Al fresco dining in Essex

Make the most of the sunshine with our round-up of the best restaurants for outdoor dining.

6 Restaurants for al fresco dining

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photo of dusk restaurant
100% 100% Recommend
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Fusion / Eclectic Brentwood
Street food menu from all over the world, dine under a pregola Bring Your Own Alcohol no corkage
photo of the brasserie at wivenhoe house hotel restaurant
85% 85% Recommend
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British Colchester
Spend the warmer evenings at Wivenhoe House lounging on our recently extended brasserie terrace.
photo of dough&co woodfired pizza colchester restaurant
96% 96% Recommend
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Italian Colchester
From April 2019 We will have our garden area ready to sit in the sun, eat pizza and drink cocktails!
photo of the plough great chesterford restaurant
90% 90% Recommend
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Gastro Pub Saffron Walden
During the summer months we have extensive outdoor dining in our beautiful garden area.
photo of the vine inn restaurant
93% 93% Recommend
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English Braintree
Enjoy our wonderful seating area, we even provide warm blankets to keep you happy
photo of tom, dick and harry's restaurant
88% 88% Recommend
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Contemporary British Loughton
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Our terrace is a perfect sun trap in summer and is heated for those cool crisp winter evenings.
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