The Flowing Well

4.4
732 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 732 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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brianr27
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A good experience. Food well presented though menu limited. Service excellent:

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OJO23
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Quick service
Great food
Relaxed environment
Good mix of choices on the menu

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vipAchilles
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for a pub meal. They don’t over complicate things and produce lovely food quickly and with good service.

RC
RobC
Oxford
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Me and my significant other have been to the Flowing Well over 20 times during our relationship and have never experienced a bad meal. The food always hits the spot, the service and staff are always very friendly and accommodating! Whenever we leave we’ve always got in our minds that it won’t be long until we return.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, slightly
Limited on choice. Only one salad on the menu but the food we had was very nice and portions were huge!
Service was great, outdoor seating is picturesque and plenty of parking. Good lunch all round.

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AllyS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal sat outside. Would really recommend, great choice on the menu

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LisaT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very Good, As a hot day we sat in a shaded area & was pleasantly cool considering the weather, we had a lovely evening and the service was very good

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SallyR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just a short walk from Abingdon this pub feels deep in the countryside. Friendly staff and good outdoor seating area makes this a lovely place to meet friends of celebrate with a special lunch.

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JohnW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple menu done well. If you want a better than average gastropub burger, the Atomic Pig is very good but order the hot sauce on the side

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KeithD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and good service, would certainly recommend.

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petechilton
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big fans of the Flowing Well and this time it didn't disappoint. Great service, food and value. Will definitely be back

JS
JoannaSp
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always come here for Work meals. Great Value and Service. Very quiet, however it was a Monday Lunchtime.

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LesleyD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service slow even thought indoors was empty
But food always amazing

RB
RogerB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good staff were very attentive.I find the dining area quite dark.Would also like to see staff more smartly dressed,which would reflect better on the good service they provided.

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LeiaghB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have visited here before many times and thoroughly enjoyed my visits however this time the food was disappointing.

JK
JuliaK
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our party got lost and was late, and the staff were unfazed. Decent food, inside but plenty of ventilation. We enjoyed ourselves.

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LinM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another lovely meal. My only comment would be that the pastry on the pie was a little hard.

LW
LunchWithVisitors
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Helpful staff, plenty of places to sit. Good service, but our food took almost an hour to arrive and two were salads. The food was fresh and presented nicely. The Fish and Chips was excellent, and the Caesar salads were good but there was one rasher of bacon (slightly overcooked) included and a lot of ice berg lettuce. I would recommend the pub to other people and we will visit again. Thank you.

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KerryT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great time the staff were friendly and helpful. Service was quick and there was no waiting about to pay the bill this time, lovely afternoon! 😀

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iles55
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Delicious bavette steak for 4 , in fact 3-4 is enough for 5 reasonable diners

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JulieD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents are in their 70’s, they have been worried about going out for a meal. They felt safe and comfortable. Thank you

LM
LinM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food.Really good service. Staff very pleasant.

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TerryB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Extremely disappointed that the 'soup of the day' was already unavailable at 12.45!
Also, the lack of options for people that do not enjoy spiced food and also have special dietary restrictions was unexpected.
This visit was not up to the usual standard and can only hope that the menu is updated before my next planned visit.

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all enjoyed our visit to The Flowing Well. The food and the service were very good.

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MalcolmB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, quick service and not to expensive. You can't say fairer than that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak sharing plater is soooo good!!

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Gma59
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Welcoming, attentive staff (visited early evening on 27 June). Staff couldn't do enough for us but were not intrusive or pushy. Delicious Sunday roast beef and gorgeous pudding. It almost felt like things are back to normal! Always lovely at the Flowing Well.
Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual . Can’t beat the Roasts here in Sunday’s .

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Bee95m
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful little space and really good atmosphere

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SusanC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely way to spend a Friday evening with friends.

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GOONNER
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went as a party of 6 and was welcomed warmly on arrival . We were shown to an outside table and drink orders taken immediately.
A menus was provided within 5 minutes of arrival. 3 mins before our orders were ready we shown to our in restaurant table. The meals was delivered and we all thoroughly enjoyed our own choices.
We didnt have puddings but did have coffee.
The staff were attentive and polite.
We would all recommend the Flowing Well as a place to go .
Thank you.

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David
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Relaxed, nice atmosphere. Friendly staff. Good food. Absolutely excellent beer.

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic. Best burger in Oxfordshire. Lovely staff.

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StevenF
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Disappointing service and food and won't be returning soon.

TD
TraceyD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great evening
Great food
A bit of a long wait for food - pizzas but all good once they arrived.

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SueK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

tables could have been cleaner, not all staff in masks when they approached the table.
Sauces in sachets rather that individual dishes.

Would recommend the food although pricey for what it was............

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DonR
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Dining with friends (one of whom is a coeliac) we found the service and food were very good. We opted for a seat by the window as the light levels at some tables are quite dark.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to the flowing well for Father’s Day lunch, the food was amazing! The chocolate brownie was something else the best chocolate brownie I have ever had. Service was great which just made the lunch even better. Will defiantly be back!

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WhoisH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't recommend the food and the service highly enough, speedy service and excellent portion sizes. We all went home very happy and very full!

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Foodie123
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very impressed with the Flowing well, would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of going. The food was fantastic and the presentation was good aswell. Friendly staff, and reasonable prices. Very impressed.

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 732 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.