The Anchor

3.9
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248 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Community pub with huge gardens. Close to Port Meadow. Cooking over charcoal; top notch burgers, flat iron chicken plus salads and vegan treats. Cosy bar area with an open fireplace, serving cask ales and cocktails. Private rooms available, no fee. Take away too!

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3.9based on recent ratings
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3.8
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3.9
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3.6
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adfsa
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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Billy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and a lovely vibe. Staff were very friendly. Had a great visit, would recommend.

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Isabela
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table of 4 for my husband's birthday. We were given a much bigger table by the window with a lovely view. The staff were very friendly and professional. I sneaked a surpirse birthday cake and they were great accomodating this despite COVID-19.
Everything was clean and the food was delicious.

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EricaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food was good overall but service very slow. We've been told there were some delays and we manage to other food only an hour after we arrived.

Live music was good but probably too loud.

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AmyE
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food in a beautiful setting. There was plenty of outside seating.

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TracyC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely little place nestled away... food was amazing

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AlisonB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely vegetarian lunch, highly recommend the Beyond Burger. Sunday roast could have been warmer and lacked the mint sauce. But overall a lovely location and lovely experience. Thank you.

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JerryL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This visit was totally destroyed for me by the unacceptable noise level. Unfortunately, the dining area is used for drinking in the early part of the evening and even more unfortunately it has zero sound deadening features. They really need to do something about this - we even had to move within social distancing guidelines to be able to hear each other

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AliceO
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I’ve always loved the Anchor but was disappointed with the food on Thursday. It was my first dinner out and I had expected to see a tempting new menu but it seemed to be the same as their takeaway menu during lockdown, and half the items had sold out by our 8.30 booking.
The staff are always friendly but their system seemed a bit mixed up as we had to join their food order queue to be seated, despite having a booking, which seemed a bit odd.
It was also quite hard to hear what the waitress was saying through her mask - perhaps visors would have been better?

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Mel1965
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is nice. The Anchor staff were friendly. The place is ultra clean with good distancing and Covid restrictions and cleansing in place.
My only reason for the 4 rather than 5 stars, was that directions were absent. I queued at the bar waiting over 15 minutes (fair enough) but the to be told I should go around to the other bar. Waited there for 10 minutes to be told to find a table and come back to order food. An arrow stating’Food’ pointing to the other bar would’ve been helpful. But otherwise I would definitely recommend The Anchor, it is a nice pub with good food. A great place to stop.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Booked a table for 7.30 and on arrival was told that they only had tables left outside, in the rain. There was no space at all in the restaurant. Only table offered inside was in the bar, right in the corner by a fridge that glared a bright light the whole time. Seemed very chaotic and clearly over booked, not a great atmosphere at all. The food itself however was amazing, couldn’t fault that.

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PaulR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Anchor has been a great support during lockdown with their takeaway meals and good to get a chance to be back inside to support them.

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Jelly
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

All 5 staff and ignored us when we walked in, although none of them were dealing with customers. We had booked. When we tried to get their attention, one of them said “Are you Ok?” After that, it got better and they were quite pleasant but it took 45 minutes for our very simple food to come. The menu is limited. Mainly burgers and things like that. We wondered if there was a chef there. The wine was massively over-priced. We won’t go back because neither the food nor the service was good enough. It’s a shame but it’s often like that in Oxford restaurants.

O
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice meal, great to be able to sit outside.
Menu is simple, food was good, service was friendly

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AfricanFarFromHome
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sensibly they have put down gravel over their parking and added lots of tables under the shade to an awning. This has created a great socially distanced space. The food is great as always and the service fast and helpful.

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8locally
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Anchor has nailed it- a lovely new outdoor area providing lots of well spaced tables and friendly staff who follow the guidelines enabling us to have a safe, enjoyable experience. Good to eat out again, looking forward to our next visit!

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GrahamC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great for a Sunday lunch and they have created a large external seating area in what was the old car park, which helps with abiding by the social distancing laws.

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Bogdan
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great, quiet place for food and drink. Great for family, friends or dates, and close to Port Meadow so you can enjoy a walk after food/a drink.

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NatashaR
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We were keen to support the restaurant. They’ve really done wonders for the New outdoor dining area. The menu is a bit spare (no fish except fish chips) and I really missed the calamares, and service a bit chaotic, but it Was great to be back and we will return.

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madds
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

On the night we went, we booked a table outside as we had the dog, soon as we got to the pub it started to rain but we toughed it out, obtaining drinks were quite simple as with any other trip to a bar, we did notice the tables were left dirty for quite a while but that wasn't really an issue as we just sat on a table with no empties, with the rain we decided not to eat, but the food that we saw delivered to tables looked fantastic, in all very satisfied the staff are very helpful and it's a very nice place to go

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Taxi
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Everything was perfectly acceptable (food, service, decor etc) but I wouldn’t necessarily want to spend that amount of money on somewhere that is acceptable.

