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About Us

Set on the banks of the Oxford Canal to the North of Kidlington the Jolly Boatman offers an excellent location for all of your catering and event needs. From Birthdays, Christenings, Wedding Receptions and Wakes we can taylor make a solution to fit your budget and style.

The Thrupp Community forest is just on the other bank of the Canal across Sparrow Gap Bridge making an ideal place to walk the dog of if you're feeling energetic enough you can take on the 4 mile circular walk and get back just in time for lunch; Or dinner if you get lost!!!

As all our dishes are homemade, freshly prepared and cooked to order. WE DO NOT DO FAST FOOD - ONLY GOOD FOOD AS FAST AS WE CAN! We aim to get your starters to you within 15-20 minutes and main courses within 25-30 minutes. However, this will obviously depend on what we are preparing for you and how busy we are at the time. If you are in a particular hurry, please mention this to a member of the team. If not relax and enjoy our hospitality and fantastic canalside surroundings. We hope you that you will agree your meal is worth waiting for!

We trust you will find that our menu has something for everyone and is as large and as varied as we are able to cope with whilst retaining our freshness and quality values. However, if there is something you would like us to prepare for you that is not on the menu, please ask any team member and if we can do it, we will do it! Should you wish to discuss special menus for private functions or larger groups we will be happy to provide these for you. However, during the busy summer months, we are unable to accept bookings for parties of 10 or more unless we have received a pre-order for the whole party.

Finally, although we try very hard, we are not perfect and mistakes do happen. If there is something that is not to your total satisfaction then please tell any member of the team and give us the opportunity to put it right for you. If however, you enjoy your visit then please tell your friends about us.

Many thanks for your valued custom today and we very much hope to welcome you back to The Jolly Boatman again in the near future.