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The Anchor, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Anchor

4.0
4
541 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Community pub with huge tent, outside lounge & gardens. Close to Port Meadow. Cooking over charcoal; top notch burgers, flat iron chicken plus salads and vegan treats. Cosy bar area with an open fireplace, serving cask ales and cocktails. Private rooms available, no fee. Take away too!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01865 510282

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Oxford

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • La Barraca Tapas Pop-Up

    £1.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    On Tuesday nights La Barraca are serving their amazing paella, tapas and pintxos on our upper terrace. Make sure you note if you'd like Chicken, Seafood or Vegan paella, as they sell quick and once they're gone, they're gone!
  • La Cookaracha Pop-up

    £1.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    La Cookaracha is our newest evening pop-up on the Anchor terrace, serving maxican street food each Monday. Check them out in style with a cold beer and a taco or three!

What 541 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good for Groups

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Good Vegetarian Options

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Oxford

    Healthy

  • Oxford

    Great for Lunch

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  1. MK

    MagdalenaK

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great food ! Well done Guys
  2. MB

    MarkB

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our time at The Anchor because we thought the people there were very friendly and it was a lovely setting. All in all, the food was good and it was fun playing table tennis.
  3. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really nice atmosphere. Service excellent and friendly. Very tasty food at a decent price. We will be back.
  4. KP

    KarenP

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was very good, service good and friendly. Outside benches a little uncomfortable but the outside area is amazing!
  5. C

    Cristina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant, refined, buzzy ambiance and superb food and drinks.
  6. RW

    RobW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, lovely service and friendly relaxed atmosphere.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience4
    Expensive and very poorly cooked lamb roast. Finished/cooked on the grill, only tasted of smoke/burned
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Walked a long way for our tablet to be told kitchen closing early. It was 2:30pm
  9. PJ

    PeterJ

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Service was poor. Kitchen and wait staff were under resourced. Outside took priority over inside.
  10. RL

    RobertoL

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sitting outside with some chilled tunes from the Dj while the sun set. Great Mediterranean grilled meats, and lovely staff
  11. R

    Rozenge

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Nice location and setting with excellent outdoor area. Table tennis for kids (or adults!). Food was tasty but v limited on kids selection. a little understaffed but where isn't right now?!
  12. SM

    StevenM

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Three mains and desserts. All delicious. I'd recommend the steak!
  13. S

    Sheila

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Our waiter found us slow to order, which I can only apologise for, we were chatting. Later he cleared plates without asking whether we were done: we pointed out we hadn’t finished, he was defensive, apologising but saying our cutlery was in the position for end of meal. No harm but I’m not sure why we were being rushed as hadn’t been told our table was needed. We were then left mostly unattended until a new waitress came on and she was great.
  14. TK

    ThaiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good Food- Sunday Roast was very good, good service, very pleased with the visit.
  15. EW

    EmmaW

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff and great food. Really great venue for a relaxed Sunday lunch
  16. AM

    AmandaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for our son's birthday. Very impressed and will come again.
  17. MZ

    MichaelZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent ambience, delicious well-prepared food. Simple, classic, and efficient.
  18. VC

    VivC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have eaten at several different restaurants/pubs this year and all have been just ‘okay’ whilst others we would not return to, apart from the Anchor, food excellent, staff friendly and efficient and ambience spot on , unpretentious and relaxing, So good to feel positive about dining out at last. Will hopefully soon be back to try Sunday roast!
  19. AB

    AlejandraB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The waiters were very friendly. One of them made an error and did his best to solve it. However, the person in charge was very rude. She came saying that due to his mistake one of the people at the party will have to wait 20 min to have food. Everybody could make a mistake but as a person in charge, you can´t be rude to the customers. The food was nice, but she ruined the party with the way she spoke to us.
  20. O

    Oxonian

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This is a great local venue, well-patronised. The menu is interesting and overall fairly priced. The service is pleasant enough but - as on our last visit - could be better managed e.g. two different servers came to take our order, and that was really the last we saw of anyone apart from when the food came. No-one asked if we were happy , and catching an eye for the bill proved impossible - we had to go to the desk on our way out. We'll be back - but more frequently if these issues are addressed
  21. IT

    IntrepidTraveller

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food mediocre at best - Sunday roast portions small, burnt Yorkshires, cheap cuts of meat. Service slow and confused. Generally disappointing I’m afraid!
  22. CP

    ClaudiaP

    South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Lovely place with great atmosphere Thank you for having us
  23. AG

    AndreaG

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fabulous setting for outdoor eating / drinks . Food very good ..
  24. OT

