Enjoy a typical English teatime while cruising the River Thames in Oxford​

There’s nothing like visiting Oxford on board a regatta to cross the river in the afternoon. Take advantage of this out of time moment to explore the different banks of the river. Folly restaurant is nestled in the heart of Oxford, and its terrace floats on the waters of the River Thames. The restaurant’s identity revolves around a thoughtfully conceived and prepared menu of fresh food and the best seasonal ingredients.

Hop on for a cruise during which you will pass Christ Church Meadows and the University College boathouses before arriving at Iffley Lock, a lively section of the river where rowing teams train.

Then continue your afternoon, enjoying tea and the various treats on board, until you reach Rose Island. The setting is ideal for discovering the beauty of the river and the region, while indulging in the most exquisite English teas.

Explore the distillation process of locally made English spirits in Oxford

The Oxford Artisan Distillery produces a range of spirits using sustainable and heritage-farmed grains. Sustainable farming has always been a key part of their distillation process: they take their time, pay close attention to land regeneration, and actively support biodiversity.

A visit to the distillery is a must for spirit enthusiasts in Oxford. Whether you choose the whisky or distillery tour, both are tailored to introduce you to their latest releases.

You’ll have the opportunity to delve into the distillery’s history, sample some of their spirits, and then return to Mercure Oxford Hawkwell House for a special dinner featuring dishes infused and perfectly paired with the distillery’s local rye whiskies and gins.