The Anchor

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203 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Relaxed pub and dining room with a menu which includes simple classics and great meat and fish dishes from the charcoal Josper grill. Situated close to Port Meadow. Cosy bar area with an open fireplace, serving cask ales and an excellent wine list. Beautiful terrace, perfect for a sunny day. The ideal place to relax, unwind and socialise.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service

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HS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Thoroughly enjoyed the flat iron chicken it was tender very succulent. The flavours really complimented each other and the way it was served was very pleasing on the eye.

MD
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch and service.

JW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and good guest ales.
Service was friendly and the ambience was very relaxing

RC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Anchor was a regular haunt for us when we lived in Oxford and it was a joy to come back after 8 years for a family get-together and find it just as good as ever. Staff couldn’t have been nicer (we were given a table in the conservatory so my parents’ dogs could join us) and the food was delicious and catered for everyone’s tastes and preferences. Thank you!

D
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the location of the Anchor. In a small residential area which makes it very quaint. The service was excellent. They were a little busy, and a bit slow, but not so bad that we got impatient. We had the watermelon & feta salad which was delicious. My husband had the chicken dish which he said was very juicy and tasty. I had the lamb and it was cooked perfectly and also very tasty. All in all we had a wonderful time. We had a hard time finding the car park, until we were right on top of it. But nice because all other parking around there is limited.

LG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice and quiet place with great food, service and patio!

C
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiting staff very friendly and attentive. Good choice of food, including vegetarian, well presented and tasty. Sun cream and sunglasses provided for the outside seating area, which was very attractive though we moved inside to avoid the smokers. Decor interesting and attractive, with sensible measures (foam under tables etc) to keep the noise level down.

NB
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We went for a very early dinner as a pre-comedy club treat! We thought that the food was amazing, and it was a real treat having oysters on the menu to start. All of the food served was brilliant, but the service was a little slow. It’s also little things like they only poured out the red wine for us, and left the white even though we’d ordered both which would prevent it from being amazing. But generally great

h
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Bit of an off day for the chef I fear. Lots of dishes missing core elements and the overall effect left the food a little mediocre. But lovely location and ambience. Wait staff super helpful and courteous and helpful in sorting out all the mistakes.

RT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Ooh, a shocker. The most disorganised, chaotic and uninterested service I think I've ever experienced. So that's something, I guess. Food average at best. Avoid.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely local venue for a Sunday lunch. It was busy and a bit noisy but food and service were great as always

A
Oxford
16 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. New additions to the menu are great. We will return.

h
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

food unexciting and not much choice. it was quiet yet they had run out of my husband's choice of main course

MG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only ever been here for Sunday roast so can't comment on the rest of the menu but the roasts are fantastic. It's pretty hard to find a decent veggie roast in Oxford, this is certainly one of the best (the only very minor quibble is they have a sauce rather than a gravy but that is just being picky as the sauce is delicious). Meat roasts have good feedback. The crumble is not to be missed!

AP
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Three people were dining. Two ordered a main course and a pudding. The other ordered a starter and a main course. The three main courses arrived first and at the same time. When we asked where the starter was, we received an apology, firstly saying that they would bring it immediately - which was not what is normal [one eats a starter as a 'starter' and not as a side dish to the main course], and then admitting that the starter had, by mistake, been served to another table. All in all, it was not impressive.

G
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Maybe I ordered the wrong 'special of the day', but the minute steak was luke warm, very overdone, and tasted slightly too old. A barely lukewarm plate did not help. The broccoli side dish was pretty mean for the extra price, and also served on an unheated plate.
We waited half an hour for our food. It felt a long time to wait without the offer of any nibbles or bread (for which you have to pay extra). I had enjoyed a lunch elsewhere recently where one was immediately on arrival offered a carafe of tap water (with no fuss or pushing of mineral water) together with a large complimentary slice of warm home-made bread and a copious amount whipped butter. The Anchor experience seems more about a lack of generosity in the food and more about trying squeeze out more money. A false economy because I shan't be going again in a hurry.

