Now that summer is here, as far as eating outside is concerned, we’ve got it covered! From lush gardens and courtyards to orangeries and Bedouin tents, decking, terraces, yurts, tents, marquees, huts, glasshouses, pods and even a teepee, it’s all going on! Here are our suggestions, so get booking.
In no particular order…..
1) The White Hart, Wytham – has one of the most idyllic courtyard gardens in Oxfordshire, but with new head chef Jon Parry at the helm and his immense talent in the kitchen it just got even better. Plus it’s fully weather proof for our English summer. Read about it here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-i-want-to-put-the-white-hart-wytham-back-on-the-map-how-jon-parry-former-head-chef-at-the-mash-inn-aims-to-shake-things-up/
2) The Yurt at Nicholsons in North Aston has a huge and stylish outdoor eating area and with new head chef Andrew Carr at the helm, the food is incredible. (Read our review here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/review-when-brunch-beckons-the-yurt-at-nicholsons-is-the-new-place-to-go/) Go for breakfast or lunch. https://www.nicholsonsgb.com
3) The White Hart, Fyfield – now boasts an orangery, as well as an extensive garden with outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, it’s all going on – from fine dining to something more casual and the summer menu is spectacular. What are you waiting for? https://www.whitehart-fyfield.com
4) The Bear Den, Darle and the Bear, Woodstock – Enjoy artisan organic coffee and cakes, and an all day menu made by French chef Jean-Pierre Tinteniac of Mange Tout fame in the art gallery’s stunning courtyard garden. Alternatively sit inside in the opulent cafe surrounded by some incredible art. It’s a wifi free environment so you can relax in peace and quiet. (Read our review here https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/is-this-oxfordshires-sexiest-cafe-darle-and-the-bear-in-woodstock-takes-art-cake-and-coffee-to-a-whole-new-level-at-bear-den/)
5) The Plough in West Hanney, has recently been taken over by Owain Llwyd Jones and talented chef Luke Mayor who can not only ply you with some momentous food but sit you in their picturesque garden. Or you can sit outside and watch the world go by. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-dream-team-owain-llwyd-jones-and-head-chef-luke-mayor-to-reopen-the-plough-at-west-hanney/
6) The Ashmolean Cafe, Oxford has one of the most stunning views in Oxford stretching as far as the eye can see. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea from its Rooftop Restaurant and Terrace. https://www.ashmolean.org/cafe-and-restaurant#collapse2498676
7) The Snug, Bishops Court Farm, Dorchester – take a walk, cycle, see the animals, meet the alpacas, and eat at this gorgeous little eco cafe. I’d recommend the sharing plates. There’s an extensive picnic area as well.
8) The Medley, Binsey – Oxford’s newest riverside bar and beer garden now boasts its own pizza ovens so you can dine with a view. SEE FULL WRITE UP HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/enjoy-port-meadows-new-pizza-and-cocktail-paradise-as-the-medleys-riverside-bar-reopens-for-oxford-summer-season/
9) The Jam Factory, Oxford – a charming little courtyard in the middle of Oxford’s busy city centre, this is a funky oasis of good food, drinks and company both day and night with a natty menu that covers all the bases.
10/11) KazBar and Cocos – Cowley Road – (see main pic) Now that Dawson Street has been pedestrianised you can dine outside via Coco’s by day and KazBar by night. Think Mediterranean brunches and lunches followed by the Moroccan tapas in the evenings. You can’t book so just turn up and enjoy.
