To Dine For: 8 of the best Outdoor Tables

Who says you have to compromise on style when it comes to eating outdoors?

These stylish outdoor tables will add punch and pizzazz to your outdoor space, making the garden or terrace even more inviting for al fresco lunches and dinners – and they're just as perfect for those morning coffees or afternoon Aperol Spritzes.

Just add a pretty garden parasol to protect you from the sun's rays, if some shade is required.

As they're all designed to withstand the unpredictable British weather there's no need to banish these tables to the shed for the winter either. Although protecting them from heavy rain with a waterproof cover will ensure their longevity.

Why not create a laid-back Ibiza-style vibe with a hanging chair too.

The materials on offer range from sturdy timber and hardy concrete to smart stainless steel and lightweight fibrestone (a clever composite that looks like natural stone but without its weight). There's even a table (available in different sizes and with coordinating chairs) made from recycled ocean plastics (discarded fishing nets to be precise), which scores highly in both the style and sustainability stakes. Read the full story on theOcean table here.

If space is limited, rather than a full sized dining table, go for one of the smaller options such as Petite Friture's chic high table or the Bouroullec's bijou Cone table - both offer designer credibility and stand out style without taking up too much room.

Give your garden or patio a boost with these concrete planters.

Peruse our edit, get your outdoor entertaining area in shape – and you can look forward to a summer of cool and carefree conviviality.

Spinnaker extendable table, £7,175, The Conran Shop

Spinnaker extendable table, £7,175, The Conran Shop

Perfect forimpromptu summer dinner parties, this extendable tablecan stretch to seat up to 12 people for those surprise visits. The modern design madefrom a structural metal frame, with a teak wood slatted top, and is characterisedby a smooth, easily operated tipping mechanism.

ocean table, £508, mater

The Ocean Collection is a reimagined table-and-chair collection (originally designed in 1955 by one of the 20th century’s most renowned designers, Nanna Ditzel) in ocean waste plastic, combining innovative solutions to prevent pollution of the world’s oceans.

Torino, £1,019, bo concept

Torino, £1,019, bo concept

This table comes in three sizes and mixes sharp, minimal lines with a durable and stylish ceramic table top.

Palissade cone table, £405, Hay at SCP

Palissade cone table, £405, Hay at SCP

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay, this table has a solid base and ultra-thin steel tabletop and shares the same graphic style as the rest of the series, enabling the table to be strong without being bulky and elegant without being fragile.

Palissade cone table, £405, Hay at SCP

Palissade cone table, £405, Hay at SCP

Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Hay, this table has a solid base and ultra-thin steel tabletop and shares the same graphic style as the rest of the series, enabling the table to be strong without being bulky and elegant without being fragile.

Tico table, £695, Habitat

Tico table, £695, Habitat

Clean-lined and contemporary, the Tico tableoffers the warmth and texture of natural stone without its weight.Although it looks like solid stone, it's made fromfibrestone, a durable material made from powdered stone and fibreglass.

O-ZON 160 teak and stainless-steel table, £6,075, Kris Van Puyvelde at Indian Ocean

O-ZON 160 teak and stainless-steel table, £6,075, Kris Van Puyvelde at Indian Ocean

This sleek, contemporary design features a stainless steel lazy Susan, great for manoeuvring the wine cooler in your direction.

Catania dining table, £299, Made.com

Catania dining table, £299, Made.com

All clean lines, seamless joints and smooth surfaces, but without the designer price tag.

Week-End Outdoor High Table, £590, nest

Week-End Outdoor High Table, £590, nest

This bar style high table is great for small spaces and informal drinks and nibbles. Part of Studio Brichet-Ziegler's outdoor Week-End series, designed for Petite Friture it's available in black, white and three bold colours.