The outdoor dining at Cafe Coco and Kazbar

Don’t know where to eat out in December? We’ve got some fabulous ideas for you, demonstrating the massive creativeness of Oxfordshire’s restaurants, cafes and pubs. So get booking and support your local hospitality industry.

1)The Nut Tree, Murcott, Michelin star – enjoy their brand new outdoor area, complete with blankets, heaters, fire-pits and fairy lights while you dine on some Michelin starred fare courtesy of chef patron Mike North.

The new outdoor area at The Nut Tree in Murcott

2) The Milkshed – Weston On The GreenBeach Huts -Not only is the lovely cafe open with its extensive outdoor area, but owner Lucie ellis has built three beach-style huts called Erin, Alex, and Den, each with a table for up to 6 people. The huts don’t have heating but are really cosy with fur seat covers and blankets and protected from the wind and rain! The Milkshed also boasts lots of other outdoor tables for dry days, for groups of up to 6, just wrap up warm. So eat in, eat outside, click and collect or takeaway for a super festive few weeks before Christmas. No bookings, just turn up. https://www.themilkshedstore.uk

The new beach huts at The Milkshed

3) White Hart, Fyfield – The Orangery – has built a beautiful Winter Orangery over its terrace and pagodas, with two open sides, which means you can now meet up safely over the festive period with the friends and family you have missed the most. Filled with fairy lights, Christmas decorations, heaters and music it is a veritable winter wonderland. Everything is designed to keep you toasty – from the warming menu and mulled wine, to the blankets and fires. Unsurprisingly the bookings have not stopped so get in quick for a bit of White Hart magic! https://www.whitehart-fyfield.com

4) White Hart Wytham Night sky diningThe Observatory – is being constructed as we speak and opens on Thursday night, but bookings are already pouring in for the mammoth construction project to make sure we are fed and watered in style over Christmas. Enjoy it’s clear roof and check out the moon and stars. The outdoor pods constructed over the first lockdown are also available within the new space which covers the whole of the courtyard giving you a varied and luxurious choice of dining options. theme pods in there and tables, covered the entire courtyard. There is lots of ventilation, and heating within the individual pods and everything is waterproof. Dress up warm. Night sky dining at its best. https://whitehartwytham.com

The new dining pods at The White Hart in Wytham

5) Waterside Cafe, BensonWaterfront – Enjoy the vast outside covered decking area with friends or family as per government guidelines. Thanks to the newly installed additional outside heaters and a new roof to create extra cover, you’ll be cosier than you think. Inside, there is a new counter and extra screens between tables to keep you even safer. https://www.waterfrontcafe.co.uk

6) Anchor, OxfordBedouin Tent – the North Oxford pub has extended and created an even bigger Christmas garden, adding a tree to the tent, plus extra covered, heated areas and lounge seating around some really toasty fire pits which are being built for reopening.

7) Hollybush, WitneyChalets, built its luxurious dining chalets during lockdown which are perfect for a sophisticated, novel and unique experience dining. Which means you can choose from its amazing Christmas menu in a variety of spaces. https://www.hollybushwitney.com

The Hollybush chalets

8) The White Rabbit, OxfordHeated seats, pints, pizzas and a covered outdoor area with heated seats. what more can you ask for? Having extended its outside area to include the cobbles access behind the Playhouse, there is also a new online reservations system, temperature checks and contactless so that customers from different households can still be comfortable and compliant. https://www.whiterabbitoxford.co.uk

9) The Perch, BinseyMarquee – has always had lots of options thanks to its extensive lawn leading down to the river beyond.New dining possibilities include a dozen tables outside with coverings, umbrellas, lighting and heaters. Or sit in the pub garden in good weather. A roast marquee is also being erected and opens on Sunday https://the-perch.co.uk

The Perch soon to be full with outdoor heaters and lighting

10) Quod, OxfordCovered Terrace – Quod has re-erected their much-applauded 20th anniversary party cover over their Italian Garden Terrace in readiness for the multitude of Winter guests flocking into Oxford over the coming months. The structure keeps the worst of the English weather at bay whilst keeping you warm with electric and gas heaters. https://www.quod.co.uk

Quod’s new space

11) Black Horse, StandlakeAtrium – has demonstrated how to excel at the whole indoor/outdoor transformation perfectly. Launched with their socially distanced Oktoberfest earlier this year, The Black Horse’s new indoor/outdoor space now provides the perfect space to meet over Christmas where you can sample some of Martin Sherriff’s fine cooking.

Black Horse Standlake

12/13) Cocos/Kazbar, Cowley RoadFiesta – (see main pic) With Dawson Street turned into a pedestrianised zone this summer, now is the time to take full socially distanced advantage of the outdoor seating area with heaters, outside both the Kazbar and Cafe Coco. Enjoy tapas, pizzas and mulled wine, but dress warmly. http://kazbar.co.uk or http://www.cafecoco.co.uk

Dawson Street outside The Kaz Bar and Cafe Coco

14) Tap Social, Botley – pop ups – Throughout December is increasing its eclectic partnerships with on site local foodie vendors and pop-ups for its guests, with the added bonus of heaters and covered seating, kicking off with WhiteHorseBox pizzas on Fridays and Saturdays and of course Tap Social’s own brewed beer. Go to https://www.tapsocialmovement.com or check its social media for regular updates.

Tap Social

15) Westgate Roof Terrace – views – look out over Oxford’s skyline while you enjoy al fresco dining at a variety of restaurants from Cinnamon Kitchen, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi and Victor’s to The Breakfast Club, Pho and Dirty Bones.

TVC roof terrace

16) TVC, OxfordRoof Terrace – Not only does The Varsity Club have some staggering views but it also has an outdoor roof top and a restaurant, so you can eat, drink and make merry entirely legally if you follow the guidelines correctly. Reservations are essential due to its popularity. https://tvcoxford.co.uk/reservations/

Katherine MacAlister

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