The Boat House Bistro

4.4
87 reviews
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Lunch
With a delicious weekly changing ‘Market Menu’, and stunning panoramic views, eating at The Boat House Bistro provides not just a tempting taste experience but a feast for the senses.

The Head Chef and his team use the finest local ingredients, including freshly caught trout from the reservoir to produce mouth-watering dishes every Saturday and Sunday.

Offering nautical theming and unparalleled views, the beauty of Bewl Water reservoir and nature reserve take centre stage whilst you relax and enjoy a glass wine on The Terrace or a delicious meal in The Boat House.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Third time at the boathouse bistro, and the food never disappoints but the service could be a little bit better. The food is exquisite and exceptional. Will definitely go again sometime soon.

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IM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday lunch with stunning views over the water

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RD
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful, location. The restaurant was a bit chilly on a cold February day but ok. Staff were absolutely lovely. We both had good starters and the Sunday roast was also good with fresh veg, grest roasties and a massive home made Yorkshire. Yhe food was good but not outstanding. However, I would recommend The Boat house Bistro as a fab place to sit, eat, relax and watch the light changing as the day slides by over the beautiful lake and hills. Really worth a visit!

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VW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Altogether my guests and I had a really lovely lunch. The reception and service was efficient and genuinly friendly, the food and wine very good. The noise level is a bit high but actually that is largely compensated by the superb view.
I give it four stars, which is really good as I only give five stars to Michelin 3 star quality.
I will recommend it.

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SP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited the boathouse bistro on several occasions, and the food and service has always been excellent, the staff are always friendly and aim to please, and the view is outstanding,

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BS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a very nice Sunday roast which was excellent value, well presented and good quality. Service was a little hit and miss and they suffered from having a big table in which overloaded the kitchen making our service slow.

One area that could be improved is the drinks offering. No good alcohol free beers, especially alcohol free ales, and no English wines despite being able to see a vineyard from the window - a real missed opportunity.

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J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were recommended to the bistro by my daughter. Wonderful setting. We will definitely come back in the summer. Food very tasty and I presume homemade by the wonderful burger. We will come back for the Sunday lunch.

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LC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of 5 is us walked. We were in walking gear and a bit muddy. Lovely atmosphere/decor. Excellent food. Would visit again.

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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came on new year's day. It was a special menu for this day. Really good choice of dishes and the price was great. Food was lovely and the service was great!

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A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed that we were not informed prior to arrival that it was only Fish and chips on Friday . So my recommendation would be to inform future bookings of that fact Rgds Adrian

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PH
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, really helpful staff and very tasty food.

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OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s our second visit, excellent food and service nothing is too much trouble. Lovely calming atmosphere and an outstanding view. Have booked a third visit!!

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LP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch, everyone was friendly and the food was really good. We will be going again.
Thank you.
Lee Peters

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Went on a Friday for a small group lunch. Very nicely designed and fitted out, great view over the reservoir, bathroom tasteful and clean, the bistro has a casual but upmarket feel to it. The menu was a choice of fish and chips or festive turkey, we all chose the fish and chips. The food came in good time but considering this is usually the only dish on the menu on a Friday I felt it should have been of much better quality. The fish used was pollock which is a shame as it had it's usual pitfalls of being rather tasteless and quite grey in colour - fine in some fish fingers but not great in restaurant quality fish and chips. The batter was pretty good, crisp and not greasy. The chips were quite chunky and a bit overdone so were quite dry and both the peas and the chips were sort of slung on the plate with not a lot of care. I am probably being a bit picky over a plate of fish and chips, but the quality and presentation of the food did not match up to the very lovely surroundings. The staff were friendly enough but not as attentive as they could have been and it took an eternity to get the bill to the point where we were tempted to just leave! Overall it was an 'OK lunch' - I would probably go again simply because of the location (have been twice before some time ago but not on a Friday and the food was good if not memorable) and it has the potential to be a 'go to' place but sadly not until the standard of food and service are improved.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing, my only complaint was that the bar and waiting staff were very inexperienced with the service being very slow. On this occassion it was not a problem as we were catching up with family so we weren't in a hurry.
Saying that all the staff were very friendly, and after all everyone has to learn on the job to become experienced.

