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“Bustling Pub with great views of the river”

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The Head of the River
Ranked #11 of 85 Oxford B&B and Inns
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Called in for a drink and a bite to eat at lunch time and lucky enough to get a table outside in the sunshine overlooking the river ... perfect.
The food was good and reasonably priced and the staff were friendly. It was a pleasure too to hear young people having conversations that didn't include swear words.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Excellent location, and great beers. Breakfast service was absolute chaos. Poorly trained staff who didn't appear to have a clue about what they were supposed to be doing. Breakfast service dint start until 8-30. It was 9-30 before our breakfasts arrived, and then only after chasing the 'staff'.Would have had even Basil Fawlty tutting at the ineptitude. I has to feel sorry for the untrained youngsters trying to do their best in a second language.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2014

Great location with easy walking access to the city. Rooms were clean and quiet with nice themes.staff very friendly and helpful. We were there over two lovely days so we sat outside for drinks and lunch, tables were at a premium as it is a very popular venue even on weekdays.
The food was ok, pub grub really and it was a little slow in arriving, but they were busy.
Overnight parking available but limited so book a place to ensure a place.
Overnight prices a little expensive but I guess that's the price you have to pay for a great location with parking in a lovely city.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Lunch with friends, lovely location, weather great and food very good. We all chose the fish and chips and it was tasty and plentiful....though the service was a little slow. Would certainly recommend it. We arrived just at right time to get table on terrace at 12.30 as became extremely busy later.

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
Thank Anita C
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was disappointed with my stay at the Head of the River.
We stayed in the Lewis Carrol room, which was perfectly clean, with a beautiful view of the river.
However, it was very small, and had no tea/coffee making facilities.
The en-suite bathroom was bright, clean, and fully functional.
The bed was (very high) firm and reasonably comfortable, and under normal circumstances, would have allowed a good night's sleep.
I'm not a particularly light sleeper, but I was wakened many times during the night.
The floorboards in the room above were so squeaky, that you heard every footstep from the upstairs guests.
Worse still, I was wakened on two occasions, with an ear-splitting squealing from the pipes in the ceiling above.
So, all in all, I did not sleep at all well.
Breakfast choice was fairly limited, but was adequate.
Despite previous comments from other guests, I found the staff to be friendly, courteous, and very helpful.
Parking is (very) limited, and has to be booked (at extra cost) in advance.
If, like me, you don't manage to book one of the spaces, you will find it difficult to find parking spaces within reasonable walking distance.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

We visited oxford for the night and chose the hotel due to its location next it the river and also the proximity to the city centre.
The room we stayed in was very pleasantly decorated and was very clean and modern. The bed was big and comfortable.
We would have loved to have sat outside for some drinks but unfortunately it rained for the duration of our stay.
Staff were very pleasant and helpful.
Would definitely recommend and will stay again if we visit oxford in the future

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
1  Thank cma693
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Reviewed May 20, 2014

The deco in our room was nice and stylish. Toiletries smelt great. The view was not great but we didn't spend a lot of time in the room so it wasn't a problem for us. It was very close to the town, although we had a car, instead of driving, we walked around the city to the tourist spots. Bed was comfortable. Romantic lighting.

The only downside is there was no elevator, but we were given a room on the 3rd floor. Be prepared to travel light.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank d_trips66
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Address: Folly Bridge | St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 4LB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range: $155 - $289 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Head of the River 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated besides Oxford’s scenic River Thames, The Head of the River matches its food, drink and accommodation to the beauty of its surroundings. Whether you join us for an hour in the garden or for a night in one of our luxurious rooms, we’re confident you’ll hate to say goodbye. ... more   less 
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