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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 outdoor dining spots!

The Northgate

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The stylish and south-facing outdoor terrace at The Northgate is the perfect place to catch up with friends, family or colleagues over morning coffee or lunch (Norfolk chicken schnitzel, glazed plaice, mushroom and spinach tart or sticky beef rib or roast duck breast), treat yourself with afternoon tea or soak up some summer evening sun and enjoy a cocktail or two.


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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.

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, jackfruit burger and sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry.

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Lounge and Garden

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One of the town's most stylish cafes situated in Bury St Edmund's prestigious Hatter Street, the Lounge & Garden has a beautiful garden to soak up the sun and enjoy breakfast or lunch.

Enjoy one of their freshly baked giant fruit scones with clotted cream and jam with a pot of tea, a tasty breakfast, or a wrap or pannini with soup.

No 5 Angel Hill

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Enjoying a fantastic spot on Angel Hill, overlooking the Abbey Gate and St Edmundsbury Cathedral, No 5 is a wonderful spot to eat outside and watch the world go by.

Enjoy breakfast or lunch here with tea, coffee or a glass of fizz and people watch.

While inside, there is artwork and tables from Dapper Aviation, which makes furniture from aircraft parts, and makes this cafe truly unique.

The Swan at Lavenham

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Soak up the sun with lunch, or watch as it goes down with a table in the pretty garden at The Swan at Lavenham.

The lunch menu includes grilled sardines, pressing of Suffolk ham hock, prawn and lobster cocktail and summer Caesar salad for starter; Adnams beer battered haddock, lamb and apricot burger, grilled herrings, summer green vegetable gnocchi, ribeye steak and grilled plaice.

To finish, enjoy a summer dessert of strawberry and elderflower fool, vanilla panna cotta, pistachio and chocolate brownie and apricot tarte tatin.

The Black Lion, Long Melford

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The 15th century Black Lion inn in Long Melford is the perfect space for a relaxed lunch, dinner or cocktails in the new conservatory which leads on to the large terrace.

You can start your day here with a delicious breakfast of full Suffolk breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled egg, poached egg with smashed avocado and brioche toast an buttermilk pancakes.

For lunch there's a 2 or 3 course set menu or afternoon tea menu to choose from and for dinner, the a'la carte menu features dishes such as line caught stone bass, pork tenderloin, rack of lamb, duck breast and chicken breast with chorizo.

The Weeping Willow

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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; chargrilled ribeye steak, Willow burger in brioche bun, paella mixta, oyster mushroom risotto, and filet of seabass, followed by white chocolate crémeux, sticky toffee pudding, lemon posset and Willow mess. To accompany the food, make sure you also cast your eye over the gin and cocktail menu!

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