The Fishes

4.2
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Worth the Drive
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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What 190 People Are Saying
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LA
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday roast with just enough food to make me happy. Excellent service and wonderful setting.

c
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff are lovely and the food is very tasty, overall a very good pub.

M
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from our bright young waiter. I had the fresh lobster which was delicious and my husband enjoyed the chicken and ham pie. We always enjoy this restaurant.

LF
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Was fairly busy, staff nice and friendly but service quite slow, food ok, perfectly acceptable but not ‘special occasion’ worthy

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice homemade treacle tart and I enjoyed the veggie platter also. The others also liked their meals.

KM
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely lunch with a good menu and served attractively

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Had an amazing time at The Fishes! Some friends visited from London and this was the perfect place to take them. Service was really good and the staff was very nice and helpful. Weather was great so we got a table at the balcony. The view over the garden is brilliant and afterwards we went for a stroll as the place was some nice footpaths. Definitely a place to go!

d
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

As a 'Peaches' pub the Fishes has always reliably provided excellent food and sparkling service. Not any more. The food was positively mediocre and the service, while efficient, lacked its usual sparkle. What a shame.

OT
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, friendly staff and good food. My feedback was for them to have more detail on the menu to avoid surprise ingredients to the diner.

J
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant with good menu variations and special "daily offers", high quality of food and kindly service, as well the Ambiente of the restaurant is very nice, it´s worthwhile to make a detour

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food and and amazing service. Our Sunday roast was very filling and couldn’t fault anything.

DJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for a relaxed lunch with friends. The food was good and arrived quickly and the service was grown up helpful rather than formulaic over polite - we really enjoyed it.

DS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was really bad. We had to ask for someone to take our order; we were not offered the specials; we were not offered dessert. General lack of interest and apathy. Food mediocre and menu very unexciting. Really need to up their game. Very poor and will not return ever.

v
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

We visited for Sunday lunch. The food itself was ok. Average - nothing special. Asked for roast beef pink and it was well done. The veg with it and potatoes were cold (we also waited 2hrs from sitting down to receiving main meal!!!). The apple crumble was mushy rather than crispy and crumbly. Service was extremely slow...

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We sat at one of the bar tables, unfortunately very noisy. Waitress was very busy so service was slow. Food was great. Will definitely go back and hopefully sit at a proper table next time!

MR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and location. Highly recommend for the value.

PS
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for the delicious lamb shank....Lovely friendly service too.

ML
Oxford
19 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As always staff were very attentive and the atmosphere was great. Definitely recommend booking here as it gets busy. Great choice of food and it was delicious.

O
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday lunch with family including two children. We were accommodated at a nice table and children catered for well. Even though their meals were generous, we only paid half price for them. The food was very good and service friendly and reasonably efficient considering the restaurant was very busy. We all enjoyed our lunch.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good experience!

MJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary with friends. Great meal with outstanding service. Didn't mention our anniversary but when they discovered it, four glasses of bubbly appeared - lovely touch. I use the Fishes for business meetings/lunches and it's first rate in every respect.

AW
London
204 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place great food and delightful service -must be really glorious outside too in Summer -coming back then, if not before, though not a local, but it is very close to Oxford you need a car or taxi but easy to find a parking space for weekday lunch though may be harder peak times of day in Summer,
Ps
great weekday menu deals too, made it exceptional value!

D
Oxford
15 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Atmospheric village pub, very cosy and lovely food. Service was very friendly and attentive. Food was in general very good, although a bit over-priced. Overall a lovely place in summer or winter!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to wait 20 minutes past booking time for our table to be ready (restaurant very busy with Christmas parties) but everything else was great. Friendly efficient staff and the excellent quality food was cooked to perfection. Set Christmas menu option reasonably priced with a good selection. Good range of drinks all fairly priced.
Good service. Young staff coped cheerfully in a very busy pub and restaurant. Made a happy family occasion. Highly recommended.

MH
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, attentive service, felt valued, servings were generous. Time between courses felt perfect. I would recommend and will be going again.

FG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Almost everything I wanted to order off the menu was not available including a salad and this on a Tuesday evening at 8pm. The waitress was embarrassed and did offer a free dessert. The food was poor and expensive for what it was and two pints of lemonade with a squirt of lime cordial was almost £9.00. This restaurant used to be good but I would not recommend it.

RP
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Always a pretty place and great service but this time they lacked some stuff on the menu and the sole was incredibly small, bony and dull.

JP
London
47 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing food experience. Soup special for the day tasted stale, the fish cake was dry and hard and better suited as a ball, the hamburger was OK except for an over-compacted patty. The skinny fries were the only memorable (side) dish.

PG
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good value fixed price menu at lunchtime. A beautiful setting with lots of outdoor seating,

SB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was very busy and the service was slow to start with. We actually had to go and get our own water even though we’d been told it was coming. The food certainly was very tasty, I had the salmon with chilli (Sunday special) while others went for the roast dinners. No complaints there at all. I had the cheesecake for dessert which had a lovely summer fruit topping, but the base was a bit hard to break.

The atmosphere was very good and it was nice that the children could wander outside and explore between courses.

Overall it was a pleasant dining experience and we shall be returning soon.

SH
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely be returning, lovely setting, friendly service.

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

Walked out after being patronised and feeling like we were in the way

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food (Sunday roast) was a bit cold, and we waited 1:30hrs for our food to arrive. Luckily we were not starving and children had iPads to entertain themselves.

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

Nice food and lovely setting but very slow service unfortunately.

D
Oxford
15 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely village pub with a very large garden and outdoor seating options. Service was good and food was served reasonably fast. Food was great although a bit overpriced. Well worth a visit!

T
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

This is a very nice location and the food is quite okay though a bit over-priced. On this visit, however, the service was quite atrocious and actually interfered with enjoying the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, setting and see

m
London
78 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely sunny day to sit outside on the deck. We ate mains of noodles and the risotto which were delicious and good sized portions with a couple of wines by the glass. Will definitely come back.

GG
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Not bad food with prices at a reasonable level. Generally very noisy, chatter, when busy.
WATCH the sneaky unlabelled automatic additon of tip/service charge on the bill and do not pay twice by mistake.

s
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at the Fishes is always a pleasant experience. The staff are very friendly and always make that effort to engage with you.

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