The Fleece Witney

4.2
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
128 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Gastro Pub
The Fleece overlooks the expanse of Witney’s beautiful Church Green. Since we took it over ten years ago it has twice been voted one of the top twenty pubs in the UK. Loyally supported by the people of Witney we are one of the few places in town where you can sit outside on sunny days, eating, drinking & watching the world go by.

We also have a private dining room for meetings or parties & 10 comfortable en suite bedrooms.
What 128 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
SS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The Fleece has always been a bit hit and miss for us. Recently it seems be more misses than hits. Service today was slow, very slow, considering there were several empty tables. We had to wait 15-20 minutes to receive menus, the same to order and then 30-40 minutes to receive the food. A “quick” lunch took nearly 3 hours for a main course and a pudding. Not great with an increasingly agitated baby at the table. The final straw was waiting 20 minutes in an almost empty restaurant for someone to take payment. We had to pay at the bar in the end.

Not all dishes arrived as ordered, but given the long wait we ate what we were given. The steak was mostly fat and gristle, the lamb shank was tiny, the vegetables were rock hard and components of some dishes were just missing, with no explanation.

Really disappointed and it will be a long time before we consider going back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Long waits for service and courses.

Food was ok, but not it's usual standard.

The whole experience was off compared to previous visits

GR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam made us very welcome and took time to make us feel comfotable and gave good advice on the menu. He was attentive throughout. The menu was interesting and appetising and the food was hot and tasty. The only downside was the seating arrangements which could be better organised. Overall a great experience.

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch. The staff were helpful and energetic, the ambience was pleasant, the food was delicious and the waitress bring round extra roasties and yorkshire pudding was fabulous. The only nit-pick was that the roast pork was a little dry. We're local so will definitely go back.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the evening. Buzzy pub with tasty and simple food, good drinks and very good service. Boxes ticked!

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mussels and chips were ok, not the best I have had and not the worse.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They even gave us extra yorkshire pud and potatoes! Definitely recommend!

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Whilst the service was a little slow, the food was awesome.... the pan fried cod with puy lentils and salsa verde was outstanding. This is a regular, friendly place for Saturday lunch and will continue to recommend it to friends.

d
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very good place to enjoy a celebratory meal with someone special.

OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Mum’s birthday

SL
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

An excellent lunchtime meal. The service was good, very friendly and efficient. My husband ordered the slow cooked lamb shank with mash and kale, he said it was delicious. I ordered the vegetarian option, being a vegetarian myself, and was slightly disappointed by the dish, except for the polenta chips which were superb. This dish was sweet potato lasagne, but was a mixture of sloppy chopped tomatos, could not taste the sweet potato. As more and more of the public are choosing to be vegetarians/vegan, the menu choice is very narrow for us. Overall a pleasant experience and will be visiting again.

PG
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Regular eating house for reliable food service and value

L
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food and venue. Incompetent service and mucky environment.

S
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Sadly found this visit to Fleece disappointing. Food not of standard to match price and music uncomfortably loud. have
However staff lovely

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very slow service. Steak had to be sent back, very chewy and the replacement wasn’t any better. Ordered dessert but got so fed up waiting for it that we left.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

PA
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely yummy Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, loved the extra touch of being offered extra roast potatoes, Yorkshire and gravy. Look forward to our next visit.

a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food always good but service can be very slow so not a place for a quick lunch

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely relaxing sunday lunch with family.... a roast lunch all round including a veggie option which was a little unusual but delicious. We were offered additional Yorkshire puddings and gravy which was very thoughtful. Lovely lunch - we go regularly.

MA
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely meal with a thriving atmosphere. Just a little confusion with starters and mains which was sorted.

HK
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelllent Mothering Sunday roast lunch with friendly prompt service

LS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Mike, was terrific and very knowledgable of the menu. He made honest, genuine suggestions when we asked questions about our menu choices. The main course was delicious, but I was a little disappointed with my dessert. The winter fruit accompaniment was excellent, but I found the pavlova itself, very dry and powdery. It would not, however, prevent me from dining again at the Fleece.

D
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow and when we finally got offered dessert there was very little choice left which the waitress failed to mention when leaving us the dessert menu to choose from

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a great atmosphere which is evident as soon as you walk through the door. Staff were attentive, efficient and helpful. A really good menu with a special board too. Two of our group shared a platter for starters which looked and apparently tasted delicious - they weren't sharing it with anyone else ! The mains were delivered to the table hot as they should be and were delicious.Only one desert - sticky toffee pudding which went down well an I had the smidgeon of cheese that was the perfect end to a thoroughly good meal. I would highly recommend The Fleece

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Meet up with a friend after Christmas. Lovely lunch. Decent service and a lovely place to meet. Would recommend

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a lovely atmosphere and very good food with a varied menu to choose from as well as a great specials board. Friendly staff and in a relaxing space. If we're having a quiet celebration with just a few of us it tends to be our restaurant of choice. They have good offers throughout the year if you sign up to their emails too.

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We regularly plan a Saturday shopping followed by a nice relaxing lunch afterwards in Witney.... we love going to the Fleece as the menu is always seasonal and high quality and there's usually something interesting on the specials board. My husband had lamb and I had a fish board. The boards have changed somewhat since I last had one so not what I was expecting so I can only say it was more like 4 tapas dishes - nice but I wouldn't order one again. Excellent waitress and good ambience as always.

TH
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again very good food, and service, however we were located in the bar area which was very noisy, quite disappointing.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great location and the staff are all very friendly and attentive. The food and the quality of drinks available at the bar were superb. Highly recommended.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Scallops were over cooked , and as for my main , I had bellypork and it was vile . They didn’t charge for the main .

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We decided at the last minute to pop over for Sunday lunch. The menu gave a good selection of options - the meat was delicious and came with huge Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and gravy. It was delightful with the only critiscism (if I have to find one!) being the size of the sides being quite small. Will definitely go back.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal & drink

m
London
79 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We haven't been to the Fleece for a while and decided to drop in on Saturday. It seems like in the past year, the staff have changed alot (not one person there we recognised) and the place seemed a little empty and a little flat on the ambience front. The food was lovely - my husband had the beef and I had the mac&cheese starter portion which was plenty big enough for a light lunch. Nice, nothing to fault just a little lifeless....

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent friendly service and good food. Even brought around extra roast potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings in case anyone wanted more

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Four of us had Burgers, the toasted buns on all of them were very burnt.
The overall quality of the food was poor, at a premium price.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service for Sunday lunch. Early 12 booking was good as large party arrived later and made conversation very difficult.
Good ok, but not up to normal exceptional standard. Beef was tough. Range of starters getting limited.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We are regulars at the Fleece but we were very disappointed on 26th August. The service was haphazard. We ordered a rocket & parmesan salad but a peculiar mixture of green leaves, raw carrot chunks and peas was 'dumped' on the table without explanation. When I questioned, I was told the chef had run out of rocket but would go out and get some. Also that they had run out of triple cooked chips.
We did receive a deduction from the bill but no real apologies.
I completed a feedback card but have heard nothing from the Fleece.
Perhaps they don't value their regular customers?

JP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice and easy, no pressure to rush which is exactly what you want when you are having a friends catch up.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

There is a good choice of food and the staff are friendly. Happy Hour is great too.

LH
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, the food, staff and ambience are great, love it here. Highly recommended