The garden at Killingworth Castle in Wootton

Don’t know where to eat outside in Oxfordshire from April 12? We’ve got it sorted! From orangeries and Bedouin tents to decking, terraces, gardens, tents, marquees, huts, glasshouses, pods and even a teepee, we’ve got it all going on! Here are our suggestions, so get booking and support your local hospitality industry.

In no particular order…..

  1. Killingworth Castle, Wootton – has been beavering away to get the garden ready in time. Now comes the reward for us all. Lovely spot, top notch food. What’s not to like?https://www.thekillingworthcastle.com
The garden at Killingworth Castle in Wootton

2) The White Hart, Fyfield – has been gearing itself up all year to reopen in style. Now boasting a new orangery, as well as an extensive garden with outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, it’s got it all going on – from fine dining to something more casual. https://www.whitehart-fyfield.com

White Hart Fyfield

3/4) 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. Clinton Pugh’s delicious Mediterranean brunches and lunches can be followed by a Moroccan tapas evening feast. You can’t book so just turn up spontaneously and enjoy.

The outdoor dining at Cafe Coco and Kazbar

5) Cinnamon Stick, Middle Barton – There’s something about eating Middle-Eastern mezze in a proper souk tent and that’s exactly what you can do now thanks to an extensive redecoration scheme. And relax……. https://www.thecinnamonstick.co.uk

The Cinnamon Stick outdoor area

6) The Plough at 38, Oxford – Best for people watching – take full advantage of this classic Oxford city centre pub’s location as well as head chef’s Jan Hvizdos’s cooking. https://ploughat38.com

The Plough at 38

7) Feathers, Woodstock – has pulled out all the stops to get its outdoor space as convivial as possible and look at the results! Throw in head chef Ben Bullen’s cooking and it’s a win-win from us. https://www.feathers.co.uk

The Feathers outdoor space and bar

8) Scenic Supper – Cotswolds. A brand new concept – glasshouse dining with a view!  New head chef Samuel Idione will prepare your five course set dinner menu (£65 per head) which is available from April 14 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.30pm. www.thescenicsupper.co.uk 

The Scenic Supper set up

9) 215, Oxford – Expect pavement dining cordoned off with brasserie style tables and umbrellas, and some of Paul Welburn’s mighty fine cooking. Their lunchtime menus are awesome and great value. One for the little black book. https://www.twoonefive.co.uk

Outside at 215

10) The Lamb Inn, Crawley is reopening with a newly installed outdoor kitchen, garden canopies and heaters ready to welcome you back. Think ski lodge meets south of Frace vibe! Doors open on 15th April. Book at info@lambpub.co.uk

The Lamb in Crawley

11) Boxing Hare, Swerford – is introducing its new outdoor garden pods, which are covered, heated and come complete with fairy lights. Relax and unwind with friends and family, whilst enjoying the delicious food thanks to husband and wife team Nick and Kate Anderson in the kitchens. Or enjoy the tented terrace area, complete with heating and festoon lighting. https://www.theboxinghare.co.uk

The new pods at The Boxing Hare in Swerford

12) The Milkshed – Weston On The Green – Owner Lucie Ellis has built three beach-style huts called Erin, Alex, and Den on site each with a table for up to 6 people to protect you 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. With their new picnic menus announced, what are you waiting for? No bookings, just turn up. https://www.themilkshedstore.uk

The new beach huts at The Milkshed

13) White Hart Wytham – The new observatory was a mammoth construction project but bookings are already pouring in to make sure we are fed and watered in style. Enjoy its clear roof and check out the moon and stars. The outdoor pods are also available within the new space which covers the whole of the courtyard giving you a varied and luxurious choice of dining options. Night sky dining at its best. https://whitehartwytham.com

The pods at the White Hart in Wytham are outside

14) White House, Abingdon Road – opens its outside doors for the first time on April 12. Expect coffee, baked goods and a full sharing plate menu at the newly opened Tap Social pub where a large section of the existing car park has been transformed into a beer garden with bright and colourful tables and lots of plants and greenery. Throw in head chef Frideswide O’Neill and you’re onto a winner.

