Boaters

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Gastro Pub
We are thrilled to announce that we will be reopening on Monday 27th July. We have put a number of steps in place to ensure the safety of our guests and teams. For the time being, we request our guests make a booking before visiting so that we can maintain safe distancing in the pub. We will be operating table service only and will not be able to accommodate standing drinkers at the bar.
What 352 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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MiaA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great Sunday lunch!

We had booked a table at 1 and arrived a bit early, but it wasn't a problem.
We asked if we could seat by the river, and they made it happen.
(I recommend the far end, as it's also next to a rowing club and you can watch them train.)
They took good care of us, fast and attentively.
I loved that I was offered sauces and even extra gravy. I never had to ask or feel like I was demanding, quite the contrary.
I also witnessed how different questions and preferences from the table next to ours were also accommodated right away.

Our Sunday Roast was gorgeous.
My partner had the chicken and was very happy with it.
I had the Beef and it was the best I've had in a long time! Nice, juicy beef.
Yorkshire puddings are massive. And the trimmings are the beloved basics (no cheesy cauliflower contaminating the plate!).
I recommend the pigs in blankets as an extra if you have a big appetite.

The ladies restroom has tiny stalls. Really tiny. But the whole area is spotless and beautifully decorated.
Sanitising gel was provided.

Moving around the pub is different during the pandemic. But because it wasn't crowded, it was safe and easy to go to the restroom and back. Never feeling like I was interrupting the flow of the staff, as they were happy to give way and keep distances with no hurry.

I understand it wasn't a normal Sunday, as the pandemic has changed the whole process. But for a Sunday Lunch, it's a positive thing. The pub wasn't crowded or loud, so it felt cosy and relaxed. And as safe as it can get!

I will be sure to return!

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lAURAb
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Lovely bit quiet due to covid restrictions - so go if you can

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EmmaR
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took my elderly parents here for lunch - Really well organised re social distancing and track and trace which made us all feel comfortable and confident with system. Food was excellent - my dad had the fish and chips; not a crumb left on his plate. Burger was tender and handmade. The service was attentive and kind. Definitely recommend.

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VikS
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great pub and drinks with a service to match. Attentive and very personable staff. Overall and excellent experience.

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StevenA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was very nice. Friendly and helpful staff who were taking PPE and contract tracing seriously.

Boaters
Responded on 12 October 2020

@StevenA Thank you for your lovely review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

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lindaw
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very nice lunch,only crumble was on the club sandwich the bread was to hard so i left it on the side,would be lovely with softer bread.infact we all left the very hard bread,but rest of food was very nice.also well set out,we felt very safe

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SharonR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great even if a little slow. Food was hot and enjoyable.
They Made a small presentation to acknowledge it was my 60th in form of a plaque saying happy birthday with a small dessert on, lovely touch.

Boaters
Responded on 12 October 2020

@SharonR Thank you for your kind words. We are very happy you chose us for your Birthday celebrations and are super glad you had a good time.

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Kenno
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food as always, the starters were delicious and a good size, steak beautifully cooked and the crumble was the ideal rainy day warmer for pud, although more custard was definitely required. Great pub, one of my favourites!

Boaters
Responded on 12 October 2020

@Kenno thank you for your positive comments about our pub, have and great day and hope to see you again soon!

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JenniferH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A table on the riverside terrace was a perfect setting for a lovely meal. Excellent service.

Boaters
Responded on 12 October 2020

@JenniferH Thank you for your kind words. We strive for 100% satisfaction, and it is great to see you had such a positive experience.

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Adele
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peter and the Team are incredible! Lovely, accommodating and down to earth! We love dining there so much so that we’ve visited 3 times this week alone!

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JeremyB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We love this pub but none of us really enjoyed the food. I paid £11 for a starter of scallops and prawns that had just two scallops and only one prawn. The server asked how it was and I said it was small. He didn't seem very interested in any feedback beyond 'fine'. Even with £10 off per person it seemed average value for money. I think we'll stick to drinks in the future.

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LucyS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sea Bass! Please extend the 'eat out to help out' deal, that will keep us coming into Autumn!

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Jones
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent, and there was plenty of outside seating.

We went on a Monday lunchtime when it was quiet. Indoors looked clean and well spaced. Food was good and reasonably priced. Will visit again.

Boaters
Responded on 12 October 2020

@Jones Thank you for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. hope to see you again soon.

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nitinr
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service could have been much better and attentive considering it was not busy .

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely location attentive staff and good food choices.

Boaters
Responded on 29 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we hope to see you again soon. The Boaters Team

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Foodnutter
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food pretty expensive and served in quite small quantities but quality good. Fantastic service from waiter.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@foodnutter Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Your thoughts will be taken into account. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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MarJohn
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The last day of the summer? Lunch outside in the garden by the river. Steak sandwich was good; my wife had terrine. Both tasty. Very impressed with the Covid-19 protocol - by far the most professional on Kingston Riverside.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@MarJohn Thank you for your nice review and kind words. Look forward to seeing you again soon. The Boaters Team

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Location and atmosphere trumps the food and

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HannahT
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting by the river, great attentive service despite how busy it was.

