While Boris Johnson has ruled out immediate plans to throw England back into ‘Step 2’, there is still a possibility we’ll face more restrictions after Christmas.

Under Step 2, we would see a return on socialising indoors meaning pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve people outside again.  

But it’s currently December and with snow forecast for this week, it could get a lot colder.

But we all want to support the hospitality industry after a tough year and even tougher Christmas.

So here we’ve listed the best pubs with outside heating that’s actually good – according to Google Reviews:

Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite place to go off the list!

  • The Oxford Retreat, Hythe Bridge Street


Laura Jeffery: “Nice heated outside space. Two for one cocktails at happy hour. Bonus. Good location give mins walk from train station.

Karen B: “Nice (heated) garden bar and lovely staff.

  • The Bear Inn, Alfred Street, Oxford


Phillip Marques: “Myself and my wife were on holidays in Oxford for the weekend from London. Fantastic food and service, great outdoor beer garden with gas fire. It was good to see social distancing and NHS track and trace.

Ding Alingalong shared a picture of the fire, saying: “Surprising amount of outdoor marquee space at the back, booked for groups of 6. With heaters and table waiting service and online ordering.”

  • Turf Tavern, Bath Place, Oxford


Yasmin Jordan: “Love the mulled cider and wonderful service. Super covid friendly and has outdoor heaters.

  • The Fishes, North Hinksey, Oxford


Panayiota Chrysi: “Lovely food and service. Great selection of G&Ts. We were sitting on the terrace, as per covid restrictions, with heaters. It’s a family favourite for a Sunday roast.

Ju Williams: “Amazing pies. We were sat outside, they offered us blankets which was a nice touch. The food came quickly and was the best pies we have ever had.

  • The Angel and Greyhound, St Clement’s Street


Nick West: “Attentive bar staff. Outside seating, however only half the heat lamps worked.

Hannah: “They even provide blankets for chillier evening and the heat lamps out the front make it possible to sit out even when it’s not warm.”

  • The Victoria Arms, Mill Lane, Oxford


Scott Fjordbotten: “Nice pub on the river. Covered tables by the pub are heated but require bookings. Tables on the grass do not need a booking.”

  • The Crown, Cornmarket Street


Oskar Lukasik: “Clean and warm pub, good sitting undercover outside with heaters.”

Bekzie G: “Lovely pub, nice and old fashioned but very small inside. Not many tables inside but the outside is a nice enclosed courtyard with outdoor heaters.

  • The Jericho Tavern, Walton Street, Oxford


Steve Povey: “My local pub closest to work. Nice outside area that have heaters. Food is really good for the price.

  • The Perch, Binsey Lane, Binsey


Heidi Asbury: “Lovely food and staff. We sat outside with heaters, very friendly and had a lovely time. Thank you.”

Julia Ainsworth: “An intimate hideaway pub with heated, covered patio and truly delicious food. I highly recommend dinner here.”

  • The White Rabbit, Friars Entry, Oxford


Jeniben1: “Please, please go to the White Rabbit. We popped in for a pint on a cool Tuesday afternoon in April and discovered that the seats in the beer garden are HEATED. What’s more is as soon as you place an order via the QR scan beer appears instantly as if by magic. Seems like the pandemic has made a good pub even better.”

Ben Bilefield: “So speedy with lovely staff. Heated seats and good outdoor tents protected us from the blustery British weather. Yummy pizza too.”

  • The Magdalen Arms, Iffley Road, Cowley


Ana M: “We are big fans of the Magdalen Arms and have been visiting for many years. Their food is consistently excellent and so is the hospitality. It’s great to see they are open again. They have loads of space outside, and have obviously worked really hard to make it both Covid safe and comfortable for customers. They have heaters by the tables, too.”

  • Jude The Obscure, Walton Street, Oxford


Sam Wilson: “Really cute and cosy place. Heat lamps outside to keep you warm.”

  • Cape of Good Hope, Iffley Road


Ric404: “Nice outdoor area with booths and heating.”


Chris Aruliah: “Really fantastic restaurant. Had their roast beef which was perfectly cooked. Wine and service excellent. Sat in the garden at the front which had heaters and cover.”

Sophie Dale: “Lovely place with an early cosy atmosphere. The outside heating is lovely and service is good.”

Anna Nicolas: “Absolutely beautiful, amazing service, great selection of food and beverages. The building is an incredible setting with outdoor heating and cover.”