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10 of the best outdoor dining spots in and around Lancashire

PUBLISHED: 15:24 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:39 05 July 2018

Ribby Hall's The Tapas Bar alfresco dining area

Ribby Hall's The Tapas Bar alfresco dining area

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Make the most of the county’s stunning scenery by taking a seat outside this season.

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel

From the sheltered riverside decking to the elegant glass house and quirky pergolas, Gibbon Bridge in Chipping has created outdoor areas for people to gather and eat throughout the year. Al fresco dishes from the four-star country hotel include sharing platters of seafood, tempura vegetables, ribs with plum sauce, Thai beef and chargrilled tuna. As day turns to night, strings of outdoor lights, candelabras and ambient up-lighting brings each area to life.

Chipping near Preston, Forest of Bowland, PR3 2TQ

Tel: 01995 61456,


Ribby Hall Village

Be transported to the Mediterranean by dining al fresco at The Tapas Bar. The restaurant’s south facing terrace is furnished with rattan tables and chairs with outdoor heaters, meaning you can enjoy lunch in the sunshine or cosy up with a blanket on balmy evenings. There is also an outdoor private dining option in another of Ribby Hall’s restaurants, The Orangery. The Lily Pad is an open-air waterside pod overlooks the spa fountain and seats four to eight people.

Ribby Road, Wrea Green, PR4 2PR

Tel: 01772 674484,


The Highwayman

Originally part of celebrity chef’s Nigel Haworth’s Ribble Valley Inns portfolio, which has just recently changed ownership, The Highwayman is an ideal destination if you want to enjoy great gastropub food outdoors. After a full refurbishment in 2014, the pub re-opened complete with a beautiful garden terrace, where diners can enjoy dishes from their seasonal menu crafted using local produce and artisan suppliers.

Burrow Road, near Kirkby Lonsdale, LA6 2RJ

Tel: 01524 273 338,


Eagle and Child

It’s not often you get to eat what is grown next to your table, but if you choose to dine outside at this award winning Ramsbottom pub, that’s exactly what you will get. Their Incredible Edible Beer Garden is a working allotment project as well as a space for visitors to enjoy eating and drinking. Expect to see vegetable beds, fruit shrubs and even a mini orchard with chickens.

3 Whalley Road, Ramsbottom, BL0 0DL

Tel: 01706 557181,


Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa

If you’re looking for unrivelled views when dining al fresco, then Armathwaite Hall’s panoramic views of the Lake District fells and Skiddaw Mountain are hard to beat. Enjoy beautiful scenery from their conservatory or Lake Room, or take a seat on their lake view patio in the sunshine. They also offer walkers backpacks if you fancy lunch on a walk or a luxury hamper if you’d rather relax on their lawns overlooking the lake.

Bassenthwaite Lake, near Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RE

Tel: 017687 76551,


The Mill at Ulverston

Venture up the iron staircase onto the first floor and you will find The Mill’s Terrace Bar. A pretty terrace garden, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon or evening while tucking into food from the restaurant overseen by award-winning chef Steven Doherty. With two cask ales and good selection of keg beers, you can easily spend a summer’s evening relaxing with family and friends.

Mill Street, Ulverston, LA12 7EB

Tel: 01229 581384,


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Another city centre venue with a spectacular view, Liverpool’s Matou is located in a prime position on the Pier Head. As its rooftop terrace looks out onto the Three Graces and across the River Mersey, you’ll be pressed to find a more picturesque spot for dining in the city. The restaurant itself prides itself on fine dining food that merges dishes from the Far East including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and China. It also has a very tempting cocktail list.

2nd Floor, Mersey Ferry Terminal Building, Pier Head, Liverpool, L3 1BY

Tel: 0151 236 2928,


The Inn at Whitewell

Sitting high on the banks of the River Hodder in the heart of the Forest of Bowland, The Inn at Whitewell is a traditional destination which boasts spectacular views. The award-winning rural inn has been a favourite for many over the years, thanks to the delicious, seasonal food created by head chef Jamie Cadman, now in his 18th year in the kitchen. Grab a seat outside and relax as you look out onto the river and rolling countryside.

Near Clitheroe, BB7 3AT

Tel: 01200 448222,



A modern brasserie and bar with a Mediterranean inspired menu, Forest is a contemporary destination with a large south facing garden for alfresco dining. Be transported to a warmer climate with dishes such as claypot mousakka and Lebanese lemon chicken while surrounded by the countryside of Fence.

Cuckstool Lane, Fence, Burnley,

Tel: 01282 692 228,


20 Stories

The newest venture from award-winning chef Aiden Byrne, 20 Stories is a slick rooftop restaurant in Manchester’s Spinningfields. As well as the main dining space, which offers modern British menus celebrating local produce, it also has a rooftop garden terrace complete with trees scaling two storeys high and an outdoor lounge bar. Here you’ll find outside barbecues and al fresco fireplaces – it’s sure to be the in place to enjoy a bite to eat while admiring Manchester’s skyline.

No 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Tel: 0161 204 3333,

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