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Head of the River Restaurant

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Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
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Folly Bridge | Head of the River, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
+44 1865 721600
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
Reviewed today NEW

We (family group of 5) visited the Head of the River on a very busy, hot Sunday lunch-time. I didn't expect to get a seat outside but we were lucky and a table was being vacated just as we arrived. We ordered drinks and 4 main meals. Meal 1 arrived on it's own and meals 2 and 3 about 5... More 

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Thank Johnboy454
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500 reviews
380 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed today NEW via mobile

A pub in a great location next the the river. A small be pleasant garden. The usual quality Fullers drinks plus a couple of decent non Fullers craft beers. A few little things let the place down. Garden tables with last nights empties on them a soaking wet cushions on benches that are obviously left out overnight...

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Thank Montyf1
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Head of the River is a great venue with out door seating and a cozy indoor restaurant. All the tables in the shde were taken so we ate inside. Our server was apologetic about the slow service and great food would have made up for it but the food sounds much better when described on the menu than it is.... More 

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Thank flygabriel
Oxford, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited here on a sunny friday lunch time, the outdoor seating area is big and we had beaten the midday rush so found a good table (it gets very busy on sunny days so be aware). Its location is overlooking the river just outside the city centre which is lovely. We all ordered the posh fish finger sandwich, they were... More 

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Thank Bethdav13
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Dropped in a couple of times for an outdoor drink. Enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere, the drinks and the sunshine. Enjoyed sharing tattoo experiences with a delightful waitress whose name has slipped our memory, but she comes from Burgess Hill,and she will know who we are if we say Jumpin' Fleas!!! Thanks, may be back next year. Regards Trish and Steve.

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Thank Stephen F
Bedford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Decided to visit here with my partner for lunch, thinking it would be a nice treat but left very disappointed. We entered through the bottom doors after finding a table overlooking the river & stood at the bar, where customers were being serve but when it came to our turn, both server went to the upper bar to serve there.... More 

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Thank dojoe565
Munich, Germany
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice location to sit outside and watch the rowing boats on the river. The patio is a sheltered sun-trap. Service was attentive at first, but then very slow later in the afternoon. We both had Sunday Roasts (Beef and Pork respectively). Well presented and tasty. The portions are large, particularly the vegetables! Plates were cold and the meal lukewarm by... More 

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Thank Stephen N
Cotswolds
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319 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

On the River Thames and just a short walk from Oxford city centre so perfect to rest a while for good food and a wide selection of drinks. Being a lovely day, we sat outside right by the river watching the world going by. We were served quickly and efficiently and the waiter came out a couple of times to... More 

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Thank CotswoldsMidge
bryan_walker79, General Manager at Head of the River Restaurant, responded to this review

Hey Midge, Thanks so much for your review. Need I say more? You have summed up our passion for service and our customers. Thanks again, we look forward to welcoming you back next visit. Regards, Bryan More 

Adelaide, Australia
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60 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice as it was such a lively outlook over the river Isis and great staff - students with wit - food good. Quickly served with panache.

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Thank Marguerite W
bryan_walker79, General Manager at Head of the River Restaurant, responded to this review

Hey Marguerite, Great news that we got you back twice, obviously did something right. Next time we'll be shooting for that 5th star. We think our team do a great job so really nice to hear you were impressed as well. Thanks, Bryan More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used this venue after our cruise on the river for a drink and snack in the late afternoon for our tour group. It was quite busy and I ordered a tea and chocolate from the barman. A waitress came along and said we could not order from the barman and had to find a seat and she would take... More 

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Thank Steve W
bryan_walker79, General Manager at Head of the River Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Steve, Thanks for taking the time to leave your review. I will offer no excuses for the service your group received. However, it is important for all large groups to book in advance, this is a very important step that your tour guide failed to do. Your group of somewhere between 40-50 people arrived at the HOTR completely unawares... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Folly Bridge | Head of the River, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 721600

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