The Flowing Well

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
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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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BS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great, extensive menu with plenty of gluten free options which I was delighted with.

E
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my Nans birthday as a treat and was skeptical as had never heard of the place or been before! Was so happy with the service and the food and it was well worth what you paid! The staff were all polite and well presented and the place looked amazing! Nice outside area for the summer and dog friendly too which is always a bonus! Have recommended to my family and friends and will definitely be going again!

DR
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a birthday celebration. The restaurant was only part full when we arrived (6.15 pm) but livened up later. The service was friendly & helpful. The food was good. Ambience would probably have scored higher has the restaurant been fuller. A good experience to be repeated.

HR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food! For two coeliacs we had an amazing menu of our own. Will definitely be gong back very soon.

AR
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Excellent welcome staff very attentive at the beginning. Party of 12 on a long bench not ideal as could only speak to one end. As they were not busy an adjustment in the orientation of the table would have been nice. Parmesan and truffle oil starter very disappointing even down to presentation- needs complete rethink. Mains good. Espresso and ice cream sweet would have been better if the coffee was piping hot not cold so bit disappointing.
However we enjoyed our evening and will certainly return - thanks.

AT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for a family lunch to celebrate New Year's Day. Good atmosphere, a little noisy but not to excess. The food was really tasty. Three of us chose the pie of the day from the menu and it was seriously good! The dessert was equally good and such a generous portion that none of us could finish it. We will definitely be back!

P
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are always friendly and knowledgeable, the food is fantastic, I have been a few times recently and will continue to come when I eat out with friends.

DB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First visit and definitely returning, the service was brilliant from the moment we walked in and the food was as good as we hoped for.

LR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was an excellent meal indeed only spoilt by a table of very noisy customers with screaming children. As it was Christmas Eve there was nothing that the staff could have done but it did make the experience less than pleasant hence we finished the meal and left quickly. This is an excellent venue and pies to die for ! Thanks

T
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They were very accommodating with our increased numbers but service was very slow in taking our orders. Food came quickly enough and was hot but my lamb was very very fatty. Yorkshire pudding looked amazing but in reality was quite hard. Didn’t eat the veg as unappetising. Dessert was nice and again was hot. Nobody came to ask if the food was ok which, if they had, I would have mentioned the lamb. Nice atmosphere and plenty of parking. With just a tweak here and there they could get an extra star from me.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes we would! They staff are great and helpful and food delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We wanted a cozy place to relax and chatter without interruption - or feeling rushed. We got exactly that, and it is why we love The Flowing Well so much. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the staff are very friendly. All the comfort of sitting in your own front room, but with the luxury of having some precious time out with friends. Thoroughly recommended in every way.

JJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at the Flowing Well, we were pleasantly greeted
and shown to our table straight away. The menu was varied and we chose to build our own pie by choosing a filling, veg and mashed potato. It was extremely good. Will be coming back.

CG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, wonderful helpful staff . Very busy at lunchtime so recoomend to always book. Only negative issue was the parking. Some cars were parked across two bays which limited the spaces and anyway spcaes are limited.

SA
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

When we first arrived we were shown to table in a very noisy area. Lots of Christmas parties but we were able to re locate to a much nicer place near a fabulous wood burner. As a gluten free person I was delighted that the menu was so extensive. That’s not always the case in pubs so we’ll done for that Overall a very pleasant lunch in a pub we didn’t know before. We will return .

E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, great food, service was excellent. Would highly recommend

M
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the steak which was amazing! Great service too

SG
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The service and food was very good. We were sat in the backroom which was full and very, very noisy which spoilt our lunch. We were unable to have a conversation without talking with raised voices.

JB
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming staff, good atmosphere - we all really enjoyed our food.

JW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious steak platter. Would highly recommend, service was great too.

SG
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always staff and food excellent. Restaurant was quite empty as was a week day visit at 1.45. The only thing I would change is the restaurant was quite cold and so not as enjoyable to eat.

p
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

With the sunday roast the vegetables are always hidden under the meat and there is never enough carrots etc but always a mountain of Red Cabbage which is far too sweet and should be presented on the side

Wifi is non existent also so for business lunches its absolutely useless

a
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very helpful and friendly and the food was outstanding, I had shoulder of lamb and the meat fell off the bone. First class meal.

ST
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a lovely family evening at The Flowing Well. The food was really good as was the service.

AT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food is great however the service on this visit was very poor, our friends visited the day before us and warned the service wasn't up to its usual standards.

WF
London
66 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was very good as always. Staff were friendly and helpful. It looks like the menu has changed since I was last there and I preferred the old one. Food was good but not as good as past meals. Overall a very good dinner and we will return again.

E
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
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 on 17 November 2019
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
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
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 on 16 November 2019
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