Top UK BBQ Spots

Sunbathers in Highbury Fields

With the weather taking a turn for the worse and temperatures plummeting, thinking about a summer barbecue might not the first thing that comes to mind. But, when the nights (and days) are bleak, thinking of sociable summer days can lift us up.

In Britain, barbecues have long been a part of our makeup. As soon as the sun is out in June, the meat is bought, the lounge chairs are out and the BBQ is removed from its plastic cover and fired up. But, if you don’t have the space to grill at home or want to go out with the BBQ, where can you go? Most parks in London forbid them, but you could try:

Highbury Fields – Islington Council did the decent thing for its residents in 2011 when they broke away from the pack and began to allow barbecuing in public places. So, if you are in the area, then take the opportunity to grill sausages and burgers while taking in a few rays.

London Fields – Meanwhile, in South Hackney, there will be other people using disposable barbecues. You are allowed to have as many as 25 people there for a feast and has to use a metal stand and be extinguished before 9pm.

Sandbanks Beach – If you want a trip further afield, then a trip down to Poole might be attractive. Known for expensive properties, it is a picturesque sandy peninsula that people head to for summer BBQs on the flat beach. Don’t miss the marina either with its plush yachts.

Cromer Beach – Over to Norfolk now and the charming town of Cromer. Known for lobster and crab, you can pick this up fresh in the morning before heading to the wide beach that comes complete with a barbecue area.

Derwent Water – If you’re heading north for a break then this spot in the scenic Lake District is a recommended BBQ area. Striking views with secluded beaches on the shores of the lake. While you are there, enjoy local delicacies like Cumberland sausages as you take a break from exploring and water sports to feast in the barbecue facilities.

Forest of Dean – Beechenhurst Lodge in Gloucestershire is a top nature spot with arts and grilled meats thrown in as well. With walking trails and sculptures to enjoy, take a break during the day to have a BBQ in the picnic area.

Mersea Island – Home to Cudmore Grove, a secluded beach, this spot in Essex is great for a sunset and barbecue. A great place to watch the world go by, the cliff tops are a top place for kiting, so bring one along.

Final Word

With almost half of the population thinking that barbecues in public are illegal, it’s always good to know where you can and can’t fire the grill up. Always check the location before you set off, be extra careful in dry weather and be sure to leave the places as you found them for safety.


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