The Anchor

4.3
406 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!

Experiences

  • Pizza Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available

    SoleLuna make traditional Neapolitan pizzas from a wood fire oven. Enjoy them under our stretch tent with a cold beer or a glass of red if you're feeling classy. What's not to like?
  • Taco Sundays

    Multiple dates available

    Taco Island is our newest evening pop-up on the Anchor terrace. See the weekend out in style with a cold beer and a taco or three!
  • I'm Japanese Pop-Up

    Aug 15, 2021 only

    The excellent I'm Japanese food truck will be parked at the top terrace of The Anchor. Enjoy their excellent food including gyoza and Kaarage chicken under our stretch tent; then wash it down with a specially selected range of Japanese beverages.
  • Sri-Licious Pop-Up

    Aug 29 - Aug 30, 2021

    Kiribath! Kothu! Hoppers! These fantastic staples of Sri-Lankan cuisine, alongside even more, will be available over the bank holiday weekend from the fantastic Sri-Licious food truck, parked on our upper terrace!
  • Brunch

    Multiple dates available

    Now serving brunch! The menu has the classics you'd expect, plus fantastic shakshukas and mezze sharers.
  • Paella and Tapas Mondays

    Multiple dates available

    La Barraca's paella, tapas and pintxos let you enjoy a taste of Valencia under our stretch canopy.
What 406 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely time. Food and service faultless. Love the outdoor space they’ve added; hope it is permanent! Great ambiance. Love that you can order through the table and your phone. Also liked that the Covid precautions are still in place. Staff wearing masks etc. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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NedC
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent paella. Friendly and quick service. Clean and nice environment. Music gave good atmosphere. Tapas dishes a bit overpriced but on the whole excellent evening.

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vipLimey
Oxford
89 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good distanced outdoor seating under cover. Lovely lamb kebab on house-made flatbread. Delicious. Easy to order via QR code link to website -- fast service.

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ScrummyJ
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food - only disappointment was chicken mezze had very small salad and only 3 bits of chicken and chicken was not hot. But everything else was really fab and staff were excellent

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DenizE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We loved the Anchor before Brexit/Covid, and we are willing to accept issues related to these new challenges. But the food is expensive and the last two times that we have eaten there we have not felt that it was worth it. Our table was in the blazing sun and the staff would not move us to one of the many empty tables. And the food was not good enough- e.g. monkfish felt like it lived most its life in a freezer, dry hamburger drenched in sauce. I have had some good salads in the past- I remember the baby gem with a dijon dressing. But now its old greens without any dressing - yet some how soggy. Finally, portion size has gone down since re-opening.

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ChantalG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Anchor has a beautiful outside dining area with well spaced seating. The service from the staff is warm and professional. This was not my first time at The Anchor and every time I’m blown away by how good the food is.

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NoahM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Chicken burger was excellent, although service was just okay. Took ages for a jug of water to come, although I understand if this is because of crowdedness.

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CatherineH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Anchor is my neighbourhood pub and I have been eating here for 25 years through several different owners - that speaks for itself, I think.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious tacos. Nice vibes!

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DianeN
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Currently offering a limited but good quality menu. Well organised and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Piers is a legend

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vipEmma
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately we came for dinner and had to leave without ordering as there were insufficient vegetarian options

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good all round. Staff very helpful and friendly. Great Tacos and nice drinks selection.

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LeaG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The food was really disappointing. Dessert served in a plastic cup!

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JulieD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch with colleagues in the outside space at the Anchor. There was ample room both in the open air and under canvas shades. Ordering was easy and food was lovely. Nice quiet but convivial ambience. Will be back!

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Allison
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Anchor is just ace.

It has the best outdoor seating area (loads of space and cover, plus nice twinkling fairy lights and heaters to make it cosy) which is why we almost always choose to go there over anywhere else! Good food and drinks selection (love the halloumi fries, and very happy that it offers Beefeater Blood Orange gin), and friendly staff.

Very lucky that The Anchor is our local!

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly and helpful, food was hot and tasty, what else can I say but thank you.

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Oxfordlocal
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, the app for ordering actually works pretty well, and the outdoor seating area has a fantastic atmosphere. Definitely one of Oxford's best outdoor drinking/dining pubs at the moment!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very well set up for the Covid situation, only concern I did not receive an email confirmation of oayment or a receipt. Staff helpful and attentive. Location great, but when sitting outside eating .. smokers should be asked to go to a certain area, pregnant woman’s husband had to ask they to not smoke near them and we were eating. Just a thought smoking area.

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JulieF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great staff nice ambiance. Lovely cocktails Covid safe

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here last night and have nothing but good things to be said. We were greeted at the enter an empty and seated, polite and friendly staff. Food was absolutely amazing.

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LouiseG
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed the visit, facilities are excellent for outdoor, socially distanced dining

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Gabs
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love the bar area at the anchor the decor is homely and clean. The food and drinks were great and service prompt. My only reservation was the music was too loud it was difficult to hear our conversation

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JTRoss
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff and generally pleasant atmosphere.

