The Flowing Well

4.4
680 reviews
£25 and under
British
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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 680 People Are Saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Helpful and friendly staff, sat on the terrace overlooking well maintained gardens. Food was good will be going back again very soon.

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Maisy
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience at the Flowing Well. The staff are really friendly and prompt with taking orders. Food is really good value for money and tastes amazing.

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DianneT
Oxford
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Overall it was good but the service was incredibly slow, I think my husband said it was an hour from ordering food to receiving it! It was busy,

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Rockdog
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I sited on a Sunday for roast. Probably the best ‘pub’ roast we’ve ever had. Beautifully cooked and presented, tasted amazing. Highly recommended.

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good was very good. Enough of a break in between starters and mains. Service was very good, seated us promptly and orders were taken in good time.

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Adrian
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once more the Flowing Well did not disappoint. So lucky to have such a reliable venue on our doorstep. The specials are always worth getting.

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PatH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good varied menu as well as daily specials, lovely surroundings (we sat outside) & attentive staff. One of our favourite, go to places. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service fantastic food highly recommend.

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DavidKJ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

All features were good except chicken ceasar salad was very disappointing. Seemed very light on ingredients and dressing sparse or non existent, very far from a wow which I'd expect for the price. Friends Seabass looked and tasted good. Hesitate to recommend to a friend.

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HelenP
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The seabass was delicious, crispy and delicate. We had a quiet table and staff were warm and friendly. A great place for a lovely lunch with friends with no compromise on taste!

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Jules34
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good, although I think Caesar Salad is just lettuce it would be nice to be able to add tomato, cucumber, onion like a a normal salad if preferred. The price of the salad was rather expensive considering 95% of dish is just lettuce.

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LauraBowers
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food is usually really fresh and delicious I found mine must have been stood on the hot plate to long as the chicken was dry and hallumi was burnt not great

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kevinB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience4

It was a special treat.We was hoping for good news from the Churchill Hospital, and we got it . so really looking forward to the meal. rather than a takeaway. everything on our plates was cooked frozen food. If i wanted to eat that level and standard of food i would of chosen another establishment that caters that type of menu. However staff 8 out of 10. Also clean and with nice surroundings .

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have asked to sit in more shady area as my 6 year old was feeling hot in over 25C weather. We were told that 2 tables in the shade were booked and we could not sit there. Food was good, drinks ok. By the time we finished our meals and drinks both of the tables in the shady area were still free. Would have been nice if staff would use a bit more common sense.

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SharronP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Took a long time for the order to be taken whilst I appreciate it was a bank holiday it would have been nice to have been updated by the staff

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PallyC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. We sat outside on a sunny bank holiday - what's not to like!

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colinP
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We have been going to the flowing well for a few years. Food has always been good with good options. This visit was our first since the reopening after lockdown in the main our meals where good apart from the sea bass I had which lacked taste and potatoes. We would go back as the pub is a nice setting.

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RachelB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food would thoroughly recommend. Excellent service

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Lakesaver
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food at the Flowing Well is excellent. It can be busy and result in a wait for food to arrive but it is worth the wait. The staff are helpful, courteous and do their best to provide a safe environment under current Covid conditions. There are tables outside which are popular in the warmer weather. The dining rooms - there are two areas indoors.

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christineF
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A lovely pub/restaurant with character, set in a pretty village. I am pleased I had prebooked a table as it got very busy.
One of our party uses a wheelchair and he needed to be pushed up a very steep ramp to a separate disabled access door, (which unfortunately was locked) and not the door other customers used. It is a shame that the ramp was not integrated into the top of the steps other customers used, then we could of all used the same entrance.
As it was busy we had to wait a little longer than expected for our meal to arrive after ordering. We had ordered a bottle of wine which arrived without glasses, so after approximately 10 minutes I went to the bar and asked for some.
The food was very good and a menu to suit all tastes.
The staff were very pleasant, polite and friendly.
There was a lovely atmosphere and we all enjoyed ourselves. I recommend The Flowing Well.

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Bubba
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Pasta portion was small and Salad was poor. Service was good for main course then felt forgotten in garden.

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Jane
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and attention to detail in our favourite pub. Thank you to all staff for looking after us so well in challenging times. We will book again!

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AnaS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, super friendly staff, lovely to see the place again post lockdown - highly recommend.

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Bee95m
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely to be back. Favourite place for a steak platter!!

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LouiseQ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - skinny bird- and very efficient service with good ambience at The Flowing Well

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TraceyD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub with an excellent choice of food. Particularly good for those with food allergies and intolerances. I am a coeliac and there was so many gluten-free options for me to choose. Highly recommended. Excellent value for money.

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LesleyS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meal and staff are always friendly and accommodating . Excellent !!

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BethM
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal with great service. The only reason for the food having 4 stars is that we felt it slightly overpriced fir the quantities, especially the vegetarian curry.

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Lightening
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food. Always greeted with a warm welcome.

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Localguy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decent food and service, burgers always good, would recommend.

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vipAchilles
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal and just what was needed. Menu is traditional but they do each piece really really well. Above expectations and will go back.

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Steve
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A really great return to a favourite venue. The atmosphere was great, the right amount of a buzz and feeling quite safe.

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NicolaM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing gluten free and dairy free options, helpful staff and all round great experience. Highly recommend.

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DanH
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at the Flowing Well, constantly provide a brilliant service and great food.

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JTOx
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, reasonably priced. Despite the fact we were sat outside, the food is piping hot. Good service

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MaureenC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside in the marquee due to covid restrictions but the atmosphere was good, food excellent and the staff were very warm and welcoming. Great value for money.

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GCM1
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fantastic spot in a beautiful area. The food was excellent as was the service from Maggie. I will definitely be back.

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petechilton
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second visit in a couple of weeks after the lifting of restrictions.

Really enjoyable with the fantastic service being the definitive highlight. Quick, efficient and friendly which is all you can ask for really.

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Georgiad
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pub, excellent food and service. Especially the steak platter.

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JaneH
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food disappointing and overpriced. Pleasant service and good beer.

FAQs

The Flowing Well offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 735846.

The Flowing Well is rated 4.4 stars by 680 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.