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The Folly

No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
+44 1865 201293
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“beef cheeks” (22 reviews)
“mussels” (28 reviews)
“scones” (30 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Hours
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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1 - 10 of 892 reviews

Reviewed today

Best combined with a boat tour from just outside the restaurant, followed by dinner. On a warm and sunny evening there is little to beat it. Menu a little dull though.

Thank Greeners43
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 yesterday via mobile

Lovely Oxford location. We sat outside and had a seat by the river. The food is excellent and there is a good choice of wines and lots available by the glass. They could do with more vegetarian dishes and because they also run boat trips...More

Thank manicspider
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice restaurant, scruffy waiters, jeans and trainers, not what I expected in an upmarket restaurant. Food was beautiful, efficient service

Thank Tarjetas
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was ok - not as nice as I expected since the price was quite high. So was the cocktail. The fish was really fresh but the salicornia was nearly inedible - they were like tree branches and I had to spit out most...More

Thank nirvana_rolin
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked on an offer for a 6 course tasting menu for 2 with a Bellini each. Although the restaurant was very busy, we were offered a choice of tables. The food was extremely good and we both enjoyed each course. The meal wasn't rushed...More

Thank daviesrusu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pimms delicious, lovely place to sit on a sunny day. We didn't eat there so can't comment on the food. Picked up a boat trip outside the pub.

Thank tezzbar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I had a super Birthday celebration at The Folly. The afternoon tea consisted of ham, egg, mackerel and cucumber sandwiches followed by the most delicious fresh scones. To finish we had dainty cakes including a cheese cake, chocolate shortbread and lemon cream...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the folly restaurant as we'd arranged a river cruise which was based at the restaurant. When we arrived we were met by one of the owners who explained everything to us. He was very polite and friendly. The was a wait until other...More

Thank evanscarlo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sister, my partner and I spent two days in Oxford and our meal at The Folly was one of the highlights. The setting was beautiful, the ambience relaxed, chilled and welcoming and the food amazing. My sister and I follow vegan lifestyles and we...More

Thank Andy_UK1963
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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$27 - US$53
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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids
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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