Harden's survey result
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“Outdoor seating in the summer is lovely, and you can go boating before you eat!” at this superbly-located stalwart, “on the banks of the River Cherwell”, where “watching the punts either skilfully or comically handled” provides an amusing backdrop to a meal. It’s “a delight”, with “lovely” wine in particular – the food is dependable nowadays too.
“The location by the Cherwell helps” – it adds to the “lovely” ambience (especially on a warm day) of this well-known riverside venue, where “you can watch the punters trying to control their boats!” It is known in foodie circles for its formidable wine list, but these days the “light and elegant” cuisine is less of a total sideshow as once was the case.
This “lovely” venue has long been of note for its “fantastic” location – “overlooking the river and an entertaining punt-embarkation point” – and its “excellent and inexpensive wine list”; nowadays, though, most reporters find the food “surprisingly good” too.
“Evolved from the cheap ’n’ cheerful boathouse of my student days…”; the “impossibly romantic” riverside setting has always been the killer feature of this stalwart venture, but the “improving” food more often lives up to the other “particular highlight” – a wine list “with great variety and some fantastic prices”.