The Evenlode at Eynsham

3.8
199 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Casual

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The Evenlode at Eynsham is an iconic landmark pub dating from the 1930s and is located on the A40 between the city of Oxford and the market town of Witney close to the Cotwolds. The Evenlode has been refurbished and remodelled to the highest standards and will be offering great, freshly-cooked food all-day everyday from 7.30am each morning, serving breakfast and coffee with an option to take-away. A good selection of real ales and fine wines will be available, together with a wide range of other bar products. With easy access off the main road and ample parking, The Evenlode makes a perfect destination or stop-off venue. This is a wonderful pub for local village residents and a firm favourite for the nearby populations of Oxford, Witney and surrounding villages.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday
08:00 - 21:30
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Phone number
01865 882878
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wine
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Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food service ambience

Family get together great food great service. Looked after us really well. Thank you will certainly be back. 😀👍

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LE
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I met up with old friends and found the Evenlode a great venue. The food was great and well presented. The specials board was very creative. The seating was good to as you weren't on top of each table. Nice cosy seating around bar area for an after meal coffee or just a drink. Just one niggle, we were eating lunch so was not really busy but only one waitress was serving and it was quite slow. But I certainly will be back.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very much enjoyed our visit. Staff very friendly and helpful.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the friendly service and the very pleasant atmosphere

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c
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This is one of our local pubs and, when it was refurbished, we were very impressed. The price was on the higher side, but the menu was amazing; plenty of reference to local suppliers along with some inventive takes on traditional pub food. Service was awesome (almost personal) and the specials board was brilliant.

Consequently, we have been here several times, but this last time was a disappointment, especially as far as the menu (which they used to change regularly) was concerned - it was just ...well... ORDINARY ... Standard pub-style offerings, nothing particularly inspiring. Don't get me wrong, it tasted fine, was presented well and was of good quality, so I suppose it's a little churlish of me to make comment; but for the price, I was expecting more of what I got last time - they seem to have played safe since we last went... Perhaps that what the great British public want, though? Service was on the slow-ish side, "...too few staff..." said the waitress, with at least half the tables full, there was one person on the bar and the wait staff were run ragged - I hope they get well paid, because they tried their best to remain cheerful.

It's still a nice place, the food is 'fine', just don't go expecting to be blown away.

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DW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

In summary very disappointing service and standard of food, waited two hours for food of an unacceptable quality. Majority of the food received was overcooked and dry. The manager working that evening was unprofessional.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was very quiet so we couldn't understand why the food took so long to arrive. People on the adjacent table complained about how long they were kept waiting. The waitress took every opportunity she could to complain about the kitchen staff, not very professional and we did not want to be dragged into staff issues whilst we were having a night out.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Took my mother for a treat and she thoroughly enjoyed herself.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had to wait 5 mins for the staff to greet us, the waitress although very friendly did not offer a menu to my 10 yr old Grandson, did not acknowledge his existence at all, I had to get up and ask for one. He chose a pizza from the kids menu, another waitress advised pizzas were not served until after 1700hrs! Why have them on the lunch kids menu at all? We were told that it was a trial menu but please get it right, he was quite happy to have a small roast which was then offered but not on the menu! We requested a jug of tap water with our drinks, it did not arrive, had to ask a second time when the food arrived.
I chose roast beef which was ok, I have certainly tasted a lot better. Shame as it’s a nice venue and plenty of room and local to me, ideal to take the family. The place was busy but surely that should not affect the service, it should be good to be busy and still provide an excellent service!

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DC
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Did not have a good experience here,we were shown to our table 15mins later our order was taken,20mins after I had to ask a waitress for our drinks, it was a very hot day. When our food arrived my chicken was full of blood and I sent it back my partner continued with his lunch, HORAY 15 mins later my lunch arrived my partner had finished by this time I’d lost my appetite apology’s were made to us but we still had to pay and at £18 a meal 😂TOBY CARVERY HaVe nicer food and treat us better....WOULD NOT RECOMEND

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R
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Good food, lovely environment considering on a busy road. Would certainly go again. A bit more pricey for the menu than I would expect, but as the food was good can’t complain!

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Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food has been better in past visits. Not sure if they they had a new chef or not food not up to usual standard.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal and excellent service. Staff exceptionally friendly, relaxed and attentive. Our party did feel the background music was a little too loud and inappropriate. Thank you for a very enjoyable few hours. We will come again!

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PC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good value for money nice staff great situation

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B
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Value fixed price menu at lunch time, good sized portions.

