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…
— The Oxford Mail

Some of Our Current Favourite dishes —

Cacklebean Scotch Egg, Wholegrain Mustard Mayo £5

King Prawn, Mango & Cucumber Salsa, Avocado & Wasabi Pure £9

Deep Fried Padron Peppers, Vanilla Salt (vg) £5

Smoked Watermelon, Aged Feta, Baby Beets, Balsamic Pearls, Carrot (v) £17

Lamb Cutlet, Crispy Lamb Belly, Smoked Tomato Compote, Pomme Fondant, Burnt Leeks £18

Beef Kofta, Pitta Shards, Israeli Cous-Cous, Toasted Almond, Horseradish Yoghurt £17

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 Fussy Foodie
The Punter is a cracking place with great food and staff. Glad to have it as my local boozer.
— Botley Babe


7 South Street, Osney Island,

Oxford, OX20BE



Mon - Sat, 12pm – 12am
Sun, 12pm – 11 pm



01865 248832