The Folly

4.6
542 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 542 People Are Saying
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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

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GarethD
Wales
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening highly recommended. Food was great

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HannahR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and attentive staff. Beautiful atmosphere and the food was delicious

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vanessat
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food overall was of a high standard. The only thing that let it down was the main meal could have been hotter and the actual plate it came on was Luke warm. Other than that it was good.

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DavidJ
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We decided at short notice to have a 2 day break in Oxford and managed to get a booking at The Folly. Definitely not disappointed on any level. All service staff were excellent. They were welcoming and very knowledgeable when questioned on any food or drink. Menu choices very good and also asked immediately on any allergies we may have which for us is a plus as one of us has a shellfish allergy. We both had 3 courses and could not fault anything, the mackerel starter and belly pork main were superb. Big thanks to everyone at the Folly for a great night especially under very difficult circumstances and cannot wait to go back in 'normal' times.

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RuthD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Thank you it was perfect considering we needed to eat outside re Covid!

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Katie
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

My boyfriend and I went to the Folly for the first time the other day. We knew it would be expensive but the food looked excellent and the location is lovely - it's on the banks of a canal path! I think the food was slightly too expensive for what we got but it was still very nice and reasonably portioned. The service was quick and the waiters were really friendly. I would recommend going in the Summer when you can sit outside to get a lovely view while you dine.

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ElizabethA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious good quality food in a beautiful riverside setting. Service was excellent. A very enjoyable evening.

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pauld
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering they were operating under covid rules, which they did brilliantly. Gin Martini to start, very well done. We had a 5 course tasting menu. £58 + £35 wine pairing.
Each course was excellent. Josie really looked after us. Can’t wait to go back.

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erikav
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, tasty food and great staff. I would highly recommend it.

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JaneC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening. Lovely setting looking out onto river over the pontoon with its glass domes. Love coming here.

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JeremyM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A glorious setting overlooking the river ..
The quality of food and service was outstanding.
We will definitely be returning whenever we visit Oxford.
They also have some very innovative outdoor eating options including very elegant pods

JM
JavierM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience, the food and the place were 100% to come back. Special mention to Issie, thank you so very much for make us feel like home !

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JackR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've ever had, from the food to the drink to the service by the waiter.
Goerge our waiter for the night made the evening even better. Food was all spectacular, I would highly recommend the belly pork, the cocktails were great we even had some made of menu to the style of drink we like. For a table of 4 and the food and drink we had it was very good value for money. Would highly recommend to anyone

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Lara
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a pretty restaurant by the river to have a celebratory meal! The staff was super helpful in finding me a gluten free (coeliac) and dairy free meal. I enjoyed the smoked mackerel and then the duck breast while my father had the pork terrine and the roasted pork belly. We both loved our respective meals! Will definitely visit again.

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SHARENG
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to The Folly for a meal to celebrate our wedding ceremony the day before ....
Not from Oxford so wasn’t sure what to expect but The Folly did not disappoint
Food was absolutely amazing , staff were so friendly and efficient
Recommend highly

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GavinS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So much better than ordinary. Really enjoyed the evening. Service excellent

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PaulR
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an excellent meal we had! Everything from the twinkling fairy lights and attentive staff to the superbly presented and delicious food made this the best meal in very long time. Very reasonably priced and superb value for money.

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AlAziz
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Amazing place❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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NicolN
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic evening at The Folly. Steph, our waitress was fab, attentive without being intrusive. The food was outstanding, perfectly cooked & incredibly tasty. We had the pork belly bites as an amuse bouche, followed by the ham hock terrine & arancini, then both chose the beef sirloin. We decided against dessert as we were pleasantly full but they sounded delicious. We treated ourselves to the vintage Veuve & finished our meal with an espresso martini each. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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lindad
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

lovely staff, great food. quietish due to current covid restrictions. would recommend

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TimP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Efficient and friendly service. Very good food, good drinks menu. Desserts especially good. Beautiful setting. Good social distancing and staff wearing masks. Highly recommended.

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IanS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We booked this as somewhere special for our 50th wedding anniversary, and overall it was as good as we hoped. Initially there was a lot of noise from a nearby table, but once they had gone the atmosphere was relaxed and quiet. The service was good, and it was nice to get some unusual vegetarian food as a change from the usual staples.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Folly is an interesting building and lovely restaurant.

Nice to look out over the water and appreciate that we can choose paper menus or the app.

Everything we chose tasted lovely and was well presented.

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Henlow123
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We only had cocktails (quite a few as they were so nice!) the food looked so nice as it was coming out of the kitchen (we’d had a late lunch elsewhere) but we will be returning and having a meal at the Folly next time we are in Oxford. Lovely atmosphere, relaxing music and great attentive staff. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great tasting menu. Lovely food and very well paced.

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JaneC
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu is delicious. we've eaten here quite a lot given we live nearby and it is always good to see change and good food nearby. The Folly is a first choice place to go. And of course the setting couldn't be better whether indoors or out. The service is informative, friendly and observant without being at all oppressive. The recommendations were spot on. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

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DillonP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing came for my birthday 5th October for my 22th food was amazing the steak mmm 😋 so good so happy me and my gf love it would love to come again stuff was amazing defo will be coming again if I get the chance

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Hattie
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much to The Folly for the perfect evening, the food was absolutely incredible (and good portion sizes - my family eat a lot and we all left full!), lovely atmosphere and staff too, I’d strongly recommend!!

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PeterT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well worth a visit. Great location and lovely food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful birthday experience with Michelin star quality food..thoroughly recommended!

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AimeeC
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fantastic food and great cocktails highly reccomended!

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MarkR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great - food expensive but great quality then 12.5% service charge but it feel too expensive.

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RobWalker
Calgary
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing as was the ambiance. I will definitely be visiting The Folly again

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AntheaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant and food was excellent, It is quite expensive compared with some other places in Oxford, where the food is as good

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DavidA
Manchester
27 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at The Folly to celebrate our anniversary. We had the tasting menu and each dish was delicious. Service very friendly and efficient, and the location on the river is lovely - I would love to come back during the summer to eat outside. Thoroughly recommended for a date or special occasion.

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MRfigue
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was delicious and the views are great. Recommend for couples.

FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.6 stars by 542 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.