Indies Reopening From Monday 12th April

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Next week, marks a hugely positive step forwards for indie businesses across the county with the easing of restrictions from Monday. Shops, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers open for the first time since Christmas. Businesses are working tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure their spaces are as safe and welcoming as possible, but the big question is, will you be heading to your local high street or town centre? If you’re planning a trip to support your local indies next week, here is a list of some of our favourite Oxfordshire indies that will be open and ready to welcome you from Monday 12th April. >>

2 North Parade Oxford

2 North Parade

Opened in September 2013, 2 North Parade is a neighbourhood produce store run by Peter Slade and Victoria Borondo.

Open with the following hours >>

Wednesday to Friday: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, Saturday: 8.30 am to 3 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm

Amy Surman Oxford

Amy Surman: The Oxford Bead Shop

Amy runs a lovely friendly store tucked at the top of Cowley Road selling a fantastic array of jewellery making supplies.

Check out Amy’s website for upcoming workshops.

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Alfonso Gelateria

Bringing you an authentic Italian gelato with an ever-changing choice of great flavours.

Their Woodstock shop is open with the following hours >>

Tue – Sat: 9 am – 5.30 pm

Sun: 10 am – 4.30 pm

Arbequina Oxford


Arbequina is an independent, buzzy tapas bar & restaurant, focused on quality, delicious food & drink in an exciting atmosphere.

Opening on 16th April with outside seating & takeaways with the following hours >>

Thursday – Saturday: 5 – 10 pm

Bicycle Blooms Oxford

Bicycle Blooms

Bicycle Blooms is a beautiful artisan flower shop on Magdalen Road, where Jane creates bespoke bouquets for all occasions.

Opening on 15th April with the following hours >>

Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

Blue Blood Oxford

Blue Blood Sports

Blue Blood is a Teamwear, School wear and Workwear Specialist based in the centre of Oxford.

Open from 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday to Saturday 9 -5 pm

Bonners Fruit and Veg Oxford Covered Market


Bonners are an independent family business, based in the historic Oxford Covered Market since 1952.

Open with the following hours >>

Monday to Saturday: 8 am – 3 pm

broad canvas oxford

Broad Canvas

A great independent art shop set up as a family owned independent in 1981. Today the shop caters for Oxford residents and students alike, with an extensive range of art and craft supplies.

Opening on 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 4 pm

Big Scary Monsters Social Club Oxford

BSM Social Club

Part record store, part craft beer bottle shop. They carry a wide range of punk, emo, math rock, instrumental and alternative records alongside hundreds of lovely beers and soft drinks, all available to drink in or take away.

Open from 12th April with the following hours >>

Mon-Thu: 2 – 9 pm, Fri-Sat: 12 – 9 pm and Sun: 12 – 7 pm

Cherwell Boathouse Oxford

Cherwell Boathouse

The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell, close to the centre of Oxford.

Open for dining outside from the 12th April, and punt hire is also now available.

Coffeesmith Oxford cafe


Coffeesmith’s little shop is in a beautiful 12th century building, slightly off the beaten track in the heart of Oxford, a perfect spot for coffee, cakes and pastries.

Open Mon to Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

Colombia Coffee Roasters Oxford

Colombia Coffee Roasters

Colombia Coffee Roasters is a speciality, single-origin coffee roasters born and based in Oxford (UK).

Their Summertown cafe is open Monday & Tuesday: 8 am to 5 pm, Wednesday to Saturday: 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday: 9 am to 6 pm. The Covered Market Cafe will be opening on 16th April, Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Face Oxford

Face Oxford

Face Oxford is an aesthetic clinic, providing exceptional service in the centre of Oxford, delivered by experienced nurse, Kat.

Kat is now taking bookings.

Fairtrade St Michaels Oxford

Fairtrade At St Michaels

Fairtrade at St Michaels was the first shop in Oxford to offer a high quality range of fairly traded goods from across the globe, safe in the knowledge that our friends in the developing world are being advantaged and the environment is being honoured.

Open from 12th April with the following hours >>

Mon – Sat 10 am – 5 pm

Fallow & Field Oxfordshire

Fallow & Field

Fallow & Fields are an event catering company and deli, who’s passion and ethos has always been on making the most of amazing local, sustainable and seasonal produce.

Open Wednesday to Saturday 9 am – 4.30 pm and Sunday 9 am – 4 pm

Gatineau Shop Oxford


Gatineau, nestled in the heart of Summertown, offers the finest artisan produce in the French/European patisserie and boulangerie tradition.