The White House on Abingdon Road’s covered outdoor space

15/16) The Bell at Langford and newcomer The Lamb at Shiplake should lure you in with their fantastic and complex outdoor spaces as well as their infamous food. Get booking! https://www.thebelllangford.com

The outside space at The Bell at Langford

17) 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. Now serving vegetarian and vegan food, head chef Max Cooper convinces herbivores and carnivores alike with his cooking. https://www.thepunteroxford.co.uk READ REVIEW HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-the-punter-in-oxford-has-reopened-as-a-new-veggie-vegan-gastropub/

Punter head chef Max Cooper

18) 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

Views at The Abingdon Arms

19) Whistlers in Chipping Norton is being really inventive considering their little bistro sits right on the pavement on the main drag. Expect outside tables and pavement dining as well as some exciting and inventive cooking from the new owners. https://www.whistlersrestaurant.co.uk

Whistlers in Chipping Norton

20) Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford – has arguably the best location in Oxford and is especially well geared towards outdoor dining. Sit and watch the punts slide past from this classic Oxford setting, with sophisticated food to match. https://cherwellboathouse.co.uk

The Cherwell Boathouse

21) The Star, Woodstock – Has a wonderful hidden garden with a funky covered area as well as tables ready for the sun. Just grab a pint and zap up the rays. Dog not included.

The Star in Woodstock’s courtyard garden

22) 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

23) Anchor, Jericho – Check out the Bedouin Tent at the North Oxford pub plus covered, heated areas and lounge seating around some really toasty fire pits. https://www.theanchoroxford.com

24) Hollybush, Witney – prophetically built its luxurious dining chalets just before lockdown – perfect for a sophisticated, novel and unique experience dining. Which means you can enjoy its amazing menu in a variety of spaces. https://www.hollybushwitney.com

The new dining areas at The Hollybush in Witney

25) The White Rabbit, Oxford – Heated seats, pints, pizzas and a covered outdoor area with heated seats, having extended its outside area to include the cobbles access behind the Playhouse. https://www.whiterabbitoxford.co.uk

26) The Perch, Binsey – 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 has also been erected. https://the-perch.co.uk

The Perch

27) Quod, OxfordCovered Terrace – Quod has re-erected their much-applauded 20th anniversary party cover over their Italian Garden Terrace in readiness for 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

28) Black Horse, Standlake – has demonstrated how to excel at the whole indoor/outdoor transformation perfectly. The new indoor/outdoor space now provides the perfect arena to meet and sample some of Martin Sherriff’s fine cooking. https://www.theblackhorsestandlake.com

Black Horse Standlake

29) The Wandering Kitchen, Queenford Lakes, Wallingford – come for breakfast, brunch or lunch at this wonderful lakeside location run by two avid foodies Jo and Ed Chapman. Try their toasties, salads, burgers, snacks and some wonderful cakes. It is also open for dinner Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check the website for opening times. https://thewanderingkitchen.co.uk

The Wandering Kitchen

30) 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.

The Rusty Bicycle

32) Tap Social, Botley – Open on the 12th. 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

Tap Social

33) TVC, OxfordRoof 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 entirely legally if you follow the guidelines correctly. Open daily from 12 noon until late. Reservations are essential due to its popularity. https://tvcoxford.co.uk/reservations/

TVC roof terrace

34) The White House, Bladon – A massive community effort to paint and build the extensive garden in time for April 12 has been a stunning success. Expect a willow weave fence, a newly grassed raised area and the prospect of a good pub lunch at this new community pub. https://bladoncommunitypub.org

The White House, Bladon

35) 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

The Head Of The River

36) The Star at Sparsholt – has extended its terrace complete with new tables and chairs and parasols. When paired with head chef Matt William’s excellent food, this is the place to be this summer. http://www.thestarsparsholt.co.uk/food

37) The Fishes – Hinksey – Always a beautiful spot, but particularly appreciated now when you can enjoy the verandah and the seasonal menu. The teepee is back which you can book for dining and there is a stretch tent at the front of the pub with heaters for cosy, colder fairy-light lit nights. https://www.fishesoxford.co.uk

