From afternoon teas in tranquil gardens to award-winning pizza in a historic railway station, get ready to dine alfresco come Monday 12th April at these restaurants with outdoor seating in Bath.
This is just a selection; please check directly with restaurants for the latest updates and for details about their reopening plans. Read our COVID-19 guidance here.
The Scallop Shell
While we're sadly not near the sea, experience the next best thing in terms of coastal cuisine at The Scallop Shell. They've been working on a new pop-up alfresco area, which will open on 12th April. Take your pick from their delicious menu of sustainably caught fish and chips and fresh seafood, and enjoy with a local ale, cider or refreshing soft drink in the sun (we'll keep our fingers crossed that it makes an appearance this spring!)
Green Park Brasserie
Fun fact: the Green Park Brasserie building is a former railway station dating back to the 1800s, Green Park Station (hence the name). Now a restaurant and bar usually filled with the sound of live music, it’s also got a spacious terrace at the front which will be reopening on 12th April.
Grab a table for a drink and a bite to eat, whether that’s one of their speciality steaks or anything else from the top-notch seasonal menu. The terrace is covered too, so don’t let signs of spring showers stop you visiting.
Bath Pizza Co
Under the glass roof of the former Green Park Station you’ll also find the Brasserie’s sister business, Bath Pizza Co. As well as the stunning setting, the pizzas are worth shouting about too – just last year the restaurant was named ‘Independent Pizza Restaurant of the Year’ by the Pizza and Pasta Association.
They’re planning to reopen on 12th April and with two-for-one cocktails on the menu, it’s a great spot for toasting to the easing of lockdown.
Mrs. Potts Chocolate House
Let the homemade chocolate goodies of Mrs. Potts Chocolate House tempt you into visiting their York Street café, where outside seating will be available once again from 12th April. Stop by and enjoy a sweet treat in the sun (think uber-chocolatey brownies, cakes and biscuits) or a warming hot chocolate, tea or coffee on chillier days.
The Roseate Villa
Escape to the tranquil gardens of this boutique hotel from 12th April, where you’ll be able to indulge in food and drink from their elegant Henrietta Bar. On the menu are homemade afternoon teas (also available for takeaway), stone-baked pizzas and a variety of expertly mixed cocktails. The Roseate Villa is located next to the pretty seven-acre Henrietta Park, perfect for a stroll before or after your visit.
Plate at The Bird, Bath
Visit Plate for a meal out that feels a world away from your homecooked lockdown dinners. Part of The Bird, Bath hotel, the playful décor matches the creative dishes, which champion the best of local – often hedgerow-fresh – ingredients. They plan to reopen their outdoor terrace from 12th April.
Abbey Hotel Kitchen
Abbey Hotel Kitchen will reopen together with the hotel and ArtBar on 17th May. Swing by for one of their alfresco tables on North Parade – a sought-after spot for city centre dining and watching the world go by. Order from a menu of delicious food made using top-quality local produce.
Boho Marché at Francis Hotel Bath
Opened late last year, Boho Marché, Francis Hotel Bath's new restaurant, is the place to be to indulge in Moroccan and Mediterranean flavours. Located on Queen Square, the terrace will open on 12th April, from 10am to 7pm, letting you soak up the sun and enjoy equally summery dishes and drinks. Breakfast is served from 10am to 12pm, and an all-day menu from 12pm to 7pm.
The PIG-near Bath
The PIG-near Bath, nestled in the Somerset countryside by the village of Pensford, launch their Big Outdoor Lunch on 12th April. On offer until 16th May, tuck into a delicious, seasonal lunch menu, crafted using ingredients sourced locally from within a 25-mile radius, on their alfresco terrace. Expect spring harvest Kitchen Garden veggies and salads, meats from their local farmers and fresh fish from nearby ports, rounded off with a classic pud – all designed to be enjoyed outside, accompanied by a bottle!
Soaking up some rays alfresco with a glass of wine in hand has been part of Vino Vino's appeal for years. Perfectly situated on Saw Close, close to Theatre Royal Bath and surrounded by other restaurants, it is a great spot for watching the world go by. Choose your bottle and take your pick from their selection of tapas and meze platters as you sit back and relax – their overhead heaters will keep you toasty as the sun goes down!
Vino Vino's outdoor terrace will reopen on 12th April, with their indoor restaurant opening from 17th May. Sister restaurant and neighbour, The Oven Pizzeria, will also reopen its alfresco terrace for tasty pizza and drinks from 12th April, and indoor restaurant on 17th May.
Newton Farm Café
Located in the picturesque village of Newton St Loe, just ten minutes from Bath, Newton Farm Café is ideal for some countryside calm. They serve up dishes that are freshly made, wholesome and rustic, in keeping with farm-style comforts and using produce sourced directly from the working farm.
From 12th April they'll be opening seven days a week for alfresco breakfast and lunch, as well as coffee and cake in the courtyard area immediately outside the café. Table service only, you can order and pay for food through their very own app, with dishes brought directly to you. Table service will still be available if you don’t feel comfortable using the app, and with no booking available for outdoor seating, you'll be able to turn up on the day.
The Pantry & Terrace at The Bath Priory
Opening from 12th April for breakfast, supper and everything delicious in between (brunch and lunch!), The Bath Priory Hotel's Terrace and Pantry restaurant will serve up a seasonal menu of fresh, tasty dishes to be enjoyed alfresco. Open for all-day dining, the relaxing terrace is open to all and has beautiful views over the hotel's four acres of gardens.
To make a full day of it with family or friends, their Pool Fun Day Packages are available to book from 12th April until the hotel reopens to residential guests on 17th May. Enjoy exclusive use of the indoor or outdoor heated pools and outside space, along with foodie treats and garden games included.
BeerCraft of Bath
Enjoy a pint of craft beer or cider in one of Bath's most iconic locations – BeerCraft of Bath is located on Pulteney Bridge (one of only four bridges in the world with shops spanning both sides). Their friendly team will be on hand to help you choose from their vast selection of drinks – at any one time they have at least 500 beers in stock. You can sip yours while watching the world go by from their two tables and eight seats on the pavement outside the shop.
Aiming to open these from 12th April, the tables are expected to be busy, so please call ahead to BeerCraft to book a slot. They ask that customers buy a £10 gift voucher which can be used to pay for the beers.
Bandook Indian Kitchen
Milsom Place's Bandook Indian Kitchen have reopened their beautiful courtyard, accommodating up to 35 people at a time. Running an all-day service from 12pm to 9pm, you can enjoy chai brunches, delicious lunches and cosy evening dinners. With awnings to protect from the elements and outdoor heaters, not to mention flavourful, vibrant and spicy Indian dishes, you'll be sure to stay toasty and warm. They have also launched some new additions to their menu – check out their website for further details.