With summer heating up, it’s great to grab a bite to eat in the open air. Discover the best outdoor dining spots in Oxford, from rooftop bars to riverside cafes.
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Punting has always been a part of Oxford’s history, and this old boathouse is still a great place to set sail from. Family-owned, the restaurant offers the choice of a heated conservatory, riverfront, or gazebo dining space with beautiful views over the water. Enjoy fresh dishes which change with the season including a rich cheese selection. Sommeliers will expertly advise you on the perfect wine pairing for your meal, creating a truly special atmosphere. With picturesque scenery and scrumptious food, this is a must-visit.
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Quod Restaurant and Bar
Situated along Oxford’s bustling high street is this lively hub of mouth-watering delights. Their heated Italian garden terrace houses impressive fire pits, providing a hidden escape from the hubbub of the city. European classics are crafted with British produce, with daily specials to reflect the wholesome ingredients. Reasonably priced, the set lunch menu changes fortnightly and showcases the best of the menu. A great place to stop off for a lunchtime bite or an evening drink.
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Comfort food and cocktails, what’s not to love? Located on a stunning rooftop terrace, Dirty Bones promises old-school tunes and NYC-inspired meals. Indulge yourself in their succulent chicken, or sample a couple of small plates to share. Entirely traceable, their menu is as honest as it is delicious. Each dish tells a story or has a playful twist, creating a completely unique experience. A vibrant and lively eatery, stopping here for dinner can quickly turn into all-night drinks.
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A unique riverside restaurant with a floating terrace, The Folly blends excellent meals with warm service. Combine a serene, pre-dinner excursion with an elegant evening meal through their Cruise & Dine package, exploring the highlights of river life in Oxford. Fabulous afternoon teas and divine a la carte options will have you spoilt for choice, using the freshest seasonal ingredients to create delectable dishes. From Sunday lunch to Saturday night cocktails, The Folly is a magical experience.
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215 Kitchen and Drinks
Whether you’re having a romantic meal or meeting friends for a catch-up, 215 has something for everyone to enjoy. Boasting three AA rosettes and an Executive Chef with Michelin-star experience, this contemporary restaurant serves a set two or three course menu. Terrace tables are heated and covered, with a supply of blankets available to customers upon request. Menus feature a map of where the food throughout the restaurant has been sourced, so you can trust and trace your meal. Expect exquisite food, presented beautifully.
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The White Rabbit
For a more casual dining experience, visit The White Rabbit, an independent pub in the heart of Oxford. Championing pizza and a pint, their quality ingredients are imported from Italy for an authentic experience and their dough is made fresh daily. Vegans can delight in a variety of options, including a calzone with a mozzarella alternative, and gluten-free customers can feast with the best base they’ve ever tried. Ask for your server’s favourite beer on draught and relax in their quirky outdoor space, with heated seats and funky artwork from local creatives.
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