The Fishes

4.5
251 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 251 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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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
50 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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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
5 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
2 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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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 on 23 September 2020

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 on 23 September 2020

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
58 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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DannyP
Manchester
3 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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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very enjoyable and service is always friendly and attentive. The menu is varied, with great specials available every day. Enjoyable family meal.

The Fishes
Responded on 2 January 2021

Thanks for the lovely review!

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Anor1960
Oxford
8 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
86 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.

FAQs

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

The Fishes is rated 4.5 stars by 251 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.