The Flowing Well

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426 reviews
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£25 and under
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British

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Sunday Lunch
Casual
The Flowing Well is a cracking pub in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell.
It has been sympathetically refurbished adding warmth and colour to give a welcoming relaxed feel. We'd like you to think of it as home from home. After all it is the pub of a thousand locals. You can be one of them!

We serve good honest food, as seasonal and local as possible. We don't skimp on quality, freshness or flavour. Our selection of burgers is legendary. Our pies are phenomenal and our British tapas are on everybody's lips!

We will serve you well at The Well.
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E
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit here and I can honestly say I will be visiting again and again.
Great service. Great staff who actually knew about the food and taste of the dishes. Cosy place. The food was absolutely delicious with the Roast beef dinner being the best I've ever eaten and I dine out often. All in all perfect. See you again soon.

T
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.
Staff very friendly and helpful.
We couldn't get a table in the main restaurant but got one in the bar which was cosy but lovely.

S
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

They completely forgot our starters and just brought out the mains straight away which was a shame, but they did apologise and make up for it. Would recommend

JA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend to anyone who wants traditional and tasty food 👍😋

DI
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekday lunch with friends. Delicious food in a relaxing atmosphere. The waiting staff were very helpful and did not rush us at all. We will definitely be back.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loads of space around our group. Not rushed . Excellent food.

S
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rather cosy pub with a good menu and great food, quite busy but good attentive service.

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

food was lovely but service was abit slow, plenty of staff on but we didnt seem to have the same waitor or waitress.

EB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoy going for dinner here. They staff are friendly and the food is great.

JR
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The location and food were great, although our waitress was not prepared at ask the chef to change the children’s roast from a meat option to a vegetarian!

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great place staff really friendly 👍👍

PV
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food we had was nice, but we all three felt there was very little choice, there were very few options we couldn’t have chosen. It was fairly noisy even though it was not full and not so warm as we were near the door.

OT
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere , good service with friendly and helpful staff and food good and great value for money

ID
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice range of menu choice. My daughter is vegetarian and she was really well catered for. Service was unobtrusive but extremely well organised and efficient.
Really nice experience and would recommend this to anyone

W
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My last visit to the flowing well before this time was superb. But this time the main meal was horrible, pie very tough and didn't taste great, chips underdone and the gravy over salted. The pudding was even worse a chocolate fudge cake advertised as normal, then it turns out was vegan and it was as dry as a bone. So disappointing as I had high expectations after my previous visit, but it shows it isn't consistent which at the extremely high price tag means it's one I wont be visiting again.

SG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food and portion sizes. Only complaint this Sunday was service was not as good as it normally is when we have eaten here before.

HB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere & very friendly. Very generous portions of good & delicious.

Will be back again

A
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A friendly and welcoming pub with good food and we enjoy going there regularly.

b
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

All good as usual!

LT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my daughter's birthday and all of us had a cracking meal.

TS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Second visit in two weeks..had roast beef..excellent first time..so went back again..hardly any veg this time..potatoes seemed reheated..beef lovely as was gravy..was seated by bar..wasnt great as people backwards and foward and very hot..my husband and rack and loved it..will come back but hopefully sit somewhere else..staff where lovely x

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely roast beef, have been here a couple of times now and both has been good just wish there were a better selection on puddings.

DF
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great place to eat. The location is spot on and is easy to drive to. Always friendly, always full. Great food too - value for money.

AS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Been here before but never had the roast dinner! Had the 12hr slow cooked lamb shoulder and it didn't disappoint! Meat fell apart and was one of the nicest roast dinners I've had out! 100% returning for another very soon!

NS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out . We were celebrating my wife’s birthday and she enjoyed herself and the sharing Stake was so tender

LK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice meal with well motivated staff all working together

DG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant, the staff were really welcoming with presenting all the menus you needed & drink orders. We sat on the terrace & browsed the menu,chose what we wanted & ordered at the bar. The starters & main courses were both excellently cooked & were very tasty. We will be returning in the near future.

MR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious Sunday roast, with a nice selection of vegetables and a huge, crispy Yorkshire Pudding.
Despite there being lots of customers, both inside and out (and an extremely hot day) all the staff were friendly and efficient.
We did feel that the prices are more expensive than other, similar pubs in the area.

MF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service at reasonable orice

R
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food.
Good atmosphere and nice old building.

JK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was okay but a bit over cooked - it was a very hot evening and for some reason they could only open a single door even though they have folded doors therefore everyone was extremely hot

K
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal as always... Walking distance for us so couldn't ask for a better place on your doorstep. All staff friendly and lovely to be able to take your pooches (even though we don't have one) we like to have cuddles... Would highly recommend.

JH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall is was a very good evening, food was lovely and service excellent. Two noisy tables nearby made it difficult for easy conversation.

JL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed informal atmosphere. Great service. Food good Steak platter excellent value for money. Will definitely be back 😀

EF
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were looking for a Sunday roast and this was exactly what we wanted. Great!

PA
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a nice Sunday roast. .the food was very good as was the service. Would definitely recommend this .

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to the Flowing Well for a few years and we were very pleasantly surprised! The staff were all friendly (but professional), the menu was varied, the food delicious (my teriyaki salmon was absolutely fantastic and my fellow diners thoroughly enjoyed their meals too), and the prices were very reasonable for the range and quality that was offered (around £30 per head for three courses, drinks before the meal and coffee after). Nice décor/ambience too - there was a buzz without it being really noisy. We will definitely return!

SH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday lunch was celebrated at The Flowing Well. Very accommodating with preparing a pie topping without Stilton, which meant that the vegetarian could try something new. All the meals arrived together and we did not have to wait long. The food was beautifully presented and everyone was keen to eat. Try something from the specials menu, you will not be disappointed.

EW
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a family celebration here. A Sunday evening, not too busy, good service, enjoyed our time and the food & drinks.

BC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love this pub, it's a great atmosphere with a traditional feel.