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Take an Oxford River Cruise Before Dining at The Folly Restaurant

by | Apr 19, 2017

The Folly Restaurant, Oxford

The Folly in Oxford is the place to step aboard a river cruiser and explore the city by water. Choose to dine in the waterside restaurant, picnic on the boat or take Afternoon Tea on the terrace.

The Folly Restaurant Oxford With River Cruisers

The Folly Oxford has a floating terrace, restaurant and two river boats

The River Thames winds its way around the city of Oxford passing colleges and water meadows. To visit this magnificent town and not explore it by boat, would be missing a trick.

If you don’t fancy trying your hand at the Oxford tradition of punting, the river cruises running from Folly bridge are the next best thing. Follow it with dinner, Afternoon Tea or cocktails on the riverside terrace.

The Folly restaurant has an excellent reputation and is well patronised by Oxonians.

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The Folly Oxford

Folly Bridge links the South of the city to central Oxford. It’s a popular drinking spot with the Head of the River pub to the north and The Folly restaurant to the South. Both have lovely terraces overlooking the water. Step aboard one of The Folly’s two river cruisers to explore this scenic stretch of the River Thames and it will take you past Christchurch meadows, the university regatta course and the boat houses. This is where the early morning training sessions take place in preparation for Oxford Eights Week, a 4-day regatta held in May.

River cruisers at The Folly Oxford

The picnic boat and river cruiser belonging to The Folly

Cruise and Dine at The Folly Restaurant

Choose the dinner cruise and sip a glass of Prosecco during your two hour cruise before dining in the Folly restaurant or, weather permitting, outside on the floating terrace. The smaller picnic boat is fun too. With the option of taking a lunchtime or a sunset cruise, this is a delightful and relaxing way to soak up the sights of the city. If you prefer to stay on drier land, Afternoon Tea on the floating terrace is a popular choice.

Table with river view at The Folly restaurant

Dine overlooking the river

Dog Policy Mr Hendricks says, “Not one for me. Take me for a walk in Christchurch Meadows instead.”


How to Find The Folly in Oxford

The Folly Restaurant,1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU

The Folly Restaurant



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Sally is the founder and editor of The Foodie Travel Guide. She travels around the UK and beyond in search of the best foodie days out, tasting experiences and delicious places to stay. She loves a glass of English sparkling wine, afternoon tea with friends and escaping London for gastronomic adventures. 

Oxford River Cruise and Dining Experience

  • See the sights of Oxford on a river cruise
  • A la carte dinner included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Perfect for couples

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