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The Anchor, Oxford

Muddy says: A friendly neighbourhood pub in Oxford with fantastic food. This hidden gem is well worth the short walk from Jericho’s buzzy Walton Street.

the anchor brick pub grey roof

When central Oxford is heaving and you’re trawling around for a decent lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, I’d highly recommend The Anchor. This brilliant gastro-pub is a 5 minute walk from the buzzy Walton Street in Jericho on a quiet residential street, which means a relaxed, neighbourhood feel and – bonus – it’s pleasingly tourist-free.

In the summer, you can while away an afternoon in the sun terrace that runs along the side of the building, while the open fireplace and cosy bar make it a great winter hang-out too. I’m a huge fan of the rustic-chic dining room with its gorgeous monochrome checked tiles. The service is fast and friendly, and, food-wise, every dish is a winner. Whatever you choose from the modern British classics menu, get it with a side-order of the utterly moreish courgette fritters (unless I’ve eaten them all first of course).

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