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AO
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sits on Bewl Water. Went for Friday's fish and chip lunch in Nov. Low season. Booking required. Nice venue with views across water. Easy parking. Bistro is spacious, modern, clean with good service from attentive staff. Good locally sourced fish and chips. Fixed price and set menu for Friday lunch. Very well done. Will visit again for F&Cs and for full menu at weekends. Can't wait to sit on balcony in the summer.

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LK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This Bistro is in a delightful location. There was just 3 of us and having read the reviews, we were looking forward to Sunday lunch...Such a disappointment! !!..Most of the food is bought in and reheated. ..A squid startery was inedible, overcooked, rubbery. ..Roast top side of beef, again overcooked, tough, without a hint of pink!!..Yorkshire pudding, so hard, due to reheating..Vegetables were ok, still overcooked. ..Roast potatoes were good. .Could have been cooked on premises. ..Didn't bother with dessert. .

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L
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely Sunday lunch. Will definitely be coming back!

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SM
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Friday fish and chips - no choice but good value and a fantastic view of Bewl Water. Nice pudding too (again no choice).
Good but short menu for Saturday and Sunday lunch.

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LA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food, friendly staff and good value for money. Definitely be back. Will recommend.

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CM
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable birthday lunch - good selection of food on set menu. Overlooking Bewl water so lovely views - will go again.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice place to have Sunday lunch. Food is always good and the views are fantastic. Relaxing and good service. Thank you 😊

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PH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

First visit and we were very impressed with the quality of the food. Ideal location for families to enjoy Sunday lunch and beautiful views.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Beautiful setting, really gorgeous views.
They had a set menu of only one item which we where not told about until 30 minutes after arriving when we where informed would we like our fish n chips now!!
Fish wasn't great, chips where from Brakes
Service want great, as it was very quiet i would have thought the waiting staff would have plenty of time to offer you drinks etc, that wasn't the case.
I can only assume a evening here is nicer, though i was looking for a good weekday lunch place in Kent, this has so much potential

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EH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 1service 2ambience 4

Once again we enjoyed our fish & chips lunch followed by a very delicious dessert.

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really relaxed Sunday lunch with excellent food - small but perfectly formed menu, including vegetarian. Will be back to try Fish and Chips Friday! Superb views. Highly recommend.

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p
Spain
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time here excellent food, service couldn’t recommend it enough!!! First class food at a great price

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EC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, lovely setting. Friday night is steak night.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food & wine. Staff attentive. Superb Sunday lunch.

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A
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful food and great value. Very friendly staff but perhaps too many younger/inexperienced waiting staff and we were left waiting quite a bit - not a major concern given the lovely views. Restaurant management were very good about the delays once raised

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

My husband and I went to have the Friday, fish and chips.
It was simply the best fish and chips that we ever had.
The oil used was clean and not smelly and soggy like a lot of fish and chip restaurants with high traffic turnover.
The fish was fresh and flaky and the chips were delightful.
The meal was lovely and we plan to visit again for this Friday offering.

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LW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was exceptionally good. The view across the reservoir is outstanding, and watching the sky slowly change colour as the sun set was a real bonus. The food and wine was delicious and well presented, the atmosphere warm and welcoming in the restaurant. The staff were exceptional - we could not fault the service we received, and a special mention goes to a young man named Kai, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Boat House Bistro for a marvellous evening - we shall certainly return before too long!!

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GB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Views of the reservoir are amazing, only thing was it was “steak night” so there were no starters, only 2 main course options and one dessert

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ST
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited the Boat House Bistro for the first time last Friday evening. We certainly were not disappointed.
Excellent service, Fabulous food and a view to die for. We will definitely be returning.

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B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed with the fish and chip lunch, would not consider this menu again.

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S
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately on the day we booked, a table of 14, who had arrived an hour and a half late, had just put their order in, so from ordering our meal we had over an hour's wait before we received our meal. Not the restaurants fault and the staff were very apologetic, but it still took away from the overall experience. As the food was very good, we will book again.

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VS
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the delicious food and good service. The view was lovely despite the rain. Would love to go back on a sunny day.

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p
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambience. Good service and great views across the water.

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GE
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Family Sunday lunch
First time at the Boat House. The Sunday roast was of a high standard - quality meat in ample portions. The deserts were good - the passion fruit cheesecake very good. Service was pleasant if a little unattentive - took a while to get the bill. But the location, ambience and overall value is good. Would come again.

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MG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On the basis of our experience last Sunday we look forward to entertaining a party of 20 of 9th September.

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