Best Loved Hotels

With the promise of warm weather on the way, dining, drinking or taking tea the beautiful outdoors is one of life's great pleasures. This week we present a fine selection of hotels with al fresco dining, from a hidden courtyard garden in central London to scallops overlooking Lyme Bay.

AL FRESCO DINING

GREENHILLS COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL, JERSEY

The Greenhills Country House Hotel - photo

Spring comes early to Jersey - at the newly refurbished Greenhills Country House Hotel the beautiful gardens 'spring' to life. It's a great time of year to try menus featuring fresh Jersey produce. Al fresco treats include coffee and cake as the morning sun breaks through the treetops, lunch or afternoon tea amongst the flowers and aperitifs on the terrace as the sun sets.

The Greenhills Country House Hotel - photo

Book 3 nights online, on the Best Available Bed & Breakfast Rate and receive £50 Seymour Pounds on arrival to spend on food and beverage within the hotel during your stay.

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ALEXANDRA HOTEL, DORSET

Alexandra Hotel - photo

The Alexandra's sweeping sea-facing lawn and sun-soaked decked area overlooking Lyme Bay lends itself perfectly to al fresco dining. Enjoy a special cocktail or glass of local sparkling English wine (Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvee) while dining on local West Country produce. Head Chef Tom Holloway serves up fresh seasonal seafood dishes such as Lyme Bay scallops and lobster - often sourced from the bay below.

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3rd night free on the same tariff when booking 2 nights on either the room & breakfast or inclusive of dinner tariff.

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ASHDOWN PARK, SUSSEX

Ashdown Park - photo

Set at the heart of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, this hidden gem is the epitome of a country house hotel. Enjoy afternoon tea or al fresco dining in 186 acres of stunning parkland with panoramic views of the lakes and forest beyond.

Ashdown Park - photo

Romantic B&B, 3-course Dinner, Champagne, chocolates and afternoon tea (can be taken outside) from £187.50 per person

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HOME HOUSE, LONDON

Home House - photo

Beyond the imposing facade of the Home House's Georgian exterior in Portman Square, through its gilded and chic interior, guests will discover a hidden gem - a spacious and secluded pebbled garden set within the walled courtyard of the House, perfect for magical al fresco drinks and dining in central London.

Home House - photo

Book a bedroom at Home House and receive 10% discount off the delicious Garden Menu...or stay 2 nights and receive a complimentary Champagne Afternoon Tea for two.

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MANOR HOUSE HOTEL, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Manor House Hotel - photo

At The Manor House, the bar and lounge menu can be enjoyed in the beautifully manicured gardens, with lovely church views. Alternatively, enjoy the outside from inside by enjoying a bite to eat in the garden room, The Beagle Brasserie.

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Dinner, B&B, a half bottle of champagne, Molton Brown gift set and complimentary noon checkout from £140 per person.

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THE FEATHERS, OXFORDSHIRE

The Feathers - photo

Luxurious and stylish 4-star townhouse hotel just a minute's walk from the gates of Blenheim Palace. On warm days, afternoon tea as well as lunch by the superb chef Dominic Chapman is served on the shady courtyard terrace.

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2 nights B&B with dinner on your first night from £129 per person. Also includes a VIP 10% off on Bicester Village Shopping.

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APPLEBY MANOR, CUMBRIA

Appleby Manor - photo

4-star country house escape with great new spa in Cumbria's beautiful Eden Valley. For this spring and summer, a new patio area has been created in front of the restaurant. Enjoy drinks, afternoon tea or light snacks throughout the day with a backdrop of magnificent gardens and outstanding mountain vistas.

Appleby Manor - photo

Book 4 nights Dinner B&B and pay for only 3.

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CASTLE HOUSE HOTEL, HEREFORDSHIRE

Castle House Hotel - photo

Elegant boutique Grade II Regency townhouse hotel in Hereford with excellent locally-sourced cuisine. Castle House is a city centre hotel that feels as if it's in the country. Just a moment's walk from Hereford's magnificent Cathedral, you can still enjoy a peaceful afternoon tea outdoors by the picturesque castle moat.

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Summer B&B from £160 per room when you also dine in the Castle Restaurant. Also includes a Hereford Cream Tea on arrival served with a pot of your favourite Trumpers Tea.

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THIS WEEK'S COMPETITION

MONK FRYSTON HALL HOTEL, YORKSHIRE

Monk Fryston Hall Hotel - photo

A picturesque historic country house escape in 30 acres of grounds in the Vale of York.

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