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vipCiaraS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really excellent selection of starters. We enjoyed a taste of them all. Service was excellent and the outdoor set up is really nice. Have already recommended it.

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SamB
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Amended booking for inside table but they didn’t have one.Waiter said he would sort out but never saw him again! Table outside had no heater so my family were really cold and seats were wet. Waited over 40 minutes for our food and the roast beef was really fatty. No stuffing, 1 carrot and 3 parsnips with a bit of cold cabbage plus 2 potatoes.
Had a table of smokers next to us which was really unpleasant as none of my family smokes.
Had to tip as soon as order was placed before knowing what the service and food would be like. If I had known that the food and service was not going to great I would not have left a tip😞
We had booked as a Fathers Day meal but were left feeling really disappointed and will not return

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EmilyA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends and have a lovely meal.

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vipEARL
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Grateful to get a table but don't think it was well placed. Right by kitchen door and toilets and it felt a bit in the way of staff and other clientele!

Love the anchor garden though

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Dhuga
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

What a sad falling off. The Anchor used to be a really fine gastropub. No more, alas. I've been thrice now, and found the food poor and service worse. The bros and ladies who are ostensibly servers have an attitude bordering on insulting. My steak for some reason tasted of kerosene - and looked to be a sad cut of meat to begin with. My wife left 3/4 of her salad uneaten. We had a tosst befote bed to fill up. I devoutly hope the old staff and old cook and old spirit will return. We miss you!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a fantastic lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Always love it here, the staff are insanely helpful and are just a delight to be around. Really nice, relaxing atmosphere. Would give them 5 starts on any other visit but the vegetarian Sunday roast I had was awful. Not a Sunday roast at all, a ‘wellington’ filled with tiny little lentils etc that just ended up as a mushy paste and were flavoured so strongly it just had a curry taste- then it had been topped with salsa? When you’re wanting to go for a Sunday roast, you want a traditional Sunday roast and this just wasn’t it. Please, please, please work on your vegetarian option as I would make eating here on a Sunday a weekly staple! A wellington with chunky vegetables inside, topped with gravy etc would work better! We will still be visiting throughout the week :)

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CarolS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, particularly the fish and chips. Lively atmosphere though got rather noisy.
Chairs rather uncomfortable after a bit!

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RobW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We chose The Anchor as convenient for walk on the Meadow with visiting out of town friends and there was an outside table as we had our dog.
Bit disconcerted at noise level - several groups with children at adjoining tables- but we got used to it. Maybe being sat under the high wall was the problem........!
Food up to usual high standards and wait-staff dealt efficiently with malfunctioning wine order on App.

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CT1a
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food2service2ambience4

Food quite basic and there was an issue with one of our dishes. The waiter immediately brought us a free bottle of wine to apologise. Ambiance was very pleasant though the gravel flooring is very noisy (!). Staff friendly and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pleasant staff, food excellent and value for money, would definitely return and recommend. Well done,

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Lulu
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very agreeable and well managed setting. Very nice & efficient staff. And imaginative & delicious food.

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DeepsM
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, service, drinks and food. Lovely place to go.

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Sian
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A summery menu with simple dishes, but very well cooked and presented. The chicken kebab, for example, was not dry (so common with breast meat in other restaurants) and the fish and chips was crisp and light. The summer coolers were delicious and the staff were hugely helpful and adaptable when we asked for slight changes to the menu. There is a lot of bright sheltered, outdoor space.

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Hound
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food4service1ambience5

There is an upside and there is a downside. The venue is great, it was a warm day, sitting outside under a heavy plastic tarpaulin was wonderful, the atmosphere that had been created magnificent. So some very considerable pluses. On the downside, by mistake we ordered a large bottle of still water, when we meant to order sparkling water. We realised our mistake after we touched the bottle and opened it. The pub refused to change the bottle on the basis that they would have to throw the old one away. The retail price in a shop of the sparkling water is £1, they charge £4.50 at the pub. I’m not objecting to the price but the fact remains they could’ve changed the bottle and still made a good profit. So this is not about income for the restaurant it is about attitude. It is poor. The lad who served us seemed nice, but we asked him to take the problem to the top man or woman, and the answer came back “no way Jose will we change the bottle“. Of course they’re within their rights to do so, but I found that this was a poor decision on their part. Sadly it then reflected on the fact we weren’t motivated to order dinner which would’ve been six of £10 or 12 pizzas. So a poor decision commercially as well. But other than this experience was good.

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Allen
Oxford
12 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It was paella night at the Anchor so we booked a table for 8pm only to find when we arrived that there was no paella left and the only food was some small tapas. The paella provider had grossly underestimated demand but if we had been notified in advance we could have gone elsewhere

FAQs

The Anchor is rated 4.3 stars by 406 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.