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The Folly

No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
+44 1865 201293
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Folly
1. Wonderful Riverside Location
"You can dine outside on a patio right by the river"
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2. Exquisite & Relaxed Dining
"The food was the best I have eaten Oxford in about 20 years"
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3. Warm and Friendly Service
"staff were so friendly and welcoming and couldn't do enough for you"
Karen W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After a half hour cruise, which was uninspiring, enjoyed a lovely meal in a very relaxed Riverside setting. Pity my favourite duck dish not available, but our starters, mains and sweets all cooked well and very tasty. High spots were wife's beef pie and my...More

Thank _paulcary
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

We went to the folly for my husbands birthday and wow what a treat!! The staff were amazing nothing was too much trouble and they really went the extra mile! Would recommend the sharing beef and the fresh breads so tasty! Thanks for such a...More

Thank Emily B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

After my girlfriend received a voucher for her birthday of cocktails for two, we finally sorted a suitable date to visit at redeem the voucher. Whilst the weather unfortunately was not on our side the staff were. Not only did they help us feel welcome...More

Thank Jack P
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been here a few times before and returned for a meal in July. I am glad that the service is still excellent and the food was superb. They also had plenty of vegetarian options. This place is such a welcome addition. Keep it...More

Thank seanmlow
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had to cancel a trip to Turkey and went to Oxford for 3 days and then to Dorset for a week. It was the first time we had gone to Oxford and we stayed at the Principal Oxford Spires hotel near the river. That...More

1  Thank Chrishinchcliffe
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time cruising then dining. Captain was a gent (didn’t get his name). Food was outstanding but the best thing was the service from Steph. Highly recommend.

1  Thank Sam K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sailed into Oxford with a party from Abingdon and decided to have lunch at The Folly. We were not disappointed ! Warm welcome, nice table by river, tasty meal (steak for my wife, fish and chips for myself), very good service from waitress Steph. When...More

Thank Dunelmos
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to eat fish and view the Thames from your table. We all ordered fish dishes, and the food was good but not excellent. The service was really bad, but that was probably because we had a new waitress. Still, the...More

Thank Maryfrances W
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited The Folly on a 'Date Night' out without the kids. The location is superb as it's right on the river but elevated slightly giving a good view of the comings and goings up and down stream. Riverside locations are always...More

Thank Hedgehogge
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Slow, verging on the edge of poor service. Ran out of wine glasses, waitress seemed to have no experience or manners. Bread arrived stale. Food was cold and mediocre at best. No apologies made when we had to complain. Waited for ages even for drinks...More

Thank claire b
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Craig E
14 May 2018|
Response from NC_Folly | Property representative |
Hi Craig Thanks for your message. We’d be very happy to organise a laid back corporate event. Could you contact my colleague Thia (thia at the-Folly co uk) who will be able to assist. Best Giles
Steph L
14 March 2018|
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Response from Cibau | Reviewed this property |
No theyvhavent
Sara T
3 February 2018|
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Response from Dazdlg | Reviewed this property |
I’ve seen a big party in there when we was there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$51
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 201293
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The Folly restaurant occupies a unique riverside position in the heart of Oxford. Our restaurant provides simply served, excellently cooked dishes crafted from the freshest seasonal ingredients. The restaurant's terrace floats on the waters of the River Thames as she runs gently under Folly Bridge. Inside we give a warm welcome throughout the year and offer relaxed drinks and dining from Sunday lunch to Saturday cocktails and everything in between.
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