The Flowing Well

4.5
772 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 772 people are saying
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Adrian
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. The chef got the steak for the steak platter spot on - proper medium rare. I’ve had steaks in much more expensive restaurants where they haven’t managed that. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was friendly.

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Horsey
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely to see it busy , happy laughter and people enjoying themselves.
Great food and lovely staff

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RobertG
County Durham
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very welcoming staff. Had good knowledge of the menu.

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Hetty
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hit the spot - the bacon and brie bap was particularly good.

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Wend
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff were welcoming and friendly. The food was very good - tasty and well presented.

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Suzi
Oxford
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed always top service and amazing food in a friendly and relaxing environment.

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LucyS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately ran out of beef but the lamb was amazing. Always a great place to eat & drink.

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Moleskin
Oxford
14 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Sunday lunch for group of four, we were originally given a high table with stools, but once I explained that we had two aged people in our group and were happy to sit outside, all was sorted.
Excellent shoulder of lamb, with huge Yorkshire pudding and perfectedly cooked vegetables. Service was good and polite, despite many other customers.
Warning - make certain you book (via Opentable), rather than just turn up and being disappointed - we did see at least two group unable to be catered for.
Parking can get a little crowded, we were in a diabled space and had a car parked very close behind us, which meant quite a few backward and forward movements, with people at each corner of the car to ensure nothing got hit.

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GaynorD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub, excellent food, friendly staff, great value for money, definitely go back 10/10

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SeanD
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent and a nice Pub as well

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BeverleyK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service staff friendly and attentive
Enjoyed the evening very much
Many since my last visit a nice surprise
Well done

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MarkP
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A very nice meal the steak sharing is great we have had it before. Uor friend loved the Atomic Burger. Service was very good.

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petechilton
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable meal as always. The friendly and attentive staff are a big reason why we enjoy this venue.

One minor bit of feedback is that I’m not sure what benefit there is in indicating it was our anniversary as part of the opentable booking process. I got the impression nobody at the restaurant was aware.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and great service. Will be back, thank you!

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Sunday lunch. Trad dishes are a bit pricey but there are plenty of other choices. Outside is pleasant in sun with parasols and the staff are excellent - efficient and courteous.

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TrishF
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lime & soda had to be replaced as the lime was past its best (waitress confirmed the line bottle had needed changing).
An enquiry as to whether the burger roll was likely brioche or not wasn't known but waitress said it was a "floury" one and not brioche. A brioche roll arrived.
The 2 x fish & chips diners agreed they were not the best they'd had and tasted greasy. Only 1 out of the 4 meals deemed lovely.
Been several times before and always been good but not the best of visits this time around.

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WalterW
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Good food. Will definitely be going again.

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AdrianK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Flowing Well is off the beaten track in the hamlet of Sunningwell. Found the pub through the Coeliac Society website as my partner and a visiting friend both required gluten free, vegetarian dishes. We all ordered the Sunday roast. Yum! And there were gluten-free Yorkshire puddings! My partner and I went back for dinner the next day, which says it all really.

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LesleyT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food absolutely amazing real friendly staff and no waiting staff even managed to change our table at the last minute will definitely re visit!

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AliciaD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the steak platter and it was really good. They have an extense menu and everything looked very nice. Staff were friendly and approachable. Recommended.

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AMBG
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very nice but there was an intermittent smell from the toilets (we were seated in bar area)

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Stuval
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and lovely staff

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RichardS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate lunch outside. Excellent service and very good food. Will go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well, well, well, what a great discovery! Great lunch, great staff, great location, what's not to love?! I had fish n chips and my brother had the burger, both delicious. I'm particularly impressed that despite booking about 30 mins before arriving (and then arriving earlier than our booking time), the team were totally ready and had a great table reserved for us.

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GaynorD
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff very friendly nothing too much trouble. We had steak platter for 3, absolutely delicious and huge. Lovely atmosphere and reasonable prices, definitely recommend. 10/10

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Mick88
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was expensive for what it was nothing special. Customer service was horrific the people hardly spoke took about half hour to get served even though we were the 2nd table lot of staff busy chatting pub was dead. Wouldnt go again.

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SamuelB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We sat outside as we had two dogs with us and weather was nice. Beyween 6 of us we ordered ribs, chicken burgers, monkfish, pie and a pizza. Food was good, although a mixup with our order meant one person had to wait for their pizza while the rest of us ate which wasn’t ideal. We weren’t offered an explanation. We had a nice table outside and service was friendly.

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LauraBowers
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely meal but there were a ton of flying ants within the bar area and this ruined my evening. Food was lovely and hot always tasty.

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LesleyD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sunday lunch was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal

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TrevorW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice food and good value served on a nice patio in front of the pub.

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SteffaniH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to visit. Delicious food - vegetable Penang curry 👌🏻

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always amazing

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PaulB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flowing Well is a Pub with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Food was excellent and staff very friendly. We took our 5 month old Cocker Spaniel with us a d this is a genuine dog friendly PH. Would definitely go again.

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KimberleyE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food, friendly staff, lovely atmosphere, would recommend.

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Sarz1sunn
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Back dining area a little too noisy; but lovely food & good customer service

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Eve01
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good pub food & excellent service :) had a nice afternoon with friends.

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AmandaD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never.been here before, yet live just up the road, the food was delicious, cooked perfectly. Will definitely pay another visit.

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LeslieP
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with good food and friendly staff. The only negative is that is is a dog friendly pub and there were quite a few barking and pulling on long leads. Other than that it is a great place for a good meal.

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PAULR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent efficient service, great food and service.

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 772 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.