survey result

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Since Shaun Dickens changed his style from fine-dining to a high-quality bistro” (in 2019, when he also changed this outfit’s name) this “lovely” riverside restaurant “hasn't looked back”; nowadays the ingredient-led cooking is simply “excellent”, with “outstanding service” too. “If you can get a seat at the front you get great views over the Thames.”

Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

FKA ‘Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse’ – this riverside operation has split opinion in the past, but seems to be on more solid ground last year, winning nothing but praise for its “imaginative food” and “lovely” Thames-side surroundings. In October 2019, it relaunched and rebranded as ‘the Bistro at The Boathouse’, promising a more casual spin on its ingredient-led cooking.

Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

FKA ‘Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse’ – this riverside operation has split opinion in the past, but seems to be on more solid ground this year, winning nothing but praise for its “imaginative food” and “lovely” Thames-side surroundings. Stop Press – on 31 October 2019, it relaunched and rebranded as ‘the Bistro at The Boathouse’, promising a more casual spin on its ingredient-led cooking.

Summary

£68
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

It has “a lovely setting by the river”, but in other respects Shaun Dickens’s contemporary-style venue again receives a split opinion. Fans applaud the “first class cuisine with exceptional service” and say it makes “a great choice for a romantic dinner or a celebration”. To sceptics, though, it’s merely “overpriced and not worth the hype”.

For 31 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

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Restaurant details

Highchair
No dress code
80

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £19.00 £4.00 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
The Boathouse, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AZ
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday9 am‑8:30 pm
Thursday9 am‑8:30 pm
Friday9 am‑8:30 pm
Saturday9 am‑8:30 pm
Sunday9 am‑3:30 pm

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