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The Anchor

4.3
4.3
477 Reviews
£25 and under
British

Community pub with huge tent, outside lounge & 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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Booked 11 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 17:00–23:00
    Wed–Sun 12:00–17:00
    Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01865 510282

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 477 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Child Friendly

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Group Bookings

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Healthy

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Oxford

    Healthy

  • Oxford

    Lunch

  • Oxford

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Bexa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    We have been going to the Anchor for many years but recently the food seems to have gone down hill. A real shame as it's a lovely pub.

  2. T

    Toffeeman

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    Food nothing special, service ok, music too loud in bar, dining rooms too cold (no fire, despite beautiful fireplace crying out for one!). Beautiful rooms in restaurant and bar, not matched by the offer!

  3. SW

    SallyW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    We had a marvellous time on Sunday but both the Chicken Burger and Hamburger were very dry as was the flat-iron chicken. The ribs, on the other hand, were outstanding, so much so that my husband wants to emulate the recipe if he can.

  4. DF

    DianaF

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Extremely nice staff, accommodating and giving recommendations. Well made food, spacious pub with modern decoration. Good wine list. Will definitely visit again

  5. JS

    JaneS

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful service. Great to be eating outdoors in January!

  6. M

    Mely

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    The food was great but the interior sitting area was too cold, there was no heating at all and was hard to enjoy the food while sitting in the cold with a lo :(

  7. s

    sarah

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Really disappointing veggie wellington, such a shame especially as lots of people doing Veganuary. Basically cooked grated carrot in pastry, nice mushroom gravy though!!

  8. JW

    JW1995

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    We came to celebrate a birthday meal. When we arrived, we were told there was no draft beer available. We were then made to wait more than half an hour to have our food order taken. When food eventually came it was cold. Overall, it was a very disappointing experience.

  9. IS

    IanS

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Very good food and nice selection, Sunday roast on the day was a excellent choice. Easy to book via open table.

  10. CW

    CatherineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent evening. The outside area is really lovely and so warm and cosy but with the comfort of knowing you are in a thoroughly ventilated space. We had lovely food with great service. Very pleasant evening.

  11. B

    Bella

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful roast dinner and amazing atmosphere! Would highly recommend, will be back :)

  12. PE

    PavlosE

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, very good food at a very nice spot.

  13. p

    petera

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent level of attentiveness and calm from the staff. Great food and lovely to be in one of the big rooms upstairs so we could make as much noise etc as we wanted.

  14. O

    Oxonian

    London

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    An OK evening overall, and our server was always friendly and did her best. But I have never seen so much chaotic and frantic activity. The staff must have been shattered! We were seated near the bar service area, and watched as drinks were passed out only to sit there for minutes, before being moved around like chess pieces before some (but not all) were delivered to the tables. A calming hand is clearly needed!

  15. N

    Nicnvivi

    London

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience4

    Sadly, very disappointing. We love the anchor. Food was awful. Not massively busy, so no real excuse. Hope that they sort out their kitchen. The waitress and bar staff were fab x

  16. KP

    KarenP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was very good as always but the service was slow and we found ourselves waiting some time for the food

  17. ML

    MurdochL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    We went on a bad night when they had a Christmas party and were overwhelmed. The chips were stale and the rocket salad was limp tired lettuce. We had been to the Anchor the week before and an excellent dinner so I think it’s a bit hit and miss. They are woefully understaffed.

  18. DP

    DrPH

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Difficult times with staffing & obviously understaffed for Sunday lunch. Food acceptable

  19. t

    thomas

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a great evening in the bar area cosy by the fire. Good food relaxed atmosphere laughing with good friends.

  20. S

    Saif42

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Reliably good food (fresh produce, great grilled selection and a good range of options) and an enjoyable atmosphere. Slightly slow service was the minor downside for this visit. Drinks took 25 minutes to arrive. Usually very attentive and helpful staff.

  21. BS

    BrianS

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Service appalling and good mediocre. We waited for what seemed like forever between starter and main course.