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OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Much improved

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DH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The Evenlode was a good place to visit with friends.Plenty of room in a modern looking gastropub.Previous reviewshad noted slowish service - this is still the case.I think gastropubs need to invest on staffing on the food side,rather than being a pub which sells food...
The menu is wide ranging for all tastes,and the food it tasty kf a little unimaginative,but you get what you expect.
We didn't do starters or desserts but the mains were filling and home made. Leek and haddock pasta wasample and filling ( thoughthey forgot my side!)
So a bit of TLC on the dining side and it steps up a notch
Recommended with slight reservation,but a good 7.5 out of 10

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B
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service slow lack of staff. Drinks order took nearly 20min to arrive.
Food on the expensive side gem lettuce salad with chicken normally costs £9.00 and Sirloin steak £18 elsewhere.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service and good food. Nicely furnished and not crowded to give a most enjoyable ambience.

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OW
London
13 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly staff. Lovely outdoor area with a large grassy area for the kids to play in. Food is very good and a varied menu to choose from. Good children’s menu too.
It is just off a very busy road, but set back far enough so it’s not a problem.
Would recommend.

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IM
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant reception and offered low alcohol lager as I was driving. Recently refurbished to a good standard and with friendly staff. Tips paid through card are taxed so better to tip in cash.

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M
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, excellent service, lovely atmosphere and surroundings. Would highly recommend.

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CN
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Will definitely be back, the food (Sunday lunch) was plentiful and very tasty and the staff were friendly and very attentive.

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MR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Cannot fault the food, gorgeous congratulations to the chef, and the place itself is a pleasure to be in, possibly the only slight minus was the lack of staff leading to a slight delay in the service but maybe that was down to the fact that it was midweek. Having said that the staff that were there were lovely and I would have no hesitation in visiting again.

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M
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Table dirty, Staff awful, Food Rank. Toilets to far away.

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G
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Helpful friendly waitress. Tasty food that arrived in appropriate timings. Good portions. Large selection

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MN
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a meal on a Monday evening and the restaurant was almost empty. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The service was good but I would expect that when it was that quiet. The food was good and plenty of it. The portion size was generous. The price was fair considering the size of the meal. The place has been recently refurbished and the decor is fresh and appropriate. There are some lovely outside seating areas if the weather is right. The beer is good too. I would be happy to go back again.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, friendly staff, lovely decor, good parking worth a visit.

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AW
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Booked last minute out for a meal for two my daughters pizza was gorgeous I had a burger and asked for it to be pink and it came rather over done crispy but I ate it as I was rather hungry this would not stop me going again nice clean place and lovely staff
Alex

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M
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, the staff were friendly and extremely helpful. My wife is a coeliac and the gluten free choice was fantastic.

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HR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was in fact our second visit and we brought along another couple to experience the good food and service we received on our first visit.
We are looking forward to coming back very soon and have already shared our experience with many friends local to the evenlode who previously used and were disappointed with previous management.

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JC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable Sunday Roast, lovely environment, service was good.

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ED
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and a nice place to be! Will definately be returning!

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LC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice Sunday roast, great Yorkshire pudding! Enjoyed by all.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was good, seating not so great, but drink is exceptionally overpriced. Sad to say we won’t be back 😞

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R
London
36 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Meal with family as away for weekend staying in Eynsham
Nice setting and excellent inside decor lovely
Friendly staff and a good gin menu
Food a little disappointed with some of it - I had scallops £8.50 and only 2 scallops on plate (3 would have been better value )- had to get fresh one sent as they were really burnt - friendly staff when I requested a change
I then had the placid which is a light delicate fish and again the portion size of the fish was very small for the cost.... my sons girlfriend had the sea bream which was a much better portion. Overall there were elements which were great and others that were not so great
Think portion in ratio to price needs to be considered or more even portions ?
Again staff lovely - setting great it’s a lovely clean and well thought out restaurant (style & created ambience )

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RE
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We’ve always had a positive experience at the evenlode. Some dishes seem slightly pricey for what they are and the service is AlWAYS slow in terms of bar, restaurant and food waiting times. The staff are consistently friendly though and the food and ambience good.

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n
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Staff very efficient and food very good

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GM
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The starters were very nice indeed but the main courses all lacked the same attention. The fish although looking large actually had very little fish on it. The vegetables with the roast were very under cooked to be almost raw and there was no crackling with the pork. Having said that the place itself is very nice and the staff were excellent. If they up their attention to ensure the same standard to the mains as the starters this place would be a winner

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NI
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lack of staff for Saturday night meant food being bit slow coming out. Otherwise we had a lovely evening .

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