Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Alfresco dining in English weather

Our top picks

Pubs and Bars

The Cleveland Arms near fiveways have renovated their outside space, adding heaters, lighting and coverings so that groups of six can come together and enjoy their famed homecooked food and glowing hospitality. The nearby parks make for an excellent opportunity to extend your time together.

Hove Place has for many years transformed its Italian garden into a Winter Garden, packed with twinkles and festive decor. Additional heaters and covering on both sides of the garden make for a snug spot for mixed households abiding by the rule of six to enjoy a reunion accompanied by delights from the kitchen of Phil Bartley.

The Cricketers is situated in the heart of the Lanes and is one of the city’s oldest pubs. The newest addition to the classic pub is an outdoor marquee, open for mixed households looking for an impromptu spot for a post-shopping drink. The marquee at the Cricketers is open for walk-ins.

The Ladies Mile pub in Patcham has a marquee and heated booths in the rear garden. The pub is a family favourite and these outside spaces can be enjoyed by families spanning two households or multiple households up to the rule of six. Russell Tisbury runs the kitchens, whose Sunday roasts have held a top-three spot in the BRAVOs for the past three years. 

OhSo Social is set in one of the finest locations in town and offers its dinners panoramic sea views, ample covered, outdoor seating that benefits from heaters and table service. They serve great quality grub and drinks throughout the day. 

Indulge in some local fun times at the historic Black Lion Pub. They benefit from having a heated beer garden at the rear, with individual covered and heated booths. They have introduced a large marquee to the front of the venue, with extra heaters to keep off the spring chill. All outdoor seated areas are open to bookings of up to six people or larger groups from two households.

This neighbourhood pub is a much cherished Hanover based gem. They have revamped their already excellent garden, and now have individually heated wooden booths with the addition of USB charging stations.

The Mesmerist is continuing to endorse the good times while lockdown eases and will be opening their fabulous heated roof terrace for mixed groups of up to six. They have provided their guests with an additional outdoor heated marquee which can accommodate up to five groups of six from mixed households. Booking is essential.

The Dorset is set smack in the middle of Brighton’s North Laines, which means they can offer you the perfect spot for a stopgap from all that shopping you can now do. The seating is a prime street-side spot and now benefit from the addition of shining new awnings, so you can enjoy the views with friends and shelter whatever the weather.

Bohemia benefits from having two fantastic areas for its guests to drink and dine alfresco. The front of Bohemia is set on the cobbled streets on the Lanes, offering guests the perfect spot for people watching from the comfort of the heated terrace. Bohemia’s “Veuve Clicquot” Roof garden has been revamped with now has additional heaters, speakers and offers guests ample space for safe socialising. Bohemia is open seven days a week from midday each day.

The George Payne in Hove is a lovely community pub off the beaten track. Their garden area is tucked away from the road, making it great for children and families. New for 2021 The George Payne now serves a Pan Asian menu, except for Sundays when the classic roast returns.

The Longman Pub in Patcham has added an outside marquee for parties of six or two households. You can book online for groups of six, but for larger groups (two households) you’ll need to email or phone (info@thelongmanpub.co.uk.)

Restaurants and Cafes

The rear garden at Redroaster is open from 12 April and the folk here are so excited to have you back that every day is open for bottomless brunch (time and date lost meaning back in 2020 anyhow). The covered garden is a little oasis at the bottom of St James’s Street, fully sheltered from whatever so those mimosas won’t get wet. 

The Salt Room will be open from 12 April serving on their terrace only. The terrace affords diners superb views over the seafront while protected from the elements.

The West Beach Bar and Kitchen located at the base of the British Airways i360. With panoramic views of the sea and a huge terrace that faces the iconic West Pier. There is currently seating available for 80 guests outside on the terrace. 

The deck at the watershed is open from April 17 and every Saturday and Sunday as part of the lockdown easing process. Gazebos provide cover from the whimsies of the English spring while the west-facing aspect is perfect if you want to eke out every last drop of sunshine. 

Further Afield

The Plough is nestled is the historic seaside village Rottingdean and makes for a great destination for shoreside excursions and family outings. They have provided a heated courtyard marquee for groups. 

The New Inn in Hurstpierpoint is a superb country pub with a gastro-pub menu, nestled in amongst plenty of countryside and the quaint village full of boutique shops. The pub garden’s south aspect means plenty of sun if it’s nice. There’s a large awning covered area and the addition of fire pits and heaters turns The New Inn’s garden space into a gem well worth the journey out of town.

The Sportsman Pub has a large garden at its front and back and additional cabins to provide covered outdoor seating for cooler and less dry conditions. 

The stunning 500-acre golf and wine estate Mannings Heath is opening its kitchen and terrace from April 12 for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. On Friday’s and Saturdays from 2 – 7pm they’ll be stoking up the barbeque too (weather dependent).