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The Boat Inn

Walsall Road | Summerfield, Nr Muckley Corner, Lichfield WS14 0BU, England
+44 1543 361692
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good12%
  • Average7%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Walsall Road | Summerfield, Nr Muckley Corner, Lichfield WS14 0BU, England
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Boat Inn
1. Food at The Boat Inn
"Liam Dillon is a chef of some quality"
gerard g
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2. Newly Refurbished
" Lovely ambience in the dining room. "
Pamela C
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3. Michelin Guide
"Hugely excited to see The Boat included in this year's Michelin Guide."
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Fabulous food delivered at a very high standard Excellent value for money 3 course lunch for 2 people with half a carafe of wine included came to £48 The atmosphere was lacking but it was a week day lunchtime so wasn’t expecting it to be...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nikkiandpaul
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

We regularly dine out and decided to try this restaurant out again as we hadn’t been since the refurb. The food served here is really a cut above other restaurants in the area. It is very much fine dining and all dishes are aesthetically pleasing...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank ClaireL0891
TheBoatInnL, Manager at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

CHLOPTO, Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience here with us and we really appreciate your kind comments, We look forward to welcoming you again soon, Thanks again,

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of 6 of us went a long for my partners birthday and from the very moment we walked in it was just brilliant. Service by all of the team was personable and they offered humour with their service which we all appreciated. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank extravelagent88
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here on the 30th November and both of us had the tasting menu which showcases what they are about.. I have to say (and we eat in top end restaurants in Fife) the lunch we had was excellent from...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DAK64
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the warm welcome the moment we stepped through the door to leaving we had a fabulous experience. The food is perfectly presented and absolutely delicious. The staff were super attentive and its just a lovely place to be. We ate a la carte and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank H1720LSmikew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place just gets better and better. The initial focus on the food and service was spot on, the revamped interior is a massive improvement and the latest menu is a triumph. We had the quail and turbot starters, followed by hake and venison mains...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Gary C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we have been lucky enough to have eaten at The Boat Inn a number of times since my last review, our last visit deserves a special review. My wife and I visited with foodie friends from Surrey who are used to eating at high...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Dave_Bunford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a few months ago we came for an early bird meal. The starter was beautiful but the main course was a very tough steak that when I sent back 2/3rds of it was not challenged by the waiting staff. I asked for a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Clareandali
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here not knowing much and all about the restaurant, but were visiting family and booked on a whim, and were not at all disappointed. From the incredibly tasty unexpected canapé to the most delicious carrot cake I’ve ever had the meal was faultless....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank beckyellis21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Boat for our anniversary last week, sitting at the Chef's table. We were just blown away. Liam's attention to detail is what really makes this a worthwhile visit. We ordered a main and dessert which left us so full and satisfied, not...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Nishakumar7
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Response from Nigel C | Reviewed this property |
It’s possibly a little more formal than might be appropriate for children but I got the impression that at lunchtime they would be flexible.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$29 - US$44
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Walsall Road | Summerfield, Nr Muckley Corner, Lichfield WS14 0BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Staffordshire  >  Lichfield
  • Phone Number: +44 1543 361692
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After a great first year of trading at The Boat Inn, we are continuing our efforts to focus our attention on creating a quality lead food and beverage hub in lichfield. Inclusion in this years Michelin Guide being a great stepping stone. We are also proud to announce that head chef & owner, Liam Dillon, has been presented with the Best Chef Award at the Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards 2018! We have been very fortunate to be able to refurbish the pub so our guests can relax in comfort with our selection of Fine beer, wine and cuisine. New goals have been created with the new year, with the outside area for our own pigs as well as our chickens.
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