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  4. Distance: 12.20mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 10.38mi
  2. Distance: 10.38mi
  3. Distance: 10.68mi
  4. Distance: 12.20mi

About The Boarding House

The Boarding House has been in the Smith family for 12 years. In 2015 a major refurbishment was started, transforming the building into a modern, contemporary restaurant and ale house with expanded function facilities.

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 modern Ale House continues the tradition with a vast selection of Whisky, Gins and Ales and our restaurant serves the finest locally sourced food making the Boarding House the true home of honest food.

Main street
Howwood, Renfrewshire PA9 1BQ
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
British

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 to 21:45

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01505 703119

Website:
http://www.theboardinghouse.co.uk/

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

The Boarding House Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (39)
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Casual (35)
Sunday Lunch (34)
Neighbourhood Gem (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Group Bookings (25)
Afternoon Coffee (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Cosy (19)
Child Friendly (19)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Afternoon Tea (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Local Ingredients (14)
Fun (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Seasonal (10)
Business Meals (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Brunch (8)
Great Beer (7)
Romance (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Outdoor Eating (3)
Outstanding Value (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Lovely surroundings with very good food. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Good sized portions, lovely fresh veg and value for money.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on 2 January 2018

One of my favourite places to go and eat! Lovely staff, amazing food.. amazing alcohol! Would highly recommend it to anyone!

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
ambience3
service5
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 26 December 2017

We had a lovely meal it was just unfortunate that there was problems with the heating as it was very cold, couldn't fault the staff as they were very apologetic , these things happen and it won't put us off going again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on 18 December 2017

Good food, good value in nice surroundings and great service.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on 16 December 2017

Lovely meal with good vegetarian options. Comfortable and friendly with excellent food and service. I look forward to my next visit.

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Great friendly & efficient service even when the restaurant was extremely busy.
Food was piping hot, portions were enormous . Great value for money

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 13 December 2017

This is a gem of a restaurant it always delivers top quality food combined with excellent service, we have never had any reason to complain about anything, well worth a visit.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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·Dined on 9 December 2017

Went for festive afternoon tea. Great selection of cakes. We couldn't finish ours and went home with box of leftovers. Staff very friendly. This was our first visit but will be going back again soon.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on 8 December 2017

21st meal as usual service and food excellent

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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 3 December 2017

As usual the food was excellent.
The staff are always friendly and provide fabulous customer service.

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·Dined on 28 November 2017

Let me start by saying I am a hard person to please!

I live locally to this restaurant, when it first opened (after recent renovation) I went for dinner I was not very impressed, the menu was confusing and trying to be too posh. After suggestions from friends to give it another try all I can say is I am SO glad I did.

Howwood is a small village with few local amenities, 1 pub..1 village store..1 cafe...a "local hotel" (I'll get to that soon!) and The Boarding House.

All I can say now is the Boarding House is fantastic. I dined with my wife for a late dinner (19:30). The staff were immediately welcoming and very friendly, jackets taken and we were seated very quickly. Menus and wine list arrived straight away and we were given a few minutes to settle before drinks orders were taken. Great selection of beers on offer, large selection of gins etc. Our order arrived promptly and we were given more time to look over the menu before ordering.

I was going to say the menu was simple now but that seems like a negative comment...shall I just say the menu wasn't confusing but there lots of great choices but not overly complicated. Ok there was no sushi or egg yolk licked with asparagus smoke....but real dishes like garlic King Prawns or sautéed mushrooms or dare I say it but even prawn cocktail (this is what I had and I must say it was just great!)

The main dishes were also nicely varied, the menu represents a good balance of quality restaurant food from fish and chips to steaks, salmon, pasta and vegetarian. Our main dishes were also very good, char grilled pork and a chicken balmoral. Both were served with ample sides of well prepared vegetables and potatoes (mashed that worked great with our sauces). No room for dessert!

