There’s so many to choose from but when the sun is out, and the urge for a cold pint or a glass of iced rose beckons, then head down to any of these beauties for a fully immersive, relaxing and iconically pastoral setting.
- White Hart, Wytham. OK, so it’s a tiny bit out of the city centre, but not only does this huge courtyard garden behind the 16th century hostelry boast its own summer BBQ and summer menu, but it’s also a little sun trap. Throw in some legendary cooking by head chef Martin Sherriff and his incredible vegan/veggie friendly menus and you are in for a treat. Book in for The Argentine Wood Fired Menu which includes mouth-watering offerings from Rib Eye Steak with Chimmi Churri Crust to whole lobsters? whitehartwytham.com
- The Perch, Binsey – forget about lost weekends, you can lose whole summers here, idling your time away in the vast pub garden leading down to the river. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/review-the-perch-in-binsey-with-two-men-in-lycra/ Walk along the riverbank from town or cycle to the thatched inn in this tiny hamlet and revel in the numerous menus and dining possibilities. the-perch.co.uk
3) Head Of The River – since its massive refurb, this central Oxford pub is the place to be to watch the punts slide by and observe city life from the comfort of the colourful tables and chairs beneath the bridge. Walk from Christchurch or reach from St Aldate’s. headoftheriveroxford.co.uk
4) The Fishes, Hinksey – One of the first Peach Pubs, renowned for its sweeping garden leading down to the Seacourt Stream and numerous events, and its seasonal gastro style menu, this Victorian hostelry boasts offerings such as lobsters during August and September which you can enjoy from the shaded safety of the wrap-around conservatory. fishes oxford.co.uk
5) The Trout, Wolvercote – No list would be complete without this idyllic riverside location. If nothing else, pop in for a drink and sit and watch the river gushing over the weir. thetroutoxford.co.uk