WE might not be able to stay the night, but from Monday hotels across the country will be back serving food and drink outdoors .
Whether it’s a posh country garden, sunny terrace by the sea or rooftop city bar, hotels offer some incredible spaces to reunite with friends and family this spring.
Jacob Lewis rounds up eight of the best al-fresco offerings open from next week.
Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester
ENJOY a fort-ifying brekkie at Stanbrook Abbey in the Malvern Hills or Worcester.
Walk the area’s Iron Age forts before breakfast on the terrace of the 16th century abbey turned luxury hotel.
Guests can start their day in the sunshine with a morning menu offering smoothies, waffles, bagels and pastries before exploring the grounds and countryside nearby.
The all-day menu includes small plates to share, freshly baked pizza or the special Hand Picked burger.
See handpickedhotels.co.uk .
Feversham Arms, North Yorks
POOL up a seat at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in North Yorkshire.
Bring together friends and family with drinks by the pool at this mediterranean-inspired luxury hideaway near York.
And with hearty warming mains including potted sea trout and minestrone soup, it is a good choice even on a cloudy day.
Al-fresco dining will be held at the spa and poolside terrace, weather permitting, every week from Thursday to Sunday.
For details see fevershamarmshotel.com .
The Imperial, Great Yarmouth
GO undercover at the Imperial Hotel in Great Yarmouth.
With giant parasols and outdoor heaters on hand, seaside daytrippers can dine on the terrace come rain or shine.
It serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily from noon until 8.30pm and its terrace has stunning views over North Beach, Norfolk.
Before a bit to eat, why not take a stroll along the prom, or play a round of Pirates Cove mini golf, now open seven days a week.
For details see imperialhotel.co.uk .
The Metropole, Brighton
ENJOY sea, sand and sundowners in The Metropole Bar and Terrace in Brighton.
Perched atop the Hilton Brighton Metropole, it offers timeless glamour and stunning sea views.
Tuck into an eclectic menu, bursting with locally sourced ingredients, followed by freshly shaken cocktails as the sun sets.
From April 12 to May 31, grab a free glass of fizz with every afternoon tea (Sunday – Thursday) or 25 per cent off cocktails at happy hour on Friday and Saturdays.
See hilton.com .
Lord Crewe Arms, Northumberland
ESCAPE to the country at the Lord Crewe Arms in Northumberland.
With the Northern Pennines on its doorstep, it is the perfect lunch spot for the weary walker
A pub with rooms in the hamlet of Blanchland, it boasts an impressive garden terrace with winning views of the surrounding forest and fells.
A Bar Bait menu is served from 12-3pm daily – delicious pies, cakes and hearty sandwiches.
All tables have blankets, heaters and can be covered with an umbrella.
Thorpeness Golf Club, Suffolk
LINKS up with friends at the Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel in Leiston, Suffolk.
The hotel will be serving a roast Sunday lunch plus a new bar and grill menu on the lawn in its delightful garden alongside the peaceful Meare lake.
Enjoy a meal before or after a round of golf or just relish the view with your menu choice.
Sunday lunch (£13.95pp) features slow-roasted beef striploin with gravy, Yorkshire pudding, veg and potatoes then the favourite trifle of head chef David Margas.
For details see thorpeness.co.uk .
The Trafalgar, London
GET in high spirits at The Rooftop, a stylish drinking spot on the top of The Trafalgar St James hotel in central London.
Tuck into dishes inspired by Japan and Korea, such as gyoza, bao buns or wagyu beef burgers, all served with a side of unparalleled views of the capital’s skyline.
The Rooftop is open for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks but might be best saved for special occasions as there is a minimum spend of £35pp.
For details see trafalgarstjames.com/the-rooftop .
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The Hilton, Harrogate
GET gin-side outside at the Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa.
Soak up the spring sunshine on the south-facing Champagne Terrace and Gin Lawn, in the heart of the North Yorks countryside.
Enjoy drinks overlooking the Victorian manor’s grounds and the picturesque town of Harrogate beyond.
A new partnership with local distillery Harrogate Tipple provides refreshing gin cocktails to sample.
A new Terrace menu will offer a variety of treats, from brunches to picnic boxes.
See hilton.com .
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