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The Flowing Well

4.5
4.5
924 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Tapas / Small Plates, Burgers

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–20:00

  • Phone number

    01865 735846

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    James Brooks

  • Private party facilities

    All dining areas have been refurbished to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a rustic country feel. All our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order using the best locally sourced produce. Restaurant provides disabled access, toilets and baby changing unit. Bookings of all sizes welcome

  • Private party contact

    David Fletcher: 01865 735846

  • Area

    Abingdon

  • Parking Details

    We have parking for up to 100 cars<br />

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop 50 yards away.

  • Entertainment

    Occasional acoustic entertainment & quiz nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 924 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Child Friendly

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. RP

    RichardP

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Arrived at 6.40, shown to table ordered bottle of wine and water, starters just while we waited for the main course, starters to Half an hour to arrive, main did not arrive until 7.45. Ran out of time , ribs were good fish was swimming in oil! Overall average
  2. JB

    JohnB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    All generally very good, friendly an attentive staff, food very good. However, piped music often too loud and intrusive for normal conversation. Noisy coffee machine. Choose your table carefully.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday meal with some of my family
  4. EH

    EmmaH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, fantastic food! Sat in the bar as it was quieter than the restaurant, the staff were lovely about moving us.
  5. s

    susanneh

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly, professional service- food was excellent (I actually have been twice this week and both times it was great!)
  6. C

    Catkin

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My main course was excellent, but my friend's was very disappointing as the meat was dry and overcooked. She complained and the manager provided a new meal for her,
  7. N

    Nikkid

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Such a lovely pub always a nice atmosphere great menu and the food is always great. My only niggle is the same every time we visit which is the lack of attentiveness. Constantly having flag someone to ask for drinks, sauces the bill even is frustrating as I really like it here. We left feeling a tad let down I am sad to say.
  8. DC

    DanielleC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem! Lovely pub with great food. Very pleasantly surprised and will certainly visit again if we are passing by. Good background music (with the odd bark as dogs are welcome). Nice beer garden too. 5 stars!
  9. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had travelled down from Leicester to visit our Dutch friends who had just arrived in the UK for three weeks holiday in their caravan. We wanted to take them for lunch to a typical English pub. The Flowing Well did not disappoint. Food, service and atmosphere excellent! Thank you!
  10. R

    Richard

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bit noisy (music and next door table) but otherwise excellent.
  11. SM

    StevenM

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I found The Wishing Well by searching for somewhere with good reviews to go. I wasn't familiar with the area and I was taking my aunt out for her 86th birthday. It was a last minute search and we were all very happy with it. We had burgers (a tad overcooked, but good nonetheless) a vegetarian lasagna (excellent), chili Prawns, slow cooked Ribs (very good indeed) and chicken. The staff are young and friendly. The setting for the pub is beautiful and peaceful. It is clean, well run and has a big car park.
  12. JH

    JoeH

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice food at a quiet country pub. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was of a reasonable standard. Would we eat there again…. Yes we would give it another go.
  13. AP

    AdrianP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good quality , ribs and the cowboy burger were very good and tasty . Service from our waitress was brilliant. Price was comparable to other pub meals and I would definitely come back again later.
  14. S

    Smithy

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visit the flow quite regularly. This time my son and I popped by for some Sunday lunch. We both had lovely food and amazing service from the ever fabulous team there! Always have and always will go back
  15. JM

    JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere Would def go back We sat in the bar area which was still very comfortable It was over the jubilee weekend. Parking wasn’t an issue
  16. J

    Jacko24680

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Loved it! Highly recommended
  17. SB

    SueB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening catching up post Covid. The staff were friendly, attentive, but not overly, so we didn’t feel rushed at all. The Flowing Well is a lovely pub with great food and friendly staff.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak platter is a perfect comfort food meat fest, highly recommended. Friendly and relaxed service as always, a great country local pub.
  19. M

    Menace

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the steak platter but a lot of it. Very good service.
  20. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, food and a pleasant experience and big thanks to unseen kitchen staff. The management should be proud of you all, well done.
  21. JS

    JohnS

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal: reception and service were friendly and efficient. Thank you!,
  22. CW

    ChrisW

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Solid pub working lunch - kitchen fat frying filters could do with clean as first impression on walking in was that familiar smell but aside from that everything was good.
  23. J

    Jonathan

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent professional service and delicious food
  24. BP

    BobP

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Treated with kindness and helpfulness throughout visit. Tapas very tasty and ideal for sharing with another.
  25. LM

    LailaM

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It was a lovely, sunny day and we sat outside. Although a big event was happening inside, our experience of service and food were good.
  26. PF

    PeterF

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful pub set in the picturesque village of Sunningwell, popular with locals, walkers, and destination diners as well. Imaginative menu besides the usual fayre. We sat outside and enjoyed the ambience on a lovely sunny day. My only criticism is the choice of cask ale which is limited to Greene King offerings. Will definitely revisit.
  27. PS

    PhilipS

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very pleasant lunch of good quality and good value in a very charming setting. Young and very friendly staff. Good job
  28. JD

    JulietteD

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Enjoyed an impromptu meal out with the family. Good service, tasty food and reasonably priced.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal, excellent gluten free range, will be returning
  30. TC

    TracyC

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On holiday in the area. Very knowledgeable and helpful with tips for Oxford.
  31. TT

    TonyT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We both had Sunday roast dinner. Fresh veg and gravy. Beef was tender but lacking in flavour. The peanut butter/banana cheesecake was outstanding. Service friendly and helpful as always.
  32. AH

    AlickH

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Unfortunately we was sat near a family with very loud children so couldn’t really hear each other speak
  33. NS

    NicS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    basic menu but tasty food well priced. service was excellent
  34. CS

    ChristineS

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely pub, lovely polite young staff very accommodating.
  35. RL

    RubyL

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely lunch the food was excellent and was prepared to my liking and the choice of dishes was very good. The service was excellent. However we both felt that the lighting in the dining room could have been a bit brighter.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good all round
  37. C

    Catkin

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    One of our party was not happy with the quality of his fish and chips. The rest of us enjoyed our main course.
  38. AY

    AskinY

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I visited this place few years ago which was great but today the food was way below average. slow cooked rib was tasteless, burned, full of fat etc. Ribs from tesco would have been 100 times better it was obvious coleslaw was kept in the fridge for a long time, fish and chips was not good either. value for money is really bad too £8.20 for a glass of rose wine is crazy I am most certain that I will not be visiting this place again
  39. CG

    CharmainG

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    12:30 table for two on a Tuesday…. We both ordered the small fish nice burgers, pizzas, salads…. All great value for money.
  40. PF

    PaulF

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We asked if the coleslaw could be replaced by garden peas. The waitress had to go to ask the chef, who said no! Will not be going back to a place with so little flexibility.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

The Flowing Well is rated 4.5 stars by 924 OpenTable diners.

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 12 times today
Google Map for The Flowing Well

Sunningwell Oxfordshire Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6RB

Additional information

  • Area

    Abingdon

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–21:30 Sun 12:00–20:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Tapas / Small Plates, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    We have parking for up to 100 cars<br />

  • Public Transit

    Bus stop 50 yards away.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    James Brooks

  • Entertainment

    Occasional acoustic entertainment & quiz nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01865 735846

  • Private party facilities

    All dining areas have been refurbished to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a rustic country feel. All our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order using the best locally sourced produce. Restaurant provides disabled access, toilets and baby changing unit. Bookings of all sizes welcome

  • Private party contact

    David Fletcher: 01865 735846

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