These pub gardens and cafes with outdoor dining spaces will open from next week across the Banbury area

Not long until you can enjoy that long awaited favourite drink with friends outside at your local pub or cafe

By Matt Elofson
Saturday, 10th April 2021, 12:10 pm
Outside seating area at The George Hotel pub in the village of Brailes near Banbury

The Prime Minister confirmed at a press conference earlier this week the next step in the roadmap out of lockdown will go ahead as planned on April 12. This means that pubs, restaurants and cafes can reopen outdoors.

James Clarke, the managing director at The Hook Norton Brewery Co Ltd. which has more than dozen pubs reopening next week, said: "From our point of view, we are very pleased to be able to start reopening from next week. Lots of pubs have done lots of work to make their gardens even more inviting, and as weather protected as possible; as well as maintaining Covid security of course.

"We anticipate a slow return, as not all pubs are opening on Monday. Many do not have sufficient outdoor space, and some prefer to wait until the May date when we hope venues can open inside.

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The outside seating at the Castle at Edgehill pub

"It is important for customers to remember the rule of six applies (or two households) and it will be table service.

"It is certainly worth booking a table, especially if it looks like the weather will be kind, as once an area is full, it is full, as everyone has to be seated.

"We have all missed socialising and meeting people, and what better place than in the pub with a nice pint of local ale.

"This lockdown has been long and tough, and we need to make sure we continue to respect one another. 'Hands, Face and Space' are still very important.

The Green Room in Brackley (Image from the Green Room)

"It will be a bit different opening in April than July as last year, but this is a huge step towards regaining our lives and way of life. We all need to be patient, and make sure all the steps we take are forwards."

We have compiled a list of pubs, restaurants and cafes who have confirmed they will be opening with outside seating from next week.

We will be adding more venues to our confirmed list we get them. Please email Matt Elofson at [email protected] if you would like your business to be included.

The following pubs, restaurants and cafes will be open for outside food and drink from Monday April 12:

The Fox hut at the Fox pub in Farthinghoe


Ye Olde Reindeer Inn - Parsons Street

The Old Auctioneer - Parsons Street

Lenny's - Parson Street

The Bell in Adderbury

Whately Hall Hotel - Horse Fair

VanJordans Coffee House - Horse Fair

The Barley Mow - Warwick Road

Horse and Jockey - West Bar Street

White Horse - North Bar Street (Tuesday April 13)

Taquero - North Bar Street (Tuesday April 13)

The Falcon pub in Warmington (Image from The Falcon's Facebook page)

The Banbury Cross - Butchers Row (Friday April 16)

The Bell - Middleton Road (Friday April 16)

Banbury area:

The Pickled Ploughman - Adderbury

The Bell - Adderbury

The Red Lion - Bloxham

The Roebuck Inn - Drayton

Saye and Sele Arms - Broughton

The George and Dragon - Chacombe

The Bell - Great Bourton

The Butchers Arms - King's Sutton

The Carpenters Arms - Boddington

Old School Cafe - Woodford Halse

The Castle at Edge Hill

The Falcon at Warmington

The Coach and Horses - Shipston

The George Hotel - Brailes

The Fox at Farthinghoe

Great Western Arms - Aynho

The Three Conies - Thorpe Mandeville

The Pear Tree - Hook Norton

The Sun Inn - Hook Norton

The Malthouse Kitchen - Hook Norton Brewery

The Red Lion - Ilmington

Rose and Crown - Charlton

The Blackbird Inn - Croughton

The Malt Shovel - Gaydon

The Green Room - Brackley

Gilks Garage Cafe - Kineton (Wednesday April 14)

The Star Inn - Sulgrave (Thursday April 15)

The Pickled Ploughman pub in Adderbury
The Red Lion pub in Bloxham will offer seating for over 75 people outside with a new stretch tent.
The Three Conies pub in Thorpe Mandeville will also be open from Monday April 12 with outside seating