The Folly

4.6
833 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.

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 833 People Are Saying
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Jackie
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome and service, amazing food, attractive setting, we enjoyed the whole experience and definitely recommend for a special occasion. As someone who needs a gluten free diet, the menu was clearly marked and great care taken. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting by the river, we had a lovely table in the window.
Wine was perfectly chilled, service was very good.
The cauliflower wasn’t very tasty and I was given the wrong dessert.

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LesleyHnatyszyn
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot praise this restaurant enough. The food was incredible, service exceptional and we will certainly come back again.

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Timbo
London
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely restaurant with excellent social distancing and a comfortable ambience. Very good food but the service was a bit erratic, not bad just erratic. I’d thoroughly recommend the place though especially for a special occasion.

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SteveB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent food but could have been hotter and service was really good.

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JaneC
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

simply wonderful food (the parfait is outstanding and the only thing that could be heard was 'mmmmmm' ). The service was attentive and friendly but without being fawning or oppressive. We had the house red - very good. Although the restaurant was full there was no problem about hearing each other talk (4 of us) and we weren't packed in close to other tables. And of course the lights reflected on the river; the heron just at the bottom of the bridge and looking over the glass domes add to a perfect place to come for dinner.
The Folly must be the go-to- place for dinner. My only wish was that I'd booked earlier so I could have booked one of the domes.

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rachelh
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening here, the service was friendly and professional, the fodd was good quality and there was a good buzz about the place. Would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just outstanding! We sat inside and couldn’t fault anything, even down the music playlist which was right up our street. And I’m not one for reviews normally but felt it needed to be said. Thank you for a great evening.

PJ
PennyJ
Bath
15 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staying in Oxford with an old friend for relaxation

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JaneB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely evening

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DianeS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met by lovely staff, food was amazing.
Harry looked after us very well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Excellent service.

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ClareB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our evening here. As always we had a warm welcome, very good service, great choice on menu and delicious food. Service was just right - there when we wanted it but not intrusive and within a good time frame.

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RichardR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering. The range and quality of the menu was excellent.

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IPJ7
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very very good quality and tasty food. A bit slow but that’s understandable on a Friday night.

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SophieH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely spot right by the river, service was excellent as well.

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RachelB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not very impressive looking from the outside but lovely & welcoming on entering.
Food was delicious and the staff friendly and attentive but not overbearing.
Quite pricey but reflected in the quality & presentation of the food.
Perfect for a special occasion.

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PeterA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful, hospitable and authentically friendly and relaxed. Delicious food and beautiful setting. Not at all pretentious or snobbish. Will go again

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vipleslie
London
221 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Table ready early for us since we got there sooner than expected lovely starters and main courses ran out of room for desserts

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Chris
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinning experiences I've ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tasting menu and accompanying wines for our anniversary. Wonderful food, excellent service (except for a few weirdnesses around timing of wine relative to food), and a lovely setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant situated right on the Thames. It was a beautiful little find. The food was great as was the service.

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vipEmily
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great food, would definitely got there again. Lovely location by the river. Also recommend the daytime boat river cruise.

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Vi999
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was good but I was not happy with the service. The website states if you have any dietary requirements please tell us and I did but the waiter (wearing a cable knit jumper and very dark hair) did not really suggest any alternatives and seemed annoyed when I asked if it was possible to have something without Mayo. I feel like the waiter took a disliking to me from the moment beginning, then when the food came he gave us the wrong ones which is fine but when I went to switch them with my partner he ran back to the table and asked me what I was doing, I felt like a child being scolded when I definitely know better than him whose dish was ordered for who. After this awkward encounter he didn’t once come back to ask if the food was okay as the norm in other restaurants and I was there for my mother’s 65th birthday the service spoilt the mood if I’m honest. He also didn’t see us again or speak to us as we left the restaurant, the other female waitress got us our bill, I wish she had served us from the start. I don’t often leave negative reviews but the service really ruined the afternoon tea for my mother on a special day and it’s a shame because the scones and cakes were delicious. The service let the restaurant down and for this reason I don’t see myself returning anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Devon
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous to sit out on the pontoon by the river in mid October!
They can deal with both dairy free and gluten free diners!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect location on the river, this excellent restaurant has been one of the best we have been to in quite a while.
The menu was innovative and fresh, they clearly cater for all food allergies and intolerances
My wife is both gluten and dairy free, and I could not tell the difference between her meals and mine. Brilliant, very thoughtful menu and caring staff. Highly recommend

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Yoelmarsh
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place. Both inside and on the terrace. Amazing service x

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JennyMK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented, the staff were attentive and gave excellent service. I understand why the restaurant was full and the outside tables were all occupied, even though it was mid-October. Well worth visiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

the place is very nice and the staff was very friendly. I'm not very happy with the food, it takes a long time between the first and the main (about 25 min) and there were not many people dining. I ordered the sea breams and it was just a fish fillet !! It was very small (just 4 bites), I usually eat fish at home and that fillet weighed no more than 100g and for £ 25! although it was cooked perfect. The dish that my girlfriend ordered was the sirloin or similar (I don't remember very well), it was very good but very small portions for the price and I left the restaurant hungry after having paid 100 pounds. Then I stopped at the tesco express for 3 kinder bueno and was happier to go to bed

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FrankB
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Went for birthday treat and wasn’t disappointed. Kids menu available for my youngest daughter and she also loved the home made lemonade. Would definitely recommend for a treat.

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DeanO
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lovely experience. Never disappoints.

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neilk
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Third time unlucky. Menu not as web and poor choice for gf wife. staff were unhelpful and premium price plus service. fish was overcooked having been great the first time. will be back to brasserie blanc in the future. food good but pricey and not value for money

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AndyP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal! The staff were attentive and the restaurant situated in a fantastic area with lovely views over the river. The pork was the best I have ever tasted!

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ConG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well isn't this a delight. Welcoming staff, clean, lovely view of the river.
That's all well and good right, but what about the food and service?
Exquisite - thats all you need to know of the food. Chef clearly cares very much about what is sent out for service, and the service is polite, friendly and considerate.
I'd recommend the lemon cheesecake as a pudding, freshly made and quite simply sumptuous. It serves two if you have disquiet about seconds on the lips...
What's not to like? It was a little quiet but on a mizzle day in October what else is it likely to be?
Book The Folly - and why not throw a river cruise in while you're at it.

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Romisa
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for an afternoon tea! Great view and staff!

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SimonH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went here with my partner for lunch and the food was exceptional quality, I had pork belly and my partner had guinea fowl. Both were beautifully presented and the service was warm and friendly throughout. I really like the manner of the staff, it is very welcoming and I am sure that I will be back.

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RebeccaG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The furniture outside is run down and service was slow. I was disappointed with my burger as i felt for the price paid it didn't match up. I had to ask for salt and pepper rather than be offered it. However, the bread was lovely and arrived hot - the flavours were delicious and my elderflower compresse was so refreshing with a lovely view of the boats and river.

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cathos
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food beautiful. Very long wait from 1st course to 2nd and chipped plates in an upmarket restaurant like this not good!

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TryingFolly
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were sitting outside under the marquee. The table had been prepared but the decorations and ambience around us did not meet expectations or value. We had light chains over our table but they had not been cleaned and there were spider nets all over them and spiders hanging everywhere over our table. The food was relatively good and service good.

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ClaireO
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Guest experience service and food was fab, however an assumption of 12.5% service charge sours the visit. Gratuities should always be decided by the customer.

FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.6 stars by 833 OpenTable diners.

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.