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The Fishes

4.4
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235 reviews
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£25 and under
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 235 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Eileen
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these times, really safe and welcoming, and still felt like you were going out somewhere special.

The Fishes
Responded 7 days ago

Ah that's great to hear, thank you Eileen!

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JosephC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good steaks, choice of chips, mash or new potatoes, salad or veg.
Free car parking on site.
Nice staff.
Starters seemed quite expensive.
Quite a few families with children so a bit of noise but not too loud.
Overall a nice meal and a nice evening.

The Fishes
Responded 7 days ago

Thanks for you review Joseph! Hopefully see you again soon!

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RonnieM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service right from the start, delicious we’ll presented food beautiful setting, a bit pricey but you get what you pay for sometimes overall fantastic & can’t wait for the next opportunity to go again!

The Fishes
Responded on 16 September 2020

Ah thanks for the lovely review Ronnie!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff

The Fishes
Responded on 12 September 2020

Thanks so much!

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JeremyB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Sat outside on covered decking surrounded by a large garden; very nice.
Crab cakes excellent but whitebait stiff as little boards and dry i.e. overcooked. Fat used was getting old too and thus did not finish the small taster portion.

2x dish of the day which was whole plaice at £17.50 each. Not bad but possibly a mistake to order fish on a Bank Holiday Monday. Nicely browned butter but capers a bit frazzled but a matter of taste. No shaved fennel as per the menu .

Our wine was one produced exclusively for The Fishes in South Africa mainly Chenin Blanc. Very good indeed at £22.40. Citrus, crisp and clean tasting--- from their adventurous selection called After the Clouds.

Service by all was good with care taken re: COVID 19.
Outstanding was Olivia who looked after us very well and charming too.

The Fishes
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for your feedback Jeremy. Sorry you didn't enjoy the whitebait -we have passed your comments to chef. The Chenin Blanc is lovely isn't it - guests are really enjoying this choice- glad you like dit. Olivia is fab isn't she - glad she looked after you well. We do hope we can welcome you back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very friendly welcome and the service was very good throughout. Lots of appealing choices on the menu with the addition of an extensive list of specials. All the food was delicious with generous portions.

The Fishes
Responded on 7 September 2020

Thanks for the great feedback, so glad you loved or menus. Hope to see you again soon.

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Aricho
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Portions were large so good value for money and the service was efficent.

The Fishes
Responded on 2 September 2020

Good to hear! Glad you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

The Fishes
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thank you very much!

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vipSwmm
Buckinghamshire
57 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was poor quality and the service very poor - they kept forgetting the kids meals.

The Fishes
Responded on 2 September 2020

Oh dear, this doesn't sound great. Could we perhaps chat about this?? If you would contact us at reservations@peachpubs.comperhaps we could make amends ?

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DebbieL
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Order 8oz rump with skinny fries cooked with peppercorn sauce steak arrived fat chips sent it back returned with skinny fries poured sauce over steak cut into it cold and raw!!! Sent it back again after 10 mins another steak arrived cut into it still very bloody and just warm didn't send it back told staff not nother everybody else had eaten they took meal and a drink off the bill but was very disappointed it ruined the nite will not return again

Regards

Debbie long

The Fishes
Responded on 2 September 2020

Debbie we are really sorry we didn’t get it right this time. It's really disappointing to hear about your experience. We pride ourselves on great food, so it's never good to hear when we've slipped. We would love to make amends and welcome you back for a steak dinner for 2 on us. Please book directly by emailing reservations@peachpubs.co m and we will arrange this for you. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback

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PeterJ
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again we enjoyed our lunch at the Fishes this time with my sister and her partner

The Fishes
Responded on 2 September 2020

Thanks for returning Peter- Have you have signed up to our news letter so you know all about our latest offers! Look out for 'Weekend Wellingtons!'

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful selection of food! Glorious!

The Fishes
Responded on 7 September 2020

So glad you love our menus - just to let you know we have a brand new menu out later this month - hope to see you again soon!

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LeslieS
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice place to eat, fairly easy to park cars and walk to the pub.

The Fishes
Responded on 30 August 2020

Thanks Leslie, hopefully see you again soon.

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JanetA
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant place. We ate in the bar at a quiet table by the window but noted one of the other rooms was very noisy. We were impressed by the moveable screens between tables. The food was perfectly OK but nothing special.

The Fishes
Responded on 30 August 2020

Thanks for you review Janet- Quieter times are often weekday lunch times and Sunday evenings, try popping to us then. We are changing our menu end of September, hopefully see you again soon!

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MargaretC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had absolutely fantastic service from a young man named Paul. The food was great, the weather was awful( nothing to do with the fishes) but what made the experience 11 out of 10 was Paul’s attentiveness, his honesty, his gentle confidence and his charm

The Fishes
Responded on 23 August 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! Wow what a review. Paul is just fantastic isn't he- one our our celebrated pride and joys. So pleased you had a good time- we hope to see you back very soon

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HannahB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, thank you. Good service, food, atmosphere, and huge car park - so important!

The Fishes
Responded on 23 August 2020

Thanks for the 5 stars! And thank you for comments, we are so glad you had a good time. We hope to see you again soon

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vipJoNelms
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fishers is friendly with excellent service and beautiful food with lots of specials every week to choose from.

