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Restaurant, River cafe and Boating


Oxford's Unique Riverside Restaurant

01865 986131Reservations

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Restaurant, River cafe and Boating


Oxford's Unique Riverside Restaurant

01865 986131Reservations

Our restaurant sits beside the river in the heart of Oxford

The Restaurant

The Folly restaurant occupies a unique riverside position in the heart of Oxford, a stones throw from the Westgate centre but beside the beauty of the River Thames. 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.

Relaxed fine dining in Oxford

Elegant evening meals

Whether dining inside the restaurant, overlooking the river or seated on our floating terrace you will enjoy a thoughtfully conceived and prepared menu of fresh food and the best seasonal ingredients. 

Lunch on our floating river terrace

Relaxed Lunches

Little can compare to relaxing beside the river. Pair this with good food and wine and you'll have an idea of what we have to offer at The Folly. Our lunch menu offers fabulous a la carte options as well as more casual staples such as our famous Folly burger and summery salads. 

A unique evening in Oxford

Cruise & Dine

Combine a serene pre-dinner cruise with an elegant meal at The Folly. Your 30 minute cruise aboard one of our charming launches takes in some of the highlights of river life in Oxford before you disembark on to our terrace to continue your evening with three courses from the a la carte menu. Book online.  

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The Festive Folly


Celebrate Christmas Parties, Christmas Day and New Years Eve at The Folly

The Festive Folly


Celebrate Christmas Parties, Christmas Day and New Years Eve at The Folly

The Folly - The perfect place to celebrate in Oxford 

This December we invite you to celebrate the festive season at our beautiful Oxford restaurant

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Christmas Parties

From late November to Christmas Eve we have our wonderful Christmas celebration menu available for groups large and small. Join us for a special lunch or dinner celebration. 

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Christmas Day

On Christmas Day we will be serving a wonderful traditional lunch to enjoy beside the river in the warm and homely atmosphere of our restaurant. 

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New years eve

Our annual New Years Eve party is always a lovely occasion. A exquisite meal is served followed by drinks and dancing to welcome in the New Year. This years theme - Prohibition! 

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Special Occasions


Our Oxford restaurant play host to a variety of very special occasions

Special Occasions


Our Oxford restaurant play host to a variety of very special occasions

Group Bookings

From afternoon Tea to dining afloat

Our restaurant offers the perfect venue, in the heart of Oxford, to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family. Be it a simple table booking for a celebratory meal or a more unusual experience such as a private dining cruise, tea party or cocktail making masterclass you can be assured of excellent service and exquisitely prepared food and drinks. 

Wedding Receptions

an elegant riverside venue for your most special Day

The Folly is a popular and romantic choice for your wedding reception. We offer a special and memorable venue in the heart of Oxford and a bespoke planning service to ensure everything runs perfectly smoothly. 

Private Parties

Exclusive use of the restaurant

To celebrate a truly special occasion there can be few better options than to arrange the private use of our restaurant. We provide a unique restaurant venue beside the river, in the heart of historic Oxford. We host a huge range of events from birthday parties, company dinners and celebrations to christenings and Christmas dinners.  

From private birthday parties to wedding receptions we will host and organise your event as though it were our own.

Wedding Receptions and Private Parties can use our oxford restaurant, river terrace and beautiful river boats.

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About Our Restaurant


The Folly, Alice in Oxford and Provenance 

About Our Restaurant


The Folly, Alice in Oxford and Provenance 

The Folly

The Folly relishes its status as one of Oxford's few independent, family owned restaurants. We strive to offer an excellent dining experience in a unique location as well as providing wonderfully unusual experiences such as our Cruise and Dine package, cocktail masterclasses and Mad Hatters Tea Parties. 

BIRTHPLACE OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND

The story of Alice in Wonderland is synonymous with Oxford. The books author, Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson), was a mathematics don at Christ Church College, and enjoyed a close friendship with Alice Liddell and her sisters, the Dean's children. Carroll would regularly bring Alice and her sisters down to the site of our restaurant on Folly Bridge and hire a small rowing boat to explore the waterways around the city. It was on one such trip on July 4th 1862 that, to entertain the rather bored children, he began a story beginning with Alice pursuing a white rabbit down a hole in the river bank. The rest of course is history.  

Our ethics

We strive to be a sustainable business and offer a constantly evolving seasonal menu to take advantage of the freshest local produce and to reduce 'food miles' as much as possible.  We have active programs to reduce our energy consumption and dispose of our waste in the most environmentally sensitive manner. We try to be a fair and considerate employer, paying a living wage rather than the minimum wage, and offering opportunities for development to all our staff.  

People who have tried it tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained.
— Jerome K. Jerome