Location, location, location: Advice on positioning restaurant seating canopies

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Whether you’ve decided to invest in an outdoor canopy or are thinking about doing so, there’s one key thing you’ll need to consider – the location of it.

The positioning of restaurant seating canopies is undoubtedly one of the prime factors in their overall success, as it directly impacts how appealing your canopy looks. For instance, putting it in the darkest, dingiest part of your garden won’t make it shine. Hiding it away wouldn’t do it justice either.

Unless you’ve invested in several restaurant seating canopies, or have installed thousands of them like we have, it can be difficult to know the best place to position them to get the wow factor.

Fortunately, this is something that we’re only too happy to advise you on, as we want you to get the best possible return on your investment. In the meantime, here’s some insight and inspiration based on some of the wonderful things we’ve done for some of our hospitality clients:

LOCATIONS 1 & 2: Terrace

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The owners of the hugely popular Yellow Broom restaurant in Cheshire wanted to make more of their front terrace.

After installing one of our Cantabria canopies, the go-to venue now has a dedicated reception area that’s used for special events and to provide additional seating when the restaurant gets really packed in the summer.

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Transforming terraces into additional seating areas is really popular and the Yellow Broom isn’t the only hospitality customer to have gone down this route. The Garrack Hotel & Restaurant in St Ives, also did something similar to their outdoor terrace.

They got in touch with us before they felt that their terrace area, which was next to their leisure complex, wasn’t being used enough by guests, which was a real shame as it offers spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean.

After installing our Cantabria canopy system, The Garrack has turned their terrace into a venue in its own right. It’s used to host receptions and wedding parties and is hugely popular within the local community.

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LOCATION 3: Outdoor balcony

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Alec’s Bar & Grill in Essex is always full to capacity, so the owner contacted us to see if we could help him to create some more space so that he could seat more customers.

The restaurant had an outdoor balcony, which was used as a smoking area and by guests to get some fresh air. It’s now been transformed into a trendy al fresco dining hot spot.

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Terraces and outdoor balconies aren’t the only places where outdoor canopies are popping up within the hospitality sector, but they are a hugely popular starting point.

For more location inspiration or to discuss your outdoor canopy requirements with us, contact us on 01254 777 002 or email In the meantime, for more best practice advice, check out our ebook, ’10 benefits of installing an outdoor canopy for restaurant owners.’