Reviewed by Lucy Hawkins
The Fishes is a lovely little pub tucked away in a village on the outskirts of Oxford set next to a picturesque stream and surrounded by trees, grass and plenty of benches (ready for the summer). Parking and access was easy enough and we had no problems finding space despite the time of day.
On entering the pub, we were pleased to see it was reasonably busy, with a good mix of clientele, families and couples old and young. Our table was set in a nice part of the pub, near the bar but away from the bustle of families so we were able to hear ourselves speak. The music was pleasant and not too loud.
Simon and I ordered our starters and main courses first. Simon chose Mussels in a Leak & Cider sauce and I ordered Thai Fish Cakes with a Lime & Coriander dip for starter. We were both very impressed, the Mussels were naturally well seasoned from the ingredients and the Fish Cakes perfectly cooked.
Our main courses were Cassoulet for Simon and Rib Eye Gammon, Egg and Chips for me. My Gammon was absolutely superb, piping hot and perfectly cooked with a lovely freshly poached Egg, although Simon commented his Cassoulet was delicious, the Duck was a little overcooked but the beans were excellent.
We enjoyed a superb 2012 False Bay Sauvignon Blanc that went well with our choices.
The desserts were equally delicious with a substantial block of Sticky Toffee Pudding and a lovely sauce for me. Simon enjoyed an Apple Tart Tatin with a Vanilla & Cinnamon Creme Fraiche. Both desserts were show stoppers for all the right reasons. All in all a great lunch with superb wine.
The staff were very attentive and enthusiastic & Owain the Manager displayed a superb front of house manner that welcomed all, some of whom were clearly regular diners.
We look forward to returning in the summer to enjoy their picnic hampers by the river!
For more information, view menus or to book a table visit www.fishesoxford.co.uk.