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The Folly

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Sun., 20/1

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly

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Sponsored by: The Folly

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Wonderful Riverside Location
1. Wonderful Riverside Location
"You can dine outside on a patio right by the river"
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2. Exquisite & Relaxed Dining
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
3. Warm and Friendly Service
"staff were so friendly and welcoming and couldn't do enough for you"
Karen W
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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.
USD 26 - USD 52
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
European, British, International
Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely meal last Saturday evening. Staff were just right and the food was excellent. Looks the perfect place in summer for a drink on the waterfront.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Parsley2016
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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

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and my family came for lunch and had a great meal. We're a mixed bunch - omnivores, vegetarian, vegan and low fodmap diners. The restaurant had a vegan menu and were exceedingly accommodating for the low fodmap person, amending items to make them work...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Annabelle C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My experience at the Folly was, sadly, somewhat short in duration, as I and those in my party were merely using it as a meeting place before we ventured forth elsewhere. However, I did spend half an hour or so on the premises, and found...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AGentlemanVagabond
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were wandering past and fancied dinner so we thought we would give it a try...I'm so glad we did! The restaurant is stunning and we will be returning in the summer when we can take advantage of the outside dining area and amazing views....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank leewayer76
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked for my Mums birthday, and had a fabulous meal. I have some food intolerances and they were able to cater very well for these. The service was great, and everyone was friendly. They made an effort for my mums birthday, and we had a...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank lozhighhat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The boat is a great location for a group meal; makes it feel a bit special. A heron stood outside beneath the bridge watching us all evening. Good quality food.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Oxfordeco
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had our Xmas do on Saturday night on the boat which was lovely. The food was great and our waitress, bearing in mind there were about 20 of us, worked so hard to keep us with food and drink for the whole evening. Thank...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank robprior1410
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch today with my Husband part of my birthday present, excellent food and staff very good, will be back in the summer. Thank you .

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sylviabairstow
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I booked here for a Christmas meal for 5 of us. On arrival we were welcomed by smiles and sat and ordered drinks prior to eating. We were shown to our table and the service was excellent. The food was tasty, most of us ordered...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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19 September 2018|
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Response from cobwebsgirl | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely advise booking in advance. It is a popular place.
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
14 March 2018|
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Response from Cibau | Reviewed this property |
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