Dine Alfresco this Summer  

11 June 2017

It’s June, the sun is promising to shine and lazy summer days lay ahead, so check out these recommendations for long alfresco lunches or evening suppers in gorgeous gardens or on suntrap terraces. Here you’ll find some amazing alfresco dining spaces and the best barbecue food from summer shacks, pizzas from wood-fired ovens, and delicious roasts from Green Egg barbecues. If you are tied to home this summer and can’t take a break at an Inn Places pub with rooms, try this super summer recipe from the Olive Branch instead, see below.
Pipe & Glass, South Dalton, East Yorkshire

Expect high standards at this handsome 17th-century country inn tucked away in the Yorkshire Wolds. James MacKenzie cooks exciting pub food, his inventive menus built around Yorkshire produce, and he has held a coveted Michelin star since 2010. Dine alfresco on the terrace and savour sublime food with views across stunning gardens and Dalton Park beyond.
Read more about this pub with rooms in East Yorkshire.

The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire

Expect a cool, relaxed vibe, rustic, seasonal food, local ales, simple rooms oozing style and comfort – it’s everyone’s perfect country inn. Chill out in the pub’s gorgeous summer garden, where hammocks, rugs and shady trees await, and the wood-fired oven and charcoal BBQ fires up on Friday evenings and all day Saturday. 
Read more about this pub with rooms in Wiltshire
The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland 

A legend in its own lunchtime, the 17th-century Olive Branch is the best A1 pit stop for miles and is renowned for its food and how it champions local suppliers. Stay in cosy Beech House opposite and tuck into tapas on the terrace on warm summer evenings and make the most of the colourful cottage garden. 
Read more about this pub with rooms in Rutland.
The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk

Be wowed by the inn’s amazing deer park setting, the chic, country-house décor, the rustic ingredient-led cooking, and the elegant bedrooms. Arrive early to bag one of the vast alfresco tables and soak up the parkland views over lunch or supper or the weekend BBQ. Braziers and blankets allow you to stay outside until late. Bliss.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Norfolk

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Co. Durham

Beautifully restored, this ancient inn stands in a timeless village in wild and remote country with views down the Derwent Valley. It’s a stunning blend of old and new and a gorgeous and cosy place to stay. In summer, eat alfresco in the original Abbey cloister garden, tucking into delicious roasts cooked in the Green Egg oven.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Co. Durham.

The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent 

Rescued and stylishly revamped, the Milk House has a laid-back vibe, brilliant staff, four charming bedrooms and exciting food on crowd-pleasing menus. Escape to the terrace on sunny days for delicious pizzas cooked in the wood-fired oven in the summer shack, washed down with Pimms from the Hopper Hut outside bar.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Kent.

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Gloucestershire

This creeper-covered inn cuts a dash, with the smart, country-style good looks of the bar and dining areas matched by 14 glamorous bedrooms and some great food. The place to be on summer days is the glorious terraced cottage garden – arrive early on Sundays for the BBQ of rare breed meats, served with salads between 3pm and 9pm.
Read more about this pub with rooms in the Cotswolds.

Super Summer Recipe from The Olive Branch, Clipsham

This is a dish we often serve here at The Olive Branch, using Norfolk mussels. It’s quick and easy, and perfect to try at home…

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Mussels with chorizo, cider, tomato and sage

Serves 4

2 kg fresh live mussels
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons rapeseed oil
Half pint medium-dry cider
1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage
200g raw cooking chorizo, roughly chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes or passatta

1. Wash the mussels under plenty of cold running water. Discard any open ones that won’t close when lightly squeezed.
2. Remove the beards and barnacles from the shell and rinse.
3. Place a large thick-bottomed saucepan on a high heat on the stove and add the rapeseed oil.
4. Fry the chopped chorizo in the pan for two minutes.
5. In a large bowl mix the remaining ingredients together.
6. Add the mussel mixture to the hot saucepan, shake, then cover with a tight-fitting lid.
7. Stew the mussels in the pan for 6-7 minutes, until all the mussels have opened.
8. Spoon the mussels into four large bowls evenly and pour the sauce over.
9. Serve immediately with hot crusty bread and sprinkle with smoked paprika

Photograph courtesy of Robin Stewart

Special offer from The Olive Branch

Summer is here and that means we’re now serving Tapas on the Terrace. Think sunshine, warm breezes, small plates and chilled wines served al fresco amid fragrant garden blooms.  Our Tapas on the Terrace is just £22.50 per person for a board of seven tapas dishes and four mini pub puds to share between two. Tapas dishes include salt & pepper squid with chilli; braised lamb cassoulet with mint sauce; BBQ hanger steak with watercress & crispy potato; and Champagne & elderflower parfait.

 Enter our competition….
The Sheep, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

To celebrate their recent inclusion on Inn Places, The Sheep in Stow-on-the-Wold is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a complimentary overnight stay for two including 3 course dinner and bottle of house wine – how fantastic is that?! To enter, click here.  Competition ends midnight 30th June 2017. Terms & conditions apply.

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