Boaters
Responded on 29 September 2020

@HannahT, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we aim to deliver the same service no matter how busy and are happy that you enjoyed your visit. The Boaters Team

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UNIXfilmman
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good pub, which takes COVID safely seriously. Nice food, good drinks and good service.

Boaters
Responded on 29 September 2020

@UNIXfilmman, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review The Boaters Team

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TheAteam
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab river location, lovely evening and brill food with excellent service. Have been twice in 2 weeks (with different people) and am planning on going again next week!

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@TheAteam Thank you so much for your kind words. Super Happy to have your regular custom and provide excellent service. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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BluntSpeaking
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gorgeous autumn day, a table looking over the river, perfect fish and chips, AND a £10 rebate. What could have been better?

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@BluntSpeaking Thank you for your lovely review. We also think Eat out to help out is a fab offer! The Boaters Team

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AimiB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fast service and great prosecco. Right on the Thames in a shady spot.

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dianar
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely pub by the river; good food and service and very actively following COVID guidelines for customer safety

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DelphineK
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We are lucky to have this place as our local. Its exceptional location by the river makes it such a lovely place to hangout with friends in the beer garden, or have a romantic diner on the balcony.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@DelphineK Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The Boaters Team

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Marebert
London
13 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Stood for 20 mins trying to sort out track and trace which was unnecessarily complicated, involving a QR code and a text option, when just one of those would be enough. Service was variable. Offered water but had to ask for it twice more, then it came twice. No steak or pie available, so choice limited. We were there for a limited lunch break so ended up having to leave without dessert because of the wait.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@Marebert thanks for your feedback on the track and trace. We are aware it has been a lengthly process and has now been adapted to make it more user friendly. Being a fresh food outlet we do tend to run out of the most popular dishes. As we are in a prime location we have a tendency to get very busy during some points of service and this is something that we continuously work hard to improve. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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LuizaK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and attentive staff. Nice and tasty food 👍🏻

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KarinaO
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

Very disappointed by Sunday roast. We were regulars at The Boaters Inn and looks like we are not coming back after our recent meal. Pork belly was like a rubber (had to ask for a stake knife!), hardly any variety of veggies (it's a Sunday roast!), no stuffing, had to remind them about an apple sauce that they forgot to bring. Paid £40 for two, shared our disappointment with the waitress and asked to feed back to the kitchen. Poor food presentation, no flavours, so sad since they were our top choice for a Sunday roast ...

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Customer
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location. Good choices of drinks. Plenty of space. Love the outdoor. Not so good if you don't eat meat and generally speaking not an amazing menu.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you taking the time to leave a review. We take all your comments into consideration. We are constantly looking into seasonal changes of our menu to include a variety of dietary requirements. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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LouiseS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, wonderful service. A lovely location.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you so much for you kind words, very much appreciated. The Boaters Team

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DavidG
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very impressed by the serving staff - all friendly and helpful, and all wearing PPE. Nice relaxed atmosphere and good food.
Just a couple of niggles: I don't recall any option to specify an outside or indoor table when booking, however it is possible to add notes to your booking. After having already given my details when booking, While I understand the need to complete a further registration for the NHS via barcode scanning or texting, this could be a problem for someone turning up without a mobile phone.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@DavidG Thank you for taking the time to write a review adn for your kind words. For future reference, we don't take bookings for outside just because we can never count on English weather. If you leave a note requesting a table outside then we can move your booking outside on the day if the weather allows it. We have improved our test and trace process after some helpful feedback and do have a option for people who don't have phones. Hope to see you again soon. The Boaters Team

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Mark
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place along the Thames for an alfresco dinner or drink. The food is routinely good to excelllent, and the staff are friendly and helpful.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. The Boaters Team

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UNIXfilmman
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good pub, which takes COVID safely seriously. Good food and service.

Boaters
Responded on 29 September 2020

@UNIXfilmman, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, we hope to see you again soon. The Boaters Team

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Edwardo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

NIce to be back at the Boaters -good food........and graet beer!

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

So Nice to be back and have you back! The Boaters Team

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Billie
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very tasty and great atmosphere. Service was a bit slow but it was very busy due to the EATOUT scheme. Regardless would definitely recommend.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@Billie Thank you for the nice review and recommendation. The Boaters Team

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DanP
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pie we have ever had. Great food, great beer and great service

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

@DanP So happy to hear you loved your pie! We will make sure we pass your comments on to the head chef. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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Bill
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food in a very pleasant environment, nice music and lighting not at all intrusive.

Boaters
Responded on 24 September 2020

Thank you for your kind words. We really appreciate your positive review. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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PeterF
London
14 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Covid precautions were clear and well managed by the staff. Service was good and food well priced. Recommended

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LukeW
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant standard food. Strong safety protocols. A really good post lockdown experience

Boaters
Responded on 29 August 2020

@LukeW Thank you for your kind words. Really happy to hear you had a great experience with us and that all protocols put in place are effective. Hope to see you again soon. Thanks, The Boaters Team

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CatherineW
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of my fav pubs to eat at in the area. Always have a great choice for vegetarians. Staff super friendly and helpful.

Boaters
Responded on 29 August 2020

@CatherineW Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive review. Really proud to be one of your favs and thank you for being a loyal customer. Hope to see you again soon, The Bosters Team

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FAQs

Boaters does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Boaters is rated 4.3 stars by 352 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.