RestaurantsOxfordshireOxfordOX2

survey result

Summary

£46
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “gorgeous setting by the river” is one perfect ingredient for a “romantic lunch” in the heart of north Oxford at this veteran fixture – a working boathouse, with punts gliding past on the Cherwell – and its “super wine list” is another. The “mainly good” food and “friendly service” also make a contribution, if sometimes in a supporting role.

Summary

£46
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The “gorgeous setting by the river” is one perfect ingredient for a “romantic lunch” in the heart of north Oxford at this veteran fixture – a working boathouse, with punts gliding past on the Cherwell – and its “super wine list” is another. The “mainly good” food and “friendly service” also make a contribution, if sometimes in a supporting role.

Summary

£48
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A legend for its “wonderful wine list” since the 1960s – this “delightful and unique” north Oxford venue is “a reliable old favourite” set in a working boathouse on a tributary of the Thames – so you can work up an appetite with an afternoon of punting. The solidly rated food doesn’t aim to set the world on fire, but is “good value and well-cooked – something that is quite hard to find in this overpriced city”. Top Tip: “The occasional set dinners with chosen wines are a highlight”.

Summary

£47
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
5
Exceptional
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Such a nice location, and the food is good… for Oxford”: this “beautiful and calm”, “old favourite”“splendidly situated” on the river – is “especially lovely in good weather, when you can dine outside and gaze at each other, as well as at the assorted waterfowl that glide serenely past”. Its top culinary feature is its “exceptional wine list, with a very good range from acceptably cheap to ridiculously expensive”.

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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 .

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £23.75 £29.75

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£6.00 £17.75 £6.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.75
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
120, 75
No dress code
65

Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant in OX2, Oxford by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Cherwell Boathouse restaurant.
Sylvia T
What a relief to find that despite everythi...
Reviewed 2 months, 15 days ago

"What a relief to find that despite everything The Boathouse remains itself - casual in appearance, precise in cooking, enthusiastic in service. I would have given the ambience a 5 had we not happened to be eating in the conservatory on the coldest day in May."

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Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6ST
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm

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