The Anchor

4.3
440 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

  • 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.
  • Pizza Tuesdays

    Sep 7 - Nov 2, 2021

    Enjoy The White Horse Box's wood-fired, hand-stretched pizza under our stretch tent with a cold beer or a glass of red if you're feeling classy. What's not to like?
  • Thursday Night Comedy

    £7.50 per personPrepaid

    Oct 28, 2021 only

    Thursday night comedy returns with Bilal Zafar & Mike Sheer with support from Fiona Ridgewell, Stella Graham and Brandon Palmer. Hosted, as always, by Preet Singh. Doors at 6, first act starts at 8pm.
What 440 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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LisaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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GrahamM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was very busy and so the service was quite slow. Staff were friendly and pleasant.

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AndreaF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, ate outside under the tent which was warm and cosy. Service was good and the food was restaurant standard.

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vipAmbroseC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food for a pub, outdoor seating with heat lamps too

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KatieS
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Sorry to say this pub has gone hugely downhill in terms of food. Such a shame.

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AlanT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They seemed to be operating with a couple of brand new staff who weren't quite clear on what was going on. However the regular staff were fine and the food was fine (tapas night when we went)

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HeleneN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had dinner on a tapas and paella evening, but by 7.20 pm there were no paellas left so the menu felt very reduced.

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BrianH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very easy booking system. The table we had was just what we wanted and the service friendly and timely. The food and drink were good too. Well done.

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JaneB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, service and friendly welcoming staff

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Wodansday
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good robust pub food, decent choice, cooked well. Very good service.

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vipGunner
Gloucestershire
12 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The Anchor which I have used many times is currently a disaster. The expansion of tables outside has not been met by the growth in staff. We were greeted with the welcome “the kitchen is highly stressed” and indeed it was with poor availability, minimal service and a desperately average experience. The expansion of the tent into the car park one imagines to be an abomination for the neighbours who must be running out of patience - clue: the blackboard asking people to leave quietly when hordes had been shrieking all evening. One to avoid until they get a grip

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TimJ
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and quiet indoors, as the outdoors area was pretty busy. Excellent food and friendly service. We both chose steak, and it was the best that we have had in ages!

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SarahB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal, varied menu and great food. We sat outside under the canopy which was perfect for this time of year. Food also very reasonably priced for Oxford.

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MaxwellP
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The bars staff upon entry where just messing around and one of them was on his mobile phone. They didn’t do kids menu so had to pay 32 pounds for to roast dinners for the kids. which is ridiculous. Food was ok but roast but portions were smelling considering the cost.

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AndreaL
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was good - great menu choice but sadly the service let the whole evening down.
Had to ask for drinks after waiting 30 mins after arrival - had to ask to place order- 5 meals arrived but 3 meals didn’t arrive - the waiter didn’t apologise or say anything.
We had to go over to the till to ask where they were as the waiter had disappeared.
The sides didn’t arrive at all
Very very disappointing for a celebration meal

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FranB
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Excellent food, very slow service but would go back.

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vipCecily
Buckinghamshire
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food was disappointing. The service was casual at best by what seemed like a bunch of 16 year olds who knew nothing about service and laughed raucously behind the bar. Thus the ambiance was poor. A shame as we’d had high hopes.

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JuliaW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun place to have brunch. Décor a bit basic but food well presented and tasty. Friendly staff

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GabriellaP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food choice, lovely garden area. Ordering everything in the app including extra drinks is painful. It would be nice to have more staff interaction!

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Mary
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious al fresco lunch with friends at The Anchor. Great atmosphere and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was lovely - knew menus of food and drinks with good recommendations.

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MarkW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor space. Tables rather narrow and benches not very comfortable but food and service v good

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal great service. Would be good if they could offer a vegan nut free option if possible.

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SueG
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Pleasant surprise .
Attentive service and tasty sharing platter.
Very friendly staff .
Would recommend

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Sdella
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really easy to book, turn up and eat a delicious range of food. Good veggie options and relaxing atmosphere.

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DeborahJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Not too many people, not too much noise - a very pleasant setting in which to have a drink on a Sunday evening.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and really good food. Will go again!

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KeithW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Slow service, food was cold but very good when it was replaced. Dissaointing experience.

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SueW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Lovely pizza. Quite a long wait for it though. Also slow service for the drinks. HATE the app for ordering etc and surely they miss out as we were never going to add more drinks etc later on!

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. Impressive menu and all v pleasant

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JonathanA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service!

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NatalieW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our meal at The Anchor. The outdoor seating area is great, even on a wetter day and the staff were excellent (really made a fuss of our baby, which we loved!). The food was also delicious and they were very good with allergies. A great experience overall and we will be back!

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vip8locally
Oxford
13 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another enjoyable evening outdoors at The Anchor- lovely staff, reasonably priced menu and great atmosphere.

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Susan
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

One of us had special requirements and these were not only fulfilled, but additional suggestions and substitutions were made by the chef. Much appreciated!

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SukiK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to the Anchor a number of times and am never disappointed. The staff are so friendly and helpful, I can’t wait for my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
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 on 19 July 2021
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
94 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
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
2 reviews
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.

FAQs

The Anchor is rated 4.3 stars by 440 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.