A historic riverside pub & restaurant in Oxford

  • We serve proper British pub food inspired by modern and traditional recipes…

  • …and a rotating selection of local and regional real ales, craft beers, stouts, and ciders.

  • Perfect for a well earned pint or glass of wine after a walk on Port Meadow…

  • …always warmly welcoming to families with muddy boots, children and dogs.

  • While away a summer’s afternoon in our lovely sunlit garden (while the weather lasts).

  • A picture perfect setting for weddings, celebrations and events.

We are open for business as usual whilst Botley Road in Oxford is closed to traffic at the railway bridge.

Please download our directions map to find out how you can reach us by car, foot or bike.

About The Perch, Binsey, Oxford

An Oxford institution as old as the university.

The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest pubs. We’re just a few minutes walk from the Isis (Oxford’s stretch of the Thames) and Port Meadow, a historic common stretching from Jericho to Wolvercote.

In the summer, our garden is the envy of the whole city, and our 17th century plaster-rubble building with its traditional thatched roof will charm even the most seasoned pub-goers.

There’s been a pub on our site for at least 800 years. In those 800 years, we’ve been a favourite of some of Britain’s best poets and authors, a frequent haunt of Inspector Morse, and even an influential venue on the British Jazz scene.

In Spring 2015, we conducted a full scale renovation to bring a traditional pub into the modern world, and ensure we’ll be around for the next 800 years.

We provide a refuge for everyone who loves great food and drink – whether they’re thirsty students, hungry walkers, exploring families, muddy dogs, adventurous visitors or wedding parties.

The Perch Inn Oxford

Our Drinks

Something to quench every thirst – whatever the weather.

We update our drinks selection as often as we update the menus, so there’s always something new to suit the season. Whether you’re after a nice chilled cider from our garden’s shed bar during the summer, or a hearty winter ale to pep you up by the fire after a winter walk on Port Meadow.

We take good drinks just as seriously as we take good food. We work closely with breweries of all sizes to bring you a magnificent and ever-changing selection of ales, ciders, and perrys.

We also offer an extensive list of quality English wines to complement our menus, as well as a full bevy of soft drinks and hot beverages. We’re proud to say we probably have the best selection of English wines in the county.

Wine Menu

Real Ale Pub in Oxford

Occasions and Parties

The Perch provides the perfect venue for any event, with room for up to 200 guests.

Our newly refurbished dining room is the epitome of traditional style and in the summer our garden makes a fabulous outdoor venue – and we even have a marquee if you’re not so willing to trust the Great British weather - perfect for weddings or special birthdays and anniversaries.

Hosting your event at the Perch also gives you access to our bespoke party menus.

To find out more, please call us on 01865 728 891 or email us at any time.

Award-winning English Fizz

Events at The Perch

We’ve had a lot going on for the past 800 years, and we can’t think of any reason to stop now.

In the summer, we host our annual Beer and Cider festival as well as outdoor movie nights and music festivals.

And since the Perch was an inspiration to Lewis Carroll – and likely the first places he gave public readings of Alice in Wonderland – we host a series of events every year in the lead up to Alice’s Day on July the 4th.

Our events reflect the seasons, just like our menu. And we also host special nights dedicated to intriguing new dishes and ingredients. Because we love great food, and love sharing it with you.

We pack a lot in because we don’t like to see a second of good sunlight (or moonlight) wasted. And let’s face it. It’s England. We know we aren’t going to get many.

Remember to keep an eye on our Twitter feed. Some of our events are spur of the moment and we might not post them here.

Oxford Pub Events


Some glowing words from customers and the local press...

"If you seeking a pub with a buzz and/or want to tick off a classic Oxford experience, you’ll have a grand old time here. It’s hard to think of a better located pub in the county..."

Muddy Stilettos Review, August 2019. Read the full review...

"I would recommend the pub for a leisurely weekend meal or as a place to celebrate a special occasion. Make the most of the summer weather and book a table while it’s sunny!"

Vegan Eats Oxford Review, July 2019. Read the full review...

"Always a great place to pop in for a drink, The Perch is also a justifiably popular place to eat...Wonderland indeed!"

Oxford Times Review, June 2019. Read the full review...

"All in all, we had an amazing time: the food was amazing, the atmosphere great, and the staff really friendly...I would highly recommend the Perch, it's a really lovely place!"

That Oxford Girl Review, June 2019. Read the full review...

"Personally, I think the Perch is the kind of pub everyone wishes was their local down the road from where they live. It’s spacious, relaxing, has a lovely garden/interior, plus a decent menu and selection of drinks. What more could one want from a local pub?"

