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The Beetle & Wedge

4.5
4.5
50 Reviews
£25 and under
British

The Beetle and Wedge Boathouse is tucked away, and perfectly positioned on the most stunning part of the River Thames. The setting is like no other riverside venue which means you can switch off, unwind, and enjoy your precious time with us. The Beetle has played a huge part in many lives over the years and is steeped in literature history, from the Wind in the Willows, to Three Men in a Boat and not forgetting HG Well’s Mr Polly it has truly fascinated all that have discovered its true beauty. Our owner, Ben, has ensured that its character and charm has remained while adding his own magical touch.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Sat 08:00–23:00
    Sun 08:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01491 651381

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Josh Revis

  • Area

    Wallingford

  • Public Transit

    Cholsey railway station.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

Menu

Starters

  • Thai Coconut*£6.25

    sweetcorn & chilli soup, black onion seed naan bread

    • Pan Fried Scallops**£12.00

      apple & hazelnut salad, cauliflower puree, crispy Parma ham

      • Harissa Lamb Spring Roll**£8.50

        tzatziki, scorched cucumber, tomato jam

        • Beetroot Panna Cotta£7.50

          smoked aubergine & vegan feta pithivier, spiced tomato

          • Soft Shell Crab Tempura£10.50

            shellfish bisque, pink grapefruit & fennel

            • Goats' Cheese Mousse*£9.00

              caramelised fig, black pepper & walnut tuile, Balsamic caviar

              • Wood Pigeon*£8.50

                blue cheese bon bon, herb sour cream, frisee endive & pomegranate salad

                • Giant Prawn Gambas**£11.95

                  lemon chilli butter, grilled baby gem salad

                  • Pork & Chorizo Scotch Egg£7.50

                    celeriac & whole grain mustard remoulade

                    Mains

                    • Whole Megrim Sole Meunière* **£20.00

                      brown shrimp, rainbow chard, crispy Parmentier potatoes

                      • Battered Haddock & Chips* **£15.95

                        crushed peas, tartare sauce

                        • Rack of Lamb**£19.50

                          pearl couscous & pomegranate, grilled artichoke, chimichurri

                          • Pork Tenderloin**£19.00

                            purple broccoli, almond, Jersey Royal Lyonnaise, browned apple, verjus

                            • Crispy Ricotta Gnocchi£14.00

                              pea & broad bean fricassee, tomato & olive oil, Parmesan crisp

                              • Cornish Crab Mac N' Cheese£28.00

                                roast garlic & lemon gremolata, spiced tomato gel, baby rocket

                                • Giant Prawn Gambas**£19.95

                                  lemon chilli butter, grilled baby gem salad, fries

                                  • Carrot & Coriander Risotto* **£15.00

                                    pine nut dukka, cumin & citrus labneh

                                    • 8oz Brisket Burger* **£15.50

                                      gruyere cheese, pickled cucumber, fries, scorched corn

                                      • 10oz Ribeye**£26.00

                                        garlic Portobello mushroom, confit tomato, chips. Choice of Peppercorn sauce or Bordelaise sauce

                                        • Veal T-Bone for 2**£55.00

                                          Pont Neuf potatoes, Portobello mushroom, tomato, rocket & Parmesan salad. Choice of Peppercorn sauce or Bordelaise sauce

                                          Sides

                                          all at $3.95

                                          • Hispi Cabbage**

                                            • Truffle Mac N' Cheese

                                              • Purple Sprouting Broccoli**

                                                chilli & almond

                                                • Bubble & Squeak* **

                                                  crispy onion

                                                  • Thin or Thick Fries

                                                    • Rocket & Parmesan

                                                      balsamic glaze

                                                      Puddings

                                                      • Rhubarb & Custard Panna Cotta*£7.25

                                                        ginger shortbread, salted caramac

                                                        • Spiced Carrot Cake£8.00

                                                          toasted walnuts, cream cheese frosting, stem ginger ice cream

                                                          • Dark Chocolate & Banana Brownie£7.50

                                                            caramel pecan ice cream

                                                            • Pimm's jelly£8.25

                                                              macerated strawberries, basil & mint syrup, honeycomb pieces

                                                              • Lemon Drizzle Sponge£7.25

                                                                nut meringue, sour cherry, clotted cream ice cream

                                                                • Selection of Ice Creams / Sorbets*£7.25

                                                                  Vanilla, chocolate, Clotted cream, Strawberry, blackcurrant, raspberry, orange

                                                                  • Cheese Board Selection*£9.50

                                                                    Keen's Cheddar, Beauvale Blue, Tunworth, Rosary Ash

                                                                    Last updated: 1 October 2021

                                                                    What 50 people are saying

                                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                                    4.5
                                                                    4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                    • 4.4Food
                                                                    • 4.7Service
                                                                    • 4.6Ambience
                                                                    • 4.2Value

                                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                                      Best Overall

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                                                                      Best Service

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                                                                      Best Ambience

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                                                                      Healthy

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                                                                      Lunch

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                                                                      Scenic View

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                                                                      Special Occasions

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

                                                                      Good Vegetarian Options

                                                                    • Oxford/Oxfordshire

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                                                                    1. RA

                                                                      RebeccaA

                                                                      London

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 1 day ago

                                                                      overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                                      Great atmosphere and lovely decor, service was great.

