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The Jolly Boatman

) #10 of 25 Restaurants in Kidlington €€ - €€€ European, , British
216 Banbury Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JU, England
+44 1865 377800
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good24%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible12%
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European, Bar, British, Pub
€€ - €€€
216 Banbury Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JU, England
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Reviewed yesterday

A pub used to be a place where you could drink, meet other people and occasionally have something to eat. These days it is the other way around. The Jolly Boatman is a nice place to go for a meal, but as far as pubs...More

Thank Morten75
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit in the summer months when walking the dog down the river. Very accommodating of all groups of customers and lovely surroundings. This pub is very competitive with further pubs nearby in a similar location therefore slightly pricey.

Thank Lauren D
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited on a dull and cool evening, not quite warm enough to sit outside by the canal. We sat indoors, in a small room to the left of the bar. Service was friendly and fast. The food was good, and the menu quite varied....More

Thank mrcox21
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was in desperate need of some pub grub on a Monday night. After numerous attempts at a range of pubs that didn't do food on a Monday, we stumbled across this little gem. Great food, very friendly staff, cracking landlord and a lovely spot right...More

Thank andrew k
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I visited for lunch with my mum on a very hot day, sat in a lovely sunny spot by the canal. The food was served fairly quickly and was very nice, staff were very good. It got quite busy but has plenty of tables outside....More

Thank gemma p
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best thing about this pub is the location right beside the Oxford Canal. We sat outside and saw several people mooring boats right outside the pub and popping inside for food and drinks. We visited on a glorious sunny Saturday so a lot of...More

Thank Rachael N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a few issues with the order but the manager Chris sorted them out, I think we were in a bit late and got the last bits of meat etc.. Good food Poorly done I think it was just a bad time to visit would...More

Thank Carl K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Jolly Boatman with a group of 30 including 16 children. We had pre booked the restaurant and given the size of our party, we were a bit sceptical how things would go. The staff were extremely polite and attentive and the food was...More

Thank Neil W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As above, just a run of the mill pub, nothing special; only popular as it is situated on the Oxford Canal with plenty of barge moorings available on the doorstep. Food not particularly good as all off the proverbial truck, not made on the premises....More

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a lunch with friends. We were not in a hurry so we're not unduly concerned that it took around 30 mins for our food to arrive. Good food takes time to cook freshly, however when it arrived it was lukewarm at best. The...More

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23 January 2015|
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Response from andyredz | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do sell alcohol, it's a pub! Usual good range of beverages. A pleasant place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$25
European, Bar, British, Pub
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, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, View
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
  • E-mail
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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