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gerri
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It needs a bit of TLC and attention to detail - eg clean the mirror over the fire place, don't have dead plants on the tables. But always a dependable and welcoming place to which we will return.

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MUCS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Nice atmosphere but my friend's burger was undercooked, then replaced and the next still undercooked. My fish and chips were overcooked and dry. Waiter apologised and explained that the head chef was not there that week. Tea and coffee given without charge.

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IsnB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Chicken pie (and the mash) was sent back as cold and returned without any warming. Was taken from bill, but my wife still had no lunch!

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CamillaL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Service was too slow and the olives hard. thye Butternut squash risotto was expensive ofr waht it was.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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SandraP
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the airy feel of The Anchor. The food was excellent and the waiters were very friendly and helpful.

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AndrewP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good, service was sooooo slow.
Waited at the bar to be seated with two little children. No one spoke to me for 5 minutes.
Ages to get service, had to chase for bill etc.

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PeterD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff were very helpful. A medium grade was given for noise. There was loud squawky music, but, when I mentioned it, it was changed and was also much quieter. The change was down to the staff being polite, cheerful and responsive.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in UK

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NicholasK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super service. Not cloying but attentive. Good food at a reasonable price. We brought our baby and it was perfect for him.

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AlanF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience at The Anchor. High quality food but at a very good price, nice venue, good dining area, very attentive staff

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Charles
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at the Anchor the other night. They gave us a private dining room which was perfect for our noisy group of 9. The waitstaff was very kind and attentive and the food was excellent.

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DamianB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I LOVE this pub. The sort of place you could quite easily settle in for the afternoon and watch it roll into the evening! Open fire, good ales and a nice menu. Would highly recommend.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, and lovely decor. We went for a business luch and it was a little noisy (small children and mums), but not unbearable. Waiting staff were friendly but could have been a little quicker/attentive as we waited a while before our order was taken. Overall, a good experience and I woudl return. (the monkfish and risotto was delicious!)

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AndrewT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Three of us ate here for Sunday lunch, all arriving separately. I booked ahead and arrived first, bang on time.

Good points:
• Food was very good, when it arrived.
• Staff all pleasant and friendly.

Bad points:
• It took a few minutes to seat me and I felt a bit abandoned during the wait (I would later realise there are two entrances, maybe I came though the "wrong" one).
• I clocked one mate as he came through the door, but since the second came through the other door, I couldn't see him and it turned out he had been shown to entirely the wrong (empty) table, wondering where the two of us were!
• I had to ask for bread and olives three times and they took forever to come (approx 20 mins).
• It took too long for our order to be taken and the food arrived very late. I arrived at 1.30, we were all seated by 1.45. One of my friends had to leave for a meeting at 3.30 and we only just wolfed down main and dessert in that time. We made it (politely!) clear that we were on a schedule and asked for guidance on which desserts would come out fastest. The waiting staff were all very apologetic for the wait, but at peak the restaurant was three-quarters full so goodness knows what was going on in the kitchen. We were offered (and the remaining two of us accepted) free coffees after the meal.

Neutral points:
• Ambience was nice, light, airy – but surprisingly noisy given the number of people in the room. Lots of hard reflecting surfaces made the room quite loud.
• Value for money given the food quality was fair.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

A pleasant Sunday lunch meeting up with our son at Uni.

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vipTinkerbell
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Sadly the food quality seems to have dropped since we last came. The service was charming, but the food a real shame for all the guests.

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vipkennylowereastside
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A bit of a hidden gem in North Oxford. Excellent food, good ambience and fine service at affordable prices. The gastropub setting is spare but inviting. Wine list is the only question mark, with very few attractive mid price wines.

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MrsT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A great local pub serving good quality Sunday roasts although a little bit pricier than expected. The food, however, was well presented and very tasty and we all cleared our plates. The staff were friendly and efficient. Will book again on next visit to Oxford.

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Lunchinglady
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This is the second time I've been to The Anchor for a meal and disappointed on both occasions. This time, I arrived 10 mins before my 3 other diners and was seated and offered a cocktail menu to choose one before my friends arrived. But the waiter didn't return to ask what I wanted. Other guests arrived at 8pm, we ordered and waited 45 minutes for food. Fish batter on fish and chips was burnt, my pie was pretty tasteless with soggy pastry. Didn't see the waiter on restaurant floor; nobody asked how our food was. Only 3 other tables occupied. Nobody asked if we wanted coffee or desserts. By 10pm we have to get up and find someone to give us our bill. Another 10 minutes for someone to come over and take payment. We were pretty fed up, disappointed by food and annoyed by being completely ignored. We won't return.

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