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The Folly

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Wed, 3/20

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Business meetings

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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.
US$27 - US$53
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, Accepts Credit Cards
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We went there for our sons birthday. My daughter who has lactose intolerance asked the waiter what dishes she could have with no dairy. He recommended soup for starters. When the soup arrived, my daughter ate a few spoons ful and saw some cheese at...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Nita1962
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Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

I chose The Folly for the main celebratory meal over my birthday weekend! Myself and my closest friends were not disappointed! Everything was superb! Setting, beautiful, yet intimate. Service, warm and attentive, we wanted for nothing. Food, delicious..empty plates..nothing more to add! Wine offering, wonderful!...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 209clairel
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came here for an anniversary meal. They sat us in a quiet corner as requested and the waiter was personable and attentive throughout the evening. The atmosphere was peaceful with the beautiful views. We thought it was an excellent menu choice and so reasonable...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Lecarter88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was ok but nothing special...my mums food was awful and when complained the waitress just shrugged. It was also really noisy in there as they sat us to a large group who were very loud. When we asked if we could be moved we...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Allysimp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me and my partner had afternoon tea here. The sandwiches, scones and cakes were all very lovely and very fresh. The service was excellent and they could not do enough for you. The view of the river from the window is beautiful. Even thought the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank C9905CXsarahl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting nearby Christ Church, my wife and I walked over to the Folly for lunch. The restaurant is very cute and the small dock next to the river provides an ideal location for lunch on a nice day. We enjoyed fresh fish and a...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

Amazing location, gorgeous view from your table. We came during the winter but I bet it’s even more impressive in the summer! Great food, very wide choice of options which is always appreciated. Very friendly staff as well

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank johnadams727272
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Although quiet when my son and I visited, relaxed atmosphere, nice lighting and room, attentive and friendly service, and excellent fare. Would certainly return when in Oxford, and recommend to friends/family.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Will R
Reviewed 22 January 2019 via mobile

Stumbled on this restaurant by accident as we were celebrating our anniversary in Oxford. I have to say it was a delight to eat here as the staff were wonderful and so was the food. Highly recommend the beef board to share.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Leona S
Reviewed 22 January 2019

My husband and I used to live three minutes away from Folly, passed by at least twice a day and never been in. We never bother to check the reviews as for some reason we were absolutely sure that it's another touristy place with a...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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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
13 March 2018|
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