Eat, drink and be merry outdoors in Cirencester.

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The Christmas season is truly upon us and everyone knows how much we all need an opportunity to unwind and enjoy ourselves!

There are still many rules around to help control the spread of coronavirus so we have brought together a list of 5 of the finest, most stylish, sumptuous and safe places to enjoy food, drink and merriment this winter!

1. The Gateway Café at Cotswold Water Park

The Gateway Café at Cotswold Water Park is presenting the Gateway to Christmas. Enjoy the festive German market stalls serving yuletide treats such as mulled wine & Cider, doughnuts & fudge. The trees are lit up for the ‘Spectacular Light Show’ giving you and your family a lovely spectacle as you enjoy a winter warmer.

For the young and young at heart, there’s also a Disco Tree, a Helter-Skelter and a Carrousel. Plus, a socially-distanced Santa’s Grotto! (booking essential).

Entry and parking are free to the Gateway; tickets to see Santa are on sale here.

Along with the Gateway to Christmas, the Gateway Café has set up spacious marquees that offer covered outdoor seating where Pizzeria 720 are also serving up delicious wood-fired pizzas.

Open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Christmas event runs up until the 24th of December.


2. Waterside Kitchen & Bar, Cotswold Water Park, South Cerney.

Also at the Cotswold Water Park, this time at Walters Lake, the Waterside Kitchen and Bar have set up innovative, heated Domes to be inside-outside. The Domes that seat up to 6, (if from different households, the door must be open for ventilation) are available for a bite of Brunch, a lazy Lunch (hearty Sunday lunch) or Dinner by the lake.

Minimum spend is £150 for the group and there is a set menu for £25 pp based on 6 people in the Dome.

Open 9 am till 5 pm Sunday to Thursday, 9 am till 9 pm Friday & Saturday.


3. Somewhere Else

Featuring an exciting new menu and wide range of drinks Somewhere Else has created a tunnel of lights for outside dining that’s open either side for airflow.

Tables are available 11 am ‘til 10 pm weekdays for Lunch, Dinner and weekends from 12 pm till 6 pm including their fantastic Sunday Roasts.


4. Jacks Café, Cirencester

The lovely Jacks Café on Black Jack Street, Cirencester now has gazebos up in their garden so you can meet and eat undercover.

Breakfasts, brunches and lunches.

They’re open from 9 ‘til 5, Monday to Saturday and 10 am until 4 pm on Sundays.


5. The Old Prison, Northleach

A café like no other, the Old Prison in Northleach dates from the 18th century and offers a slice of history alongside a fresh and modern menu and artisan coffee. The prison has a large courtyard space, with some covered seating to protect you from the elements.

This Christmas you can take advantage their us for BOTTOMLESS NIBBLES. Enjoy a substantial meal of three small plates with an UNLIMITED beverage of your choice for ONLY £25 per person. Available for indoor and outdoor bookings.

Open Monday - Thursday 9 am till 5 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am till 9 pm and Sunday 10 am till 4 pm.