The Fishes garden in North Hinksey

38) The Medley, Binsey – Oxford’s newest riverside bar and beer garden opens its gates on May 1 to rapturous applause, Just try to beat the views. Pop up food trucks are expected at weekends but in the meantime you can sit back, relax and enjoy the beer, wine, champagne, gin and Prosecco on offer. SEE FULL WRITE UP HERE: https://www.oxinabox.co.uk/exclusive-a-sneak-preview-of-oxfords-new-riverside-bar-the-medley-which-opens-on-may-1/

The Medley views are hard to beat

39) 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 Liam Whittle. https://www.thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk

The Greyhound Letcombe Regis

40) 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. Enjoy the new Spring menu under their heated stretch tent. http://www.thethatchthame.co.uk/

The Thatch, Thame

41) Gees, Oxford – is always feels like you are outside anyway at Gees with its glasshouse interior, but its terrace is ready and waiting for April 12 where you can dine effortlessly in style and watch the world go by. https://www.geesrestaurant.co.uk

Gee’s terrace

42) The Jericho Cafe, Jericho – thanks to the new city council scheme this wonderful, independent cafe can now spill out onto the pavement down the side and serve its wonderful brunches, coffees, lunches, cakes and teas. The doughnuts and bagels are pretty good too! https://thejerichocafe.co.uk

The new space outside Jericho Cafe

43) The Plough at Witney has one of the best beer gardens stretching down to the river. Boasting a garden bar this is one of Oxfordshire’s best kept secrets. The perfect spot for a pub lunch. https://theploughwitney.co.uk

The garden bar at The Plough

44) The Crown, Woodstock – has introduced a series of awnings outside so you can still eat in style and watch the world in Woodstock pass you by. https://thecrownwoodstock.com/#

The Crown, Woodstock

45) The Parsonage Grill, Oxford – its dreamy terrace has always been a top spot, but now offers a further bonus of discreet elegance in terms of both food and aesthetics. https://www.oldparsonagehotel.co.uk

The Old Parsonage

46) Oxford Arms, Kirtlington – After overwhelming customer demand, the historic gastro pub has decided to open its lovely garden from Friday 16th April for lunches only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays where you can enjoy chef patron Bryn Jones’s seasonal, locally sourced food. https://www.oxford-arms.co.uk

Outdoors at The Oxford Arms in Kirtlington

47) 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.

Up In Arms beer garden

48) James Street Tavern: Always goes to town to create a really vibrant outdoor community space and 2021 is no different. A hop, skip and a jump off Cowley Road but a little retreat all the same.

49) The White Horse, Kings Sutton – eat outside th front or on the charming garden at the back with its own gin bar and enjoy an Italian feast of pizzas, pasta and panini using local ingredients from April 14. https://whitehorseks.co.uk

The gin bar at The White Horse Kings Sutton

50) Joe’s Bar & Grill – Summertown – there will be 10 tables outside housed in their own marquee so that you can continue to enjoy Joe’s classic brunches, lunches and dinner and of course their infamous cocktails, slap bang in the heart of Summertown. https://www.joesrestaurants.co.uk

51) The Coconut Tree – St Clements has just announced it will reopen for outdoor dining from 12th April, with an extension of 50% off for all eat-in customers (Monday to Wednesday) until the end of January 2022. Enjoy new dishes and the fantastic Sri Lankan cuisine. https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/oxford.

The Coconut Tree’s Sri Lankan cuisine

52) 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 and the front is always a convivial spot.

