10 New Outdoor Dining Experiences in the North East and Yorkshire Opening In April

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The last year has been a rollercoaster ride for the hospitality industry, with many venues having to adapt to these challenging times. As the Government has allowed outdoor dining to resume from April 12, ahead of indoor dining from May 17, many venues have opted to introduce new outdoor dining spaces for customers to enjoy. Here’s our round-up of new experiences to add to your must-visit list:


The Northumberland Arms, Felton

The Northumberland Arms is a popular pub and hotel located in the quiet village of Felton in Morpeth, Northumberland. It previously offered an outdoor dining area at the front, but over the weekend a brand new Tipi Restaurant has been erected, so guests can enjoy locally-sourced food as well as an extensive drink selection whilst taking in the relaxing surroundings that this country-style pub has to offer.

The Peth, West Thirston, Felton, Morpeth, NE65 9EE. To book, visit www.northumberlandarms-felton.co.uk or call 01670 787730.


The West Park Hotel, Harrogate

If you have visited Harrogate for a break, business meeting, or a get-together with friends and family, you will be familiar with the AA Rosette award-winning West Park Hotel – and you’ve probably missed it during lockdown!

Great news, this stylish destination in the heart of Harrogate has now added a brand-new covered backyard terrace for guests to enjoy. There are also covered tables at the front of the hotel, overlooking Harrogate’s stunning Stray parkland.

19 West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BJ. To book, visit www.thewestparkhotel.com or call 01423 524471.


Keelham Farm Shop Kitchen, Skipton

Based just outside Skipton, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is the award-winning Keelham Farm Shop – which was voted the Best Farm Shop & Deli in the North of England as part of the Great British Food Awards 2020. Now the owners are taking it up a notch with the opening of Keelham Farm Shop Kitchen, headed up by executive chef, Timothy Kitchen, and it’s a big deal.

Using seasonal, local produce that is found in the award-winning farm shop, this brand new outdoor courtyard will be ready to welcome guests from April 12th, serving up a tantalising selection of antipasti, sharing boards, wood-fired pizzas and sweet treats for diners to enjoy, all whilst taking in the stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales.

21 Gargrave Rd, Skipton, BD23 1UD. To book, visit www.keelhamfarmshop.co.uk or call 01756 664170.


Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire’s luxurious country house hotel, Grantley Hall, is set to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to North Yorkshire with its new outdoor dining area: The Orchard.

Featuring a vintage Airstream and cultivating a stylish laid-back summer atmosphere, guests will be able to enjoy all-day drinking and dining in The Orchard and will be spoilt for choice with a selection of casual contemporary favourites including delicious hamburgers, lobsters, and salads, accompanied by a choice of seasonal cocktails and fine wines. The addition of The Orchard means guests are now spoiled for choice with three outdoor dining experiences, including the picturesque Norton Courtyard and EightyEight Terrace.

Grantley Hall, Ripon, HG4 3ET. To book, visit www.grantleyhall.co.uk or call 01765 620070.


The Pickled Sprout, The Yorkshire Hotel, Harrogate

Another venue with views that will blow you away is The Pickled Sprout, which is back with new spring/summer dishes, alongside the launch of a large outdoor drinking and dining area in the shape of a fully landscaped Yorkshire Dales garden.

However, you must be quick! As The ‘Ales in the Dales’ garden is open for a limited time only from 12th April – 16th May, so make sure you book soon for this one-of-a-kind experience. Not many will be able to say they have dined here.

1 John Street, Harrogate, HG1 1JZ. To book, visit www.the-yorkshire.co.uk/the-pickled-sprout or call 01423 700706.


Dakota Bar and Grill, Leeds

Dakota Grill was recently awarded the prestigious accolade of a Michelin plate, an esteemed rating that recognises friendly establishments that serve good food at moderate prices, as well as being recommended in the 2021 Michelin Guide.

From April 12th it will launch its new Laurent Perrier Rosé Lounge, an al-fresco luxurious escape tucked away on the Salon Privé terrace.

An intimate setting, the Laurent Perrier Rosé Lounge allows you to celebrate in style with up to 10 guests. Featuring fully retractable walls and ceiling to make the most of any sunshine – and is fully heated with cosy, soft furnishings for cooler days.

Greek St, Leeds, LS1 5RU. To book, visit www.dakotahotels.co.uk/leeds or call 0113 3226261.


The Purple Peacock, Newcastle

If you have ever visited Newcastle, you will have certainly noticed this gem sitting in a prime location in the city centre. The Purple Peacock is located on the 55 degrees roundabout and offers exquisite food and a wonderful ambiance and now – a spacious outdoor seating area with amazing views of this buzzing city centre. Enjoy Asian Fusion dining outdoors from the 12th of April in the outdoor seating terrace complete with outdoor heaters and stretch tent overhead.

Degrees North, 55 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6BJ. To book, visit www.ilovepurplepeacock.com/newcastle/ or call 0191 2610989.


Trimmers Arms, South Shields

After undergoing a huge refurbishment, The Trimmers Arms in South Shields is expected to open its doors from April 12.

The new owners say their vision has been ‘well exceeded” and the new outdoor area features 19 luxury pods, each sits a max of 6 people, (4 minimum) and there is also a 12 seater pod ready for when restrictions are lifted. Each pod offers its own infrared heater, double electric socket for phone/WiFi charging, and TV to enjoy live sport. There are also 15 picnic tables sitting from 1 to 8 people.

In total that is seating for 190 people – and that’s with COVID restrictions in place. That number will increase to around 240 once COVID restrictions are lifted. What a project – we can’t wait to enjoy the hard work of this venue.

34 Commercial Road, South Shields, NE33 1RW. To book call 0191 4200858.


The Dockyard, South Shields

Although there is not a confirmed open date as of yet, we are too excited to not include this new experience on the list. Coming soon to the stunning seafront of South Shields, The Dockyard features a spacious outdoor tent installment, under which diners can take in the exquisite views while enjoying “street food, big screens, DJ’s & more.”

Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD. To book, visit www.resdiary.com/restaurant/thedockyardsouthshields or call 07939 966741.


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3SIXTY, Newcastle

3SIXTY at Hadrian’s Tower is Newcastle’s answer to fine dining and enjoying a drink or two with stunning views across the city.

With its luxurious and decadent interior and one-of-a-kind experience where you can take in stunning panoramic views of Newcastle’s view from its tallest building – 3SIXTY is expected to be the place to be seen.

Discover fusion cuisine at new heights and treat your tastebuds – and your eyes – to an experience to remember. Opening May 17.

Rutherford St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5DT. To book, visit www.3sixtynewcastle.co.uk or call 0191 9338591.


Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond

After being closed to the public for a year – and deeply missed  – Jesmond Dene House will reopen on the May 19 2021.

To the excitement of many, food will once again be served in the contemporary Dining Room, prepared with love, care, and attention from renowned North East chef – and Masterchef finalist – Danny Parker, who says the new menu is “something different to what people expect of me” and is made up of “ingredient-led, generous dishes”.

Set in the heart of Jesmond Dene, a mere few miles away from Newcastle City Centre, Jesmond Dene house is ideal for lunch, an evening meal or a midweek or weekend get-away.

Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY. To book, visit www.jesmonddenehouse.co.uk or call 0191 2123 000.



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