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Riverside dining in the heart of Oxford - The Folly, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Folly

4.4
4.4
1373 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Folly, Oxford's unique riverside restaurant.
Join us for elegant food, superb drinks, a charming atmosphere, and a unique location perched on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of historic Oxford.

Book your table online and visit us to indulge in some fantastic modern British food.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Modern European, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:15 Afternoon Tea Daily 14:30–15:45 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 18:00–20:15 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:15
  • Phone number
    01865 201293
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Dan Richardson
  • Catering
    We offer a wide variety of catering options from fine five course dining to buffets, canapes and afternoon teas.
  • Private party facilities
    Our beautiful riverside restaurant, floating riverside pontoon, and characterful river launches can be exclusively yours for the day or evening.We host parties, wedding receptions, meetings, drinks receptions and arts events all year round in one of Oxfords most stunning, yet affordable, venues.
  • Private party contact
    Reservations Team: 01865 201293
  • Area
    Oxford
  • Parking Details
    See http://www.no1-folly-bridge.co.uk/parking/ for full parking information.
  • Public Transit
    Redbridge Park and ride<br /><br />X3, X13, 35A,B & C
  • Entertainment
    The River ThamesBoats, punting, our Edwardian river launchesSwans, geese etc
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    £22.95 per person

    Multiple dates available
    A classic British Afternoon Tea, available Monday to Sunday, 2:30pm - 3:45 pm. Please note that card details are required to secure your booking but will not be charged apart from in the event of no-shows in which case we reserve the right to charge £10 per person. Payment will be taken for your afternoon tea when you visit us. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements at least 48 hours prior to your afternoon tea bookings. Optional prosecco upgrades can be booked during the reservation process.
  • Tasting Menu at The Folly

    £75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Come and sample a selection of The Folly's finest dishes designed to be be enjoyed by the entire table. Optional wine pairing is available and can be added during the online booking process. Please note that card details are required to secure your booking but will not be charged apart from in the event of no-shows in which case we reserve the right to charge £10 per person. Payment will be taken for your meal when you visit us.

What 1,373 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Romantic

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for scenic views

  • Oxford

    Best Service

  • Oxford

    Great for brunch

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Healthy

  • Oxford

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford

    Good for special occasions

1,373 Reviews
  1. Follies

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambience, delicious food, fantastic service!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a lovely place to have afternoon tea and you can enjoy your special time with your family and friends. Outside dining gives you a stunning view of river Thames and you can also book a yacht which was really good.

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  3. HarryK

    London

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    3 of us for dinner, 1 meal really good, 1 meal quite good, 1 meal disappointing (starter and mains). So, not too bad. BUT.... really way too expensive for what it offers.

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  4. NDD04

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience on the river service was good would recommend the cream tea

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an excellent time celebrating a birthday. Service was impeccable and the 6-course tasting menu was incredibly tasty and perfect quantity. Will definitely be returning when back in Oxford!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We could change our booked timeslot without problems, also we where able to sit outside at the waterside. Just perfect service. Also the service at the table was good.

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  7. TBA63

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb all around!! Best meal in the Cotswold’s!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Great gluten free options including puddings. Service was very good.

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  9. RachelB

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was amazing. Service, food, drinks, atmosphere. Everything was perfect.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Très bonne qualité des plats aux saveurs intéressantes. Cuisson des viandes et des poissons appropriées. Service attentif, mais un peu lent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had afternoon tea at the The Folly.. highly recommend, from start to finish the service was great, afternoon was delicious. Will he back again.

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  12. MattL

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is amazing and the service is outstanding. We asked for a table near the window with a nice view of the river. I would highly recommend The Folly for any special occasion or just to treat yourself to some good food.

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  13. LukeA

    Northampton

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lovely location and very nice food but over priced

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  14. tjamesjones

    London

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were a little disappointed. The location should be great, but rather than look out at the Thames, even from the main restaurant you seem to be largely looking at some sort of white tent. The food itself, particularly the steak, was quite disappointing as well as being expensive. Drinks were good, service was excellent.

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  15. MaximeC

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good restaurant, great location, kid-friendly. We were looking for an easy restaurant to visit with our 2 yo on our first night out in Oxford. We found a really good spot by going to The Folly. The location is amazing and the view on the river is hard to beat, the staff was really helpful and our 2 daughter enjoyed her dinner. The service was quick and the food really good.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is by far one of the best meals we have had in Oxford. overall amazing food and setting. super friendly staff would highly recommend. we will definitely be back. what a hidden gem

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  17. TonyD

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from our South African waitress..

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  18. AceA

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I would say overall a great day had, afternoon exceed expectations. However the fact you pay on the day is very odd. I thought I had paid in advance and it cause some embarrassment. The restaurant was lovely and very Instagramable (if that's a word).

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and friendly staff, highly recommended

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  20. Patricia

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting is gorgeous, right on the Thames, with many windows to enjoy the view. We sat inside because it was a windy day, but there was also plenty of outdoor seating, including a tent-like structure. The service was perfect. The food was good. Overall this was a great experience.

