Go alfresco in Southampton

Go alfresco in Southampton

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. 

Bedford Place/Carlton Place

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: 

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Fever and Vibe - outdoor area open for drinks

Piecarumba - reopening from 12 April

Popsi’s Pizza – now taking bookings for their outside seating area.

Revolutions - are back and their outside space is opening from 12 April for walk-ins only.

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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.

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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. 

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Funky Flamingo - currently taking provisional bookings for their outside roof garden from 12 April onwards.

Giddy Bridge – this Wetherspoon’s pub will be opening its outside space from 12 April.

Halladay's Tearooms - limited seating outside, walk-ins only

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Orange Rooms - Food, cocktails and music in their brand new 'Outside Orange' area, opening 23rd Apil. Book here. 

Starbucks - limited seating outside in their London Road branch 

The Nest Coffee House - A few tables outside to enjoy hot drinks and vegan doughnuts. 


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!) 

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The Art House - community café open outside, stay up to date on their Facebook page here

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

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Nandos - seating outside available on first come first served in Guildhall Square

The Stage Door - open for outside drinks, weather permitting

Turtle Bay - open for outside bookings at their ‘Beachfront’ from 12 April.


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All Bar One - open outside for drinks and food

Franco Manca - open from 12 April with a virtual queueing system in place.

L’Osteria – open for outdoor dining, although not taking bookings.

Red Dog Saloon – reopening on 12 April, walk-ins only 


Spritz Social - a new outside bar area opening 22 April at Westquay Esplanade.

Thaikhun - reopening on 12 April.

The Real Greek - reopening on 12 April

Zizzi – reopening on 12 April.

High Street/City Centre

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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  

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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.

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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

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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.

Oxford Street

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Carnicero - reopening on 12 April.

Dhaba 59 - Beet garden open for food and drinks every day from 4pm-10pm

Docks Coffee - reopening outside from 22nd April for brunch, coffee and cakes

Marcos Kitchen - reopening on 12 April.

Oxford Street

Max’s Brasserie – reopening on 12 April.

Oxford Brasserie – reopening on 12 April.

OX:47 Lounge - new to Oxford Street, this modern microbar is set to open in April. Check their Facebook page for updates. 

Pam Pam - a brand-new cocktail bar and pizza restaurant opening from 23 April.

The White Star Tavern - open outside from 28 May 

Ocean Village

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Bacaro - reopening from 12 April.

Banana Wharf - reopening on 12 April.

HarBar on 6th – rooftop bar reopening from 14 April.

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Maritimo Lounge – opening from 12 April on a first-come, first served basis.

Pitcher & Piano - reopening from 12 April.

The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis - this Wetherspoon's pub will reopen from 12 April.

Further afield

The Winston

Brewhouse & Kitchen - taking outdoor bookings from 12 April.

Sobar Southampton - Sobar Garden open from 12 April

The Shooting Star - reopening on 12 April.

The Winston - reopening on 12 April.

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!

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