Boaters

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Sunday Lunch
Make your experience extra special this winter and try our festive menu - 3 courses £29! Whether its a catch up with a friend or a big family get together why don't you add a festive twist? All festive bookings require a pre order a week in advance and a refundable deposit of £10pp.

Special Offers

Treat your mum this Mother's Day

We will be offering a few special dishes along side are Sunday roast menu for all those mums who deserve to put their feet up and enjoy the river views

Sunday, 22 March, 2020

What 278 People Are Saying
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DF
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Superb atmosphere, great music and tasty food. The wine was very good too and not over priced. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. This is a great pub!

LC
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I went for Sunday Lunch at the weekend. We booked for 2pm, and annoyingly got stuck in traffic. We didn't arrive till 2:45pm (we had rang in advance to tell the restaurant). When we arrived, and to our amazement, we were seated straight away thinking we had lost our table due to being 45 minutes late (which, most places would give up the reservation). Our waitress was a lovely woman, blonde and smiley. My boyfriend had the beef roast, and I the chicken. I can honestly say it was the best pub roast dinner I have ever had the pleasure to eat (and we have eaten quite a few!). Highly recommended, not only for the food and great service, but also for the gorgeous location of Kingston-Upon-Thames river side (especially as the sunset on a sunny winters afternoon). 10/10, and we have even booked to go again for a roast in a few weeks! x

SE
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delight to have Sunday lunch at the Boaters Inn on 12 January. The portions of food were huge and I couldn't manage to finish it all. The service was excellent and the waiting staff were extremely attentive and helpful. The view of the river are also lovely. Highly recommended and value for money with a lot of food choices and options if you do not fancy a Sunday roast.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed our family meal staff excellent especially with children

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful pub directly at the River Thames

MO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Table reserved with River views but noisy large table nearby which ruined atmosphere but not pubs fault. Not many menu items available as chef had not ordered enough food. Starters disappointing, main fish burnt to a dark crisp colour. Other main chicken nice. Pricey and add 12.5% service charge auto.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food wasn’t very good and the service was slow and hardly got any attention while we were there

J
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2food5service5ambience3

The noise level from the music and then the live performer meant we had to leave and finish the meal early and go on elsewhere as it was impossible to talk.

M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We go often to the Boaters becasue it's close by. We always enjoy the food and service, and the view over the Thames is fanstastic, especially in the summer when you can sit outside. Value for money is also great.

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roast dinner was truely amazing! Would definitely go back again. The staff were great so attentive and super friendly.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Desserts and starters were really good. Mains average and waited far too long for mains to arrive.

N
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub by the river, very friendly staff & good food!

JR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Nice ambiance, good service although the food came out so quickly it was clearly pre-prepped. It didn't feel value for money this time around the a small menu with predominately heavy, beige food differed from out last visit in the summer.

KA
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Both my dad and I had to send our fish back as it was off. We also were the only table in the pub and it took 40 mins to get our drinks order... will not return!

JH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely setting and very nice food. One of our party has a food intolerance, which was catered for in a serious manner leaving us confident that she was safe to eat the food served. I would recommend a visit for food or drink, lovely spot!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There was a small mistake in the bill- the price of kids meal was incorrect. There was no apology when this was rectified, however the meal itself was good- we all had different roasts on Sunday.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice place to meet up with friends and family, summer or winter. Food and service were excellent, complimented by a good selection of beer.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful location and views, this river side pub and restaurant has excellent drinks selection, good food and good service. There is a park next to it and they have River Side seats as well.

Boaters is perfect for those who want to have a few beers or gnts by the riverside with a few friends and chat and /or watch a match. It is a traditional pub, but a really good one, quaint deco, and not loud.

Service is exceptional and staff is very polite and helpful. The only tip id give is book before hand and do it over the phone.

GS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were served quickly and the food was excellent. All in all a great service. Would return!

JR
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I think they were having an off-day on Saturday, possibly overwhelmed by an unexpected sunny day and an in-flux of customers. Bar staff were incredibly surly and frustrated and that showed in their demeanor and service-levels. The food was the worst I've had at the Boaters - average at best. The evening staff were lovely when they took over.

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The Boaters is a a lovely riverside location, and the service was excellent, however the food let us down on the busy Sunday we went. The starters were all quite good, but the roasts were served with bland and watery cauli cheese and raw parsnips. The meat and gravy were both good but when you're paying these prices you expect a bit better. Both sides were taken off our bill.

F
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with family food cooked to perfection staff attentive but not too pushy plus river view will definitely book again and only on my doorstep

M
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Our visit coincided with a birthday party attended by children who because of lack of parental supervision were somewhat disruptive to customers and clients. Not as enjoyable as it should have been.

M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a nice table with views over the Thames. The starters were very nice (squid species and arancini) and the main were all wonderful. Our waiter, Bahooz, took very good care of us, checking in to be sure that we had everything we wanted. Overall, it was a great lunch. We live close by and come to the Boaters often - it's a great asset to have such a good restaurant so close.

TN
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

When in Kingston, visit here for a drink and/or food. Gorgeous setting and the food is very delicious, fresh and exceeded expectations.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday roast.

PB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly and attentive service in a lovely location by the river. Food a bit variable - the sole was not great but other dishes were fine and decent sized portions.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great evening. Graham Dee and his band were outstanding

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice family meal by the river.
Very relaxed and staff were lovely

s
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Booked a table for two on a Sunday for a roast dinner. The meal unfortunately tasted like it was made the day before with chewy dried up roast potatoes and lack lustre furnishings with bland gravy. Also, The meal came to us super quick and the wine was forgotten so had to reorder. Overall a good experience and stayed for the evening for the amazing jazz music.

BS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent Sunday lunch, friendly staff and a perfect setting. But the music inside was too loud for our taste, and it was even louder out in the garden.

DA
London
22 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

If all you want is a beer and a park bench near a river this is a good venue. If you actually want to eat then I’d strongly suggest looking elsewhere.

It’s a nice setting for the venue. That’s the positives done.

During our visit:

We waited 30 mins for a child’s meal, then over an hour for 3 burgers to follow that.

When it arrived the chips were good; the rest was overcooked.

They didn’t have various wines on the menu

The toilets were broken (they double as the public loos for the neighbouring park)

A very belated explanation and apology was offered, after we had complained very vocally. To be clear, the kitchen team was churning out lots of food, but the front of house team was in no way managing the expectations of customers. Needs training and new management.


Oh ... and more as FYI than a criticism they only do a canteen service if you want to sit outside; go collect your own food from the service hatch when summoned by the buzzer.


Overall this venue managed to fall short of my already low expectations and in so doing ruined a low key birthday celebration.

RN
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to the Boaters Sunday to listen to the music - the music was outstanding and one must pinch oneself and remember it is free !
We eat to get a seat and didn't expect much but the food was very good , spicy salad was delicious as was the tuna - reasonably priced and added to a very good evening !

IW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice views of the river, but rowdy at times and food was overpriced for the quality. Aperol spritz was mostly soda water.

a
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service was amazing but the noise factor was so load not easy to have a chat. I would go again but in a party of 4+.

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing Sunday lunch courtesy of The Boaters. Thank you!!

G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting by the river.We as vegans were so impressed with the options! My daughter had vegan fish and chips,tofu with seaweed in batter delicious! I had the beetroot patty burger,wonderful,with great triple cooked chips.

A
London
41 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, good service, lovely pub, spot on location by the river.

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we brought our friend from Spain who was very impressed with the food, especially the padron peppers.
Really lovely friendly staff who accommodated our needs.
Thanks

GF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

An Amazing evening listening to Jackie Hicks and her jazz band