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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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“beef cheeks” (20 reviews)
“mussels” (29 reviews)
“scones” (33 reviews)
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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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1 - 10 of 948 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

Went to Oxford for our anniversary and decided on this restaurant for our evening meal. So glad that we did! The staff were all very pleasant and attentive. We had cocktails down by the riverside before being shown to our table. The meal was delicious...More

Thank BDJD1
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Reviewed 14 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 today via mobile

The Folley, charming setting on the river side, with outside bar & seating area for dinners. If there’s a chill in the air, blankets are provided. Inside, the decor is warm & welcoming. The menu is engaging with plenty of choice for all dietary needs....More

Thank OliverMaxwell-Jones
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely food. Lovely view. Pleasant staff. I had scallops which were divine. I would recommend this restaurant

Thank Bella2009Midlands
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice scenery near the river; I must say we had great weather Very good food Excellent Service Nearly to perfection I can advice this restaurant ; you wont be disappointed

Thank Ben B
Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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Craig E
15 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
USD 26 - USD 51
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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