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Napier's @ Oxford Thames, Sandford on Thames, Oxfordshire

Napier's @ Oxford Thames

4.5
4.5
27 Reviews
£41 and over
International
Our restaurant, Napier’s, is inspired by modern French dining, with a focus on the best produce Oxfordshire has to offer.

The menu changes with the seasons and you’ll also find a wine list that wanders across the globe, along with a selection of beers, spirits and cocktails.

Napier’s is the perfect setting for a special occasion, with views out onto our beautiful grounds and across to the River Thames.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    01865 334444
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ciprian Dumitrache
  • Catering
    For more information please call us on +44 (0)1865 334444 or email oxfordthames.events@ihg.com
  • Area
    Oxford
  • Cross Street
    Church Road and Henley Road
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    16-minute drive from Culham Station, 15-minute drive from Oxford Station
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access
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What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

37 Reviews
  1. Shrimpton

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious meal for our anniversary. Lovely attentive staff and a complimentary glass of fizz and card.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 21 February 2024
    Hello Shrimpton, Thank you for your positive feedback. It is important for us to know that you had a lovely time in Napiers and we look forward to having you back soon. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  2. MarieT

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, very kind staff and no long waiting times.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 14 February 2024
    Hello Marie, Thank you for your feedback. We will constructively use your feedback making sure our future guests will enjoy the same quality of service. Looking forward to hosting you again in the near future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  3. MichelleB

    Bristol

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Needs table cloths and more ambiance for the prices charged
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 14 February 2024
    Hello Michelle, Thank you for your feedback. We will use your feedback in the process of improving our service. We are sorry for your less pleasant experience in Napiers. Hopefully, we will have the chance to host you again in the future and try to meet your expectations. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  4. StevenT

    Staffordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good quality food, excellent service - a thoroughly enjoyable evening with my wife
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 20 January 2024
    Hello Steven, Thank you for your amazing feedback. We are happy to know that you and your wife had a good experience at Napiers Restaurant and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  5. JordenJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved our evening! The food was incredible and the staff went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and cater to all our needs! Thank you so much for the Birthday Prosecco it was lovely!
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 6 January 2024
    Hello Jorden, Thank you for your positive feedback. It was a pleasure to have you on our property and we can't wait to see you again. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  6. DavidG

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Evening spoiled by a young family arriving late in the evening, dressed for the Gym, and allowing their children to run riot around the restaurant.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 10 December 2023
    Hello David, Thank you for your feedback. It is important for us to know about your experience and we apologize for the inconvenience. We are aiming to be as welcoming as possible with all our guests. In the future, we will try to avoid any unpleasant moments and we will love to have your back in our Napiers restaurant. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience - staff couldn’t be enough to help. The food was amazing and came quickly.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Napier’s restaurant at Voco Oxford Thames Hotel offers a delicious and varied menu with excellent service.

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  9. MarkD

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service, a very enjoyable evening.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 9 November 2023
    Hello Mark, Thank you for your feedback. It is very rewarding to know that you and your wife had a lovely time in our restaurant. We will be happy to have your back in the near future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  10. ChristineH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful evening in Napiers, the food was outstanding. Every dish we ordered was beautifully presented, like a masterpiece on a plate, and tasted absolutely delicious. We were not disappointed by any of the 3 courses we chose, which were all made with the finest and freshest ingredients. It's quite clear here that the chef is exceptionally talented.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 29 October 2023
    Hello Christine, Thank you for your feedback. We will use your feedback in a constructive manner making sure our guests have the best experience possible and we will be happy to have you back in Napiers Restaurant in the future. Thank you Mihai F&B Operations Manager

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  11. ChrisC

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was absolutely amazing, but service very very slow. Ambience also negatively impacted by a (loud) wedding reception taking place in adjacent room.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 19 September 2023
    Hello Chris C, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry for the inconvenience. Our team will use your feedback constructively to ensure we will improve our service in the future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  12. WesJ

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    After a month traveling in the UK this was the best there was. Beautiful ambiance, great food excellent rooms.

