Al fresco dining is back on the cards as we start to see the sun and once again mingle with friends this Spring…
Here are our top spots in Wimbledon with various opening dates for you to soak up some rays and dine out this April and beyond:
The Dog & Fox – 12th April
The Dog & Fox will be opening up its outside tables from the 12th April. Reserve a table or book one of their lovely hotel bedrooms ready for May. For the first few weeks until 17th May, they will be opening outside only for tables up to 6 from multiple households or 2 households of up to 10. The hotel will be re-opening from 17th May
It was made for outside dining and the menu lends itself to catching up with friends and family, with sharing boards and platters. Dishes like baked rosemary & garlic Somerset camembert, dukkah, quince jelly and toasted bread, and if you fancy something a little heavier, cote de boeuf sharer, triple cooked chips, button mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and onion rings. Be sure to download the Young’s App before you arrive to save time ordering.
601 Queen’s Rd, Wimbledon
601 Queen’s Rd – April 12th
601 Queen’s Rd will be back open for Al Fresco dining from April 12th. Wimbledon’s very own tables with a view at this all-day dining spot are much sought after so do ensure you book. Social distancing initiatives are in place and orders are placed by the App. There are an impressive range of vegan dishes, and more inventive than you’d usually find. We liked the sound of vegan house breakfast – falafels, smashed avocado, slow roast tomatoes, field mushrooms, brick oven sourdough toast. Who doesn’t love home-baked bread? And this one has been fermented for 24 hours. London halloumi and crushed avocado burger is another vegan special, served with basil, coriander, shaved wonky courgette, garlic yoghurt and rocket.
Maison St Cassien – April 12th
There’s never a dull moment at this high street hotspot as you sit and watch the world go by over breakfast, lunch and dinner. Particularly nice for lunch, the menu takes inspiration from the Mediterranean and Lebanon. Simple sandwiches – mozzarella, grilled aubergine, basil pesto & tomato – and dishes that are great for sharing, such as hummus, tabbouleh, vine leaves, spicy potatoes, falafel & grilled Lebanese bread.
The Alexandra – April 12th
The Alexandra will also be opening up it’s outside tables on April 12th. If seafood hits the spot for you, how does lobster, fries, rocket, red onion and caper salad sound? Very good, we think. That’s just one of the dishes on offer at The Alexandra. We also like the look of fresh crab, scallop and spinach ravioli, parsley butter and orange, and home-made gnocchi. Whatever you decide to feast upon, sipping a killer cocktail while you decide is recommended. What will your tipple be? Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini or a punchy Bloody Mary?
The Swan – May 17th
The Swan in Wimbledon won’t be making its comeback till May 17th but do book now to ensure a table.
The Swan in Wimbledon is a traditional London pub serving real ale and British pub food including hearty Sunday roasts. It has a large beer garden to enjoy in the summer months. It also shows BT and Sky Sports, and offers free WiFi.
The Crooked Billet – April 15th
The lovely Crooked Billet will be re-opening on 15th April. Make a reservation to join them when they re-open. For the first few weeks until 17th May, they will be opening outside only for tables up to 6 from multiple households or 2 households of up to 10.
This beautiful homely pub is tucked away behind the wonderful Wimbledon Common. The Crooked Billet has been a part of the Young’s family since 1881. They serve a wide range of award-winning cask ales and offers a great selection of craft beers alongside a very fine collection of wines and spirits.
The Hand in Hand – April 12th
A stone’s throw away from Wimbledon Common, their homely pub transports you to village life, away from the hustle and bustle of busy London. The Hand has continually offered a fantastic selection of beers and traditional food to all who visited.
They are famous for their home-made comfort food and real ales. Their new spring menu is packed full of fresh dish, colourful salads and of course their famous pies are a one of a kind and can be enjoyed out in the beautiful garden.
They are super dog friendly, offering complementary dog biscuits and the chance to be our coveted ‘Dog of the Day’ make it the perfect pit stop for owners and pampered pooches alike.
Make a reservation to join them when we re-open from April 12th. For the first few weeks, they will be opening outside only for tables up to 6 from multiple households or 2 households of up to 10.
The Rose and Crown, Wimbledon Village
The Rose and Crown – April 12th
The Rose and Crown will also be opening for outdoor tables as of the 12th April with the hotel bookable from May 17th.
Perfectly positioned a short leafy stroll from Wimbledon Common and moments from the Village, this beautifully traditional pub is steeped in history and famous amongst locals for their fantastic selection of real ales, incredible food and being THE place to watch Wimbledon tennis.
Their garden boasts an array of comfortable outside tables, which are perfect for those long-awaited Spring reunions.
Written By: Hannah Ablett | Deputy Editor