Now that summer is well and truly upon us, @goodfood_tw has handpicked five local hotspots for dining al fresco in June

Is it just me, or did it feel like winter outstayed its welcome this year? As much as I love the colder months, I’ve been ready for the long summer days to return since February! And with warmer weather comes the chance to enjoy some of the best food in the county in the great outdoors. From delightful cafés serving up tasty doorstop sandwiches, to countryside pubs with interesting and inventive takes on classic dishes, we’re extremely fortunate to live in an area full of excellent eateries with lovely outdoor spaces.
I hope that you enjoy your month and the recommendations that I’ve mentioned on this page!

Jean’s Kitchen & Wine Bar, Tunbridge Wells

Based on St John’s Road, Jean’s is a family-owned restaurant and wine bar with a wonderful
garden and terrace. The halloumi fries to start are absolutely delicious, and best enjoyed in the suntrap garden. www.jeansbarandkitchen.co.uk

The Deer Park Cafe, Eridge

Escape the bustle of central Tunbridge Wells at this peaceful café, set among glorious fields and woodlands. Enjoy their wonderful selection of sandwiches and homemade cakes while you relax surrounded by nature.  www.thedeerparkcafe.co.uk

Basil @ Kingdom, Penshurst

Local chain Basil has a beautiful café situated in the woodlands of Penshurst. Enjoy their delicious sweet and savoury treats as you take in the wonderful scenery at Kingdom. www.foodbybasil.com

The Kings Head, Bessels Green

Located just outside of Sevenoaks, this Whiting & Hammond pub serves up outstanding food and fantastic service. Hire one of their outdoor huts for a small fee and enjoy private dining in the great outdoors! www.kingsheadbesselsgreen.co.uk

The Vineyard, Lamberhurst

Part of the Elite Pubs group, The Vineyard is a delightful 17th-century inn, converted into a wonderful setting for dining and drinks. In the expansive garden you’ll find their burger shack, serving up several different yummy dishes. www.elitepubs.com/the-vineyard