12) New look Gees, Oxford – it always feels like you are outside at Gees, with its glasshouse interior, but after a massive refurb it has reopened this month with even more outdoor dining options and a new head chef Matt Smith. https://www.geesrestaurant.co.uk
13) The Lamb Inn, Little Milton – the historic pub was recently reopened by Charmaine and Ben Tavassoly-Moss, and boasts an insanely large garden where you can eat from head chef Justyna Nowogrodzka‘s menu. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-its-been-a-lifelong-dream-to-open-our-own-pub-the-new-look-lamb-inn-at-little-milton-finally-opens/
14) Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton – There’s something about eating Middle-Eastern mezze in a proper souk tent that only enhances the experience……. https://www.thecinnamonstick.co.uk
15) The White Rabbit, Oxford – Heated seats, pints, pizzas and a covered outdoor area means this is one of Oxford’s favourite and busiest pubs. What’s not to like?https://www.whiterabbitoxford.co.uk
16) The Perch, Binsey – has always had lots of dining options thanks to its extensive lawn leading down to the river beyond with outdoor tables and a marquee. https://the-perch.co.uk
30) Worton Kitchen Garden Cafe, Cassington – couldn’t be any beautiful at this time of year. Pop in for coffee and home-made cakes, exquisite lunches and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights, and marvel at the surrounding flora and fauna. Positively bucolic.
18) The Punter, Osney Mead, Oxford – this stalwart Oxford pub not only boasts a riverside view but a beautiful dining courtyard much loved by locals and visitors. Serving some stupendous vegetarian and vegan food, head chef Anthony Skeats convinces herbivores and carnivores alike with his cooking. https://www.thepunteroxford.co.uk READ REVIEW HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/review-im-really-proud-of-where-i-am-now-why-michelin-starred-chef-anthony-skeats-loves-cooking-veggie-vegan-food-at-the-punter-in-oxford/
19) Abingdon Arms, Beckley – worth booking for the views alone! An elegant terrace frames Otmoor as far as the eye can see. Throw in some lovely food and this community pub is a must! https://www.theabingdonarms.co.uk
20) Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford – has arguably the best location in Oxford and is especially well presented for outdoor dining. Sit and watch the punts slide past from this classic Oxford setting, with sophisticated food to match. https://cherwellboathouse.co.uk
21) Waterfront Cafe, Benson – Enjoy the vast outside covered decking area, thanks to the newly installed additional outside heaters and new roof to create extra cover, you’ll be cosier than you think. https://www.waterfrontcafe.co.uk
22) Waste2Taste Cafe – Not only a community enterprise but this amazing little cafe uses food surplus, keeps its prices down and runs a ‘pay what you can’ scheme. It also has an incredible little garden out the back. Sneak off here for breakfast, lunch, ice lollies and cake. https://www.waste2taste.co.uk/cafe-ark-t/
23) Hollybush, Witney – Its luxurious dining chalets and extensive outdoor dining options offers a unique dining experience so you can enjoy Simon Bradley’s cooking in a variety of spaces. https://www.hollybushwitney.com
24) The Plough at 38, Oxford – Best for people watching – take full advantage of this classic Oxford city centre pub’s location. https://ploughat38.com
25) Silvie’s East Oxford – this charming Iffley Road cafe is not only one of Oxford’s best kept secrets but hidden away at the back boasts a gorgeous garden where you can enjoy the best brunches, lunches cakes and coffee this side of the Magdalen Bridge.
26) Quod, Oxford – The Italian Garden Terrace now has a roof when needs be, meaning you can dine is style whatever the weather. https://www.quod.co.uk
27) Black Horse, Standlake – excels at the whole indoor/outdoor transformation perfectly. https://www.theblackhorsestandlake.com
28) The Wandering Kitchen, Queenford Lakes, Wallingford – come for breakfast, brunch or lunch at this wonderful lakeside location run by avid foodies Jo and Ed Chapman. Try their toasties, salads, burgers, snacks and some wonderful cakes. It is also open for dinner. Check the website for opening times. https://thewanderingkitchen.co.uk
29) The Rusty, East Oxford – we love anyhow for its community buzz and fantastic pizzas, but check out its amazing garden and eating sheds and you’ll be solid gone.