Open Mon to Sat : 7 am to 3 pm and Sun: 8 am to 3 pm

Gees Oxford


Gee’s Restaurant offers locals and visitors a uniquely rustic, Mediterranean dining experience set in an iconic Victorian Glasshouse.

Open for outside dining from 12th April.

Grape Minds Oxford

Grape Minds

Summertown’s independent wine merchant based on South Parade.

Opening with the following hours >>

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 3:30 pm.

Hall Fitness

Hall Personal Training

Based in their own private studio in North Oxford, they offer private, semi-private and small group personal training in an exclusive environment with an incredible sense of community.

Opening on 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday to Friday: 7 am – 8:30 pm and Saturday: 8 am – 1 pm

Hamblin Bread Iffley Road

Hamblin Bread

Kate makes bread from stone ground British flour, water and salt, and use locally grown grain wherever possible. Kate & Hugo also sell house-made preserves, cheese from Neal’s Yard, provisions and a small selection of natural wines, ciders and beer.

Opening on 15th April with the following hours >>

Thursday – Sunday – 8 am – 1 pm

Handle Bar Cafe Oxford

The Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen

The Handle Bar Cafe & Kitchen serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all made with love and carefully sourced ingredients from local independent suppliers.

Open for outdoor dining from 12th April.

Horsebox Coffee at Museum of Natural History Oxford

Horsebox Coffee

Horsebox Coffee Co. is a small, independent coffee roastery based on a quiet working farm in South Oxfordshire.

Find Emily’s pop up horsebox cafe on the lawn at The Museum of Natural History from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

Hoyles of Oxford

Hoyles of Oxford

An independent, family-run games shop based on Oxford’s High Street since 1997, they sell traditional and vintage table-top games.

Opening on the 12th  from 10 am -6 pm, but then going forwards Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm.

Indigo Oxford


Indigo was opened by Sarah and her partner Josh in 2008. Their mission is to support small producers and suppliers, and offer something different to their beloved Oxford community.

Opening on Monday 12th April, then the opening hours will be Tuesday to Friday – 11-4 pm and Saturday 10-5 pm.

Jericho Coffee Traders Oxford

Jericho Coffee Traders

Conceived in 2012, Jericho Coffee Traders has evolved from the back of a Vespa tricycle into a roastery and a speciality espresso bar in the heart of Oxford.

The High Street cafe is open from 10 am – 3 pm Monday to Sunday, and the roastery is open 9 am – 3 pm Monday to Friday, and 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays.


Jessie’s Art Shed

Jessie and Olly, are the husband and wife duo behind Jessie’s Art Shed. They run an art shop in Eynsham, Oxfordshire where they host classes and workshops for all ages, stock a fantastic range of art products both in shop and online, and sell amazing creations by local artists.

Open from 12th April, Monday & Tuesday – 10 am – 3 pm (Open until 7 pm during school term time), Wednesday – Closed (10 am – 3 pm during school holidays), Thursday & Friday – 10 am – 3 pm, and Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm.

Mamma Mia Oxford

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia is an Oxford Institution – serving the best pizza and pasta in the city for over 35 years.

The Summertown restaurant is opening for outside dining on 12th April.

Mostly Books Abingdon

Mostly Books

An award-winning independent bookshop located in the heart of Abingdon. Mostly Books offers an excellent range of books, greeting cards, gifts and children’s toys.

Opening on 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm

Objects of Use Oxford

Objects Of Use

Objects of Use is a modern-day hardware store, home to a unique selection of everyday household tools, conscientiously sourced from around the globe.

Reopening on 12th April, 10.30 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday.

Oxford Weaving Studio

Oxford Weaving Studio

The Oxford Weaving Studio is Oxfordshire’s first (and only!) community-minded creative studio dedicated to contemporary weaving.

Opening times are; weekdays: By Appointment Only, Saturdays: 10 – 1 pm and Sundays: Closed for Workshops.

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Parsonage Grill

Parsonage Grill, famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, displays an amazing collection of eclectic oil paintings; mainly portraits of well-known writers and artists.

Open for outside dining from 12th April.

Payne & Son Oxford

Payne & Son

Payne & Son is an eighth generation family business, established in 1790. Judy started working in her father’s store in 1969, and now Anna and Max, the 8th generation, also work in the shop.

Reopening from 12th April, Monday – Fridays: 10 am to 5 pm and Saturdays: 10 am to 5.30 pm.