Our previous restaurant of choice was the "local hotel". Well all I can say is if the "local hotel" is reading this then you should visit The Boarding House, this place does everything you should aspire to!

Well done!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Cozy
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·Dined on 28 November 2017

Excellent evening, staff and service superb. Food was lovely and great value

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on 4 November 2017

Staff were very warm and welcoming, food was excellent, only downside was no wine list :-(

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 3 November 2017

Always a pleasure

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 22 October 2017

3rd visit. Fabulous food. Impressed as always . Staff are great especially waitresses friendly and helpful

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Inverness)·Dined on 22 October 2017

Excellent Sunday lunch with family and introducing my brother in law to the place - he thought it was fabulous.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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service5
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·Dined on 22 October 2017

First time at Boardinghouse - won’t be my last. Sarah & Samantha were attentive.

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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Had a lovely meal out with friends. Food was very nice and service was friendly I would happily return

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on 14 October 2017

This restaurant is a must to visit , food & staff fab 5*

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 12 October 2017

Great venue, friendly professional staff. Food excellent

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·Dined on 8 October 2017

2nd visit. Food outstanding, service impeccable, friendly staff. Will definately visit again. Obligingly turned music down as we were sat under a speaker,excellent customer service

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Casual, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (Inverness)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Brilliant food, service, atmosphere on Fri night ...so glad it's my local...! Thank Adrian and Team - doing a fabulous job. x

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 27 August 2017

My husband and I had a lovely evening. What else can I say? Will definitely go back now and again. The staff are friendly and efficient.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 18 August 2017

Excellent evening again - delicious well presented food, house white went down a treat, friendly , helpful staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on 18 August 2017

Good experience, friendly and helpful staff, well looked after throughout, food excellent , we enjoyed our first visit

Tags: Worth the Drive
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ambience4
service4
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 (London)·Dined on 16 August 2017

I and a group of friends had a very enjoyable meal. Wednesday night is Steak night, 5 of us had either sirloin or rib eye, all were cooked as ordered and were very good. The others all enjoyed their various meals. The staff are always very friendly.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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·Dined on 9 August 2017

For mid week dining excellent food, service and GF choices not an issue.
Friday / Saturday service and food quality poor and no interest by waiting staff in GF issues - possibly because it is very busy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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 (Glasgow)·Dined on 5 August 2017

This was our second visit to the Boarding House for a meal .It was lovely ,service was great .After our meal we spent the remainder of the evening in the bar. Great night

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Business Meals, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 2 August 2017

Decided to try steak night - food delicious, cooked to perfection, busy but service good, waitresses extremely friendly and helpful, cheery and efficient. House red and white went down a treat . Will most definitely be back - in fact have booked in for next week already.👍

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Kid-friendly, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 30 July 2017

This has become our favourite restaurant for a get together with friends or family. The staff are a delight and the food is consistently good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (Inverness)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere - as always...!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (London)·Dined on 28 July 2017

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

Lovely staff and great food.
Nice atmosphere.
Will definitely be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 22 July 2017

We had a lovely lunch and we had fantastic service from all the staff but especially the young girl who gave our 6 year old grandson a lot of attention and kept him supplied with empire biscutes 😁

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 15 July 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It was freshly prepared for us which makes all the difference. Have been to the Boarding House on a number of occasions and will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Inverness)·Dined on 14 July 2017

Great night guys, football, drinks then food, it was fantastic; thank you!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Aberdeen)·Dined on 6 July 2017

Food was great, service was good. Definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 6 July 2017

Went to the boarding house on a recommendation and it didn't disappoint will definitely be back was was lovely and service was great

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 23 June 2017

Fantastic food and very good value. Staff are really friendly and helpful too. Only downside was because it was busy and the music was loud it was harder to hear conversation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dunbartonshire)·Dined on 3 June 2017

Our fourth visit in a little over a month speaks volumes. Food is always first class and the staff are friendly and polite.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Great Beer
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