30) White House, Abingdon Road – Tap Social has transformed its former car park into a beer garden with bright and colourful tables and lots of plants and greenery. Throw in head chef Michael Carr’s epic food and you’re onto a winner. https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-starting-at-tap-socials-white-house-has-given-me-my-passion-for-cooking-back-new-head-chef-michael-carr-tells-us-his-plans/
31) TVC, Oxford – Roof Terrace – Not only does The Varsity Club have some staggering views but it also has an outdoor roof top where you can eat, drink and make merry. Open daily from 12 noon until late. Reservations are essential due to its popularity. https://tvcoxford.co.uk/reservations/
32) The White House, Bladon – A massive community effort to paint and build the extensive garden has been a stunning success. Expect a willow weave fence, newly grassed raised area and the prospect of good pub food thanks to head chef Ben Bullen at this community pub. https://bladoncommunitypub.org
33) The Head Of The River, Oxford – This quintessential Oxford pub has a decking area ready to cater for you all as you soak up the sun (too hopeful?) and enjoy watching Oxford’s pace slowly picking up. https://www.headoftheriveroxford.co.uk
34) The Fishes – Hinksey – Always a beautiful spot, but particularly appreciated from the verandah. The teepee is also back which you can book. https://www.fishesoxford.co.uk
35) The Greyhound, Letcombe Regis – is serving small plates, light dishes and pub classics in its revamped garden in this quintessential Oxfordshire village, all under the watchful eye of new head chef Martin Sherriff. https://www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk
36) The Thatch, Thame – Always a lovely spot for outside dining with its terrace at the back and the prospect of adding high bar tables at the front, permission pending. http://www.thethatchthame.co.uk/
37) Killingworth Castle, Wootton – dine in splendour in the Killy’s sunny garden in this beautiful Oxfordshire village pub’s historic beauty – the food’s worth the trip alone!
38) The Lamb Inn, Crawley has a newly installed outdoor kitchen, garden canopies and heaters to entice you with. Think ski lodge meets south of France vibe! Book at firstname.lastname@example.org
39) Fat Lils, Witney – is doing a roaring pavement trade with its take on dirty fast food/gourmet street food – try their pizzas, burgers, Mexican and innovative line in cocktails. https://fatlils.co.uk
40) Tap Social, Botley – At the Botley brewery, the eclectic partnerships with local foodie vendors continues with the added bonus of heaters, covered seating and of course Tap Social’s own brewed beer. Go to https://www.tapsocialmovement.com or check its social media for regular updates
41) The Plough at Witney has one of the best beer gardens in Oxfordshire, stretching down to the river. Also boasting a garden bar this is one of the county’s best kept secrets. The perfect spot for a pub lunch. https://theploughwitney.co.uk
42) The Parsonage Grill, Oxford – its dreamy terrace has always been a top spot, in terms of discreet elegance in terms of both food and aesthetics. https://www.oldparsonagehotel.co.uk
43) Black Horse Thame, such a beautiful outdoor area where you can soak up the sun and enjoy the classic French cooking.
44) Up In Arms – the Marston pub always enjoys it’s beautiful beer garden with film nights and events, but where better to go now for some good outdoor dining – their burgers, pizzas and brunch rock.