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  13. WesJ

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unbelievable food, great service. View from dining room - spectacular.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 19 September 2023
    Hello Wes J, Thank you for your positive feedback. Our team will be happy to have you back in the future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  14. Norman

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Stayed in the hotel so convenient for the Friday evening. Good food and service but restaurant was not fully booked so lacked a bit of a buzz.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 1 September 2023
    Hello Norman, Thank you for your feedback. We will use it in a constructive way to make sure our guests will have the best experience possible. We hope we will have the chance to host you again in the future. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  15. NicolaE

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service , small menu choice. Not cheap . Staff excellent very well looked after
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 21 August 2023
    Hello Nicola, Thank you for your feedback. Your opinion is important in helping us to improve our menu and service. We hope we will have the opportunity to host you in the future. Thank you Mihai Serbuta FB Operations Manager

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  16. synergyis

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Not as good as we had hoped. This is a hotel Resturant and to be fair, it is a bit better than most similar hotel resturants. The food didn't really live up to expectations of the pictures. I would suggest they be a little less ambitious in what they serve. My suspicion is that the food is bought in pre-cooked (for example sous vide) and then flashed or finsihed in the kitchen. The staff were excellent and the prices were ok. We just expected a bit more from the food, given the glossy presentation on the website.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 16 July 2023
    Hi Synergyis, I’m sorry to see that we did not quite meet your expectations on this occasion. We do cook all our dishes fresh in house from locally sourced ingredients, so I am surprised that you had this impression and have passed on your comments to our chef so he can look into this. I hope that we will have the opportunity to serve you again in the future. - Scott

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  17. EmilieM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with wow presentation! Highly recommend a visit to Napier's.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 16 July 2023
    Hi EmilieM, I'm so happy that you enjoyed your meal with us! I hope that we will see you back again in the near future. - Ivy

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  18. ChelseaL

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We got two different bites to start with that were very nice, and our first set of cocktails (butterfly kisses) were good. For mains, the duck was completely overcooked and like leather - it had to be sawed through. Genuinely the worst duck we’ve ever had, and we commonly order duck. There wasnt even any sauce! On the other hand, the beef fillet was delightful. The accompaniments on the plates were good, but everything was tiny. Desserts were good but not amazing. The other cocktails were incredibly slow and not that good - for example, there was tons of excess salt in the bottom of the margarita, so you couldn’t have the last third of the drink because it was like sea water. The service was nice but shockingly incompetent at times. For mains, they brought out the duck and told us it was beef (which should have been cooked rare), and we knew something wasn’t right. We then figured out the situation. Similarly, a second person brought out desserts and had no idea which of our desserts it was. Everything was quite slow - though they did apologize for the second round of drinks taking so long. There were also small things, like not removing the wine glasses from the table after we ordered cocktails. It’s worth noting there was a wedding, so maybe their more experienced people were working that?? Either way, for over £70 per person, it was quite unacceptable. We will be talking about that atrocious brick of duck for ages. I don’t think we’ll be going back. I’m shocked that it had only 5 star reviews on Google. We don’t eat at nice places often, so it’s not like we have exceedingly high expectation.
    Napier's @ Oxford ThamesResponded on 28 June 2023
    Hello Chelsea, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this detailed feedback. We use feedback like this to improve our services for the future. If you have any similar experiences, please do let us know while you are here and we will do everything we can to ensure that you can enjoy your meal with us. I hope you will give us a chance to dine again so we can show you that this experience was an exception. Kind regards, Mihai Serbuta Food & Beverage Operations Manager

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  19. RuthR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really fancy food. Good for a special occasion, friendly service and was able to accommodate my dietary requirements.

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  20. JenL

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, attentive but unobtrusive - explained some of the items when asked but didn't feel at all patronising as with some places The 3 courses were just right with really wide choices to celebrate a birthday - we were given a complimentary glass of Prosecco too. Lovely view of the river and the restaurant was light and airy Thank you

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  21. HK1111

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing experience. The staff were wonderful - extremely polite and courteous. The food was phenomenal and we were seated by the window which had lovely views.

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  22. LadyL

    London

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was Devine and the service was amazing, took the time to upgrade us to a table with a better view.