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  21. JohnC

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brilliant service and staff! I can't thank the staff enough for helping me to make my wife's Birthday lunch a surprise, as I had organised for our daughter and her partner to turn up unannounced. The whole team played along even though our surprise guests were late, which made ordering the food and keeping the surprise a bit difficult. The staff work so hard at creating such a relaxing atmosphere and are so attentive. Its just such a shame that the food (or at least food that we ordered) didn't quite match the service. They also need to do something with the canopy outside as this impedes the view of the Thames, which was the whole point of me booking the table that I booked. I feel a bit guilty not giving a 5 star review but this restaurant really does have so much potential. A brilliant location with a professional, helpful and friendly team.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff was friendly and treated us well. Food was very good. Other than waterfront views interior was uninspired and actually a bit shabby. Would have been fine if prices weren’t so high. Definitely not a good value.

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  23. Danilo

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The Pork Belly was tasty and the service was kind and fast. The table was a bit short so not very comfortable!

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  24. MatthewH

    Buckinghamshire

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Would come back again for sure.

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  25. NESRINE

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Appetiser was lovely and fish with risotto was nice. I wish we had a better table as the view was blocked.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The restaurant was very quiet which meant not much atmosphere, certainly has no discernible “vibe”, but the food more than makes up for this shortcoming!

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  27. ChristinaA

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the afternoon tea, the scones and the cakes very fresh and tasty and the sandwiches good too. Some of the herbal tea flavour was so tasty and interesting combination.

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  28. Emma

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Disappointing service, felt very rushed, main course arrived when we still had half of the starter left. We were told to move starter to the windowsill so we could eat our main. Very expensive for what we had.

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  29. DonaldP

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    So glad we picked the Folly on a rare winter visit to Oxford. Must be stunning in the summer.

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  30. SuzB

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As soon as we walked in we were greeted with smiles and our coats taken from us to be hung up.. We were served quickly and offered the afternoon tea menu straight away. Tea order was quickly taken and we asked to swap one of the sandwich fillings and they were more than happy to do so. Everything was freshly made and scones were clearly straight from the oven. They were absolutely delicious. All the cakes were superb and tasty sandwiches too. We were very well looked after. Very attentive and helpful staff. Nothing was ever too much. They even wrote ‘happy birthday’ in chocolate on the cake plate for my mum. Such a lovely touch. We all thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon tea and would highly recommend The Folly! Thank you for a great afternoon.

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  31. FabienD

    Newcastle

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The team was very welcoming and the food was tasty.

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  32. Romisa

    Oxford

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great view, great service! It is an amazing place for special occasions! the staff are lovely!

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  33. VictoriaB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came from sheffield for a birthday no idea other than the reviews - really excellent food would have loved to try one of the bubbles outside. Definitely would come again if we were in Oxford

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  34. Micky

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent menu - many gluten free options and vegan options available. Approachable staff - knowledgeable and friendly

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  35. EmmaG

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service here were very nice! We shared the breadboard to start, had Belly Pork and Beef Shin with a bottle of wine for main and shared the orange chocolate arancini for dessert. Everything was served in a timely manner, food was ideal temperature, flavoursome and delicious. We booked an early dinner - 6.15pm - so the dining room was very quiet when we first arrived and gradually got busier as the evening went on, but it never really got any noisier and the staff managed it all very well! The gratuity is added automatically to the bill here, but you can change/remove it if you need to, which we didn’t. We had a lovely time, and would recommend.

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  36. Magda

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place, fantastic food and great waiter. 10/10 couldnt be any better

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  37. IanB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff were friendly and helpful. We had some great cocktails to start the evening. The food was amazing especially the desserts. Awesome

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  38. Marin

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, kind and unobtrusive waiting staff. The food always comes with some fresh ideas, and often served in dishes of colours complementary to the food (no, I usually don’t notice this, but the dinner last night was a visual experience as well). The four of us tried different dishes, and all were very tasty and adequate in size for a three course meal

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  39. Andy

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here on a first date, the food, atmosphere and service were excellent. Thanks

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  40. Ella

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, incredible food, lovely ambiance.

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FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.4 stars by 1373 OpenTable diners.

The Folly does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 17 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Folly

1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4JU

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Oxford
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00–14:15 Afternoon Tea Daily 14:30–15:45 Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 18:00–20:15 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:15
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    British, Modern European, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    See http://www.no1-folly-bridge.co.uk/parking/ for full parking information.
  • Public Transit
    Redbridge Park and rideX3, X13, 35A,B & C
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dan Richardson
  • Entertainment
    The River ThamesBoats, punting, our Edwardian river launchesSwans, geese etc
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01865 201293
  • Catering
    We offer a wide variety of catering options from fine five course dining to buffets, canapes and afternoon teas.
  • Private party facilities
    Our beautiful riverside restaurant, floating riverside pontoon, and characterful river launches can be exclusively yours for the day or evening.We host parties, wedding receptions, meetings, drinks receptions and arts events all year round in one of Oxfords most stunning, yet affordable, venues.
  • Private party contact
    Reservations Team: 01865 201293
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