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About Us

You couldn’t ask for a more scenic spot to find a traditional English pub than beside the River Thames. The Head of the River, Oxford, aims to match the beauty of its surroundings with its delicious food, refreshing drinks and boutique accommodation.

Whether you join us for an hour in the garden, or for a night (or three...) in one of our luxurious waterside rooms, we’re confident that once you’ve said goodbye, you’ll want to visit us again.

You’ll find us in the city’s St Aldate’s area on Folly Bridge, a short walk from the city centre. We’re close to several transport links – Oxford train station is less than a mile away, while Redridge Park offers easy parking for guests. Thanks to our fantastic location, plenty of Oxford’s attractions are just a short stroll away.

Eating and drinking

The Head of The River offers some of the finest pub food in Oxford. Our menu features contemporary dishes and British classics, Sunday lunches with all the trimmings, and a hearty lunch menu. We refresh our menus seasonally to take advantage of the freshest ingredients all year round, while daily chef’s specials ensure there’s always something new for you to try.

In addition to exceptional Fuller’s ales, our cellars keep a rotating range of brilliant craft beers from all over the world. The bar also offers an extensive gin list with carefully matched tonics and garnishes, plus some of the world’s best whiskeys. If you’re celebrating, we have some sublime sparkling wines on our exclusive wine list, so book a table – or a function room if you’re throwing a party – and enjoy.

Stay at The Head of the River

If you’re looking for boutique accommodation in Oxford, relax in one of our 20 Beautiful Bedrooms by Fuller’s. With rooms that have been individually designed and immaculately furnished, with modern touches and luxurious bedding, we’ll ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible.

Whether you choose a Comfy, Cosy or Indulgence room, a hearty breakfast and super-fast WiFi is included in your booking, and the bar is always buzzing with regulars looking to have a good time and relax. Book directly with us to take advantage of our Best Price Guarantee.

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By Car

For diners and drinkers, there is easy parking at Redbridge park and ride (OX1 4XG). and the Westgate shopping centre

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By Bus

The number 300 bus takes you to and from Redbridge park and ride.

By Train

Travelling by train? Oxford train station is just under a mile away.

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The Head of the River
Folly Bridge
St. Aldates
01865 721600
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Local Attractions

The Head of The River is just a short stroll away from Oxford’s city centre attractions, including the architectural gems of Christ Church College, The Bodleian Library and The Ashmolean. While on a sunny summer’s day, you may even be able to stir yourself from our beautiful suntrap of a garden to go punting on the River Isis.

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