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The Flowing Well

4.5
4.5
944 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Flowing Well is a cracking pub in the pretty Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell.
It has been sympathetically refurbished adding warmth and colour to give a welcoming relaxed feel. We'd like you to think of it as home from home. After all it is the pub of a thousand locals. You can be one of them!

We serve good honest food, as seasonal and local as possible. We don't skimp on quality, freshness or flavour. Our selection of burgers is legendary. Our pies are phenomenal and our British tapas are on everybody's lips!

We will serve you well at The Well.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British, Tapas / Small Plates, Burgers

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01865 735846

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    James Brooks

  • Private party facilities

    All dining areas have been refurbished to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a rustic country feel. All our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order using the best locally sourced produce. Restaurant provides disabled access, toilets and baby changing unit. Bookings of all sizes welcome

  • Private party contact

    David Fletcher: 01865 735846

  • Neighborhood

    Abingdon

  • Parking details

    We have parking for up to 100 cars<br />

  • Public transit

    Bus stop 50 yards away.

  • Entertainment

    Occasional acoustic entertainment & quiz nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 944 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Kid Friendly

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Terrible service! 5 of us eating but they decided to serve us in 2 sittings! 3 mains come out 10 minutes before the other 2. Had to settle the bill at the bar as no one acknowledged us. Won't be back, shame as only 20 mins walk for us.
  2. JB

    JoeB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Service was friendly food was nice but not a huge variety on the menu would still visit again
  3. DL

    DebbieL

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, the landlord of the flowing well was really nice and very friendly definitely go back
  4. VM

    VivienM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We were served quickly with drinks and didn’t wait long for our food. I had the small beef Sunday lunch and it was beautiful. Just the right size for me. My husband had the small fish and chips which was also good for him. The rhubarb and custard crème brûlée was delicious and the ginger biscuits with it were wonderful.
  5. RW

    RichardW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent friendly staff. Really enjoyed our time here.
  6. s

    stepheni

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    After being seated and given menu’s we were not offered to order drinks for about 10 to 12 minutes. The food order was taken , after a while we were asked if we wanted coffee and we explained we hadn’t had our meals yet. when the food came one meal had the wrong fries and had to be taken back to the kitchen.the food was good but the service was poor. After paying the bill I noticed we had been charged for the fries as an extra side dish which was part of the main meal. We use the flowing well as our local place to eat as we only live a mile away.this visit was not a good experience and usually it’s fine but it’s the bad service and being overcharged has stuck with us and a bad memory of this visit
  7. SH

    SimonH

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    What’s good: It’s a picturesque place with lots of character. The staff were attentive and friendly. The main dishes especially the burgers are good - with one exception, the onion tarte tatin (on the Specials Menu) which we sent back to the kitchen because it was really sweet & unpalatable. What’s not good: The tapas portions were mean considering the cost - they are tasty but they are very poor value for money. The service was very slow - almost 90 mins from arriving before the main course arrived (30 minutes after the tapas course was cleared away). Having sent a main dish back to the kitchen, I was very disappointed to see it on my bill. That is just unprofessional, and because of that I can’t recommend the place.
  8. CL

    CraigL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely food good value for money great friendly staff
  9. HE

    HELENE

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience4
    unfortunately I had spare ribs which where burnt and very little meat on then. I did not mention it at the time as i had someone with me. The rest of the food was good. To begin with we sat under the speakers so had to move which was no problem to the member of staff
  10. SB

    SarahB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food, great service and a lovely location. Shame the weather was colder so we couldn't enjoy the outside as planned.
  11. WB

    WandaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable about food available and drinks. The waiter was polite and friendly and looked after us for the whole of our meal. We dine there every year on the 19th as that is the date we met at the Flowing well
  12. DL

    DebbieL

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, we always like to go here the food is very good and the staff are very friendly
  13. MW

    MarkW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and the service was excellent…. lovely location will be back
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The portion sizes are small no meat on the spare ribs. Chicken supreme is just grilled chicken breast with a thyme jus and a few sprigs of tenderstem broccoli not value for money. Staff lovely.
  15. NK

    NatalieK

    London

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a warm welcome from Team Flow. Today we had olives and anchovies as a starter to pick at, they are lovely. Followed by a chicken supreme and a three cheese tart. Both were absolutely delicious, top marks to the kitchen team. If you haven’t been before you need to venture there. The outside decking and garden at the front of the pub is perfect in any weather. The inside bar and restaurant are ideal for dining. In the winter the log burner makes it so cosy especially if your lucky enough to get the much desired fire seats. The pub is a 20 minute scenic walk from Abingdon which we have done in all weathers - give it a try it’s a gem.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely meal in a peaceful village.
  17. L

