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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I went here with my wife and our chihuahua early in the evening. We had excellent service and I got to try Oxford white wine which is not as bad as it sounds. We had a tasty vegetable starter. My sole was the best I...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 2 days ago

My partner and I have loved going to the Cherwell Boathouse for a number of years, but our visit last weekend was not a good experience. The service was slow, we repeatedly had to signal to catch the waiters' attention, and saw them standing about,...More

Thank Roamingjiver
Reviewed 4 days ago

The location is by far the best thing about this well-known Oxford establishment. From our window-side table, we watched students and tourists punting with mixed success on the river Cherwell, on the sunny October Sunday we visited. Our first impressions were positive, the main dining...More

1  Thank Alex H
Reviewed 4 days ago

My partner and a group of fellow nurses ate here in mid October. They were a table of 8 and they sat at table at about 6.30pm. They ate a range of meals from the menu and were all satisfied with the food. However, 45...More

1  Thank Mark C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited last night for a celebration dinner. Staff very polite but had obviously booked too many tables to large parties. The wait for food was terrible and although we had a good time with our friends, we could have starved to death whilst waiting. Also...More

2  Thank cheathge0rge
Reviewed 1 week ago

I tend to find that in a tourist hot spot that quality drops off and prices are hiked, but this was not my experience here, the welcome was warm and friendly and the food excellent, I had the venison which can be tricky to cook...More

Thank Andrew G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely love the cool space of the boathouse restaurant, cosy space that used to actually be a boathouse, just really different from other local options. Sitting outside for wine and charcuterie is so delightful, but beware, one time that we were there, we saw...More

Thank Newcaroox
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here to celebrate my Mums 80th Birthday and I'm so glad we did. We were quite a large party and the communication from The Boathouse was fantastic and very reassuring. It's a beautiful setting and the restaurant is small and cosy. Our food...More

Thank Alison G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at 12.45 which was before most other diners so we had the place more or less to ourselves for a while.This might have been good, because it is a big place with a lot of seating and some especially big tables for big...More

1  Thank KentKritic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent place to eat if you are a super model determined to lose weight, a racing jockey before the big day or someone who is just not hungry! Over priced and promising pretentious food .they can#'t deliver on...Nutroast with raw nuts thrown in, thin chewy...More

1  Thank Cricketalways
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Caroline W
19 July 2017|
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Response from Brissato | Property representative |
Yes we do in the conservatory
laurie w
17 May 2016|
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Response from Jeffrey K | Reviewed this property |
there was very little, you would be better off going by taxi, the journey will be worth it and they had a very good wine list
Laura G
15 July 2015|
Response from Brissato | Property representative |
Dear Laura no worries, we will greet you with joy.
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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$66
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 552746
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You've planned an afternoon punting a la Sebastian Flyte - you've got the boater, the stripy blazer, the wind-up gramophone and the obligatory teddy bear, but whoops, forgotten the picnic. Instead of eating sweaty sandwiches, plan your punting excursion round eating at Cherwell Boathouse. Owned and run by the same family for the past 30 years, Cherwell Boathouse, as its name suggests is right on the banks of the Isis (Oxford speak for the Thames) in a truly scenic spot. The restaurant is small and intimate with a beautiful terrace but not twee. The atmosphere is buzzy and lively and there is a huge range of age groups. However, if you are truly set on a picnic, the restaurant will organise a hamper for a minimum of 15 people if you pre-order. What's cooking: Fish Terrine with a light crab mayo; fragrant Thai broth, crispy sea bream with courgette and carrot tagliatelle on a bed of noodles with a tomato and caper jus; baked breast of mallard with a cranberry compote; white chocolate and ginger torte; chocolate layered crepe cake.
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