The Folly Restaurant occupies one of the first spots on the left-hand side by the River Thames, as you walk into the centre of Oxford from the Abingdon Road.
There is a wonderful countryside vibe at the restaurant with it being situated on the river, which is quite a nice feeling when you know the city centre is such a short distance away.
In terms of accessing the restaurant, it is not immediately obvious on how you can enter. But if you see the position I have taken the first picture below, the entrance is just back a few steps on the left hand-side where you walk down the steps and enter the inside on the left or continue straight on to go outside on the terrace that actually floats on the river – such a nice feature.
The interior is modern, bright and gives of an elegant British feel. We were fortunate to be seated in one of the bay windows which looked out towards the river, terrace and the Folly Bridge. I was sceptical at first because I thought we were open to passers by glaring in at us as they walked past, but actually it felt like a surprisingly secluded spot where we were the ones people watching.
The Afternoon Tea
You can choose from a standard Afternoon Tea which consists of home made scones with clotted cream and raspberry jam. This is accompanied with a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries or tarts with tea or coffee to drink at £19.95 per person or you can upgrade this and go for High Tea which is all of what was just described with a glass of Prosecco too – we decided to go for the standard Afternoon Tea.
The lattes were as good as they looked! We had two of them. We also found ourselves eyeing up food that was going to other tables around the restaurant before our afternoon tea arrived – there food looks amazing! You can check out their menu here.
In terms of what was offered with our afternoon tea, you can see two mini Eton Messes in shot style glasses on the top, accompanied with some small tarts and biscuits which were lovely. Generously, we were given two scones each which was a lovely surprise and on the bottom you can see a selection of finger sandwiches such as coronation chicken, cucumber and cream cheese, mackerel and ham.
The clotted cream was amazing, jam was good too.
Conclusion and final thoughts
Something I would like to highlight is that it is very difficult to establish a single ‘best place for Afternoon Tea’ in Oxford.
The reason for this is because there is such a variation in price and locations across the city that offer it. I would suggest that although there are higher quality afternoon teas in Oxford, if I was asked by someone visiting Oxford where to go for Afternoon Tea I would say go to The Folly Restaurant. For £19.95 per person in such a wonderful location, you really cannot go wrong and I must say the food and drinks were both up to a very good standard.
In terms of atmosphere and location in the city, I would say this is very difficult to beat. As we left, we agreed the 5 minute walk up to Carfax was very much needed to walk off the indulgent experience.