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The Fishes, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Fishes

4.5
4.5
418 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Fishes is a hidden gem. Quite a big gem, too. An imposing Victorian building set in acres of wooded grounds leading down to the banks of Seacourt Stream. The deck that wraps around the conservatory offers a rare opportunity in land-locked Oxford to dine outside with an idyllic view. In recognition of this, the Fishes was named Al Fresco Dining Pub of the Year in 2006, as well winner of The Public Vote in Oxfordshire Restaurant awards 2012 making it one of the best restaurants in Oxford.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 34 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    01865 249796
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Venture into the garden for good cheer and good food. The Tipi is free to hire, with a minimum of 30 guests, and up to 60 seated and 80 standing. Our Rocket Van is always fully stocked, and the team are ready to make your occasion special with whatever you need.
  • Area
    Oxford
  • Parking Details
    The Fishes has a large car park available for your use.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 418 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good for groups

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Oxford

    Best Service

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Good for business meals

  • Oxford

    Good for groups

  • Oxford

    Healthy

  • Oxford

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Oxford

    Great for fine wines

  • Oxford

    Lively

  • Oxford

    Most Booked

418 Reviews
  1. Oxonian

    London

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Accommodated our changing numbers without a murmur! Good food and drinks came quickly with friendly efficient service. Place packed: can’t fault it! Will be back.

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  2. TamarS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a company of three adults and three children. The food and service were excellent and generous. We will definitely be back

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  3. SimonaG

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time! the food was very good and the service nice and friendly. Totally recommended!

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  4. MiaR

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Meh. They clearly try to be a fancy gastropub with fancy gastropub prices but the quality of the food doesn't match. Waitresses lovely and polite but our table was left without attention for a long time

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  5. DonaldM

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 13 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good meal and pleasant service. Choice is extensive and pricing is fair.

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  6. LouJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great waitress who accommodated another guest who joined us - speedy service - great food - will deffo be back

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  7. AislingW

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This place isn't as good as it thinks it is. Quite rude staff. Long wait between courses. Instant gravy served with the pie. All dishes too salty. Very disappointing

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  8. Zebedee24

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Table for 3 was put next to a noisy table for 6. We asked to move. Then another 6 put near us. Risotto virtually cold.

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  9. RachelT

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great place to eat! Good choice of food & drinks. Great non-alcoholic choices too. Service always friendly

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  10. clared

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1415hrs late lunch for x4. V often the food isn’t at its best for late lunch, but the menu was really impressive and the food (x4 different dishes) was absolutely delicious! Thank you… Great venue for a very relaxed chat over great food.

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  11. Badger

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food. Portions could be bigger for the price. Would be helpful for the pork belly to have a carb side- or for it to be explained that the parsnip purée was just that.

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  12. Bubblez

    London

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    A nice meal despite the waitress not being particularly helpful about items on. the menu. Very poor ambience

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pub, friendly staff, love that you get a second round of yorkshires and potatoes but a bit more meat on the plate would have been ideal!

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  14. ChristopherL

    Jacksonville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really a very good Sunday lunch. Staff excellent / efficient and friendly Parking easy Restaurant clean and bright Food very good / especially the starters Roast beef good (not outstanding but good) and roast chicken also good but portion perhaps a bit small. Good value. Would certainly go again

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  15. MartinW

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great little find, a little way out of Oxford, but well worth the taxi ride
    The FishesResponded on 27 January 2024
    Thank you so much for the 5 stars and lovely words, we hope to see you again soon. There is now a cycle path from Oxford to the village. Perfect for those sunnier days!

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  16. CharlesM

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We greatly enjoyed lunch. The Cornish plaice was gorgeous, very good flavour and perfectly cooked. The pub was quite busy for a Tuesday which was good fun and gave a good atmoshere. I don't normally write a lot of reviews but this was really worth it. Lovely service on top, we left a good tip.
    The FishesResponded on 27 January 2024
    Thank you so much for the lovely review and 5 stars1 We hope to see you in the near future. Many Thanks The Fishes

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  17. Ziggy

    Houston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and good service in a nice relaxed environment

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  18. ColinM

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of my party found the steak and the lamb to be outstanding. Pre-salted chips was not liked by one. Overall, it was pretty good.

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  19. DianeM

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    An hour wait for a table. Not enough waiting staff. 30 mins for drinks, delay taking order. Fish and chips not satisfactory. Chips and peas undercooked, fish dry. Gluten free meal not satisfactory, pitta bed overcooked, potatoes undercooked. All in all a disappointing meal for eight diners celebrating a birthday .

