The Anchor

4.3
332 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

  • SoleLuna Pizza Tuesday Pop-Up

    Apr 27 - May 11, 2021

    SoleLuna make traditional Neapolitan pizzas from a wood fire oven. Now you can 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?
  • Saturday Night Cocktail Bar

    Apr 24 - May 15, 2021

    The Duke of Cambridge pop-up will take over the Anchor Lower terrace on Saturday nights, serving our best cocktails in as close as you're going to get to a proper bar environment before May!
  • Cocktail Bar & Live Music

    Apr 23 - May 14, 2021

    The Duke of Cambridge pop-up gives you the closest cocktail bar experience you're going to get this side of the 17th of May! With live music acts every Friday, it's the best place to relax.
  • Taco Island Pop-Up

    May 2 - May 16, 2021

    Taco Island is our newest evening pop-up on the Anchor terrace. See out the weekend in style with a cold beer and a taco or three!
  • Picoteo Paella Monday

    May 9 - May 23, 2021

    Picoteo have been making great paella and tapas in Oxford for years, Now you can enjoy a Taste of Valencia under our stretch canopy.
What 332 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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4.0
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jamie
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit here. The taco bar was excellent, and was very welcome after the initial panic of being told the kitchen was closed! Really friendly staff too - would definitely recommend for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely lunch with the outdoor seating well organised with good cover. Prompt and attentive service and tasty food.

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AndrewP
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The Anchor 's outside facility is attractive and the service is excellent. But the Sunday roast (lamb or beef) was overpriced at 17 pounds and my lamb was a little undercooked.

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EmilyA
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So beautiful with all the fairy lights and food was delicious.

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GlenS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, DJ was a fab touch , really good to be out

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ZoeB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked a table at 330 for food and drinks to be told when we sat down that they stop serving food at 3...

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LGaaa
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The staff were so friendly, kind, welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The food selection was quite limited and food and drinks felt a little expensive. Really glad that there were heaters, cover and blankets and cushions but we only got them as our booking was when the pub opened.

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Lyra
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The outside space looks lovely. The app didn’t work for us so we ordered with a waiter! Thanks!
The menu is quite simple with a good choice. The kebabs were tasty. My fish and chips was disappointing. The fish was very thin and the batter was overdone for my taste. I will try something else next time.

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DeniseT
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very enjoyable lunch with excellent and friendly staff. The outside space was practical and attractive.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great despite the weather. Outside area and heaters were great. Japanese street food truck was also a winner !

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LouE
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Japanese pop up! Great food. Brilliant service. Great time had by all even in the pouring rain. The music was a little loud - if you were trying to chat across tables (as we were) but that’s a very minor point. The chicken karage was the star of the show!!!

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Emma
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice atmosphere in the garden. The garden is covered in case of rain which is handy. Fairly quick service

JB
JuliaB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great fun atmosphere. Delicious pop up food from Mexican stall

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LauraR
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Lovely ambience outdoors and table sheltered from the rain and warm as a result of outdoor heater. Unable to order food as could only book bar table and service was slightly slow but overall a very pleasant experience and would definitely return.

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AmandaD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely waiters working hard as always.
The rain cover was lovely with the lights on it. Not too keen on the gravel floor outside.

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GurpsR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, very slow service. Waited 35 minutes for our food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in Oxford

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We liked what you had done in the courtyard. Somewhat pricey menu but we understand it’s difficult for all.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Under marquee outside due to Covid restrictions. Very cold,
especially as under shade and heater far away.

Food was good although for some reason dessert order hadn’t gone through. They did bring it quickly once we’d finished our coffee and asked, but don’t think the sticky toffee pudding with ice cream was worth the £6.

Appreciate them trying hard in these challenging times. Hopefully they will be back up to scratch once restrictions (hopefully) lift.

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AlexanderW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was acceptable but uninspired and distinctly poor value. Staff very attentive and friendly. Probably better for an evening drink with a crowd than a weekday lunch.

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Tarek
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. Good food and very attentive service.

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vipErin
London
15 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding Sunday roast in a lovely pub garden area

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LeighE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Anchor is a great choice to have drinks and dinner especially their Sunday Roast - it was lovely! With social distancing tables under their marquee with heaters, speakers and a great atmosphere, The Anchor is head and shoulders above all the other places we had booked that weekend.

The app to order food and drink was easy and the service was quick. The whole experience was pleasant and we're looking forward to going back even when it's cold so we can dine indoors as the interior is to be admired too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

All was good however, we ordered some dishes that we thought would be child friendly according to what we read on the app but when the dishes arrived they all had some form of spice in them that were not always listed ie the feta dish and the mozzarella. The halloumi fries mention a harissa ‘dip’ but came already dressed on the halloumi. The children didn’t eat any food ordered

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JavierA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time thanks to the wonderful staff! Well done guys !

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Noname
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful staff, prompt service, smooth and efficient - a great afternoon had by all.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, speedy service given how busy it was and a lovely atmosphere.

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Mara
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I ordered an all vegan menu and received fish that was advertised to me as a vegan alternative after waiting for 90 min. I received no replacement even after the manager had confirmed and apologised for the confusion. We received a refund for the food.

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EmmaM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was really disappointed, after booking a table at the anchor in advance and then driving to Oxford from London to take my mum out for dinner after not seeing her for months due to her shielding. We arrived at the restaurant and as I was walking in I received a call informing me that they had run out of food??? Firstly I understand how busy and difficult it’s been for pubs and restaurants to cope with the demand but there is no way that 5 mins ahead of a dinner booking it’s acceptable to tell guests that you can’t cater for them. Sadly everything else in the area was fully booked and it ended in a long journey for nothing. There’s no way you suddenly run out of an entire menu without some knowledge your running low - perhaps call your guests in advance if you don’t think you can service them

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Maxwell
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had some frustrations using the Anchor's website to order online – kept "timing out". Staff were helpful and sorted it F2F after getting their attention.
Nice atmosphere in the large yard. Good food.

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TessG
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Anchor has nailed lockdown dining - almost felt like normal life eating there. Great service, delicious food and fun ambience.

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Issy
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Nice pub but we booked for dinner and drinks and weren’t allowed to get dinner as we were in the wrong area. Also no drinks on tap :(

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KateM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Excellent service (app works well) and setting is very pretty and warm despite the chilly evening. Fab ambience. A great first night out of lockdown :-)

KR
KateR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great to eat out
Speedy service and great food
Busy and good atmosphere thank you

JR
JesikaR
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to the Anchor

Lovely staff and Piers is always amazing

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NickB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food1service3ambience4

There wasn't the option to eat which is understandable but when ordering drinks through the qr scan the beer options had gone as did the ciders. Only options at 1 point was cocktails.

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OlegE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful service. Total disappointment. We booked a table for 4 persons outside for dinner. But when we arrived, the kitchen was closed, the food ran out. It was only just 3 pm. The pub only offered drinks. Our hungry, crying children were very unhappy. We've wasted our time.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Busy and good but service was all remote. We were also asked to leave our table after 30 minutes even though when we booked it stated 2hrs. They came and apologised and said we could stay, so thankful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The outdoor space they have created is fantastic!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous setting, lovely staff and incredible food!! I can’t wait to go back!

FAQs

The Anchor is rated 4.3 stars by 332 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.