Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don’t have to. This week: The best places to eat during alfresco April.
Hotels, country houses and whole city streets are gearing up for an awesome reopening, serving food and drink outdoors from April 12 as Covid restrictions ease.
Advance booking will be essential at most locations, as numbers will be limited while table service will keep guests safe. And don’t be worried about April showers – owners plan to offer everything from marquees to umbrellas and air heaters to keep guests comfortable.
Back on the menu: Friends will be able to meet again for outside drinking at hotels and bars from April 12
Anyone missing holidays in Italy should book a table on the Italian Terrace at Heckfield Place in Hampshire, just down the road from Jane Austen’s house in Chawton.
Guests can enjoy delicious lunches, afternoon teas, candlelit dinners and Sunday roasts at tables overlooking the lake and grounds. Fire pits and sheepskin rugs will help if it’s chilly (heckfieldplace.com).
A new juice and salad bar will be April’s big attraction at The Falcon Hotel in Castle Ashby, an old coaching inn dating back 400 years…