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Summary

“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.

£47
Average
Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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.

£46
Good
Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£45
Good
Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“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”.

£44
Very Good
Good
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

The Cherwell Boathouse is beautifully located on the banks of the river Cherwell close to the center of Oxford . The restaurant serves modern English food complimented with an award wining wine list . Al fresco dining is available , alongside Oxford largest punting station .

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions,
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Mon - Thur 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9.30 pm, Sun 9 pm
Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST
Opening hours

lunch noon - 2 pm, Sat & Sun 2.30 pm, dinner 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Last orders: Mon - Thur 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9.30 pm, Sun 9 pm

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