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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Riverside idyll serving creative modern dishes

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

With swans and punts paddling by on the River Cherwell, it’s no wonder that this Victorian boathouse restaurant is one of the city’s cherished institutions. Waterside tables are at a premium on fine days; inside, the ambience is cosy and humming with the chatter of happy diners tucking into a menu of inventive, modern British ideas.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 December evening to 31 December lunch
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2 (Saturday to Sunday 2.30)
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Paul Bell

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern English
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 150
  • Wines by the glass: 15

Price guide

  • Starter from: £6
  • Main course from £17.75
  • Dessert from: £6
  • 2-course lunch from: £13.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £17.75
  • 2-course dinner from: £23.75
  • 3-course dinner from: £29.75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 45
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: Bardwell and Chadlington Roads

Getting here

Off Banbury Road between Summertown and Town City Centre, turn into Bardwell Road, pass the Dragon School playing field - lane leading to car park, boathouse and river.

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