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The Head of the River, Oxford - pub details

Head of the River
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Address: Folly Bridge, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4LB [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2187) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Oxford (0.8 miles), Radley (4.6 miles)

Brewery: Fullers

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Fullers pub with accommodation and food orientated so was expecting the worst when ordering a pint of Pride but quality was ok and price didn't seem too bad. Limited range of ales, seems to be more interested in craft keg and designer lager.
Scores on location.
ellisref - 7 Jun 2019 20:49
Popped in hear on 23rd and 24th July - very warm outside so a shady spot outside by the river was very pleasant.

Service at the bar was friendly and efficient and I had a pint of Olivers Island (both visits) and it went down a treat.

Didn't try the food but looked okay so far as I could say.

Amusing moment on my second late afternoon visit a group of around 30 young Japanese tourists arrived with their equally young British guides. Didn't look like the party hard warned the pub in advance and the staff looked a bit flummoxed as the party started to head to the bar one by one to get their drinks. I left at this point!

Good pub, enjoyed my brief visits.

on_the_brightside - 31 Jul 2018 18:32
Last visited this pub in circa 1984!! Hasn't changed a bit (except no longer has a fottball table!!). Prices are still through the roof and service is staill as bad. Bur the Fullers ESB was acceptable. Good location and beer garden looking over the river.
wolvesfan - 4 Aug 2014 10:09
Pitched up here at about half-five on a Sunday. There was a 'calm after the storm' feeling about the place. A smattering of people were dotted around the largish one-roomed, two-level bar: the Thames was lapping against the pub's foundation as the Abingdon Road had been closed due to the incessant rain and subsequent flooding at the time. Being a Fuller's pub, I opted for the Gale's Seafarer's Ale at the bizarre price of £3.59. However, it was well-kept and went down well. The flagstone floor was partially covered in places by large rugs, which broke up some of the cold starkness it can imbue. Rabbit pie was on the menu at £13.50. Be interesting to revisit in the summer to recompare tasting notes...
Komakino - 9 Feb 2014 20:56
We thought the rooms and bar were a bit on the dear side too. It's a pleasant enough location though.

We struck up an interesting and convivial chat with a few uni dons in the bar, but it didn't seem to have any particular character of note.

eddybeer - 11 Aug 2013 12:10

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