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The Folly

No. 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, England
+44 1865 201293
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“beef cheeks” (20 reviews)
“mussels” (29 reviews)
“scones” (34 reviews)
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 995 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited as part of a couples first weekend away together. So wanted a special meal to celebrate the event. We were not disappointed. First off, the wait staff were very welcoming and pleasant to interact with. Our waiter was charming and friendly. The location is...More

Thank lahcen c
Restaurant's Favourite
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

1  Thank Emily B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Folly always manages to create the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a night out with friends for a riverside dinner. And this night was extra special as I tried the delicious 'taster' menu, a real culinary sensation with every course, from the amazing mushroom soup,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the moment you walk into this pretty restaurant you know that you are somewhere special. We enjoyed pre dinner drinks in the alcove before being ushered to our table with a riverside view. Our choice this time was the tasting menu paired with gorgeous...More

Thank mcharlesworth71
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with friends to The Folly last night for a 'treat' and...it really was! Have always wanted to try a tasting menu, and, now I have...and a GF vegan one at that! The delicious plates of beautifully presented food kept coming each with it's own...More

Thank balance25
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a fairly busy Friday evening and had an sumptuous meal. Warm autumn vegetable salad to start, followed by wild duck for me. Mussels and fish of the day for my wife. All beautifully presented and the tastiest meal I have had in...More

Thank Compass23542258511
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to The Folly on 2 occasions in the last 3 weeks to try to arrange business events, the girl i spoke to on both occasions was unhelpful and very patronising and clearly had no time for my equiries.

Thank CEEJevents
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Oxford for a long weekend and had a boat trip on the Thames and a meal at The Folly. We were greeted well on arrival, were seated very quickly and offered drinks while waiting for our 40 minute cruise on the Thames....More

1  Thank Terry A
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Discovered by driving past. What a find. Fabulous location on the river. Beautifully done inside, very relaxing, interesting and original. Food gorgeous beautifully presented, some very pretty plates of food. Served by a lovely front of house team. Nothing seemed too much trouble for them,...More

Thank helengore50
Reviewed 11 October 2018

This is the best meal we had in Oxford. My wife had the duck breast and I had the lamb shank—both recommended by our excellent server, Daniel. The pinot was a great pairing and the desserts, again, recommended by Daniel, were superb. We ate in...More

Thank oborozuki
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Questions & Answers
18 September 2018|
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Response from cobwebsgirl | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely advise booking in advance. It is a popular place.
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
13 March 2018|
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Response from Cibau | Reviewed this property |
No theyvhavent
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$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
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
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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