Best garden tables – stylish tables for al fresco soirees

Create a stylish outdoor dining area with minimal effort.

Once the leaves are on the all trees it means spring has officially sprung. It’s time to consider getting your garden looking ship shape and ready to enjoy those long balmy nights (we hope).

One key piece to shop for will be your outdoor dining table. And a good one will be different things to different people.

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If you’re a big foodie and host, you are going to need something substantial and likely a dedicated spot for it to live. Creating a pergola and placing a table beneath is a clever way to create an outdoor room-within-a-room. Grow climbing plants that will provide natural shade as you are eating.

In this setting, a large solid-wood table with a chunky top made from timber or concrete is a smart choice. It will blend into its setting, and will survive season after season with proper care.

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For smaller gardens, we’d recommend something completely different. A lightweight table made from aluminium or similar can be easily manoeuvred out of the way to make space when needed.

See Parasols to add style and manage shade in the garden

We’ve trawled the shops for our pick of the best weather-ready dining tables. From raw and rustic to sleek and modern, these outdoor dining tables cover a plethora of styles and sizes, there’s something for everyone.

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