Some pubs are designed to tantalise you, to make you resent going to work on these gloriously sunny days.They taunt you with their al fresco dining, like an advert for outdoor living, complete with riverside location, happy people chatting, laughing, their white teeth glinting in the sunlight, linen crumpling in the heat, shoulders reddening, offering you a glimpse into a world where time has no meaning and deadlines are non-existent.The Punter is one of these, put on this earth to remind us that not everyone is tied to their desks and that some do escape, emerging blinking into the daylight, heading straight for the Osney pub to recuperate with a cold beer and some decent grub before being sent back to the front line. The beauty of The Punter isn’t just aesthetic or lifestyle related, although it’s a damn fine excuse if you need one, because the food holds up its end of the bargain as well with a price tag to match…
I’ve now been here three times to eat in the last 3 months as my favourite choice of restaurant in Oxfordshire. The friendly staff lit the fire on demand as it was freezing outside and the food, wine and experience were all wonderful as expected.
The Punter is a cracking place with great food and staff. Glad to have it as my local boozer.
7 South Street, Osney Island,
Mon - Sat, 12pm – 12amSun, 12pm – 11 pm