Top 5 Places to Enjoy Alfresco Dining in Derby

By Visit Derby

Created February 1, 2024

Last updated July 1, 2024

With its blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy, Derby is a fantastic destination for alfresco dining. As the summer sun shines, the city's outdoor dining spots come alive, offering everything from sophisticated meals to casual bites. Here are the top five places in Derby where you can enjoy a delicious meal under the open sky.

Lorentes Darley Abbey

For a taste of Spain in Derby, head to Lorentes Darley Abbey. This riverside bistro features a cosy outdoor seating area where you can enjoy authentic tapas dishes in a relaxed, informal setting with stunning views. The menu includes a variety of Spanish classics, from patatas bravas to chorizo, all perfect for sharing. Paired with a glass of sangria or Spanish wine, Lorentes offers a delightful alfresco dining experience that transports you straight to Spain.


  • Authentic Spanish tapas
  • Cosy and informal outdoor riverside setting
  • Perfect for sharing small plates and drinks
 Couple enjoying alfresco dining at Lorentes Darley Abbey
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Lorentes Darley Abbey

The Cotton Yard, Darley Abbey Mills, Derby

The Pepperpot

Located on London Road, The Pepperpot offers a delightful alfresco dining experience with its charming terrace. The outdoor seating area provides a sophisticated setting for your meal. The menu features a variety of contemporary British dishes, with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The Pepperpot is known for its relaxed ambiance and friendly service, making it an excellent spot for a leisurely meal.


  • Charming outdoor terrace
  • Luxurious contemporary British cuisine
  • Emphasis on fresh, locally sourced ingredients
The Pepperpot outdoor terrace

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Darley's Restaurant & Terrace

Nestled on the banks of the River Derwent, Darley's Restaurant & Terrace offers an upscale dining experience with remarkable river views. The terrace provides the perfect setting for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. The menu features a mix of modern British cuisine, crafted with locally sourced ingredients. The combination of exquisite food and a picturesque setting makes Darley's a top choice for alfresco dining in Derby.


  • Stunning river views
  • Upscale and romantic setting
  • Locally sourced modern British cuisine

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Waterfront, Darley Abbey, Derby

The Old Bell Hotel

The Old Bell Hotel, a historic gem on Sadler Gate, boasts a charming courtyard that offers a delightful alfresco dining experience. This Grade II listed building combines historical elegance with modern comforts. The menu features a mix of traditional British dishes and contemporary cuisine, ensuring there's something to please every palate. The peaceful courtyard setting is perfect sun trap for a relaxing meal in the heart of the city.


  • Historic building with modern comforts
  • Charming courtyard setting
  • Diverse menu with British and contemporary dishes
Old Bell Hotel Courtyard

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The Old Bell Hotel

51 Sadler Gate, Derby

The Old Silk Mill 

Situated in the picturesque Cathedral Quarter, The Old Silk Mill is a must-visit for alfresco dining enthusiasts. The outdoor seating area, overlooking the stunning Cathedral Green, provides a lively and inviting atmosphere. The pub offers an extensive menu of pub classics alongside an impressive selection of ales and ciders, making it perfect for a casual meal with friends or family.


  • Prime Cathedral Quarter location
  • Extensive selection of ales and ciders
  • Vibrant and welcoming atmosphere

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The Old Silk Mill Derby

19 Full Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby


Derby offers a rich variety of alfresco dining options, each providing a unique atmosphere and culinary experience. Whether you're in the mood for traditional pub fare, modern British cuisine, or international tastiness, these top five spots have you covered. So, grab a seat outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy the vibrant dining scene in the heart of Derby.

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