With the weather looking a bit warmer and sunnier this weekend, there is certainly only one thing that everyone will want to do – eat outside. There is something about eating your food whilst wearing sunglasses ‘al fresco’ that changes your mood immediately.
There is, then, perhaps only one thing that could improve that vibe – a postcard-worthy view of the Dreaming Spires. There is no better place for this than the rooftop restaurants of Westgate. Having attended the opening night of Victors last week, where there was live music and drinks as the sun set over Christchurch Cathedral, I cannot wait for more summery food and drink outings this Trinity. It was the beautiful cocktails alongside delicious canapes next to the beautiful wisteria in the restaurant that made it such an idyllic afternoon and definitely set a high bar for the rest of this term.
And walking along Westgate’s Roof Terrace will bring more similarly pleasing options. Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Cinnamon Kitchen and The Alchemist all provide the same view and slightly different styles of restaurants. Whilst they are all places that you might want to go to only on a special occasion, if the opportunity arises then it is worth ordering a cocktail or something to eat at any of them and sitting at one of the tables outside. Further along, Westgate houses Dirty Bones, Pizza Pilgrims and The Breakfast Club. All have very instagrammable meals and Pizza Pilgrims even has a free photo booth you can use.
Whilst they don’t really have outdoor seating, going to one of these will still give you a glimpse of the Oxford view – a perfect compromise when the weather isn’t cooperating with your al fresco dreams. Finally, in the middle of it all you will hopefully see ‘Los Churros’. Facing the tips of gorgeous buildings and towers, I can guarantee that it is even worth travelling from as far as LMH only to eat these.
And it is perfect for any time of the year – in winter, you’ll welcome the warmth of the churros, and in summer you’ll enjoy this excuse to eat on the Roof Terrace of Westgate without paying for a whole meal.
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