    OumouT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Good food in a great atmosphere, the waiter was impeccable! It always a pleasure to go back to the Anchor.
  25. L

    Lpny

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The service was nice when they were around. I had to go to bar several times to get service at the table. To be fair, we were only ones inside and all other customers were outside, but still. They were out of several food/drink items. 3 of us had lamb roast which was cut in thin slices, not what we expected, and was tough and bland. The fish and chips and vegetarian roast option were better.
  26. ST

    SimonT

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Having been there for lunch a couple of weeks ago, had high hopes for dinner on Saturday night. It wasn't to be. Whilst the food was fine, the service was woeful. We were left on our own for at least 20 minutes when we arrived waiting for somebody to take our order - and the restaurant wasn't that busy as only one other table inside was occupied. Eventually, we had to go find somebody and remind them we were there. They forgot one of the main courses despite the waiter writing the order down and checking it three times. Whilst the manager was suitably apologetic, it wasn't a great experience. So we won't be going back again - which is a shame.
  27. MT

    MonicaT

    London

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The Anchor should pay more attention cleanliness. The window and the radiator by the table where we were seated were both filthy. The food tasted bland. The service, inattentive. It was not a good day to dine with them. In other visits we have been much happier😩
  28. JP

    JordanisP

    Oxford

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Loved the private room for the eleven of us! The food was ok but not outstanding and the service had several inadequacies, as well as the toilets.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice outside space. Pop up paella took an absolute age to arrive - issues with the kitchen hobs apparently, so will put that down to bad luck. We had our first drinks order rejected as they were out of one of the beers, but they did let us know so we could reorder.
  30. K

    Koycarp

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service and food were good in a rather busy, noisy setting.
  31. GG

    GeogGill

    Oxford

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Anchor is a lively and friendly place. The noise level is a bit high making conversation difficult. Service was fine and wind selection good. Had our old favourite fish and chips. The portion sizes are not as big as they used to be and the fish not quite as fresh. The batter island chips tasty. The food quality is ok but it used to be better with a greater range and more adventurous menu. Where have the lovely daily specials gone?
  32. TH

    TonyH

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality of the food was excellent and the staff were very attentive.
  33. m

    magsb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I did not ask my co-lunchers, but my own dish was very unimpressive. chicken kebab with bread. No skewer; no roast peppers as as in the description; raw onion rings are really a no-no; no dressing on the salad or very little; a large piece of almost uneatable flatbread with a scrape of yoghurt. I was actually quite shocked. I have always had good dishes at the Anchor before.
  34. b

    beadrinkstea

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Usually lovely but we went on Easter Sunday and there was an overly loud DJ. Service was very slow- (forgot our drinks) food took a long time, we asked why- man down in the kitchen- sure they were doing the best they could. Server polite sad helpful. Food was good apart from the puddings- the apple crumble was horrid, like apple sauce with an uncooked crumble topping, I couldn’t eat mine. They were kind and took the drinks off the bill as an apology for things taking so long.
  35. J

    Jayo

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I ate here last year and enjoyed the food. Not this time. We had Sunday roasts - veggie for me (disappointing, quantity over quality), friend had the lamb which she couldn't eat as too tough, despite being "slow roast". Shame as it's a nice spot with a good atmosphere in the garden. My friend was not charged for her meal and they were reasonable about that.
  36. s

    sophiar

    Oxford

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Terrible service; waited an hour for food; no managing of expectations; lame excuses. Food hit and miss - some good, some mediocre at best. This is the second time we’ve had the same experience in a month. We will not be returning.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is absolutely outstanding, thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Staff all really friendly and helpful.
  38. CM

    CamilaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience! The interior design es beautiful
  39. G

    Gedder

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Super friendly staff we had a great waiter with an amazing memory, I think he's called Mike he was the best part of the night No condiments on table, we had to ask for the food is just average, none of our 8 different meals were brilliant. Our group of 8 all agreed it was very expensive for what we had ordered and lacked any sort of wow factor.
  40. AB

    AlexB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I go to the Anchor often for drinks and sometimes dinner. Their outsdoor area is a great atmsophere and warm when heated, which was perfect during winter months while trying to be careful with COVID-19. The food is always very good and the staff are always really friendly and helpful. I had their Sunday Roast for the first time yesterday with my mother who is visiting from the USA. We had the roast sirloin and slow roasted lamb shank, which were both delicious, as well as the roasted vegetables and potatoes. My mother was also really impressed with the cozy atmosphere inside.

FAQs

The Anchor is rated 4 stars by 541 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Anchor

2 Hayfield Rd, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6TT

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Oxford

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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