Pickle and Lime Oxford

Pickle & Lime

Pickle & Lime is Oxford’s newest greengrocer, based on the vibrant Botley Road.

Open Mon – Sat: 7.30 am – 5 pm and Sun: 10 am – 2 pm

Pompette Oxford


The French word for tipsy — Pompette, a stylish charcuterie wine bar and restaurant in Summertown, Oxford.

Outside dining is available from 21st April.

quod oxford

Quod Restaurant & Bar

On Oxford’s bustling High Street, peering out onto St Mary’s Church and the iconic Radcliffe Camera, Quod Restaurant with its unrivalled location forms the lively hub of the Old Bank Hotel.

The terrace is open from 12th April for brunch, lunch and dinner.

Rainbow & Spoon Oxford

Rainbow & Spoon Boutique

Amanda has run Rainbow & Spoon on Park End Street since 1982 and is one of Oxford’s most loved boutiques.

Reopening on 12th April and open Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5.30 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

rapture Witney


Rapture is Oxfordshire’s longest running independent record store, right in the centre of Witney.

Reopening on 12th April, Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm and Sunday: 10 am – 4.30 pm.

Reginald Davis Oxford

Reginald Davies

Reginald Davis are an independent family jewellers in Oxford, specialising in antique, second-hand and modern jewellery.

Open by appointment only.

ronapainting gallery Oxford

Ronapainting Gallery

ronapainting gallery is new space that exhibits a large selection of pieces from paintings and sculptures to prints, photography and illustration. Rona’s current exhibition is ‘FOR WOMEN, BY WOMEN’, celebrating International Women’s Day.

Reopening on 12th April, 11 am – 6 pm.

Sanders of Oxford

Sanders of Oxford

Sanders of Oxford, situated in the 17th century Salutation Inn, is one of the largest printsellers in Britain.

Opening on 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday-Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sundays 11 am – 5 pm

Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

Situated in the heart of Summertown, Sarah Wiseman Gallery is a destination for contemporary art. Their current exhibition is ‘Signs of Spring’ New Work by Gallery Artists – 13th March – 7th May 202.

Opening on the 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday : 10 am – 4 pm  Tuesday to Saturday: 10 am – 5:30 pm

Skogen Kitchen Oxford

Skogen Kitchen

Skogen Kitchen is a  Scandinavian café nestled amongst the beautiful Oxford colleges in the heart of the city on King Edwards Street.

Open Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 3 pm and Saturday & Sunday:
9 am – 4 pm

so sustainable watlington

SO Sustainable

SO Sustainable is a zero waste shop in Watlington providing organic whole foods, household cleaning products and sustainable health and beauty alternatives.

Open Tuesday – Saturday: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm and Sunday 10.30 am – 2.30 pm.

Society Cafe Oxford

Society Cafe

Society Café are an independent speciality coffee shop in the heart of Oxford city centre. Their focus is on making great coffee sourced directly from the best coffee producing farms in the world and roasted by the best roasters in the world.

Open for takeaways and outside seating, Monday – Friday: 8 am – 4 pm, and Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm.

Tap Social White House Abingdon Road

Tap Social Movement

Tap Social was opened in 2016 and is a craft brewery, coffee house and community space that provides training and employment to people serving and recently released from prison sentences.

The Botley Taproom is open from 15th April, Thursday from 5 pm – 11 pm, Friday from 4 pm – midnight and Saturday from 2 pm – midnight. The White House is opening for outside seating from next week.

The Edge Witney Burger

The Edge Eatery

Inspired by their time in New Zealand, owners and chefs, Phoebe and Tom created The Edge Eatery to share their love of cooking and foodie ideas with their community.

Open for takeaways Monday to Wednesday 8.30 am – 2 pm, Thursday & Friday 8.30 – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am – 8 pm & Sunday 9 am – 2 pm.

The Folly Oxford

The Folly

The Folly offers an excellent dining experience in a unique location as well as providing wonderfully unusual experiences such as their Cruise and Dine package, cocktail masterclasses and Mad Hatters Tea Parties.

Opening the river terrace on Monday. Opening all week in the evening and daytime Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boat trips will also start up on Monday 12th April.

The Garden Oxford

The Garden of Oxford

The Garden of Oxford was established in Oxford’s historic Covered Market in 1984 and has gained an enviable reputation for being one of the region’s finest flower shops.