  22. A

    Adam

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We booked a table for 7.45 as according to the open table website the kitchen was open until 9. We have both worked in pubs/restaurants and know the Sunday evening shift well, so we purposely booked well in advance of closing time, when we arrived at 7.30 we waited at the bar for 10 minutes before anyone appeared. Then when the guy arrived we told him we’d booked a table. He showed us where to sit and told us someone would be out to give us menus and explain what was not available. We sat and waited at a table in the bar, waited another 10 minutes and decided to order a drink, the barman told us we’d have to get our orders in quickly because the kitchen was closing. Another 10 minutes passed before someone came out with menus and explained that there wasn’t much left but that he could do the chicken from the main menu as a roast dinner. We ordered 2 of those. They arrived with no gravy, or sauce just (slightly burned) chicken, roast potatoes, parsnips, cabbage and a Yorkshire pudding. We asked for some gravy or sauce, which then came out 10 mins later and was obviously just bisto which had been whisked up quickly and tasted awful. Not a great experience for food that frankly is not cheap. Understand people want to go home on a Sunday evening after a busy weekend, but don’t advertise being open until a certain time if you are not. Sorry, we won’t be back.

  23. MD

    MollyD

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely brilliant! Excellent service and delicious food! Can’t recommend enough!! We will be back.

  24. AC

    AhuC

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing;food, ambiance. We really enjoyed our dinner.

  25. MP

    MissP

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Don’t bother. Service was appalling- From merely laconic / ignorance of our presence to the downright rude : “ stop your e-cigarette or I’ll ask you to leave”. There was no one in the bar at the time. In fact there were hardly any customers anywhere.Where did the old Anchor go?

  26. CW

    CarolynW

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Very slow service and disappointing Sunday roast which was cold and the butternut salad was a huge pile of quinoa and 4 pieces of butternut so not quite what we were expecting. Not very welcoming when we arrived either . I won’t rush back

  27. L

    Localladies

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Disappointing food - lamb and veggie kebabs had no texture - seemed like cheap fast food. We have eaten at Anchor before and enjoyed the food - this was a real low point. What a shame.

  28. KA

    KirstenA

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good for vegetarians. Nice staff. A bit more bread would be nice!

  29. JS

    JimS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nice setup, Sunday lunch was quite quiet, though we were relatively late (2pm). Lots of choice. Service was great. Portions not massive, but decent value, especially for Oxford. Acoustics are quite challenging, even though it was relatively empty. Noise travels quite a lot. A couple in our group have some mild hearing problems and found this noticeable to a small degree.

  30. c

    chrisl

    Oxford

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a pleasure it is to live close to such a great pub

  31. L

    Lovelylocalpub

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely local pub in a very pretty part of North Oxford. The service was warm and friendly and the food was good.We very much enjoyed our dinner and evening. Worth the walk from the centre of the city. We'd definitely go again. Thank you!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely venue and kind staff

  33. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2

    Rather noisy even though only half full at 8pm. Maybe you need e.g. more sound-absorbing hangings, curtains; or less well-lubricated guests? Food nice, waitresses helpful (when they could hear two elderly folk)

  34. EL

    ELAINES

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Anchor served a traditional Sunday lunch at which was good value, by friendly staff in spacious surroundings.

  35. DH

    DebraH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu with different choices, we all enjoyed our lunches. Staff very friendly and helpful. Lovely outdoor seating area with lights and heaters.

  36. C

    Carla

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    good options for vegans, great vegan burger. otudoor very chich and warm to eat a dinner outside in a safe way highly recommended

  37. c

    candyinspector

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outdoor space is covered with heat lamps. Very pleasant to sit there on a fall evening, friendly service, nice food (with good vegetarian and gluten free options). This is a restaurant that has adapted really well to new circumstances.

  38. SQ

    StephenQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good service, fantastic food, Very Highly recommended!

  39. JF

    JanetF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely friendly staff, delicious food, we enjoyed it so much we went back twice in out long weekend in Oxford. Would definitely go back

  40. LB

    LisaB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The plus is being able to eat outside in a nicely set up sheltered area; the table service was Ok - friendly and efficient - but the two times I have now eaten there the main course (kebab or salad) was stodgy; kebab parked on top of flatbread, 'salad' a pile of quinoa or cous cous sheltering some pieces of squash. Not eatable. Would recommend only for a drink and maybe a small bar snack.

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The Anchor is rated 4.3 stars by 477 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 11 times today
Google Map for The Anchor

2 Hayfield Rd Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6TT

  • Area

    Oxford

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 17:00–23:00
    Wed–Sun 12:00–17:00
    Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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