Head of the River

South East England Oxfordshire Oxford

  • From £180 a night
  • 20 Guest Rooms
  • Pub with Rooms

A top-notch Oxford pub with boutique rooms in a perfect riverside location

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Long a favoured destination for students and visitors alike, the well-known Head of the River features an unrivalled location, right by the river and Folly Bridge, with Christ Church Meadow spreading behind for lazy rambles. You’re a little bit out of the centre, but only a little – say a 15-minute walk to the Covered Market or the Bodleian – and you’re set fair for some classic shots of boats and rowing eights out on the river.

It’s a Fuller’s pub with a terrific waterside terrace, serving fancied-up pub food all day until 9pm, so it’s great for anything from a morning coffee to late-night drink. Stay the night, and there are 20 individually furnished rooms available – Cosy, Comfy and Indulgence, in the parlance, which in practice means a bit more space in some and some fluctuating amenities in others (like river views from the Indulgence rooms). There’s proper coffee in the rooms, and a good pub breakfast served in the morning.



Open all year.


Double rooms from £180 a night.


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  • Bar
  • Coffee/Tea Facilities
  • Family Rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi

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  • Car-free Option
  • Family Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Waterside

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