dinner and afternoon tea options.

With countryside views over the famous Cheltenham racecourse, the alfresco terrace is the perfect place to watch the sun go down. A Horse Box bistro and Atrium will open from May 17.

Book a carriage at Ellenborough Park

Lucarelli at The Mailbox, Birmingham

Lucarelli at the Mailbox Birmingham
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Newly-opened Italian restaurant Lucarelli at The Mailbox in Birmingham is offering guests a unique dining experience in their bio thermic terrace.

Decorated with beautiful white flowers, the side windows are double glazed and drop down if the weather is nice. While the electric roof is fully retractable and there are five different heating settings for added comfort.

The outdoor paved area has additonal space for 16 people under parasols.

Book a table at Lucarelli at The Mailbox

The Swan Inn, Cotswolds

luxury UK terraces The Swan Inn Cotswolds
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If you’re heading to the Cotswolds The Swan Inn, nestled in the village of Ascott-Under-Wychwood, is definitely worth a visit.

Their dreamy outside space is split in two halves – one covered and the other expectant of glorious sunshine. We’re hoping for the latter when we visit at the end of May.

Sip on a locally brewed pint and devour delicious sharing snacks like Truffled Cheese Gougères or The Swan’s signature smoked haddock Monte Carlo.

Book a table at The Swan Inn Ascott-Under-Wychwood

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