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216 Banbury Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JU, England
+44 1865 377800
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Cassington, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a reliable place for lunch with a varied menu, well cooked food and prompt service. Well recommended.

Thank Nigel A
Oxford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Table booked for 2pm for a special birthday Sunday lunch, didn't leave until after 5pm due to service being so slow. 11 meals - all disappointing. Steak was absolutely shocking - full of fat and gristle. Nothing hot and some meals returned as too cold to eat. Ground pepper over kids meal! Brownies rock hard in sundaes. Positives: Cheesecake with... More 

Thank jarvieholidays
Barton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Taking advantage of the sunshine yesterday we arrived early and took the opportunity, to leave the car, with the landlady's permission, for an extended canalside walk to Thrupp and beyond, returning for a late lunch. The menu was extensive and catered for all degrees of hunger, we just needed a snack before driving back home and enjoyed the Fishcakes with... More 

1 Thank Robin N
Oxford, United Kingdom
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271 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

First visit to the canalside restaurant. The room we ate in had bare brick walls, was very light, had a vaulted beamed ceiling, and on one side had views of the canal. I chose gammon from the three choices of Sunday roast, the others being turkey and beef. My partner chose beef, and she is quite fussy, but said it... More 

1 Thank OxfordTim
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Me and a few friends were passing this lovely looking pub and thought we would pop in for a quick bite and we are so glad we did! I had the most amazing burger with chorizo and smokey cheese and the other meals went down a treat. be warned though, because the spicy Mexican chilli is exactly that 🌶😅 wow.... More 

Thank Ben C
Woodstock, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

Visited The Jolly Boatman immediately after Christmas (Tuesday 7th December 016) walking down the Canal with our wee hairy dog we entered to a warm welcome from Jane (hope I've spelt your name correctly) and a warming fire I selected a beautifully kept pint of Abbotts with Barbara having a Rose wine, we did not eat but the food passing... More 

1 Thank Muggins B
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We visited this pub with friends this weekend. What a find. It is a really tastefully decorated pub in an absolutely beautiful countryside location. The walk along the canal to the pub is just lovely. Quintessentially English. But the star of the show at this pub has to be the food! And that's saying something as the service is pretty... More 

Thank Vixen72
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Had an excellent meal here tonight, in lovely surroundings. A very welcoming pub with restaurant area and lounge bar. We sat in very pleasant looking restaurant and was attended to very efficiently by our waiter. . The menu offered a variety of food, which made the selection difficult as plenty to choose from. Pate starter was lovely so was Whitebait.... More 

Thank RoxyS10
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

We all enjoyed a lovely meal today, taking a short walk before hand and the dogs were very welcome. The staff were very friendly and helpful with my father's dietary requests, and the food was delicious. We will visit again.

Thank Matt B
Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We went here for a family Xmas meal. We booked a table a couple of weeks prior and they asked for our orders up front. The was two courses for £17.95 or three for £22.95. All of us went for the 2 course option. There were good options on the menu, your traditional Xmas turkey etc, which pretty much all... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 24
European, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 Banbury Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Kidlington
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 377800
Canal side pub/restaurant set alongside the beautiful Southern Oxford canal. Open everyday for breakfast from 10.00Am until 10.30Pm. Brand new decked and heated, covered canal side patio area. Roaring log fires in winter. Children, dogs always most welcome. Great selection of homemade dishes cooked to order using fresh local produce. Cask Marque quality real ales. Free newspapers, and WiFi.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?