The Fishes

4.5
276 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 276 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 an hour ago

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 6 days ago

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
15 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
11 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
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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vipkarolinl
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Service was extremely slow and food was just average, I’d expect more from the Fishes!

The Fishes
Responded on 18 May 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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vipmark
London
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good given restrictions on inside dining . Food was excellent

The Fishes
Responded on 16 May 2021

Excellent news! Thank you Mark!

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Ilkaday
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Really lovely place We enjoyed a great dinner outside. Go for simple dishes

The Fishes
Responded on 12 May 2021

Thank you for your review- great to hear you enjoyed. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great and the staff are friendly.
The outdoor heating was broken on our table they was the only let down tbh!

The Fishes
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thanks for your review! Glad to hear you enjoyed and the team looked after you. Very sorry about the heater- we are getting that fixed. Hope to see you again soon!

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sarahj
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fishes is always our go to pub to meet friends!
It was good to be back since lock down after what seemed forever!
Ben and his team always makes us feel welcome and stops to have a chat with us.
The food on this occasion was fabulous!! Couldn’t fault it.
The new menu was amazing with lots of choice along side the ‘specials’ board.
We look forward to returning very soon!

Thank you for your warm hospitality!

The Fishes
Responded on 27 April 2021

Ben is a superstar- and the team really have been working hard to make the pub and safe and enjoyable for our lovely guests again. Thank you for taking the time to review us. Please come back and see us again soon!

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Bluemoon
Manchester
9 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Lovely setting. Reasonable selection of alternatives to "Sunday Lunch". Overall very good service. Will look to book here again next time we're in Oxford.

The Fishes
Responded on 21 April 2021

Hi Bluemoon- thanks for your review- we would love to chat further, would you mind getting in contact with us reservations@peachpubs Thank you

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JohnB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The main problem here is that after getting our table (a bit of a queue to check in, but not too bad), we ordered drinks but they didn't arrive for 35 minutes. After 20 minutes we managed to catch a waiters eye and ordered food and asked about our drinks, which they promised to chase up but to no effect. It took another 15 minutes to catch their eye again and finally the wine turned up, followed almost immediately by the starters. These were very good. The main courses were not quite so good, and it wasn't helped by the Sunday lunch menu still being the only thing available, though the website seemed to suggest the full dinner menu would be available.

They were very busy for the number of staff... maybe another day would be better.

The Fishes
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thanks for your review John- we are very sorry you had to wait so long- that is not good service. We do have a Sunday best menu on the website which has a selection of roast dinners and a few accompanying options- but not the full menu as advertised during the week. We would like to chat further about your experience, would you mind getting in contact with us at reservations@peachpubs Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere and brilliant service. As always!

The Fishes
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thanks for the 5 stars!

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PeterE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A bit cold till the heaters came on

The Fishes
Responded on 20 April 2021

Got to love the British weather! This time last year we were in a heat wave! Glad the heaters did the job in the end. Come back soon!

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Anonymous12
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great place for lunch or drinks and a nice walk to Oxford

The Fishes
Responded on 20 April 2021

Thank you for your review! Oxford is so beautiful. Come back soon!

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vipNomnomnom
London
53 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and amazing staff, who made sure everyone was having a good time out, for one of their first meals out after the lockdown! Will definitely be back again soon!

The Fishes
Responded on 20 April 2021

Aw thank you! We love our team and we are so lucky they have hung around and waited for us to open again. Looking forward to seeing you return!

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AnneB
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a table under the marquee at the front of the pub. Although we were given blankets, it was actually quite windy and chilly. The food seemed to take forever to arrive, at least 40 minutes and when one of my friends ordered a pudding and coffee, they arrived separately. Our waitress was helpful and when questioned as to why the wait was so long, seemed to think it was teething troubles.

The Fishes
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thanks for your feedback Anne! The weather hasn't been as kind to us as last year that's for sure! We are so glad to be back open but its been a fair few months and we have fresh team! , We pride ourselves in high standards and so sorry we didn't hit the mark on your first visit back. Give us another go, book again through reservations@peachpubs and we will make sure you get a drink on us . We hope to see you in the pub again soon

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madamjojo
London
89 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This trip was after our final Christmas food shopping skirmish so we were cold and tired. We had delightful, hearty food and very friendly staff. We have lots of options to choose from when we go into Oxford but love the Fishes for the superior menu and helpful staff. Will definitely go back...

The Fishes
Responded on 14 May 2021

Hello again! Thank you for visiting us before Christmas, we can see you have visited our sister pub in Witney as well. Get in contact directly Madam Jo Jo we would like to buy you a drink. reservations@peachpubs

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Soylaturka
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Considering we were outside on a very wet and miserable day (albeit it covered and with a heater and rugs) we had a brilliant lunch, and the scallops were absolutely delicious.
Will definitely be returning on my next trip from Cambridge to the West country.

The Fishes
Responded on 7 December 2020

Thanks for the great review. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed and the great British weather didn't dampen your day. We shall look forward to welcoming you back again.

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VanessaO
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round as per usual. We made a last minute booking and were able to sit on the veranda outside to enjoy our delicious Sunday roasts. It was a bit chilly but we did have the benefit of parasol heaters above us. This is a pub/restaurant that we have visited many times and have never been disappointed.

The Fishes
Responded on 28 October 2020

Thanks for the lovely review Vanessa! We hope to welcome you back soon.

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vipAndyP
Newcastle
6 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food , a must visit !!!

The Fishes
Responded on 17 October 2020

Oh this is lovely to hear- thanks so much Andy!

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HelenB
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening at The Fishes first time returning since Covid restrictions they have done a very good job with screens separatingsome tables plenty of hand sanitiser one way system
Food very good but salad at 4:50 with just leaves from a little gem lettuce with vinaigrette and a few seeds was very overpriced
Good service

The Fishes
Responded on 10 October 2020

Thanks Helen, it's great to see you back and to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Do hope we will see you again soon

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AthenaJ
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service wonderful delicious food this was our Anniversary lunch so we will definitely return soon with friends also felt very comfortable with the COVID safety 😀

The Fishes
Responded on 7 October 2020

Thanks for celebrating your anniversary with us, it's great to hear you both enjoyed and that the team looked after you well. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback and look forward to welcoming you back again soon,

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LesleyB
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We needed a restaurant close to Oxford but with easy parking and a view. there were three of us and one had been a restauranteur. Covid might make things a tad awkward? But no. Everything was handled with care and caution but with friendliness and clarity. The food was excellent, couldn't be faulted....a definite must go again. (I had been before and there was a view of a lake...apparently I went when the river had flooded, so no lake this time...we didn't miss it at all and I sure the pace would be great for sitting out on a warm day...)

The Fishes
Responded on 3 October 2020

Thanks for your feedback Lesley - it's great to hear you all enjoyed dining with and felt our covid safety measures were all in place and that the team looked after you well. Hope we can welcome you back again.

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The Fishes is rated 4.5 stars by 276 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.