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10 Options for wining and dining alfresco

Soak up the sunshine with a glass of pink and make the most of the season that just keeps on giving.

This Germanic restaurant serves up a continental feast of sausages, schnitzel and all the trimmings, with a bar offering visitors giant steins of beer. The food is authentic, as well as the location, which is a walk-in, casual style, like a park café straight out of Berlin. The chain has two locations in Richmond and Kingston and both are right on the riverside.

Busaba Eathai
We can’t get enough of the zingy flavours at this Kingston riverside spot which serves up a host of delicious Thai dishes. Visitors can enjoy the classic go-to meals like Pad Thai and Tom Yum, or branch out if their feeling adventurous with an oriental chargrilled duck breast. The cocktails are also pretty special and best enjoyed in the sun.

601 Queen’s Road
The sixth venue from neighbourhood bar group Darwin & Wallace, 601 Queen’s Road in Wimbledon has recently opened up with a super roof terrace and modern vibe in central Wimbledon. The design of the interior is artfully open plan, and the dishes consist of delectable sharing platters that perfectly accompany the wine list.

The Bluebird
With a beautiful courtyard in the heart of Chelsea, this stunning restaurant offers a taste of the stylish capital and is ideal for the summer months. The cuisine is modern European, and the barmen will be able to rustle you up a fresh cocktail.

The Pottery
A unique garden space that serves up a delectable array of Spanish tapas food, traditional continental main meals, as well as authentic Brazilian specials. The restaurant has a cosy and welcoming ambiance and the quirky décor extends outside with the outdoors strung with enchanting fairy lights.

Rick Stein
With its prime riverfront location, grab a table at Rick Stein’s in Barnes for picture-perfect waterfront views and Stein’s cooking which fuses his love for travel with top quality ingredients. We love the seafood bar where guests can watch the chefs assemble sushi and platters of oysters before their very eyes.

San Lorenzo
A cosy family-run Italian set to celebrate its 50th birthday next year, San Lorenzo has gained a solid support base over the years. Among its loyal customers are Italians who return time and time again for fond memories of home, local Wimbledon residents who value the authentic dining experience on offer, and a host of famous faces including tennis stars. We love the courtyard and secret garden for leisurely lunches.

Fire Stables
Unwind in the enchanting alfresco section of Fire Stables and enjoy locally sourced British food and all the buzz of Wimbledon Village just a stone’s throw away. The bar offers an extensive selection of craft beers and staff are on hand to advise on your choice of drink.

Veer from Richmond’s beaten track and take a stroll along the river towpath and you’ll come to Gaucho, a fine dining restaurant serving Argentinean cuisine. At Gaucho, finely cooked steaks are prepared according to your taste and served alongside some beautifully heavy-bodied red wines straight from the high altitude vineyards in the Andes. The theme of the interior extends out of doors, with crisp white tablecloths and elegant seating under the shade of a beautiful big plain tree.

Fox & Grapes
If you’re after a classic pub affair, this 18th century pub overlooking the leafy grassland of Wimbledon Common will be sure to deliver. On the menu is a selection of continental cuisines, including Italian and Mediterranean dishes, but authentic British food takes centre stage.