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1st July 2024

The Head of the River reopens

The Head of the River [Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB] has reopened following a transformative refurbishment.

A stunning pub nestled on the banks of the Thames, The Head of the River boasts a bar, riverside dining area and garden, and 19 boutique bedrooms – which have all now reopened with beautiful new décor.

The bar and dining areas, which reopened earlier in the spring, feature wood panelled walls complemented by comfortable seating and plenty of natural light. Outside, the riverside garden is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine – while enjoying a tipple from the range of premium beers, wines, spirits and alcohol free options available at the bar.

The bedrooms have all undergone refurbishments – with the addition of modern comforts, including aircon in every room, in a traditional setting. Some of the rooms have also been turned into family rooms, with bunk beds, for those looking to stay with the younger members of their family. The rooms are all named after famous and noble Oxonions – along with their corresponding Oxford college shields. The famous Oxford names include the astronomer, Edmond Halley; Geraldine Jones, the first female Oxford Union President; Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai; and Sir Roger Bannister, neurologist and athlete.

On The Head of the River’s new menu, you’ll find a range of delicious dishes – with seasonal, fresh ingredients. Alongside pub classics such as fish and chips, the menu features grill dishes such as tandoori lamb kebabs, and miso cauliflower and celeriac kebabs – served with a choice of sides. The new brunch menu is also not one to miss – with dishes such as blueberry American pancakes with lemon thyme compote, mascarpone cream and lemon balm. Plus, with a kids’ menu, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

As part of the refurbishment, The Head of the River is now fully electric – making it Fuller’s first fully electric hotel. To support its journey to Net Zero, Fuller’s is committed to procuring 100% renewable electricity – sourced from wind, solar and hydroelectricity. The kitchen equipment and all other appliances in the pub and hotel are now powered by electricity. The Head of the River is a Green Tourism Bronze Award winner – recognising its excellent sustainable practices.

David Oram, General Manager of The Head of the River, said: “I’m delighted to reopen The Head of the River fully. Our beautiful riverside dining area, bar and garden reopened earlier in the spring and it’s been wonderful seeing so many people back dining and drinking with us. But now we can offer the full experience with newly refurbished bedrooms. They’ve all been transformed and modernised, to offer the highest level of comfort in the heart of Oxford, so make sure you book a night with us – in one of our famous Oxonian rooms. My team and I look forward to welcoming you.”



A selection of photos can be downloaded here –
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For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074  

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Our purpose in life is to create experiences that nourish the soul. Fuller’s has 179 managed businesses, with 1,009 boutique bedrooms, and 190 Tenanted Inns. The Fuller’s pub estate stretches from Brighton to Birmingham and from Bristol to the Greenwich Peninsula. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include Cotswold Inns & Hotels – seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – six exquisite modern English inns with boutique rooms located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.

For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074  

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