Opening on 12th April with the following hours >>

Monday to Saturday: 8 am to 5 pm

The Jericho Cafe Oxford

The Jericho Cafe

Whether it’s excellent coffee you want, a full English breakfast, a light healthy lunch, tea and a (large!) slice of home-made cake, or a full evening meal after a film at the independent cinema across the street- they’ve got it covered.

Open for outside dining from 12th April, Monday to Friday 8.30 am-4 pm, Saturday 8.30 am-6 pm and Sunday 9.30 am-6 pm.

The Market Cellar Door Oxford

The Market Cellar Door

The Market Cellar Door is a tiny ‘Hybrid’ wine shop and wine bar in Oxford’s Covered Market. They sell over 200 wines from around the world, including organic, low intervention and English wines, alongside the classics.

Open Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 5:30 pm

The Missing Bean Roastery Oxford

The Missing Bean

The Missing Bean was founded by Ori and Vicky in 2009 to establish a speciality coffee scene in the heart of Oxford.

The roastery is open Monday – Friday – 8 am – 3 pm and Saturday & Sunday – 9 am – 3 pm. The Turl Street cafe opening hours are Monday – Friday – 8 am – 4 pm, Saturday – 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday – 10 am – 4 pm.

The Orange Bakery Oxfordshire

The Orange Bakery

Orange Bakery are a father and daughter bread bakery specialising in sourdough. Their mission is to make good bread available to the local community. Check out their shop on their local High Street in Watlington.

Open from 9:15 am on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and at 10:30 am on Saturdays.

Oxford Soap Company Shop

The Oxford Soap Company

The Oxford Soap Company is a local, family run business that designs and creates handmade soaps and cosmetics in Oxford’s iconic The Covered Market.

Open from 12th April with the following times >>

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm

The Oxford Wine Company

The Oxford Wine Company

The Oxford Wine Company is a truly independent, family-run wine merchant with over 25 years’ experience.

Oxford shops:
Mon – Sat: 10 am – 7 pm
Sun: 10 am – 4 pm

Standlake shop:
Mon – Sat: 9 am – 7 pm
Sun: Closed

The Oxfordshire Yeoman

The Oxfordshire Yeoman

A family run free-house serving great pub grub in the heart of Freeland, Oxfordshire.

Monday 12th April only: 5 pm – 11 pm (Normally closed on Mondays), Tuesdays – Thursdays: 5 pm – 11 pm, Fridays: 5 pm – Midnight, Saturdays: 10.30 am – 1 am, Sundays: Noon – 6 pm.

the perch oxford

The Perch

The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs, offering fabulous food and drinks to locals and tourists alike seeking relaxing refreshment after a stroll along the River Thames, across beautiful Port Meadow.

Reopening on 12th April, and open everyday from 11 am, menu served all day from midday. Taking bookings now online for terrace dining.

The PT Project Oxford

The Project PT

To put it simply The Project PT is just two personal trainers passionate about fitness, health and wellbeing. The Project PT provides coaching, classes and events to people in Oxford.

Reopening their Movement Studio on the High Street in Oxford from 12th April for 3 members at one time.

Truck store oxford

Truck Store

Truck Store is Oxford’s independent music hub, a proper record shop in the heart of the city’s music scene, yet they’re so much more than just a record shop!

Reopening from 12th April, 10 am – 6 pm daily.

Vanilla Oxford


Established 20 years ago by Renate Beaumont, Renate loves to champion young designers and believes in supporting small, independent labels.

Reopening 12th April, Mon – Fri: 10 am – 5 pm and Sat: 10 am – 4 pm.

Waste2Taste Oxford


Waste2Taste offer a bespoke catering service with a vision towards a vibrant, healthy and sustainable food culture, committed to packaging and food waste cuts.

Open for takeaways Tuesday – 10 am to 1.30 pm, Wednesday – 9 am to 1.30 pm and Thursday  – 10 am to 1.30 pm.

Yellow Submarine Cafe

Yellow Submarine Cafe

Often rated #1 for coffee and tea in Oxford by TripAdvisor, 70,000 customers each year visit the Yellow Submarine cafés because of the quality of the coffee & food.

Open for takeaway Monday to Friday 8:30 am- 3 pm.

Zest Oxford

Zest Podiatry & Physio

Zest Podiatry & Physio they offer all aspects of podiatry, and are experts in three key areas: verruca and warts, musculoskeletal and sports, and sore toes and nail surgery.

Open Mon to Thurs: 9 am – 5 pm and Fri: 9 am – 1 pm.


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