Oxfordable Review, May 2019. Read the full review...

"Overall I would recommend The Perch to anyone visiting Oxford. Being so close to the city, it was a lovely excuse to retreat to a cosy pub will a welcoming village feel. I really wish there were more places like it so close to my city centre...."

Emily's Recipes and Reviews, January 2017. Read the full review...

"...the sort of place you could only wish was your local. With a garden to die for and a great British menu there’s more than one reason why you should visit The Perch..."

The Foodaholic Review, May 2016. Read the full review...

"...the menu at The Perch was one of the more inspiring I’ve seen recently, packed with dishes a bit different from the norm..."

Eat with Ellen Review, April 2016. Read the full review...

"The Perch has friendly service and delightful food, what more can one ask for?"

Concierge Angel Review, April 2016. Read the full review...

"The Perch Inn has history, atmosphere and arguably some of the finest food in Oxford"

Yours Magazine Review, April 2016. Read the full review...

"We loved our trip to the Perch...We will definitely be heading back..."

The Weekend Tourist Review, April 2016. Read the full review...

"I would highly recommend the menu to all vegans, the chef at The Perch has definitely succeeded in creating fabulous dishes."

Veggie Eye, Vegan Menu Review, April 2016. Read the full review...

"If you’re in need of some fish and chips and a pint of ale, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better." - One of the Top 10 Places to Eat out in Oxford

Country & Town House Magazine, March 2016. Read the full feature...

"Head chef Craig Thomson has got the formula absolutely spot on...cooked to absolute perfection...the relaxed atmosphere inside the pub is incredibly inviting...a very well-presented, well-managed and well-executed gastropub."

OX HC Magazine Review, February 2016. Read the full review...

Featured on list of "15 British Pubs Where You’ll Have The Best Night Of Your Life"

Buzzfeed and Visit britain, January 2016. See the full list...

"The most picturesque pub in Oxford...the food is divine."

The Lux Insider Review, October 2015. Read the full review...

"The beer garden here is the perfect place to sprawl out in the sunshine...Book in advance if the forecast is good."

The Sunday Times - The best places to have Sunday lunch, September 2015. See the article (Subscription Required)...

"This country eatery now offers a stunning menu and beautiful surroundings...It’s magnificent...The Perch is now a treasure of a pub."

Oxford Mail Review, August 2015. Read the whole review...

"The Perch in Binsey Lane has it all. Family-friendly with a lovely garden. Newly developed terrace for grown-up eating. Cosy feeling inside for gastropubbing with friends or having a quiet drink in front of the fire. A lovely walk on the doorstep, but parking outside if you can’t be bothered to walk across Port Meadow. Dog-friendly too. Since the pub was taken over last year and reopened in the Spring, the food is far superior – less fussy, more local-friendly, lots of easy-eating options without going down market."

Muddy Stilettos Review, July 2015. Read the whole review...

"Miraculously this was my first time coming to The Perch, drawn out to Binsey by the Irregular Folk Summer Sessions Weekender; it won’t be my last visit."

Daily Info Review, June 2015. Read the whole review...

"Good food, in robust British style is of primary appeal to punters. They flock across Port Meadow at weekends for scrummy burgers served from the Shed Bar in the lovely garden or the much wider range of dishes offered inside or outside on the covered and heated (when necessary) terrace. Flavoursome British food in a lovely setting famous for centuries."

Oxford Times Review, May 2015. Read the whole review...

"One of the best places to have Sunday lunch"

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Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner 2020

“Fabulous food in a fabulous setting”
“Excellent food - Excellent service”
“Well worth the visit”
"Best dinner in Oxford"
“Hidden gem of a pub”
"Excellent food, service and atmosphere.”
“Great Food!”
“Fabulous Sunday lunch”
“A tranquil spot, serving excellent food in a lovely setting”
“Magical pub!”
“Excellent riverside venue”
“Great location, great service”
“Simply Outstanding”

Customer reviews from Our Trip Advisor Page...


Contact Us

The Perch Inn, Binsey, Oxford, OX2 0NG

Telephone: 01865 728891
Email: info@the-perch.co.uk

Please note that we are open for business as usual whilst Botley Road in Oxford is closed to traffic at the railway bridge. Please download our directions map to find out how you can reach us by car, foot or bike.

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Please note that we are currently not accepting cash, only payments by card are accepted. Thank you.

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Opening Times:

Pub and Restaurant: Daily from 12noon until 9pm
Garden Shed Bar Weather & staff permitting, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am for food and drinks, Fridays from 5pm for drinks only.