The Fishes

4.5
295 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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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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waiting staff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 295 People Are Saying
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Greendance
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Lovely place to come and eat on a summer’s evening.

The Fishes
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thanks for your kind words Greendance.

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ClaudineC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a table at the last minute. When we arrived we were asked where we would like to sit and chose a table in the conservatory next to the open doors as it was a warm evening.
All the staff were very attentive and the food was delicious.
We were only in Oxford for the night but if we lived nearby would definitely be back.
We highly recommend.

The Fishes
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thanks Claudine, we are pleased you enjoyed your one off visit with us, perhaps if you venture to Oxford again you can come back and visit !

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OpenTable Diner
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have just had the most amazing experience here! The food was delicious and the staff were so friendly and accommodating. We sat on the decking and it was such a great, calm atmosphere. We will definitely be back! I’m going to be recommending The Fishes to my friends and family.

The Fishes
Responded on 1 September 2021

Oh wow, 5 stars and the most beautiful review! Thank you so much for such kind words on us, our pub and delicious food. We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely love The Fishes! One of my all time favourite places to eat! The epitome of the perfect English country pub, with such a great atmosphere and the service is 2nd to none! Ben and his team are always friendly, attentive and highly knowledgeable about the food and drink, and every time we return here it feels special.

The food is exceptional and really befitting of the “gastropub” style, with lots of lovely seafood options on offer. My only slight niggle is the veggie options can somewhat be lacking, catering more for vegans which is great but like most veggies, I avoid vegan food. Other than that absolutely cannot fault the place and can’t wait to return!

The Fishes
Responded on 16 September 2021

Oh wow that a fantastic review, an absolute delight to read! So pleased that the team always make to feel welcomed and right at home with us and that the food hits the spot every time! Thank you from the entire team, we look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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SingingJan
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a party of seven old friends celebrating a silver wedding anniversary with lunch at The Fishes. We have eaten here before as it is a convenient meeting point for our group. The food and wine lived up to expectations and the service was good. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

The Fishes
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thanks SingingJan, we are pleased to hear you and your friends had an enjoyable experience and for such a special occasion. We hope to see you again soon.

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fccjr
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This gastro pub has a wonderful setting with lots of outdoor space and seating. Food is consistently good with an extensive menu and interesting daily specials.

The Fishes
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you so much for the recommendation ad 5 stars! We are overjoyed that you had a fantastic visit, we would love to see you back again soon.

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Joan
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, staff attentive, great ambience

The Fishes
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thanks for the 5 star review Joan!

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IJW1204
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was not good, very very salty mussels, steaks over cooked, cold sides and sauces, ran out of ingredients. Service was ok, but they were stretched after starters. Was difficult to get anyone’s attention.

The Fishes
Responded on 14 August 2021

Looks like we didn't quite deliver- can you let us know more about your experience - email us direct reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can listen to you

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MargaretA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We love this pub - the food is always good and inside and on the veranda is great. we have felt safe throughout the lockdown when we could use the pub and the take-away they provided was absolutely brilliant on each occasion.
They were really busy and having requested an outside table we were seated at the front of the pub under a 'topper' awning. It acted as a wind tunnel and although we requested and were given blankets it was colder under the awning than outside. The fierce draught cooled the food which was cold halfway through the meal a real disappointment. Hot plates could have helped. The gravy was supposed to be served in a small gravy boat so we did not think to request this. If you like gravy that's fine, I don't - probably should have thought to ask. Of course we'll go again but make sure we sit inside or on the veranda.

The Fishes
Responded on 14 August 2021

Oh dear- we are disappointed to hear your visit wasn't up to our usual standards. We would love find out more and to amend any wrong doings. Please get in touch direct reservations@peachpubs.co m. Thanks for taking the time to review us.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food

The Fishes
Responded on 8 August 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Glad you enjoyed your meal.

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vipJonathanE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We live near the Fishes and are relatively frequent visitors. On the last four visits we have noticed the food quality has declined. For example, my wife and I had fish and chips , the chips were very good the fish was not good. The batter was soggy.land served lukewarm. had fish and chips on a previous visit and the same was true then, soggy batter but chips very good.

It’s a local pub for us and we like to support local businesses. It’s hard to do that when the quality of food is consistently below par.

The Fishes
Responded on 5 August 2021

Oh no JonathanE- that doesn't sound like us. Contact us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can find out more about your experience and try to put right.

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JoJo
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always!

The Fishes
Responded on 14 August 2021

Thank you JoJo for the wonderful review!

