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Summertime alfresco dining

Take advantage of clear-sky summer days (we've had a few already, so there must be some more coming up, surely?) and dine outside with these alfresco offers.

Zorita's Kitchen on the banks of the River Thames offers both the perfect setting and the perfect menu for balmy days when the thought of a roast dinner couldn't be less appealing. For £25, you and a friend get a platter of "excellent" meats (London Evening Standard), artisan bread and cheese and a bottle of wine, while dining on the outdoor terrace with views of the Tate Modern, The Shard and the Millennium Bridge.

If you'd prefer country views, The Tavern on the Bay, which sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers panoramic views across Red Wharf Bay and Benllech Beach. Two can dine on a 2-course lunch or dinner with wine at this Travelzoo-subscriber favourite for almost half the regular price.

For a quintessentially British experience (think scenes from a Brontë novel) visit Laura Ashley The Manor Elstree, a country retreat in Hertfordshire, which comes recommended by The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph. For less than half the usual price two can enjoy afternoon tea with bubbly on the hotel's terrace and lawn, which overlook the gardens and pond.

For dinner on a slightly larger body of water, this deal from Escape Yachting offers lunch or dinner on a luxury 50-foot yacht on the Solent. The experience lasts six hours and takes you from Lymington towards the Isle of Wight and back.

For those in the Northwest, the Foodies Festival at Tatton Park in Cheshire provides plenty of outside dining options. You can get two half-price tickets to the festival and give your tastebuds a treat at Street Food Avenue, the MasterChef Street Food Bus, the Feasting Tent and BBQ Arena.

To see more local deals available this summer (although, sadly, not all are alfresco), click here.

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 26 June 2014
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