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

The Folly

4.4
4.4
1387 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 24 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 1,387 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Romantic

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for scenic views

  • Oxford

    Best Overall

  • Oxford

    Best Food

  • Oxford

    Best Service

  • Oxford

    Best Value

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford

    Good for special occasions

  • Oxford

    Vegetarian-friendly

1,387 Reviews
  1. RandallW

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks to previous reviews by Open Table travelers. We enjoyed The Folly immensely. We sat outside by the dock and had the tasting menu with wine flight. The wines were excellent w/ generous pours — best wine value we have seen in a dozen years. The food was inventive, nicely presented, and delicious. The service was superb ( thanks Alexa!)

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  2. SarahE

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful ambience , view and food . The service was outstanding and the team were able to accommodate some additional guests so had to deal with 17 of us without pre order but still they delivered. Thank you

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for afternoon tea with 3 friends and we had a lovely time. The staff were great and the food was really good. They didn’t rush us and the location was amazing.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing! The chocolate fondant dessert had one too many flavours going on and the trout starter was a little small but it was amazing quality and taste overall! If you like ducks, sit outside but if you don’t, the inside is decorated beautifully and has a nice vibe! Would defo return!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for afternoon tea. Food and environment were excellent.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Drinks only arrived once starters had been finished. Mains were very poor, especially considering the price point.

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  7. BAHChesson

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 1 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely setting, excellent food. Service was fantastic, our waitress was superb in every way. Highly recommend

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambience- highly recommend

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Myself and Denise had a wonderful afternoon and evening whilst at the Folly. We had the cruise experience before our meal which was fantastic. Service on the cruise and dining was second to none. We will be recommending you all at the Folly to our friends & family. Thank you ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  10. TrishA

    Oxford

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time at The Folly and I can't believe we haven't found it sooner. The food, service and atmosphere were all great. We will return. Thank you.

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FAQs

The Folly is rated 4.4 stars by 1387 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 24 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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