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
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.
"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.
"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:
Ye Olde Reindeer Inn - Parsons Street
The Old Auctioneer - Parsons Street
Lenny's - Parson Street
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 Banbury Cross - Butchers Row (Friday April 16)
The Bell - Middleton Road (Friday April 16)
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)