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The Anchor, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Anchor

4.1
4.1
525 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 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • 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

Experiences

  • La Barraca Tapas, Paella and Pinxtos

    2 Jun 2022 only
    La Barraca will be serving a delicious mix of tapas and pinxtos, as well as their fantastic paella on our sunny (hopefully, cross your fingers) terrace all day on the bank holiday Thusday.
  • Jubilee BBQ Party with DJ

    3 Jun 2022 only
    We'll be running a delicious range of barbecue staples on the Friday, so you can enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed) on our terrace with a beer, a hotdog and some great tunes!
  • Tacolicious pop-up

    4 Jun - 5 Jun 2022
    Mix things up with a taco or three on our terrace this bank holiday weekend. Finish a four-day weekend in style!

Menu

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What 525 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Oxford

    Lunch

  • Oxford

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. VC

    VivC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Have eaten at several different restaurants/pubs this year and all have been just ‘okay’ whilst others we would not return to, apart from the Anchor, food excellent, staff friendly and efficient and ambience spot on , unpretentious and relaxing, So good to feel positive about dining out at last. Will hopefully soon be back to try Sunday roast!

  2. AB

    AlejandraB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The waiters were very friendly. One of them made an error and did his best to solve it. However, the person in charge was very rude. She came saying that due to his mistake one of the people at the party will have to wait 20 min to have food. Everybody could make a mistake but as a person in charge, you can´t be rude to the customers. The food was nice, but she ruined the party with the way she spoke to us.

  3. O

    Oxonian

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    This is a great local venue, well-patronised. The menu is interesting and overall fairly priced. The service is pleasant enough but - as on our last visit - could be better managed e.g. two different servers came to take our order, and that was really the last we saw of anyone apart from when the food came. No-one asked if we were happy , and catching an eye for the bill proved impossible - we had to go to the desk on our way out. We'll be back - but more frequently if these issues are addressed

  4. IT

    IntrepidTraveller

    London

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Food mediocre at best - Sunday roast portions small, burnt Yorkshires, cheap cuts of meat. Service slow and confused. Generally disappointing I’m afraid!

  5. CP

    ClaudiaP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely place with great atmosphere Thank you for having us

  6. AG

    AndreaG

    Oxford

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Fabulous setting for outdoor eating / drinks . Food very good ..

  7. OT

    OumouT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Good food in a great atmosphere, the waiter was impeccable! It always a pleasure to go back to the Anchor.

  8. L

    Lpny

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The service was nice when they were around. I had to go to bar several times to get service at the table. To be fair, we were only ones inside and all other customers were outside, but still. They were out of several food/drink items. 3 of us had lamb roast which was cut in thin slices, not what we expected, and was tough and bland. The fish and chips and vegetarian roast option were better.

  9. ST

    SimonT

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Having been there for lunch a couple of weeks ago, had high hopes for dinner on Saturday night. It wasn't to be. Whilst the food was fine, the service was woeful. We were left on our own for at least 20 minutes when we arrived waiting for somebody to take our order - and the restaurant wasn't that busy as only one other table inside was occupied. Eventually, we had to go find somebody and remind them we were there. They forgot one of the main courses despite the waiter writing the order down and checking it three times. Whilst the manager was suitably apologetic, it wasn't a great experience. So we won't be going back again - which is a shame.

  10. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    The Anchor should pay more attention cleanliness. The window and the radiator by the table where we were seated were both filthy. The food tasted bland. The service, inattentive. It was not a good day to dine with them. In other visits we have been much happier😩

  11. JP

    JordanisP

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Loved the private room for the eleven of us! The food was ok but not outstanding and the service had several inadequacies, as well as the toilets.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Nice outside space. Pop up paella took an absolute age to arrive - issues with the kitchen hobs apparently, so will put that down to bad luck. We had our first drinks order rejected as they were out of one of the beers, but they did let us know so we could reorder.

  13. K

    Koycarp

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service and food were good in a rather busy, noisy setting.

  14. GG

    GeogGill

    Oxford

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The Anchor is a lively and friendly place. The noise level is a bit high making conversation difficult. Service was fine and wind selection good. Had our old favourite fish and chips. The portion sizes are not as big as they used to be and the fish not quite as fresh. The batter island chips tasty. The food quality is ok but it used to be better with a greater range and more adventurous menu. Where have the lovely daily specials gone?

  15. TH

    TonyH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality of the food was excellent and the staff were very attentive.

  16. m

    magsb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I did not ask my co-lunchers, but my own dish was very unimpressive. chicken kebab with bread. No skewer; no roast peppers as as in the description; raw onion rings are really a no-no; no dressing on the salad or very little; a large piece of almost uneatable flatbread with a scrape of yoghurt. I was actually quite shocked. I have always had good dishes at the Anchor before.

  17. b

    beadrinkstea

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    Usually lovely but we went on Easter Sunday and there was an overly loud DJ. Service was very slow- (forgot our drinks) food took a long time, we asked why- man down in the kitchen- sure they were doing the best they could. Server polite sad helpful. Food was good apart from the puddings- the apple crumble was horrid, like apple sauce with an uncooked crumble topping, I couldn’t eat mine. They were kind and took the drinks off the bill as an apology for things taking so long.