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vipblueweatherstorm
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Amazing Sunday roast for the family. The food and cocktails were absolutely delicious. The service was a little slow but the staff's friendliness made up for that! Perfect last meal for our family before heading back to America.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great service, but I consider the food to be overpriced. £22 for a roast dinner is a bit steep, and to have a dessert with unmelted sugar crystals in the caramel sauce is a bit poor

The Fishes
Responded on 3 August 2021

Thank you for your review, all feedback is greatly appreciated. We will pass your comments onto the chef team and we do hope to see you again soon.

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Peter
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had booked due to having a good time on our last visit. This time the service was excellent but as the place was as full as it was, we had to wait for drinks, food and everything. Drinks wise we ordered drinks but one of the drinks didn't arrive, when we reminded the server she went to get it. When it arrived it wasn't what was ordered but we hadn't been charged for it so there is that going for it. I think if we return to the area we will make sure our booking is for earlier in the evening and hopefully it will be emptier than it was this visit.

It was good with it as full as it was after such a long time that places haven't been open due to covid, but it also wasn't good as standards slipped slightly.

The Fishes
Responded on 31 July 2021

We pride ourselves in high standards and so sorry we didn't hit the mark on this visit. Please get in touch through reservations@peachpubs.c om and let us know how can improve. We hope to see you in the pub again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good experience at the Fishes.

The Fishes
Responded on 1 August 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! We do it for guests like you! We hope to see you in the pub soon, Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a tasty meal for our wedding anniversary. Lovely waitress and fab food. Thanks Fishes for a lovely night out.

The Fishes
Responded on 5 August 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars and choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us.

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Will
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at The Fishes and would highly recommend as the service and meals were second to none. Will be back if in the area again

The Fishes
Responded on 28 July 2021

Hello Will , thank you for leaving such a lovely review. So pleased to hear our team made you feel so welcome on your first visit! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipLocal
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fabulous meal. The menu is very interesting and tempting and food tasted great. Lovely service and always well timed, despite the place being busy and I expect many of the young staff being quite new. Sat outside undercover but looked cosy inside for winter time - we’ll be back.

The Fishes
Responded on 27 July 2021

Hello, thank you for leaving such a lovely review. So pleased to hear our team although busy made you feel well looked after! We hope to see you again soon.

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IanW
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, (the minute steak special should go on main menu), friendly and courteous staff, who are always checking in on you. Been going for many years and will be back again soon. Great experience.

The Fishes
Responded on 18 July 2021

Thank you so much for this great review Ian W, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. We shall look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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treer
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gréât stop off if driving back to London
Very fast service lots of parking
Excellent food and drinks
Friendly
Safe

The Fishes
Responded on 18 July 2021

Thank you so much for this, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. We shall look forward to welcoming you back again treer.

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RobertoL
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely pub, very nice service though they were busy and understaffed.
Prices a bit high for food standard

The Fishes
Responded on 18 July 2021

We hope to welcome you back again soon RobertoL.

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Rabsydad
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely place, attentive staff but very ordinary food for Oxford prices. Not as good as last autumn.

The Fishes
Responded on 24 July 2021

We pride ourselves in high standards and so sorry we didn't hit the mark on this visit. Please get in touch through reservations@peachpubs.c om and let us know how can improve. We hope to see you in the pub again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat visiting this venue and as previous visits the food and service lived up to its high standards Bar and table staff really work hard to ensure customers are well looked after and the food is clear evidence of talented Chef and back-room kitchen Team
Both my own as well as my partners menu choices didn’t disappoint. Starters of Goats cheese and a white bait and mains of Pork schnitzel and lamb proved to be the right choice in particular the lamb was cooked to perfection.
Finished off with cheese cake and coffee. Portions are both generous and sufficient. Well done.
Booked for a Sunday lunch in a few weeks time!!

The Fishes
Responded on 18 July 2021

Thank you so much for this great review and the lovely words about your meal and the team, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. We look forward to seeing you again next Sunday!

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RichardB
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Eaten at the Fishes on a number of occasions, always found the food to be excellent, good service and a pleasant atmosphere. Very impressed with how they have managed the Covid restrictions.

The Fishes
Responded on 14 July 2021

Thank you so much for this, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your meal with us. We shall look forward to welcoming you back again RichardB.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at the fishes.
Brilliant service, lovely atmosphere
Would definitely recommend this place and come again if we was in the area.
All staff was very helpful , food was great and throughly enjoyed ourselves, was in a great location too!

The Fishes
Responded on 10 July 2021

Thank you so much for this great feedback, we really appreciate it. We love it when our guests love us and are delighted you enjoyed your dinner with us. We shall look forward to welcoming you back again when you next visit the area.