The George & Dragon in Long Hanborough

53) Kingham Plough, Kingham – has created a covered dining area where tables can be reserved, as well as plenty of seating in our gardens if you prefer to just pop in. http://thekinghamplough.co.uk

The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxforshire,

54) The Masons Arms, Artist Residence, South Leigh will be re-opening its garden and marquee with drinks and a fun, casual menu served from its ‘Garden BAR-BQ’ for tables of up to 6 guests or two households. 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/

The Masons Arms

55) 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

The Handlebar Oxford

56) Branca, Jericho has really pushed the boat out to create a wonderful Italianate courtyard and terrace (see main pic). Just need the mediterranean climes to accompany the stunning food. https://www.branca.co.uk

The Branca garden

57)  The Bear & Ragged Staff in Cumnor will reopen on Monday April 12. Two thirds of the terrace outside the pub is covered with a large, cosy stretch tent and half the tables in the garden with parasols in the hope that this April will be the best ever! The tent is furnished with smart rattan chairs and coral striped cushions, round wooden tables, plus festoon lighting, lanterns and patio heaters to give it a warm glow even if it does get chilly. The pub will also soon be serving breakfast. Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm and on Sunday from 11am to 9pm. Book at https://www.bearandraggedstaff.com/

58) The Oxford Factory at at Oxford Business Park is opening Monday-Friday 8am – 4pm from 12th April and looking forward to serving you on its wonderful, new, sunny terrace. Enjoy a full breakfast menu, a fresh daily changing menu, fresh pizza, tacos and meat free Mondays.

Oxford Factory has a new outdoor terrace

59) Flo’s, East Oxford – the community cafe has a lovely courtyard to enjoy and will be open from 10am-5pm every day. Go for the weekend brunch of shakshuka, the daily specials or the homemade soups, salads and snacks with a middle-eastern slant. https://www.flosoxford.org.uk

The tropical outdoor space at Flo’s in East Oxford

60) The Chester Arms, East Oxford – a late entry from our favourite Oxford pub. But your luck is in – their garden is open and you can keep eating their famous steak platter and wonderful food. No bookings but a walk in service. The kitchen is open 12noon-2.30pm and then 5pm-8.30pm. Check out their Instagram @thechesterarms for updates.

The Chester

61) The Wychwood Inn, Shipton-Under-Wychwood – What a transformation. Talk about eating in style and under head chef Joe McCarthy you can expect some fantastically stylish food to go along with this chic new look. Expect burgers, sharers like Salt Pig charcuterie, basket meals and a few pub classics. https://www.thewychwoodinn.com

The Wychwood Inn

62) The Duke Of Marlborough, Woodstock – reopening in style outdoors first. The huge beer garden, fab chef, marquees, fun menus, a bus stop outside and plenty of space, means it’s definitely one to try. https://www.dukeofmarlborough.co.uk

Chris Brewster outside in the extensive gardens at The Duke Of Marlborough in Woodstock

63) Isis River Farmhouse, Oxford – only accessible by bike or foot, this wonderfully idyllic location is very laid back. There is o need to book and it’s open everyday from 11am-9pm (kitchen 12pm-8.30pm). Throw in a new spring menu of wonderful small/large plates, salads, pies and burgers and you are in for a treat. https://www.theisisfarmhouse.co.uk

Isis River Farmhouse

64) Arbequina, Cowley Road is famous for its incredible tapas which you can now enjoy via pavement dining on Friday 5pm-8.30pm and Saturday 12noon-8.30pm while watching the colourful life on Cowley Road go by. Just make sure you book. https://arbequina.co.uk

Arbequina is ready for your custom

65) The James Figg, Thame – locals are making a bee-line to the popular pub’s beer garden. The big marquee is back, with plenty of tables and stools, benches, tables and parasols and its big red stretch tent up in front of The Stables, with heaters and lights to keep things toasty in all weathers. 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. Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm and Sunday 12 to 9pm. https://www.thejamesfiggthame.co.uk

The James Figg in Thame

66) 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

Fat Lils is as popular as ever

2) The Yurt Café at Nicholsons in Steeple Aston brings fresh flavours and culinary delights using local produce and a creative menu. It serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and a large range of drinks. Why not have a browse at the Nicholsons Plant Centre while you’re there? https://www.nicholsonsgb.com

The Yurt at Nicholsons

If you are in the hospitality industry and opening on April 12 do get in touch at info@oxinabox.co.uk

Katherine MacAlister

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