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  20. JasmineS

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the third time we had eaten at The Fishes in the past 2 months and I think that says it all as we don't often eat out. In fact the Fishes is a long way from home (North Northamptonshire) but worth the journey to meet friends and enjoy a fantastic meal. As the star system represents, we had another amazingly good time and despite the somewhat distracting antics of the children at the next table, we felt it had been well worth the trip. Thank you.

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  21. Becks

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, great service. Food was delicious and good portions. We all enjoyed it.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, excellent service from the friendly, knowledge and fun staff. The food is delicious, it’s an amazing location and I can’t wait to go back again soon

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  23. Ziggy

    Houston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere

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  24. AndyW

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a joy to eat at the Fishes. This time was a little noisy but that was to be expected at Christmas time. The food was excellent and the table service very good. They just need to be a little slicker at the bar! The divide between the 2 sides of the bar doesn't help customers if the bar staff are not paying enough attention!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal, however root veg was a little undercooked

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  26. RussellW

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food, good choice. Very noisy in the conservatory. Car park very muddy.
    The FishesResponded on 15 December 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon

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  27. karenc

    Yorkshire

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely venue. Great menu with a great variety. Service was excellent.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a warm welcome at The fishes. Very enjoyable.

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  29. Ziggy

    Houston

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and an enjoyable evening - the service is always laid back.

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  30. EleniN

    Oxford

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely

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  31. KrnChance

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place, lovely setting. Varied menu, good service, good price
    The FishesResponded on 12 September 2023
    Thank you for the 5 stars and lovely feedback

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  32. Eleonore

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely evening in a beautiful place. Good food and service. Thank you!
    The FishesResponded on 12 September 2023
    Your welcome, thank you for the lovely feed back.

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  33. Perspicacitygourmandiser

    Dorset

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Its a lovely dining experience great food, friendly staff and beautiful location

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  34. 18BT

    Oxford

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A regular visit for a catch up with a friend. As good quality as ever

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  35. BarbaraA

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Staff very pleasant and helpful. Food good but a bit pricey. Sat outside on the veranda a little untidy leaves could have been swept up. Otherwise a good visit.

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  36. Rogers

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was pleasant, welcoming and perfect for us. The food was well cooked and presented. The ambiance of the place made for a very enjoyable lunch.

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  37. Mimi

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service! Received a nice, smiling welcome but the food was really disappointing - we were a party of three and all our meals were below par. (Overcooked fish - and full of bones, cold burger, cold coffee ... hair on my dessert plate!). Pretty average and kind of pricey for what it was. But our wait staff were great! It was our first time dining at The Fishes. Might be tempted back for a drink in their lovely garden but I don't think we will be eating there again in a hurry.

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  38. DavidG

    Oxford

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here many times and never been disappointed. Last night our plates said it all. Four different meals and all served well and they were delicious. Lovely friendly waitress ( or is everyone a waiter now ) who really looked after us being cheerful and friendly throughout. I like it when the service charge isn’t automatically added as you can make up your own mind. A great evening and always a go to for us !

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  39. sarahj

    Oxford

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Have not been in a while but have to say we both had a lovely lunch. The staff were super friendly and attentive. On a price point, we felt we had value for money! Thank you all!
    The FishesResponded on 13 August 2023
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review following your recent visit to us.  We are delighted that everything was peachy perfect for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you, Sam and the Fishes Team

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  40. Croquettefan

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, great service, welcoming atmosphere. Would recommend a visit for a country pub feel only 10 minutes from the city.
    The FishesResponded on 13 August 2023
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review following your recent visit to us.  We are delighted that everything was peachy perfect for you, and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thank you, Sam and the Fishes team

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The Fishes is rated 4.5 stars by 418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 34 times today
Google Map for The Fishes

North Hinksey Village, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 0NA

Additional information

  • Area
    Oxford
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00–23:00 Fri, Sat 11:00–00:00 Sun 11:00–21:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    The Fishes has a large car park available for your use.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01865 249796
  • Private party facilities
    Venture into the garden for good cheer and good food. The Tipi is free to hire, with a minimum of 30 guests, and up to 60 seated and 80 standing. Our Rocket Van is always fully stocked, and the team are ready to make your occasion special with whatever you need.
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