The Folly

4.6
576 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.

Support The Folly during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 576 People Are Saying
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caroles
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food superb. Looking forward to being allowed to sit inside as that would improve the ambience. They did a very good job bearing in mind the Covid constraints

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IntrepidTraveller
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Charming setting and excellent service - delicious food at high standard - we ate outside (due to covid restrictions) which would be perfect on a warm day, but they could perhaps make it a little cosier when a bit grey & rainy - overall excellent though!

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Arakis
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and local gin. A little expensive for sitting outside in the rain

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JSonam
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

What we really appreciate about the Folly is that you can have delicious, fresh food sitting right on the River Thames in the beautiful city of Oxford.

We have always been very happy with the main courses and they have an excellent wine selection (with great recommendations on pairings).

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, very good service

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Govey
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing venue. Lovely staff. Great food 🍱
Thank you. Will come back when warmer

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BenR
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a great location on the bank of the river. Wonderful service. It could have benfitted from an extra heater or two due to the bad weather.

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KerryH
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing 6 course tasting menu was so delicious, lovely setting right on the water, very good service from the ladies who were waiting on us, as cold as it was they tried to keep us warm with throws and gas heater 😀
definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was amazing and staff made sure we were as comfortable as possible with sitting outside and the weather being bad. Unfortunately our waitress spilt my drink over me while serving which put a downer on the situation! No compensation for this incident occurred. I understand accidents happen and would happily return again as the food was delicious!

The Folly
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for a lovely review. However, I wanted to take the time to apologise for the incident, and especially for the fact that we didn't properly remedy the issue on the day. I can assure you this is not how things are usually handled at the Folly, and am really sorry this tainted your experience.

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IonaC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful setting and delicious food. Would highly recommend a visit.

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SarahR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a gorgeous meal, food is so good here. Cheesecake wonderful. Service great. Lovely by the river.

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LizH
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious lunch at this venue. We could only sit outside because of covid rules but had a moored boat to ourselves which was wonderful! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The desserts were gorgeous. They have a good varied menu and an extensive drinks menu. There was also a children’s menu. The staff were very friendly and helpful and were discreet, they left us alone while we enjoyed our lunch but somehow always seemed to know when we need something.

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YasminP
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely riverside restaurant with a delicious menu and drinks.

I had the rump lamb for main and it was cooked perfectly.

Staff are lovely and location is ideal. I just wish the weather had been better for us.

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Caroline
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch spot and lovely to have heaters and additional blankets. Food was very good and staff very attentive.

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ShaunaB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, kind and attentive staff, food was magical!

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Dani
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect staff, venue and food! Can’t wait to come back! A Oxford must for a lovely meal out!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent location with good food and great service!

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Elly
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, couldn’t fault it!

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Anon
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great, and the position of the restaurant was lovely. I would definitely recommend.

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LindseyS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lamb in particular was unbelievably amazing. All the food was perfectly presented and very tasty.

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DavidL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ideal outdoor location next to the river

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PaulaM
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Ive been coming to the Folly for years....always very happy...but this time a bit disappointed with the size of the small glasses when my friend and I ordered two black Russians and two white Russian drinks ...eating out at the Folly always after our meal ive always ordered Black and white Russians and the size glasses were always larger than what we had Saturday we did spend alot of money on wine and drinks with our meal

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Thomas
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for dinner. The food was great, being on the terrace right by the river was lovely and the service was impeccable. The outdoor heater wasn't working so the staff gave us blankets, very nice touch! Will definitely come back.

The Folly
Responded on 20 April 2021

Hi there! As it happens, we do not serve breakfast, and only open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner... You must be thinking of another place :)

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Ksc12344
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my boyfriends birthday and we had the best time ever!

The food was outstanding as were all the members of staff.

They even did a special dessert for his birthday (same dessert as on the menu but with specific writing) and brought it out at the correct time.

Lovely music playing softly in the background, great location too right by the river.

Honestly we both had an amazing night and we will for sure be back.

I highly recommend the folly to everyone!

Thank you again Folly staff and chefs!

Kerry

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Katie
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Folly is a wonderful restaurant with picturesque views of the Oxford river and incredibly tasty food. They also do the best banoffee pie I have ever had, hands down.

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LauraC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, a beautiful view of the river, excellent staff. We had a lovely time!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful locations, great food & drinks with amazing service - perfect first date night after lockdown!

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Hannah
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beautifully presented, also really enjoyed the wine pairings with our meal. Excellent service from start to finish and lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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AnnaLai
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, truly wonderful visit yet again! The team provide such great service and even provided a birthday decorated dessert. Kind and polite staff and food - DIVINE! Beautifully plated and cooked to perfection! Not a single comment for improvement because it was perfect. Thank you!!

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ColinB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Briliant, Excellent food and Staff. Will eat there again soon

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Goss
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

As always - excellent food and OK service. But we were eating outside and it was freezing. The heater soon failed and the staff did not know how to replace the gas - not acceptable given the present Covid restrictions! Nor were there sufficient heaters (so there was no adequate alternative available).

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. Serve was exceptional, as was the food! Perfect for a Special date Night or special occasion. Hake and saffron potatoes were delicious, and my boyfriends Slow cooked Pork belly was his favourite meal he’s had in Oxford!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place we loved it
Location, food & service was amazing

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ziggy
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both amazing. There is a limited menu choice, assumed to be due to reduced table numbers and no draft beer, which is a shame. More heaters required for the cold nights please.

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Xoxo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate being able to eat out again. Lovely service and fabulous food.

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Rach
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at the Folly. The service and food were wonderful!

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SydelleH
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a fantastic meal here, we went for the tasting menu with wine flight. The good was beautifully presented & flavour combinations we're very well thought out, wine was well paired, in some cases not an amazing glad in its own rights but just worked so well with the food.
Staff were very knowledgeable & friendly.
Sadly the pods outside we're already booked, they look lovely.
Only slight downer on the evening was a very loud & disruptive table next to us that were drunk when they arrived, no fault of the restaurant & they handled the table well.

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LauraC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We consider ourselves foodies and so we're extremely happy when the food was so incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was of a very high standard and still priced very reasonably. Can’t recommend the Chocolate and Orange fondant enough, absolutely devine

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EllisC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service! A bit too quiet but decor was gorgeous

FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.6 stars by 576 OpenTable diners.

The Folly does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://thefolly.giftpro.co.uk.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.