Kent's best outdoor dining and beer gardens

The BBQs are firing up, the suntan lotion is on and all over Kent, taste buds are tingling for a touch of al fresco dining in the balmy weather.

It's the time of year when everyone is looking for the ultimate foodie spot with great outdoor dining spaces or premium picnic credentials. Whether you want to tempt your culinary curiosity with fresh sea bass and grilled sardines by the sea, or enjoy classic fayre with a cold, crisp cider whilst sunning yourself in a beer garden, we are here to serve up our favourite outdoor dining spots set to sizzle this summer.  

Seaviews at Cinque Ports, Dreamland Margate

Dreamland's popular seaside restaurant Cinque Ports is ready to serve up a feast of seaside treats this summer, with views you can just drink in. Get in the party mood while you nibble with guest DJ sets throughout the season, and feel the summer breeze off of the shore as you dance the night away. Get in the know

Dive into deliciousness at Bewl Water

Discover al fresco dining as you take in the tranquil views over Bewl Water, watch as the sun sets over the lake as you sit back, relax and enjoy fine dining. Perched just on the water's edge you will find The Boat House Bistro open Saturday evenings throughout the summer months. What are you waiting for?

Revel in the Reef at Rocksalt, Folkestone.

A superb seafood selection awaits you at Rocksalt. Set out over the harbour of Folkestone diners can experience panoramic views of the water whilst kicking back and relaxing on the glass fronted deck. Sample the well known seaside treat of fish and chips with a twist at The Smokehouse, whilst getting to know the locals on the beachfront. See the catch of the day here…

Ziggy's Rooftop Bar

Also in Dreamland territory is the Caribbean and Jamaican influenced rooftop bar Ziggy's, which is ready to kick off the summer with a range of different outdoor events and a fresh summer menu. Take in the awesome views from the rooftop bar and cash in on the Instagramable moments as the sun sets over Margate. Get into spirit of things…

Make merry at The Milkhouse

With summer just around the corner The Milk House in Sissinghurst is firing up their pizza ovens and producing some mouthwatering toppings to tempt your taste buds. Following on from the success of their Milk Fest festival in previous years with live music and bands alongside locally produced food and crafts, this year is set to be even better. A date for your dairy...

Seek and you shall Hantverk and Found

Looking for splendid seafood with a slash of artistic flavour? Look no further than Hantverk and Found in Margate. Nestled in amongst retro boutiques and craft shops found in Kings Street you will find the quirky and creative café set to inspire both your taste buds and creative mind. Don’t miss out…

Around The Corner House 

Why venture to Italy for luxurious stone baked pizzas when just around the corner you will find the stylish Corner House serving up alfresco dining with a summer twist? The menu and close location to the historic city of Canterbury means you can wind down with a glass of wine in the suntrap patio area after a day sightseeing and exploring the city. Find out more here…

The feather between the vines

For a dose of the exquisite why not venture to The Swan at Chapel Down Winery for a taste of the high life? In the heart of the Weald countryside, you will find the contemporary kitchen serving everything from stone bass to Sunday roasts, with a glorious deck offer views of the vines. Wash it all down with a glass of award-winning wine and the evening is yours… Elegance is only a click away…

Buoy, Oh Buoy!

Get down to Buoy and Oyster in Margate for all of your culinary curiosities, from fresh seafood menus to vegan and vegetarian options there is plenty to choose from. The stunning veranda offers views across the sandy beach, whilst the tantalising cocktails are an all round crowd pleaser and a must if you visit during the summer season. Find your spot on the terrace today…

Sea of Wonder at Wyatt & Jones  

For those of you wanting a taste of the deep sea, look no further than Wyatt & Jones, just steps from the shoreline and nestled within a historic cobble fronted street in Broadstairs you’ll be sure to enjoy a feast. Straight from the open waters to your plate, caught fresh and served with crusty bread and dipping sauces you are sure to experience the very best seafood Broadstairs has to offer. Intrigued to know more…

Pier 39 meets Pier 5

San Francisco style awaits you at Pier Five, sitting just on the dock of the bay. While away an afternoon by the quays of Chatham and watch as yachts moor up alongside your lunch spot. Enjoy mouth-watering dishes, flame grilled gourmet burgers and artisan pizzas. Stylish dining on the dock…

Race to The Bull this Summer

This summer book a table at The Bull in Linton for stunning views across the Kent countryside. Sample a selection from their summer menu and sun yourself on the veranda as you enjoy locally brewed Shepherd Neame beer. A beer garden with a view...

Sail into The Ship and Trades

If you're looking for outdoor dining with a waterside view this summer, then head up to Chatham and book your table at the gorgeous Ship and Trades pub. This rustic nautical themed restaurant with outside decking serves up a feast of treats alongside craft ales and locally brewed beer - and they even have a few rooms if you don't fancy the drive home. Make it your catch of the day…

The Parrot in the Secret Garden

Discover this secret gem nestled in the city at the Parrot in Canterbury. Hidden away down Church Lane you will find this secluded beer garden attached to the oldest pub in Canterbury - thick beams, rustic wooden floors, comfy garden chairs and dappled sunlight are all on the menu. A perfect suntrap on a summer's day, enjoy a pint with friends away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The secret garden awaits…

Folkestone Harbour Arm

With a whole host of stalls serving everything from Champagne and craft beer, to Greek mezze and hand-stretched pizzas, the Folkestone Harbour Arm is the perfect spot to pitch up for a spot of summer dining. Regular live music and events accompany those sensational sea views for the ultimate afternoon by the coast. Sea air and tempting tastes