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  23. Alexnova

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant experience! Food was delicious, well presented and top quality. Very attentive service, a warm welcome from Alex, excellent menu suggestion and recommendations from Mihai. All the staff super friendly and knowledgeable. Halibut is a must try. We will be back soon!

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  24. CarolineR

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food service and atmosphere. The quality of the dishes served was fantastic.

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  25. Linda

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant, good ambience, food was great with good service. A very pleasant experience.

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  26. MrsMoomin

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and impeccable service - we will be back :-)

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  27. AlisonS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service! 😍 A real treat and I would definitely return!

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  28. The reviews below were submitted before 27 September 2022, when this restaurant changed its chef.

  29. Albie20

    Berkshire

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We stayed at the hotel for one night to celebrate my Mum’s 70th birthday and although the hotel is lovely I would not recommend eating in the restaurant. The service was extremely slow. The meal I ordered was just about edible but the chicken was extremely dry. My sister ordered the duck, which was completely inedible so we sent it back. Having been put off ordering the duck she ordered the steak - cooked to medium rare. When it came out it was tough and full of fat - again completely inedible!! Our evening meal, which was supposed to be spent celebrating was ruined with one of us not eating a thing. The staff were very apologetic when we expressed our disappointment and we were offered a free round of drinks and for my sister’s meal to be deducted from the bill but it couldn’t make up for the terrible food and experience.

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  30. Tinkerbell0405

    Kent

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Steak was so tough couldn’t eat it. Sides were delivered in cereal bowls! The pate starter was nice but with only one small slice of brioche couldn’t finish the pate. Staff were helpful but inexperienced. Overall a very disappointing visit and WAY overpriced. We will not be returning.

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  31. StephenR

    Oxford

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our meal at Napiers. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Sitting overlooking the lawn to the Thames, who could ask for more?

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  32. AlastairH

    Jersey

    3 reviews

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    There was a wedding. We were rushed and the minute our starter plates were removed another waitress plonked the main course down, we were in and out in 29 minutes, bill was £90. Couldn’t have a conversation as music next door was overwhelming…. Apparently weddings take priority over other paying guests, other reviews have said the same. Won’t be back.

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  33. AnthonyC

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staying at hotel for two nights, so booked for last night. Napier’s (aka the Green Room as old signage still in place) has a nice ambience and lovely view over gardens to Thames. Staff very friendly and helpful. Underwhelmed by food offerings and quite disappointed by main course chosen… crab linguine which would really have benefited from some sweet white crab meat rather than being drowned in gritty brown crab meat. Slightly redeemed by a nice cheese board with good cheese choice. Mentioned to waiter who kindly passed on our observations but didn’t come back with any comments. £75 for two main courses, one cheese board and a bottle of Viognier!

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  34. TodgeinProvence

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The dining room is quite large so not particularly intimate for couples , acoustics are hard and the music quite loud and a rather strange mix . The other bizarre thing is that the waiting staff appear to have to go to the bar for each drink ( other than bottles of wine) which is some way away. So they are constantly in and out. Food was nicely presented, quite rapid and our waitress pleasant .

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  35. JulieH

    Oxford

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely meal, only criticism is the staff were ‘too attentive’ possibly because it was very quiet. Food was good value, plenty of choice, very nicely presented. Will definitely be going again.

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  36. ConorD

    London

    6 reviews

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality food and not too bad price wise. Cassandra was excellent with regards to customer service. The other staff were very polite and friendly but could have been a little more attentive (20 minutes wait for dessert!) but overall we enjoyed it!

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  37. LucyD

    Oxford

    1 review

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Cocktails were highly overpriced and poor quality......the expresso martinis were awful and half full......for £11, a total rip off. The pulled pork was really dry and we decided to give dessert a miss as nothing seemed to be up to scratch. We decided to eat out for the remainder of the break.

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  38. ElisabethG

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Wonderful food but very slow service and understaffed.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Napier's @ Oxford Thames

Henley Road, Sandford on Thames, Oxfordshire OX4 4GX

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Church Road and Henley Road
  • Area
    Oxford
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Daily 18:00–21:30
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Hotel Parking
  • Public Transit
    16-minute drive from Culham Station, 15-minute drive from Oxford Station
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ciprian Dumitrache
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access
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