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With socially distanced dining out set to be the norm for the foreseeable, our area’s restaurateurs are thinking outside of their four walls.

Shaina Galvin of Bourn’s Willow Tree is installing magical Dine at Dome pods, an exclusive within Cambridgeshire, as part of her Willow Outdoors venture. “We will be creating a VIP dining area with three large domes designed to seat up to 8-10 people for exclusive private dining at our safe and happy hideaway,” she explains. “We could call it ‘bubble dining’. It's the perfect solution to help people feel safe in your space at this strange time.” The domes can be booked for £45 for a two-and-a-half-hour dining session via dineatdome.com, with a special three-course evening set menu served, priced £50 per head (children £25). Lunch and afternoon tea options are also available - see thewillowtreebourn.com

At The Woolpack in Fornham St Martin, a row of beach huts has been built, complete with all creature comforts including electricity and USB ports. “We decided to do it because of the situation we were put in by Covid: less capacity inside and the fact that people would want a more private experience while still enjoying all that we had to offer here in the way of food and drink,” says owner Clare Hindle. “But actually it’s a really fun idea: the huts are furnished with chairs, tables and sofas and have double doors that open onto our huge beer garden.” The huts are already in demand, so Clare recommends booking - see thewoolpackfornham.co.uk

Parker’s Tavern, Tristan Welch’s restaurant at the University Arms, has opened a terrace on Cambridge’s Parker’s Piece, famous for being the birthplace of football. The new outdoor dining space, Parker’s on the Piece, also has a new menu, offering light bites and nine types of sourdough pizza ranging from indulgent Wiltshire truffle and cream cheese to the Rubbish Cooks Pizza, topped with a surprise mix of leftovers and sold in aid of Jimmy’s Night Shelter (£1 from each pizza goes to the charity). The full menu and opening hours can be found at parkerstavern.com

Tuddenham Mill has launched The Secret Garden, an alfresco restaurant in its grounds. Serving either in the shade of a canopy tent, heated if the weather’s chilly, or at spaced-out tables on the grass, the socially distanced dining experience comes with an all-new menu: small boxes (arancini, charcuterie, allotment salads), bigger boxes (lobster claw parpadelle, charcoal-cooked brisket burger), and dessert choux boxes (choux buns with hazelnut cream and Tosier chocolate or Suffolk strawberries and meadowsweet) - see tuddenhammill.co.uk

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