The Anchor

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210 reviews
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£25 and under
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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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MT
Bristol
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

L
Oxford
3 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.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very busy - we were not in a hurry though. Staff went out of their way to keep us and all other guests happy. The food was good. We will be back - hopefully the fireplace will be on then

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

What can I say? The service went from bad to worse. I just hope they were having a bad day, rather than that this is the usual standard. A waiter who spoke/understood no English, a warning the food might take a while to come out, so we ordered drinks and bread - the drinks didn’t come and the bread was followed so quickly by the starters we really didn’t need the bread. One main didn’t arrive and then there was contradictory information about re-ordering. Still no wine. When it eventually arrived the ‘bartender’ spilt it. And later brought us a bottle of wine we didn’t order. No one asked if we’d like deserts or coffees. A reduction to the bill was made as an apology and then half the amount added back on as service charge which felt like a bit of a joke. Despite everything that went wrong the whole meal was over in about an hour and though the food was nice, it was an exceptionally poor experience and I won’t be hurrying back, though I’m sure they usually do much better as the reviews are generally good.

PD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent venue for a meeting with colleagues, the food and drinks are superb and there is a very friendly and conducive environment

MP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cozy ambient, nice people, excellent service and venue!!! Highly recommended

C
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 8 in our party. We were made to feel very welcome and eventhough we were 20 minutes early, our table was ready. Service was excellent, menu very varied to cater for all tastes and food was delicious.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service

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HS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch and service.

JW
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

C
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

h
Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service1ambience2

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
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fab innovative gastro pub food, great atmosphere. Good service

A
Oxford
17 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Service slow

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

J
London
39 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

J
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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