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The Jolly Boatman

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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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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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688 reviews
341 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited here for lunch. It is situated in a good location adjacent to the South Oxford Canal. Although not busy when we arrived, we were not acknowledged and most restaurant tables were reserved. However, we did find a pleasant free table in the bar area, which has a nice ambiance. The menu has a good range of choices including... More 

Thank Travelexperience12
Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The staff were great at communicating with us on our recent trip down the canal for a stag do. We were running later than expected and they accommodated us and were very understanding. Really great service and would definitely visit again when I'm in the area.

Thank Boozler42
Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The good side was nice and clean, with good size tables, the down side was Food ordered but took an hour to arrive, and when I asked I was told ''we are busy you know' but the food was good when we did get it...

Thank tim286
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just popped in here on my way past as I love this place. Heard a woman complaining but I really don't think she had a valid point. The food here is by far the best in Kidlington. Great service and food. Value for money and an idilic location 10/10

Thank Ben C
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230 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good Friday visit for my Dads birthday the food here is good old English pub grub & not overpriced with a nice selection of daily specials & a fantastic selection of beers. My only complaint is starters came on a roof slate now I'm sure this may be a fashion but with anything saucy or juicy it just don't work... More 

Thank Sjc462
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service and food as usual. Great atmosphere with perfect staff, what more could you ask for.

Thank sheridanwhitehead
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

table booked for 1.0.clock for a special birthday lunch,we didnt leave till 4.30 due to service being too slow, we understood because it was busy but nobody informed us that there was such a delay on food as we had already pre booked the table weeks ago, the children that we had with us were very bored and unsettled due... More 

Thank Ashleigh H
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this lovely set out put for a family meal of 16 people on Sunday 9th April. After sitting down at 1 our orders was taken eventually and after waiting 1 1/2 hours for our meals 2 come out wrong and 3 was stone cold. We got them sent back to get got ones and all was done was... More 

Thank andreas s
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a table for my mums birthday there was 16 of us including 4 children under the age of 10 WOW where do I start the staff was rude not as rude as the manager .The food arrived cold after waiting over an hour had to return so many plates of food was disgusting no apology nothing we had... More 

1 Thank ann o
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This pub has a nice setting and good food. Very good food for a pub in fact, the menu has a varied selection and nothing on it is bad. The food is also very well presented. The thing that let's it down is the service from the staff. Rather than be happy the trade is booming on a sunny day... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?