The Fishes
Responded on 17 August 2020

Oh that's great to hear- its nice to be nice. Glad you enjoy what we do! Did you know you can take us home with you now? Not the team- we do Take Away to!

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Anor1960
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

They’re going above and beyond to make you feel safe. Very friendly waiter who made sure we understood all their regulations. Nice to be back but the food is nothing like as good as it used to be. My friend had a very dried up piece of chicken with some rather soggy chips. Can’t complain about the cost but we have Rishi to thank for that!

The Fishes
Responded on 15 August 2020

Thanks for your feedback, we are so pleased to hear you felt safe and the team looked after you well. We pride ourselves on our high standards of food and service so it's disappointing to hear not everything was right with your food on this occasion, but thank you for your feedback. We do hope we can welcome you back again.

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madamjojo
London
83 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ben and his team couldn't be more helpful and professional. We couldn't fault the ambience as that's down to covid not the Fishes!

The lamb and the prawn/salmon cocktail were delicious as was the cheeseboard. We will return definitely regularly.

The Fishes
Responded on 15 August 2020

Cheers for the 5 stars, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit. Ben and his team are great aren't they! They will be delighted to read your feedback, thanks and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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JoD76
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt covid secure with loads of sanitising opportunities and plenty of fresh air going through the restaurant as well as being socially distanced .There was a good choice of food and ‘specials’and was a very enjoyable meal . I would recommend this place for eating safely and for having an enjoyable meal with good service .

The Fishes
Responded on 11 August 2020

Its been tough but we got there in the end - it’s a fine balance! thanks for the review- It means a lot, see you in the pub soon!

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PeterJ
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was very relax. It was well-organised and we enjoyed the food.

The Fishes
Responded on 11 August 2020

Cheers for the 5 stars Peter, so glad you enjoyed and hope to see you soon.

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JaneW
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great setting, large restaurant area indoors with more than acceptable distances for social distancing, and this generally was well managed. Garden and terrace looked really good especially for families. Food was mediocre especially for price, fat chips were good though. Ice cream for children obviously forgotten about by staff and served with much melted, this suited the children but we felt that an additional scoop to improve the look would have exonerated this error. One member of staff was cheerful and pleasant and thankfully mostly served us. The others were not rude, but could have added smiles and a little warmth to their service to improve our customer experience. We would return because it's a great location to meet up, park and lovely walks from the restaurant, pub.

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vipStephanieM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, beautiful pub and village location. Nice walk over from the centre of Oxford

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PeterJ
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were well looked after in this new environment and the food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, easy distancing, felt very safe, staff wonderful!

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RichardM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

VERY friendly. Well organised and safe. Table was excellent with great view and adequately distanced. Service was excellent.

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Dizzles
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you didn’t know about the new measures you wouldn’t easily have been able to tell and the specials board was a bonus!

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Treeberries
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very convenient for a business lunch, as it is easily accessible from the Oxford ring road with plenty of parking

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great place, friendly service, my Sunday lunch arrived cold which was a shame but as I was with family I didn’t make a fuss, everyone else enjoyed their food.

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Madjas
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the fixed price lunch menu was extremely good value for money. The service was friendly and efficient. Will be returning.

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PhilipW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Seeing is believing. The pub is quaint and welcoming with very nice staff. The food is freshly made, a small wait between courses is to be expected. During nice weather the garden is idyllic especially with the river at the bottom. We will create only be returning.

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sarahj
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I do love the Fishes.
Great staff and always a good atmosphere!
Came here on my birthday and was lovely to receive a bottle of wine to mark the occasion!
Thank you 😊

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing afternoon. We were treated so well by our server. The food was exceptional. We would love to go back again.

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emmaf
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely venue, especially in summer with big garden. Food consistently good, service normally great however on this occasion waitress started off a bit unhelpful and miserable but improved by dessert. Manager good.
Sticky toffee pudding dry

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was ok the fish cake wasn’t fresh pork Sunday roast was a bit dry and beer same out on the chicken and lamb Sunday road which was a bit annoying I was thinking to go for the lamb dessert

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vipJoNelms
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server eas very nice, she was efficient, friendly and very polite. We had a meal which was wrong and even though we said it was ok she still corrected and it was actually the kitchens fault so i highly recommend her. Im not sure her name but i know she had only just started working there.

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RichardJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Had many lovely times there in the past but this was a miserable experience. Not seated for over an hour after our booking! 5 of the main courses on the menu had run out so weren’t available!

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StefL
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our annual Christmas lunch (this was our 4th) and it was the best. The food was excellent as was the service. The location is perfect and we enjoyed a walk out afterwards to burn off a few calories. See you next year.

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vipTheLoneDiner
Bath
9 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No table at the inn.

Booked a table for last night on OT and it was confirmed. OK it was short notice but so are a lot of (my) bookings and it wasn't for the last "available" slot.

Took a taxi to The Fishes only to find it closed. Staff dressed as Santa's helpers did not acknowledge our presence merely gave us a look that said "you shouldn't be here".
It was just as well our cab hadn't turned round and we were able to get a ride into town or we would have been left freezing in their car park.

If they're going to close early could they please not take bookings.

Not happy and won't book again.

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LysW
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good, friendly service, food and ambiance and they allow dogs on the bar! Sunday papers are a bonus.

FAQs

The Fishes offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 249796.

The Fishes is rated 4.4 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

The Fishes does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://peach-pubs.vouchercart.com/category/the-fishes-2721.

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