Bury St Edmunds & Beyond Top Alfresco Dining Spots!

Make the most of the warm days ahead and check out our pick of Bury St Edmunds & Beyond's top alfresco dining spots!

The Northgate

The stylish and south-facing outdoor terrace at The Northgate is the perfect place to start your day with breakfast (including three-egg omelette, Canadian style pancakes, grilled avocado with poached hen's eggs, fresh tomato and sourdough, full English and Eggs Benedict), catch up with friends or colleagues over morning coffee or lunch (choose from Old Spot pork, roast courgettes with baked onion and cheddar, stone bass and hake), treat yourself with afternoon tea or soak up some summer evening sun and enjoy a cocktail or two. And As the the temperatures cool, you needn't head indoors as the terrace features heated parasols.

The Swan at Lavenham

Join the Carnivore Club, indulge in a Vegetarian Extravaganza or simply enjoy a Seafood Sharer, available throughout the summer in the historic hotel's garden at The Swan at Lavenham.

Find a table outside and you can also sip a cocktail or two as you watch the sun go down; order from the unique menu 'Take a Grip', (vodka, vanilla, fresh ginger, lemon, basil leaves, topped up with ginger beer), 'Truffletini' (truffle-infused vodka base, fresh strawberry puree, Passoa and passion fruit juice, edible gold and shot of fizz), 'All Talk' (Cointreau, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, pineapple juice and a shot of grenadine),'Truffle Noir' (truffle-infused vodka, Cointreau and creme de cacao) and 'Repose' (flavours of orange, lavender and chamomile, with truffle-infused vodka base). 

Really Rather Good

Really Rather Good is a small independent cafe, situated on Bury St Edmunds' Angel Hill boasts an indoor restaurant and with outside seating too. Opt for one of the tables on the cobbles and you are greeted with spectacular views of the Abbeygate, Cathedral and the historic Angel Hill.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, along with a delicious afternoon teas, and an impressive selection of teas and coffees.

The Masons Arms

A traditional pub in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, The Masons Arms serves a fabulous selection of real and guest ales alongside hearty pub grub. The terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a pint of one of Greene King's cast ales (brewed within the town), alongside your meal; choose from Masons fish and chips, pulled beef chilli con carne, scampi, chicken with Stilton & leek sauce, mushroom and spinach lasagne and duck breast.

Perfect for summer dining, the sharing platters on offer include nachos grande and Masons house combo with crispy chicken wings, chicken strips, onion rings and potato wedges. 


The Mediterranean decor and sun trap terrace at Casa in Bury St Edmunds is sure to transport you to warmer climes!

There's an exotic menu to make you really feel like you're on holiday. The lunch and dinner menu includes a range of tapas, mezze and sharing platters. Choose from the Spanish platter, Middle Eastern platter, fish platter, chimmichuri boar and meat, fish and vegetarian small plates and bigger plates. 

Complimented by an extensive wine list and a fun cocktail menu featuring Caipirinha, Espresso Martini, Coconut-shaken, not stirred, Peppermint Cream and St Germain Fizz.

White Horse Pub, Whepstead

This country pub (which dates back to circa 1600), is packed with character including oak floorboards, beams and an inglenook fireplace. The pretty pub garden with terrace is great if you're dining with children as it features a fabulous wooden play area with climbing wall and slide. It's dog friendly too, so the whole family can enjoy lunch or an evening meal.

The menu includes pub favourites such as beer battered haddock and chunky chips, steak, ale & mushroom pie and chicken breast with parma ham, plus sharing plates with rustic bread, roast garlic, balsamic oil and olives, rosemary & garlic baked Camembert, and fish platter. 

The Weeping Willow

Located in a pretty village in the heart of Suffolk, The Weeping Willow in Barrow has been beautiful restored and renovated. 

The garden is one of the prettiest you will see, with beautiful herbaceous flower beds that surround the outside high tables with bar stools, wicker swings and as the name suggests, a weeping willow!

The menu is impressive; boasting roasted tomato linguine, pan roasted guilthead bream, slow cooked Suffolk chicken, sirloin steak, rare roasted rump of Suffolk lamb, roasted beetroot and heritage tomato barley risotto, followed by warm rhubarb frangipane tart, lemon posset, sticky carrot and walnut pudding and rich chocolate brownie.

To accompany the food, make sure you also cast your eye over the gin and cocktail menu!

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