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vipAnon
Yorkshire
18 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Roast dinner a bit lacking for money charged ( £21.50 for beef and cauliflower cheese side option). Not premium meat and served very well done when requested pink, lamb meat looked like put on a plancha to cook well so was tough. Nice staff working, maitre'd guy excellent.

The Fishes
Responded on 6 July 2021

Thank you for your feedback from your recent visit to us. We pride ourselves on serving the good stuff and we are really proud of our roasts and they are usually very good. We source some of the best ingredients and use sustainable, free range and artisan produce. We'll ensure your feedback is shared with the team. We are pleased to hear the team looked after you. We do hope you'll give us another try as we would love to welcome you back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast dinner, my father said it was the best roast he had in the past year! Great service, really attentive.

The Fishes
Responded on 3 July 2021

Ah that's great to hear! Thanks so much, we hope to welcome you back soon.

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Maddyl
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday lunch, the food was absolutely excellent, added to this, the service was friendly, informative and proactive. We both felt we haven't had such a wonderful Sunday lunch for a very long time. It's so rare to find somewhere with excellent quality food, an obviously well thought through menu, exceptionally well cooked and presented food, all served by a delightfully friendly, knowledgeable team. Thank you for a lovely memory we will definitely see you again!

The Fishes
Responded on 3 July 2021

Aw thanks for much for this- it really means a lot. We love our pub and the people in it- so its good to hear we are doing a good job. Please come back and see us again soon

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ElliottJ
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Strange night.

Ordered a special which didn’t come with the right listed vegetables. The lamb was very very plain.

The steak which was advised came medium rare, came well done.

It took two hours to get through one drink order and one main and then. We were never asked if we wanted any more drinks at any time.

Waiter was very polite and seemed like he was trying his best and even asked for our opinion on the food “truthfully”.

Overall, not very good. Friendly staff who seemed like they simply couldn’t keep up.

The Fishes
Responded on 26 June 2021

Thank you for your review Elliott- we value all guest feedback. We would the opportunity to chat direct about your visit? Please email us at reservations@peahcpubs.co m. We are sorry to hear everything was not right and would love to make amends.

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vipGnome
London
12 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant, very consistent and delicious food.

Could give the coffee a miss!

The Fishes
Responded on 26 June 2021

Thank you for your review. Great to hear you enjoyed your visit to us! We would love to know how we could improve our coffee?

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ParveenD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!

Greta location, lovely staff and great food!

The Fishes
Responded on 20 June 2021

Thank you for the review and the 5 stars ParveenD!

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RussellB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Nice quiet relaxed meal. Would certainly come again.

The Fishes
Responded on 19 June 2021

Ah that's great to hear! Thanks RussellB- please come see us again soon!

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madamjojo
London
89 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delightful business lunch. Scallops and the Moroccan salad were delicious. Glorious day and a glass of very nice wine topped of a good afternoon.

The Fishes
Responded on 19 June 2021

Greta to hear you enjoyed! Thanks for your lovely feedback, hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, the staff were superb. So friendly and knowledgeable

The Fishes
Responded on 6 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars!

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MichaelD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the fishes with our two children (age 5 and 8). The children loved running around in the gardens of the Fishes and it feels very safe. The food and service were excellent. There is no dedicated children’s menu. We created a mezze meal for the children with several of the starters that they really enjoyed.

The Fishes
Responded on 3 June 2021

Michael thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. I am so pleased you and the family had a super time with us yesterday. We look forward to looking after you and the kids again soon.

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KevinH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and beautiful place, would highly recommend

The Fishes
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars Kevin!

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TonyandAndrea
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Food in a great location. Friendly and professional staff. Highly recommended

The Fishes
Responded on 29 May 2021

Fantastic news- thank you both, so pleased you enjoyed.

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vipSusanA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We had the ‘surf and turf’ advertised as a special - but although blackboard said fillet steak it definitely wasn’t - more of a rib eye. We love the pub but food is really letting it down.

The Fishes
Responded on 26 May 2021

Oh no- please get in touch at reservations@peachpubs.co m, we would love to speak direct and try to put things right. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

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IanB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff were very attentive and organized. The food was excellent, well cooked, prepared, presented and served. Portion size was quality rather than quantity. It was my wife's birthday and she received a complementary drink which was unexpected and a nice touch. Would recommend and will be going again during the summer to trial their outside space. Thank you to the staff of the Fishes for a very pleasant lunch.

The Fishes
Responded on 20 May 2021

We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your visit, thanks for celebrating the birthday with us and we hope to see you again soon.

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The Fishes is rated 4.5 stars by 295 OpenTable diners.

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

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.