Outdoor Heating Guide for Pub, Club, Cafe and Restaurant

What is the best heater choice for my pub, club, cafe, or restaurant outdoor heating?  Our outdoor heating guide helps you make an informed decision.

outdoor heating guide - Monaco Double Low Glare Heater in restaurant

The first task is to decide what you want the heaters to achieve:

  • Comfortable relaxed customers, who want to stay longer, and buy more food/drink
  • A warm and attractive ambiance, to attract new customers to the venue
  • Cost effective, as cost efficient as possible
  • Simple to control

Use this outdoor heating guide to carefully consider the area you want to heat. Is it completely open to the elements or is it covered, semi covered.  How committed financially are you to achieving your targets – it is always best to heat an area so that the customers in that area are properly heated. If the customers are drinking/smoking in standing mode then the heat requirement is less than a group of diners sitting. If your budget is restricted then only have heaters for 2/3 tables rather than trying to heat 4/5 poorly.  It has been proven time and again that investment in heaters will bring more business – especially where the heater is warming a nice spot for chilling and watching the world go by …

outdoor heating guide for restaurants


Fully Exposed to the Elements –  you will need IP rated shortwave Quartz heaters eg:  Tansun Rio IP (single model small heater 1.5kW), Tansun Rio Grande ( 2 model: single 1.5kW &  double 3kW) or Tansun Sorrento ( 6 models single 1.5/2kW, double 3/4kW & triple 4.5/6kW. These model heaters have quite a high glare so options would include Low Glare versions. Tansun Monaco (3 models Single 1.5kW,Double 3kW,Triple 4.5kW) , Tansun Bahama ( 2 models 1.5/3kW)

Semi Covered Wind Protected Patio Areas: all heaters as above plus Herschel California & Herschel Colorado.

Enclosed Outdoor Areas (3 walls, no wind or rain): here you can use any of the above noted or move to the no glare type ceramic heaters such as Herschel Aspect, , Tansun Eclipse and Tansun Sorrento Ceramic. OR stylish aluminium bodied radiant heaters such HMS power heater (4 models) and the Herschel Summit

Heater Controls

Now you have chosen your heater/s you should consider the ideal method of controlling them. Passive Infrared, Time Lag Switch, Remote Control, Simple On/Off.   The ideal scenario is to minimise management input, and cost whilst maximising the effect.  To achieve this we would recommend considering either Time Lag or PIR controls, see our heating controls here.

Check out our INFRARED HEATER CONTROLS GUIDE for help on this topic.

Want a 365 Day Rain and Shade Solution with heating for your Pub, Club or Restaurant? Look no further than the Vortex storm parasol or gazebo.

The Vortex Parasol designed and built in the UK, able to withstand Windspeed >100kmh. Sizes range from 2.8m t0 4.2m in Square, Rectangle or Hexagonal shapes for every and any garden!

Accessorise your Vortex Parasol with infrared heat and LED light! Wine and dine every single evening with this full package.

Add Interconnecting Gutters to your Vortex Parasol for up to 8.4m of fully covered and heated space! Fantastic for events, BBQs, drinks, bands and dinners.

Finally add-on side sheets to protect your dining area from breezes and winds. The Markilux 210 is also a fantastic addition to your hospitality terrace here’s an example The Truscott Arms.

Check out all our Rain and Shade Solutions to get ready for your summer!  

Tradewinds Aluzone 2.8m Square Parasol

“We needed heating which could be tailored to different areas of the hall, and sometimes the foyer too, to avoid both financial and environmental wastage. Other clubs have since commented on how cosy and welcoming our gym is, even when it was -6°C outside! We’re delighted with our new heating system!”

Ruth Gibson | Head Coach at Hamilton Gymnastics Club

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