With the government roadmap set to continue and outside spaces at pubs, restaurants and cafes being given the green light to re-open to customers from 12 April, we thought we’d explore some of the places you can enjoy a spot of al fresco dining around the city.
We recommend checking opening times and dates with the restaurant/café prior to arriving and booking in advance (unless otherwise specified) is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.
With the Bedford Place/Carlton Road area road closure pilot scheme in place, you can enjoy more opportunities to eat outside. Sit down with some food or drink on the benches and take in the surroundings of the exciting new public art road painting project, colourful bollards and pretty planters as well as the extra lighting that's now in place. Within the pedestrianised area, find:
Smugglers Inn - To start with, they will be taking outdoor bookings only. This means that they will only be accepting bookings and tables in their garden, alongside additional seating on the newly pedestrianised Carlton Place.
The Black Phoenix Pub - outside area open on 12 April on a walk-in basis
The Cricketers Arms – tables in the rear patio and in front of the pub will be open from 12 April.
XOXO – now with doubled outside seating capacity. Pre-booking is strongly advised via their website.
Close by to the Bedford Place/Carlton Place road closure you'll also find...
Beards and Boards - reopening with outdoor seating from 12 April
Brewdog - First come first serve on their new outdoor seating area from 12 April - also 241 on vegan/veggie main dishes on Mondays!
Diego's - Seating available on their roof terrace and outside the front.
The Retro Cafe - opening from 12 April on Bedford Place
The Social - limited seating outside
Tokyo – Reopening from 12 April, weather dependent. Walk-ins welcome but bookings advised for weekends
The Alexandra Southampton - this traditional pub on Bellevue Road has opened its outdoor beer garden (with a marquee!)
Cafe Parfait - open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm for their Roof Terrace Sessions
Belgium and Blues - will have a small handful of tables out on the street as well as takeout available on their full range of keg, cider, bottles and cans and freshly canned draft beer.
Mettricks - open from 12 April for all things coffee
Argento - Opening outdoor seating from 15 April from 4pm
Beity Restaurant - open from 12 April.
Cattle Steakhouse - open from 12 April.
Caffé Nero - limited outdoor seating available.
Café Thrive - limited seating outside from 12 April on a walk-in basis.
Coriander Lounge - limited seating outside available every day from 5pm - 10.30pm
Costa Coffe (High Street) - enjoy a hot coffee in their outside seating area
Dancing Man Brewery - open from 12 April, weather dependent. Walk-ins only.
Heartbreakers – will be offering an outdoor menu from 12 April.
Gusto Lounge - open from 12 April for food, drinks and speciality cocktails.
La Vita Cafe - reopening small seating area for food and drinks.
Mayflower Village - open Wednesday to Saturday 12pm - 9pm.
Ottoman Kitchen – Award-winning Turkish restaurant opening its outdoor seating area from 12 April.
Piccolo Monde - opening small area outside from 12 April.
Platform Tavern - opening outdoor seating from 12 April.
Pret A Manger - outside area open
Poppins - open outside for food and drink from 12 April.
Sidewalk - open outside for all-day breakfasts, Persian and Turkish foods.
Sprinkles Gelato - outdoor seating at both Above Bar and High Street stores.
Starbucks - limited seating outside in Above Bar store
Stein Garten - bookings and walk-ins accepted, open 12 - 9pm
The Nest at 129 - reopening outside from 12 April, find The Nest at 129 through the back of Robin's Nest Emporium.
The Red Lion - limited seating outside available from 12 April.
The Standing Order - this Wetherspoon’s pub will be opening its outside space from 12 April.
Max’s Brasserie – reopening on 12 April.
Oxford Brasserie – reopening on 12 April.
Pam Pam - a brand-new cocktail bar and pizza restaurant opening from 23 April.
The White Star Tavern - open outside from 28 May
Please follow social distancing guidance, wear a mask in any indoor areas (unless you are exempt), stick to rule of six/two households and make sure all members of your party sign in via the NHS COVIS-19 app - you will be refused entry if you don't. Find out what to expect when visiting a venue on our Keeping Southampton Safe page here.
Don't forget... many of our cafes, pubs and restaurants continue to offer a takeaway and/or delivery service too.
We are SO looking forward to welcoming you back to our places to eat soon!