45) Anchor, Jericho – Check out the Bedouin Tent at the North Oxford pub with covered, heated areas, lounge seating,toasty fire pits and a variety of home cooked and street food offerings. https://www.theanchoroxford.com
46) Kingham Plough, Kingham – Offers a variety of outdoor dining to accompany its exquisite food. http://thekinghamplough.co.uk
47) The Masons Arms, Artist Residence, South Leigh Think Cornish lobster, chargrilled steaks, frozen margaritas and more. Enjoy the garden and terrace with veggie patch, table football and ping-pong https://www.artistresidence.co.uk/masonarms/
48) The Handlebar, Oxford – one of Oxford’s quirkiest and most beloved cafes, has been working hard to ensure you can still enjoy its bohemian food outside on St Michael’s Street in little booths and tables. Cafe culture at its best. https://www.handlebaroxford.co.uk
49) Branca, Jericho has really pushed the boat out to create a wonderful Italianate courtyard and terrace. Just needs the mediterranean climes to accompany the stunning food. https://www.branca.co.uk
50) The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor offers a huge terrace outside, a large, cosy stretch tent furnished with smart rattan chairs and coral striped cushions, round wooden tables, festoon lighting, lanterns and patio heaters catering for breakfast right through to dinner. Book at https://www.bearandraggedstaff.com/
51) Flo’s, East Oxford – the community cafe has a lovely courtyard to enjoy. Go for the weekend brunch of shakshuka, the daily specials or the homemade soups, salads and snacks. https://www.flosoxford.org.uk
52) The Chester Arms, East Oxford – Their garden is open and the perfect place to enjoy their famous steak platter and wonderful food.
53) The Jericho Cafe, Jericho – thanks to a new city council scheme this wonderful, independent cafe can now spill out onto the pavement and serve its wonderful brunches, coffees, lunches, cakes and teas. https://thejerichocafe.co.uk
54) The Duke Of Marlborough, Woodstock – boasts a huge beer garden, fab food and a family-friendly vibe. it’s definitely one to try. https://www.dukeofmarlborough.co.uk
55) Isis River Farmhouse, Oxford – only accessible by bike or foot, this wonderfully idyllic location offers a seasonal menu of wonderful small/large plates, salads, pies and burgers. https://www.theisisfarmhouse.co.uk
56) Arbequina, Cowley Road is famous for its incredible tapas which you can now enjoy via pavement dining while watching the colourful life on Cowley Road go by. Just make sure you book. https://arbequina.co.uk
57) The James Figg, Thame – locals are making a bee-line to the popular pub’s beer garden. The big marquee is back so you can enjoy the Famous James Figg Burgers and pub classics like Aubrey Allen 28 day dry-aged steak and chips and Jimmy Butler’s sausage, mash and onion gravy, plus veggie options. https://www.thejamesfiggthame.co.uk
58) Double Red Duke, Clanfield. A picture perfect setting for an al fresco extravaganza. Join the beautiful people and dine in style.
59) The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-Under-Wychwood – Under head chef Joe McCarthy you can expect some fantastically stylish food to go along with this chic new outdoor look. Expect burgers, sharers like Salt Pig charcuterie, basket meals and a few pub classics. https://www.thewychwoodinn.com
60) Gloucester Green Market, Oxford is bursting with exciting street food on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Korean to Thai, Peruvian to Nepalese and a wonderful seating area that brings you right into the heart of the action.
61) Boxing Hare, Swerford – has an extensive garden but also introduced new outdoor garden pods, where you can enjoy husband and wife team Nick and Kate Anderson’s stunning food. https://www.theboxinghare.co.uk
62) DISH, Harwell Campus near Didcot, offers outdoor street food shipping containers serving global cuisine, as well as seating and a roof terrace. So get out there while it’s hot! Read about it here: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/the-potential-is-huge-shipping-container-street-food-concept-hits-oxfordshire-as-dish-opens-at-harwell-near-didcot/
63) The Bell at Langford should lure you in with their fantastic and complex outdoor spaces as well as their infamous food. Get booking! https://www.thebelllangford.com
64) George and Dragon, Long Hanborough – eat front or back. A massive effort has been made to accommodate you in both. The back is grassed and has huge capacity at this family-friendly spot.
65) Oxford Arms, Kirtlington – The historic gastro pub now boasts a lovely garden where you can enjoy chef patron Bryn Jones’s seasonal, locally sourced food. https://www.oxford-arms.co.uk
66) The Westgate Roof Terrace, Oxford – with so many restaurants to choose from there needs to be a good open-air al fresco option for diners, and this seated area doesn’t disappoint.