  18. J

    Jayo

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    I ate here last year and enjoyed the food. Not this time. We had Sunday roasts - veggie for me (disappointing, quantity over quality), friend had the lamb which she couldn't eat as too tough, despite being "slow roast". Shame as it's a nice spot with a good atmosphere in the garden. My friend was not charged for her meal and they were reasonable about that.

  19. s

    sophiar

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Terrible service; waited an hour for food; no managing of expectations; lame excuses. Food hit and miss - some good, some mediocre at best. This is the second time we’ve had the same experience in a month. We will not be returning.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is absolutely outstanding, thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Staff all really friendly and helpful.

  21. CM

    CamilaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great experience! The interior design es beautiful

  22. G

    Gedder

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Super friendly staff we had a great waiter with an amazing memory, I think he's called Mike he was the best part of the night No condiments on table, we had to ask for the food is just average, none of our 8 different meals were brilliant. Our group of 8 all agreed it was very expensive for what we had ordered and lacked any sort of wow factor.

  23. AB

    AlexB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I go to the Anchor often for drinks and sometimes dinner. Their outsdoor area is a great atmsophere and warm when heated, which was perfect during winter months while trying to be careful with COVID-19. The food is always very good and the staff are always really friendly and helpful. I had their Sunday Roast for the first time yesterday with my mother who is visiting from the USA. We had the roast sirloin and slow roasted lamb shank, which were both delicious, as well as the roasted vegetables and potatoes. My mother was also really impressed with the cozy atmosphere inside.

  24. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Two months ago, we had lunch there and tried the apple crumble, which were awesome. Unfortunately, it seems that they changed the recipe, and there are no proper crumbles anymore...

  25. MP

    MelanieP

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    A lovely local pub in Oxford . A great ambience and good menu . If visiting a great walk right by the canal. Very family friendly

  26. AM

    AliceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The outdoor area was a great location for a Mothers' Day lunch with my mum and grandma. Heaters worked well to protect us from the cold. Our server was really friendly and good fun (can't remember his name though sadly).

  27. PM

    PeteM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    Poor value for money and service could be improved

  28. SS

    ScubaSyd

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Service was appalling, wasn't even particularly busy. The manager (I assume) spent 5 minutes talking to people at tables instead of serving others. I waited 20 minutes to be offered a drink after being seated. Had to get up and go to the bar to pay the bill as no one had come back with a card reader for 20 minutes after giving me the bill. Been here before and had a lovely experience, can only assume that new staff are not up to the same standard as those before.

  29. RJ

    RamJB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Excellent service. Very good vibe.

  30. 8

    8locally

    Oxford

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Surprisingly quiet in the bar but was nice. The halloumi fries are amazing. My only request would be for the menu to change-we eat here so often and would love some different dishes. Great to have the Anchor as our local.

  31. C

    Carla

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    great vegetarian food, the burger vegan is amazing very tasty and cozy environment highly recommended !

  32. IL

    ILoveRoastsBtDontEatHere

    Brighton

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Avoid the Sunday Roast! It was cold, hard and beyond chewy, I'd say bland too but that would be unfair to cardboard as a flavour. Yorkshire puds were burnt and went to dust in your dry mouth as gravy was seemingly unavailable. I actually feel bad that I paid for it, in hindsight I should have had 1 bite and walked out.

  33. IS

    IanS

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    Food is excellent, but service is poor on twp occasions now, we have had problems, first occasion, starter sent with main course, second time, kitchen forgot order, but might have helped if staff serving noticed that it was 1 hour and no meal comong to us, we had to ask what was happening, then yold about the erroe in the kitchen.

  34. GG

    GeogGill

    Oxford

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Ate inside. Good service. Reasonable prices. Good pub food

  35. JM

    JohnM

    London

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Delicious charcoal grilled dishes. Sunday Roast Beef even had grilled flavour. Roast spuds looked good but tasted only OK (maybe not parboiled enough or just too waxy a variety). Mustard and horseradish sauce only from sachets. Flat iron chicken was superb. Desserts sounded great but didn't have time to try them!

  36. BC

    BellaC

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Attentive service and good food in a nice environment.

  37. TB

    TimB

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A great place for a family lunch; a good menu very well cooked.

  38. MB

    MassimilianoB

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5

    Great pub for grills, ribs (these were excellent) and burgers. Kebab was nothing special and it’s bread was half burnt. Shame the lack of pies on the menu ( my favorite), however overall a good dining experience.

  39. RR

    RachelR

    Berlin

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    That was a fantastic Sunday roast, best I've had in a pub for a long time.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Fairly standard meal, nothing special for price and was seated in the bar area so atmosphere ok. Our starters were forgotten which is a shame.

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The Anchor is rated 4.1 stars by 525 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Anchor

2 Hayfield Rd Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6TT

Additional information

  • 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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