    Louise

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely experience. Food was great as always. We had the veggie special which was the best meal I’ve had there yet. Definitely should be on the regular menu. Service was excellent. We were made to feel very welcome. Good, friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this pub.
  18. KC

    KarenC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Friendly attentive staff. Highly recommend the steak sharing platter.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    A lovely meal. We did the steak challenge and lost. Good service. A good pint. Would recommend.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Seemed nice and the place was very quite. Service was excellent, however the gluten free pizza base was under cooked and the fish was a very soft to the point of being over cooked, which was a shame. Some great gluten free options though.
  21. RP

    RichardP

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Arrived at 6.40, shown to table ordered bottle of wine and water, starters just while we waited for the main course, starters to Half an hour to arrive, main did not arrive until 7.45. Ran out of time , ribs were good fish was swimming in oil! Overall average
  22. JB

    JohnB

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    All generally very good, friendly an attentive staff, food very good. However, piped music often too loud and intrusive for normal conversation. Noisy coffee machine. Choose your table carefully.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday meal with some of my family
  24. EH

    EmmaH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, fantastic food! Sat in the bar as it was quieter than the restaurant, the staff were lovely about moving us.
  25. s

    susanneh

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly, professional service- food was excellent (I actually have been twice this week and both times it was great!)
  26. C

    Catkin

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My main course was excellent, but my friend's was very disappointing as the meat was dry and overcooked. She complained and the manager provided a new meal for her,
  27. N

    Nikkid

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Such a lovely pub always a nice atmosphere great menu and the food is always great. My only niggle is the same every time we visit which is the lack of attentiveness. Constantly having flag someone to ask for drinks, sauces the bill even is frustrating as I really like it here. We left feeling a tad let down I am sad to say.
  28. DC

    DanielleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hidden gem! Lovely pub with great food. Very pleasantly surprised and will certainly visit again if we are passing by. Good background music (with the odd bark as dogs are welcome). Nice beer garden too. 5 stars!
  29. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had travelled down from Leicester to visit our Dutch friends who had just arrived in the UK for three weeks holiday in their caravan. We wanted to take them for lunch to a typical English pub. The Flowing Well did not disappoint. Food, service and atmosphere excellent! Thank you!
  30. R

    Richard

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Bit noisy (music and next door table) but otherwise excellent.
  31. SM

    StevenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I found The Wishing Well by searching for somewhere with good reviews to go. I wasn't familiar with the area and I was taking my aunt out for her 86th birthday. It was a last minute search and we were all very happy with it. We had burgers (a tad overcooked, but good nonetheless) a vegetarian lasagna (excellent), chili Prawns, slow cooked Ribs (very good indeed) and chicken. The staff are young and friendly. The setting for the pub is beautiful and peaceful. It is clean, well run and has a big car park.
  32. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Nice food at a quiet country pub. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was of a reasonable standard. Would we eat there again…. Yes we would give it another go.
  33. AP

    AdrianP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good quality , ribs and the cowboy burger were very good and tasty . Service from our waitress was brilliant. Price was comparable to other pub meals and I would definitely come back again later.
  34. S

    Smithy

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I visit the flow quite regularly. This time my son and I popped by for some Sunday lunch. We both had lovely food and amazing service from the ever fabulous team there! Always have and always will go back
  35. JM

    JaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, friendly staff, nice atmosphere Would def go back We sat in the bar area which was still very comfortable It was over the jubilee weekend. Parking wasn’t an issue
  36. J

    Jacko24680

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Loved it! Highly recommended
  37. SB

    SueB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening catching up post Covid. The staff were friendly, attentive, but not overly, so we didn’t feel rushed at all. The Flowing Well is a lovely pub with great food and friendly staff.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak platter is a perfect comfort food meat fest, highly recommended. Friendly and relaxed service as always, a great country local pub.
  39. M

    Menace

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the steak platter but a lot of it. Very good service.
  40. JH

    JaneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, food and a pleasant experience and big thanks to unseen kitchen staff. The management should be proud of you all, well done.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Flowing Well offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 735846.

The Flowing Well is rated 4.5 stars by 944 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for The Flowing Well

Sunningwell, Oxfordshire, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6RB

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Abingdon

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British, Tapas / Small Plates, Burgers

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have parking for up to 100 cars<br />

  • Public transit

    Bus stop 50 yards away.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    James Brooks

  • Entertainment

    Occasional acoustic entertainment & quiz nights

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01865 735846

  • Private party facilities

    All dining areas have been refurbished to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a rustic country feel. All our food is freshly prepared and cooked to order using the best locally sourced produce. Restaurant provides disabled access, toilets and baby changing unit. Bookings of all sizes welcome

  • Private party contact

    David Fletcher: 01865 735846

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