The Boarding House

4.3
247 reviews
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The Boarding Houses, The original country hotel dates back to 1770 making this one of the oldest pubs in Renfrewshire, and keeping in the spirit of the original Howwood Inn, which boasted two bars serving a wide range of whiskies and ales. Our pub The Ale House continues the tradition with a vast selection of Whisky, Gins, Ales and our restaurant serves the finest locally sourced food making the Boarding House the true home of honest food.
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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and brilliant staff.

Waitress was chatty attentive and looked after our daughter very well.

Truly a joy to visit, portion size was great, we ordered side dishes as we were hungry but couldn’t finish everything. Best batter on a piece of fish I’ve had for a very long time, not greasy at all and light and crispy.

Well done Boarding House

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RM
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit and won’t be our last. Another great meal with family, great food, great atmosphere and great service. An excellent place for every occasion!

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JP
Dunbartonshire
6 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

nice place to take friends, good food at reasonable prices, wine a little expensive, attentive friendly staff.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food was beautiful staff were great. The coffee and cake for £1.95 was a outstanding value. Hope they keep this offer I'll be back with my friends after our Tuesday morning run for cake & coffee.

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LM
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waited ain’t time for the one course each we ordered. The duck was tough asked for it to be brown meat advised it could only be pink as that was what chef was cooking. Makes me think wAs frozen meat just warmed up. The o lot good thing was the chips with fish. The fish had more batter than fish.

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C
Dunbartonshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great meal and good service . What more can you say. Really glad I live in the village.

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K
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant suitable for all occasions. Friendly atmosphere. Food very tasty. Unfortunately despite asking for no ice cream or cream with my dessert as I’m Lactose intolerant I was still served up my dessert with cream. 😃

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AM
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening meal whilst out with friends. The staff were very pleasant & attentive, the food was first class. Overall it was a great evening & great value for money.

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MB
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here many times and it gets better each time we visit! Great selection of options on menu, food superb and staff very attentive and friendly.

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JP
Dunbartonshire
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely Boxing Day menu with the usual very good food. There was a good choice of all courses and the desserts were really yummy. The staff are always pleasant and attentive .

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H
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor value for money, Procesco half glass of fizz, sorbet tasteless service poor, constantly interupted with the wrong meals, manager as well interupting in the middle of a conversation, asked about a taxi home?? no help at all!!
Howwood Inn where are you?

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RM
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second visit and have been very impressed on both occasions. A lovely Christmas lunch enjoyed with family in a vibrant but relaxed atmosphere. A local gem! Will be visiting again soon.

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J
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely festive menu at a good price, quality food and nice staff.

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MJ
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was not up to the usual standard. We did speak to staff and they dealt with our concern.

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SC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for a family dinner with ages from 12-82. Everyone was very happy with their food. The atmosphere was lovely and the staff very attentive and caring.

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, drink service still slow not sure why just takes a long time to get drinks after ordering. Food arrived quicker than the drinks did. Overall tho very good meal and dining

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e
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch, and very large portions. Good value and great service. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday, and the staff even brought her a birthday cupcake and sang Happy Birthday to her. It was a really nice touch.

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DP
Dunbartonshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As good as ever as never been disappointed with the food and service here after many visits.

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C
Dunbartonshire
6 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we had a lovely meal and the staff were great as always.

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MM
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value for money portion sizes huge Christmas menu very filling and tasty
Staff were attentive and friendly
Nice relaxing atmosphere..
Full of the festivities..

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RO
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Car park not enough spaces with poor lighting not good , food great staff polite

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EG
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with a friend and we were very impressed with the service, food presentation, and the decor etc. We particularly liked being able to sit for a while after eating and catch up with each others' news without feeling that we had to leave.

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M
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Apart from one cold plate we were all very happy with our visit and would return and recommend

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LD
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food friendly staff we will definitely be back

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took friends for an evening meal. Everything was great including attentive enthusiastic staff. We shall definitely visit again.

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C
Dunbartonshire
6 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I live in the Howwood area and love this restaurant. My only criticism is service was be a bit slow on the drinks order. Our pre dinner drink arrived seconds before our meal did. So a bit slow. Otherwise the staff are lovely and the food worth waiting for.
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IK
Dunbartonshire
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was poor on Friday night as waiters appeared to be doing extra tasks during service and couldn’t concentrate on customers. Drinks and tea had to be requested several times before being served. Apart from these issues I really enjoyed the meal and will return.

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w
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first visit but will be using again for any type of dining as it caters for all types of meals five stars all round

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CA
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant. Food was excellent so too was the service. We were there for a late lunch. Prices were very reasonable. Would definitely go again.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We had a long wait for our food but the staff were very good and we were offered free coffee and cake as a good will gesture for the long wait, all other tables around us were all served before us .Apparently there was a problem with the kitchen

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DE
Dunbartonshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Have eaten here many time, thoroughly enjoyed our meal

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AB
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and very good value. Service was very good . The staff were young cheerful and polite.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Didn’t take or offer to take our coats
Didn’t have any Sauvignon Blanca so ordered 2 glasses of Pinot grigio went to refresh or dirinks and was told no Pinot Grigio left either not what you come to expect from a restaurant poor and then they add the 2 exstra glass to my bill anyway not a happy customer

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited with a friend for dinner. Everything was perfect including the friendly, attentive staff.

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BM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal at the boarding house..lovely fish/chips ..steak pie ..lovely friendly service..will be returning..thanks

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AH
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and i really enjoyed our meal.. plenty of choice and the staff were excelkent

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PM
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for a meal, lovely ambience. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, nothing was a bother. Have benn a few times and food and service is always excellent.

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JP
Dunbartonshire
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The usual good meal although the fish goujons and chips not up to the usual standard of freshness, everything else very good

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RT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father and I enjoyed an excellent 2-course lunch of tomato soup and fish goujons, washed down with a pint of IPA. Food and service were spot-on. The ambience is a massive improvement on it's former guise as the Howwood Inn. The restaurant has a very airy feel with various areas of light and shade. The finishes are sympathetic to the original building. There is apparently a different menus for weekends so will definitely be returning. Highly recommended.

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JC
Dunbartonshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner celebrating our daughters birthday. Thank you

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