The Folly Restaurant

Afternoon tea, Modern European·

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Afternoon tea, Modern European
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions


Perched on the riverside in the heart of Oxford, The Folly is a truly unique location. The restaurant has a floating terrace out front, while inside you’ll find a buzzy atmosphere and a sumptuous selection of seasonal fare. As one of Oxford’s few independent, family-owned establishments, the restaurant oozes charm. The offering is pretty expansive too, with cruise and dine packages, afternoon tea and year-round outdoor dining all to be enjoyed here. The interiors are laid-back but stylish, with pastel grey walls and a vaulted skylight to flood the space with natural light throughout the day.

Diners here are spoilt for choice, with a la carte, tasting, afternoon tea and kid’s menus to be enjoyed. You might start your meal with the salt cod mousse accompanied by pickled cucumber, curried cauliflower and a batter wafer, or a brulee of chicken liver parfait with chicken fat brioche and quince chutney. The mains are just as elegant, but with an added dash of heartiness, such as slow-cooked pork belly with smoked buttermilk mash, hispi cabbage and cider jus, beef sirloin with marrow dumplings, fondant potatoes, spring greens, beetroot ketchip and red wine jus or salt-baked cauliflower with spiced Parmentier potatoes, truffle and cauliflower veloute, coconut espuma and mango ketchup. Finish off your three-course feast with a decadent dessert such as the baked lime cheesecake, vegan snickers, red velvet fondant, or a show stopping praline chocolate bomb with rum sponge cake with, apricot compote, and orange and cinnamon sorbet.

The tasting menu, however, starts off with a board of amuse bouche and bread, along with pea, mint and feta arancini accompanied by aioli, frisee salad, balsamic gel, tapioca and a parmesan crisp. After that, you might receive an orange and cinnamon sorbet palate cleanser, followed by more delicious courses. Wine pairings are available too, for a supplementary fee. To book a table, simply select a group size and time using the widget on the right.

Menu Highlights

Twice Baked Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Red Leicester Soufflé - £12.00

Twice Baked Beetroot, Goats Cheese & Red Leicester Soufflé, roast onion & garlic veloute, walnut tuile (V)

Main Courses
Slow Cooked Pork Belly - £31.95

Slow Cooked Pork Belly, rib & apricot bonbon, smoked buttermilk mash, hispi cabbage, cider jus (can be GF & DF)

Baileys Cheesecake - £10.95

Baileys Cheesecake, rum sponge cake, coffee pearls, espresso sorbet (V)

Tiramisu - £12.50

Baileys, dark & white rum, cream cheese, espresso and vanilla syrup  


Is there a car park?

We haven’t got a car park, and recommend using the Redbridge Park & Ride or the Westgate shopping center.

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What are your Christmas/New Year's opening hours?

Open all day as normal until 24/12 included 25/12 open for lunch only (Special Christmas Day menu) 26-27/12 Closed 28/12 Open for dinner only 29-30/12 Open as normal 31/12 Open for dinner only 01/01 Open for lunch only 02-12/01 Closed 13/01 Open for dinner only

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Does The Folly Restaurant offer gluten-free options?

Yes, The Folly has a wide range of gluten-free options.

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Does The Folly allow dogs?

Yes, it is dog friendly.

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Is there wheelchair/pushchair access at The Folly?

Yes, there is.

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What is the dress code at The Folly Restaurant?

smart casual

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1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4JU

01865 201 293 01865 201 293


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:15
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun 12:00-14:15
Afternoon Tea
Mon 14:30-15:45
Tue 14:30-15:45
Wed 14:30-15:45
Thu 14:30-15:45
Fri 14:30-15:45
Sat 14:30-15:45
Sun 14:30-15:45
Mon 17:30-20:15
Tue 17:30-20:15
Wed 17:30-20:15
Thu 17:30-20:15
Fri 17:30-21:00
Sat 17:30-21:00
Sun 17:30-20:15


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3 Reviews 


25 November 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Tasting menu

An excellent tasting menu.


An excellent tasting menu. A wealth of tastes in the food and in the wine. Beautiful food served in a beautiful location with friendly staff.



Jim B

20 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Delicious Treat

Delicious, top quality food. All 3 courses were excellent. Good service, beautiful setting, really worth the money for a special treat. 


16 July 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 1
Atmosphere 4
Value 2

Lovely location. Limited choice on menu with some portions disappointing. Service was extremely slow.

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