CS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I much enjoyed our Sunday lunch. He particularly commended the vegetables, not overcooked as they so often are when part of a restaurant Sunday Roast. Service was speedy, intelligent and helpful. I shall certainly come back again when I have house guests.

NO
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fab innovative gastro pub food, great atmosphere. Good service

A
Oxford
17 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have not visited the Anchor for some time,as the menu had not changed. With the advent of a new menu and an offer of 25% off we gave it another try.
The menu is shorter with some of the old favourites still available. The additions are really well done in particular the aubergine starter and lamb rump main.
The service is as good as ever and the ambiance comfortable. Still at times a little noisy but that could be me. I would have paid full price for our meal and will be returning.

PR
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing. One of the three mains we ordered was 'the one' thing off the menu that day, and then it turned out that the Moules was off too. The food when it came was delicious, but the portions were small . Perhaps we were unlucky because the Sunday Roasts looked generous! Service was slow and we got just one portion of the olives and houmous instead of the two we'd ordered. All in all not a great experience.

AO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our dinner at the Anchor (my wife, myself, and my 38 year old daughter). I particularly liked the interesting Scotch egg starter and the Cod with beans dish. Great service too.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had to wait for the table we had booked and at the beginning the service was slow and not very personal or warm. It got a bit better although we had to wait ages for out main course plates to be cleared

M
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Lovely local pub but terrible food - go for a drink or coffee but not to eat

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent Sunday lunch. I've eaten at the Anchor before and been impressed but their roast (I had lamb) was outstanding. Great service, nice atmosphere - very busy from about 12.30 but never felt too noisy. Service was friendly and casual, well-suited to the environment. Would definitely recommend.

J
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service slow

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Lovely venue, great food, unfortunately service a little slow.

J
London
38 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A pleasant meal, loin of cod, though price of beer very high. The Anchor can be popular with groups so noise levels can be high.

SS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, with subtle but unexpected flavours. Thoughtfully selected, if not mind-blowing wine list. Casual dining room that can tolerate a suit and tie for those who wish.

k
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife and I had breakfast at the Anchor. Food was delicious and the staff were superb. It’s a lovely pub and will definitely head back there soon for lunch or dinner.

PB
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lovely ambience and overall good food. Service could be improved.

J
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a cosy lunch by the fire - staff were happy to accommodate our longing for warmth, outside the usual dining area! As always, friendly service, excellent food.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice building, atmosphere and staff. Good selection of meals and price points to suit most needs.

c
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

great place, welcoming, friendly, good service, good value, nice fire when cold, welcomes dogs.

EF
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Sunday lunch appalling.
We were all served one roast potato, 1 slice of beef, 1 of each on veg carrot, broccoli. Yorkshire pudding. The potato was hard, the beef dry, a drizzle of gravy. For £17 per person this is unacceptable. One person was not served their food till 30 mins after serving.Such a shame as it used to be really good here.

To top it off we were not offered any alternative once we raised the issue, apart from them bringing out 4 extra potatoes, which again were hard, when there was 6 of us.

We had to leave and find somewhere else for lunch. Which wasn't easy at such short notice.

Sorry to say I wouldn't recommend a Sunday lunch here.

JP
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Anchor is a lovely local pub that has started to focus more on eating in the last couple of years. The main bar area has been entirely given over to a sit-down restaurant, meaning it's only got a small casual bar. The experience, though, is nice and relaxed and the food good, sometimes great, if a little expensive - £6 for a Scotch egg...? Some menu regulars are well worth it, though - the crispy fried squid is as good as the best in the city and the burger & salads are reliably good. Great for locals, nice for visitors to a leafy bit of Oxford too.

CR
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The standard remains good overall, there is a satisfied customer hum, and the Friday fish and chips are excellent.

f
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorites in Oxford. The food is always good, service accommodating and the atmosphere is cosy. One of the best family outings in Oxford. The staff truly cater towards kids while keeping adults happy.

SB
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, we enjoyed ourselves. Good winelist

JB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a lovely early dinner at the Anchor. Lovely atmosphere and gorgeous authentic old pub. Food tasty and good value. Would recommend..

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