                                                                    2. CJ

                                                                      ChrisJ

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      A Tuesday evening meal. Beautiful restaurant interior, with newly put up Christmas decorations. Spacious. Starters: scallops superb; poached egg, mushroom fricassee perfect. Mains were good size portions: ribeye steak so tender; whole sole excellent too. Desserts: rhubarb and custard panna cotta; chocolate and banana brownie with ice cream. Both also yummy. Overall the quality was brilliant, well worth the prices. Will definitely return again (this was our third visit in the last few months).

                                                                    3. MC

                                                                      MarkusC

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                      vip
                                                                      4.0

                                                                      18 reviews

                                                                      Dined 3 days ago

                                                                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Excellent food and great location with a beautiful outlook over the Thames

                                                                    4. JC

                                                                      JaneC

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 4 days ago

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      As ever excellent food and service. Thank you for a lovely evening.

                                                                    5. m

                                                                      mito

                                                                      London

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                      We returned to the Beetle and Wedge after a long absence and were delighted with the food, ambience and service. We will come back again soon

                                                                    6. BK

                                                                      BenK

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 6 days ago

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      A superb lunch - so good we had 3 courses! Service was spot on (how it used to be before Covid and places became too stretched) and food was simply delicious. I’d always thought this venue seemed a bit pricey. But we will be back.

                                                                    7. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Buckinghamshire

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      Lovely restaurant with buzzing atmosphere, delicious food and very good value.

                                                                    8. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined 7 days ago

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Lovely food great service

                                                                    9. UA

                                                                      UrsulaA

                                                                      Surrey

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      1.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 24 November 2021

                                                                      overall1food1service4ambience1

                                                                      We went here a few weeks ago and it was good, this week (4 weeks later) it was very poor. The steaks were not cooked and we sent them back, got the same plate and slightly more cooked same steaks. The pidgeon starter was raw, sent that back too. Asked for the bill and left, they charged us full price even though we were not happy. Not the servers fault though, they were very polite and apologetic but food was just awful.

                                                                    10. SJ

                                                                      SimonJ

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 24 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Wonderful location Lovely staff Charming in every way.

                                                                    11. DC

                                                                      DebC

                                                                      Buckinghamshire

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                      Despite being local this was our first visit as we had expected a far more expensive and busy place. This is now our new favourite place! We feel cheated not to have tried it before so thoroughly recommend that you try for yourself. We had drinks in the bar before our meal in the restaurant and it was very relaxed, great ambience, beautiful surroundings. The bill is slightly on the expensive side but certainly not much more than any of the decent pubs around the area.

                                                                    12. AD

                                                                      AlanD

                                                                      Sydney

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 23 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food3service5ambience5

                                                                      The atmophere was very positive and the social distancing was good. Service was attentive and positive. We had a problem with the Venison - it was very chewy, so we complained and they offered us a complimentary desert - my wife was unable to eat the meat! Like all meats the quality of supply cannot be guaranteed. We will return as all our previous experiences have been very positive so just a glitch.

                                                                    13. WH

                                                                      WandaHippo

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 22 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      love it, the view the ambience and the food is good too! just wish it were closer to Oxford, but will definitely be booking it again

                                                                    14. GM

                                                                      GMDM

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                      Fabulous location and lovely environment. Food generally good but have had better for less elsewhere. Friendly service.

                                                                    15. BG

                                                                      BerylG

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 20 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                      Excellent choice of appetising dishes. It didn’t disappoint.

                                                                    16. RE

                                                                      RoyE

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 14 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                      Probably one of the best Sunday lunches I've had. Good service and a great location. The chef seemed to have thoughtfully put flavours together and everything tasted excellent.

                                                                    17. AK

                                                                      AlisonK

                                                                      London

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 13 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      Good vibe, enthusiastic and happy staff; great food.

                                                                    18. EB

                                                                      EmmaB

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      3.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 12 November 2021

                                                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                                      So so. Food very average .

                                                                    19. N

                                                                      Northwood

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 11 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      Staff lovely, cheerful and attentive, in one of the outside cabins and lovely experience.

                                                                    20. N

                                                                      Nila

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 9 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Gorgeous setting, good food and great service - lovely to celebrate there

                                                                    21. W

                                                                      josieW

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 8 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      A really excellent dinner in very comfortable surroundings, served by friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommend. Thank you.

