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Here are our top picks of where to go out on New Year’s Eve in Oxfordshire:

  1. LIVE MUSIC: TAP SOCIAL, Botley: Enjoy a fantastic NYE at Tap Social with DJs Danny and Shirley Love playing Love X Love’s funk and soul music. Choose from covered seating outside so bring water bottles and blankets, or fully seated inside at tables. Substantial meals are available all night from Whitehorsebox Pizza. The party starts at 6pm. Make sure you book in advance

​2) MEZZE AND BUBBLY – CINNAMON STICK, MIDDLE BARTON – A double sitting from 12-3pm or 6-10pm with plenty of their infamous mezze dishes on offer as substantial meals. Drinks will be flowing with a glass of bubbly on arrival for those booking tables.

The Cinnamon Stick outdoor area

3) A NINE COURSE DINNER – HOLLYBUSH WITNEY – A nod to the very best of British comfort food over 9 courses. You can book your table any time from 12-4pm and the table is yours all day until 8pm. The food will come out at regular, gentle intervals to help you enjoy the day, the food and of course, a few drinks! There will be a mock countdown at 6pm, all a bit of fun and a great way to say goodbye to 2020. Includes a ‘Best of British’ cocktail on arrival, a glass of English sparkling wine at 6pm and a take away “care package” to enjoy at home for midnight. £90 a head. O1993 708073 or

The chalets at The Hollybush

4) Alternatively you can cross the road for a more relaxed affair at sister pub The Horseshoes also in Witney. Dine from their acclaimed a la carte menu for a more low key, but equally delicious evening.

The relaxed Horseshoes

5) OUTDOOR DINING IN CENTRAL OXFORDTHE RED LION- OXFORD. Sit at ease with up to five other people in the huge outdoor courtyard and enjoy the special three courses for £50 NYE menu from 8pm.

6) WINTER WONDERLANDWhite Hart in Wytham – New Year’s Eve – Normal a la carte menu which I can highly recommend until 10pm with some surprise specials. Enjoy the indoor/outdoor pods and seating areas. Properly Christmassy!

Outdoors at The White Hart in Wytham

7) LUXURY: NO1 SHIP STREET, OXFORD Enjoy oysters, surf & turf, champagne, steaks, scallops, cocktails and all the best things in life as well, as some wonderful specials. The best place to enjoy decadent socially distanced indoor dining.

No1 Ship Street

8) TASTER MENU – WHITE HART FYFIELD. 10pm is the new midnight! So enjoy the lavish special Tasting Menu menu contrived by chef patron Mark Chandler, – there’s even a Vegetarian Tasting Menu – with champagne at 10pm. Book indoors in your family bubbles or outdoors in the new winter orangery “outdoor area” with two of the sides rolled up for proper ventilation, for groups of up to 6 from mixed households, whilst maintaining social distancing. £95 per person. 01865 390585.

9) MICHELIN STAR WORTHY – 215 KITCHEN AND BAR SUMMERTOWN, is reopening after Christmas for its epic New Year’s Eve celebrations with various options for 6 Course lunch and dinner menu options for £85 per person.

Inside at 215

10) DELIVERED: NATIVE FEASTS – OXFORDSHIRE has prepared an AT HOME menu which arrives at your front door on December 31. From a twice baked Westcombe cheddar souffle on a cheese and leek sauce to confit Aylesbury duck with spiced orange sauce or a mushroom and spinach wellington followed by a hot choclate fondant tart with whipped triple sec Chantilly. The six person family pack costs £147.50. The local caterers and pop up specialists can deliver wine and fizz as well. Hell, you can even pretend you cooked it yourself!

11) RIVERSIDE – HEAD OF THE RIVER, OXFORD – has tarpaulined their outdoor space and is running food and drinks from 12 noon till 10pm on New Year’s Eve so you can book when you want and enjoy the classic Oxford views.

12) VEGAN/VEGETARIAN – THE PUNTER, OXFORD – is taking bookings for the festive period now including New Years Eve & New Years Day. Book now for some top notch local, seasonal vegetarian & vegan food in one of our favourite pubs in Oxford.

Punter head chef Max Cooper