                                                                    22. SI

                                                                      SIMONWG

                                                                      Gloucestershire

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 7 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Stunning location, great menu, well prepared ingredients with lots of love put into the cooking and smart presentation. Service was friendly and courteous; young but a very capable and attentive team. Definitely going to come back and will also look at an overnight stay - then we can benefit from a nice walk on the thames path and a boat trip!

                                                                    23. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Mums 80th birthday

                                                                    24. F

                                                                      Foodie

                                                                      London

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Delicious meal, great dairy free mains options, lovely service

                                                                    25. NE

                                                                      NigelE

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 5 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      A most enjoyable lunch with attentive and smooth service. Excellent food.

                                                                    26. KW

                                                                      KeithW

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food2service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent position next to River Thames, but spoilt by low quality food. For example sole full of bones!

                                                                    27. JM

                                                                      JMBuk

                                                                      New York Area

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 4 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Absolutely superb Had the venison and shared 2 puddings, lemon drizzle and the panacotta Highly recommended

                                                                    28. P

                                                                      Pebb

                                                                      Essex

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 2 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      We ate twice here during the week and thoroughly enjoyed both occasions. Good menu and hence food, with very friendly staff and service, what more could you want?

                                                                    29. PH

                                                                      PeterH

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 2 November 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      As a family, we have dined at the Beetle and Wedge over the years. The change of ownership together with the refurbishment appears to maintain the good standards. Staff in particular were were very good, lovely meal and our friends that we entertained intend to revisit in the not too distant future

                                                                    30. PR

                                                                      PhilR

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 2 November 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      Premises clean and appetizing. Service attentive but not intrusive. Food very good. It's worth mentioning that I had to change the time of our visit on the day before we were due to be there; this was handled in a very polite and friendly manner. We will be visiting the Beetle & Wedge again.

                                                                    31. LC

                                                                      LisaC

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 30 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      The place has a lovely relaxed feel to it. Staff were very attentive and looked after us throughout. The food was amazing and would definitely go again to experience more.

                                                                    32. PS

                                                                      PaulS

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 28 October 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      The food was very tasty, fresh and was gluten free to cope with my daughter intolerance.

                                                                    33. UM

                                                                      UrsulaM

                                                                      Oxford

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 24 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Second Sunday lunch in a row here … just great. Taken in the bar again so that we could bring our dog. Thanks to all for delicious food (I just had to have the pork again) and good service! And for the dog’s water bowl too!

                                                                    34. AC

                                                                      AnthonyC

                                                                      Las Vegas

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 24 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Birthday good food and service

                                                                    35. g

                                                                      gordonm

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 23 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Excellent service in a very busy restaurant. Staff are always so pleasant and willing to help with any request - well trained no doubt! Good wine list to choose from either by glass or bottle which is nice. My wife and I have had many super meals in the past few weeks and recommended the venue to friends after it’s recent change of ownership. Continued success! G.

                                                                    36. f

                                                                      francesf

                                                                      London

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 22 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Been awhile since dined here. Four of us for lunch and even better than I remember. Service was very good from all staff attentive, happy, and helpful. Nice day so sat in outside pod which suited us very well. The quality and presentation of the food was exceptional (2 Vegetarians in party). I couldn't fault a single item (nothing was left). Suffice to say booked again before we departed. Thank You.

                                                                    37. d

                                                                      davidb

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 22 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      Great menu choices. The food is of a consistently high quality. Well trained and friendly waiters. Superb location overlooking the Thames.

                                                                    38. b

                                                                      bunty

                                                                      Berkshire

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 21 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      We are never disappointed at B&W .

                                                                    39. AS

                                                                      AlexaS

                                                                      Los Angeles

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      5.0

                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                      Dined on 21 October 2021

                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                      We dined at the Beetle and Wedge following a recommendation from a friend. We could not have been more impressed by the standard of the food, ambience and beautiful setting with riverfront view. We each sampled different dishes and every one was exceptional. Quite a pricey spot but we will most definitely be returning

                                                                    40. OT

                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      4.0

                                                                      1 review

                                                                      Dined on 18 October 2021

                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                      Simple birthday lunch with my wife. Food was brilliant, rack of lamb with Pearl couscous. Meat just melted in the mouth. Highly recommended.

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                                                                    The Beetle & Wedge is rated 4.5 stars by 50 OpenTable diners

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                                                                    Booked 3 times today
                                                                    Google Map for The Beetle & Wedge

                                                                    Ferry Lane Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 9JF

                                                                    • Area

                                                                      Wallingford

                                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                                      Mon–Sat 08:00–23:00
                                                                      Sun 08:00–22:00

                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                      British

                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                      Casual Dining

                                                                    • Dress Code

                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                    • Public Transit

                                                                      Cholsey railway station.

                                                                    • Payment Options

                                                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                    • Executive Chef

                                                                      Josh Revis

                                                                    • Additional

                                                                      Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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