The Boat House Bistro

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133 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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.
What 133 People Are Saying
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CF
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and experience plus a beautiful setting.

v
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The story you have to go far find a really special place to enjoy a meal is not true.
We found the Boat House Bistro to be everything one wants in one place.
Good food, really friendly staff and very attentive to your needs. Great location with plenty parking. Good Prices as well to top it off.
Have been a few times and will certainly return....

JO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent well presented food. Polite and charming service. Wonderful views. We all thoroughly enjoyed lourselves

J
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent fish and chips, but the peas were not good, maybe they should in future serve mushy peas.

SM
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have dined here several times and are never disappointed - good food, good value, served and presented by a young and friendly team.

MP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful views and wonderful food and service and very good value what more could you want? Perhaps a more menu options on a Friday, but that’s far from essential

OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The venue is great, looking out over the water with the sun setting, very relaxing. What is not so relaxing is the service, the attention to detail is awful. Our main course was delivered and the waiter stated he would now bring our vegetables, we then witnessed him taking drinks orders from other tables and talking to others. By the time we had attracted his attention another (much more efficient) waiter had seen this and brought the vegetables, during this time the plates our main course were on were now cold and the beef I had ordered was too.
It’s a shame because this should be a top place to eat if only they could sort out the service.

MP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Now there’s an extra choice on the friday menu it’s even better

K
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday lunch with friends, delicious menu with good choices and excellent value. Staff attentive and courteous.

J
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my mum’s 87th birthday and she felt completely spoilt. Thank you. We will return.

C
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We booked a table for 3.15pm, we were asked what we would like to drink and order at 3.50pm. We had been sat for 35 minutes before we had any service. The waiter brought 3 of the 5 drinks ordered after another half hour of waiting. We had to wait another 15 minutes for the other 2 drinks. A jug of water was placed on the table but no glasses, we waited patiently for these that came after all the drinks were served.
Two of four meals came out, the other two we had to wait 5 minutes for and then another 5 minutes for the vegetables to arrive for us all.
It took me to go to the bar twice to receive the bill. I had asked and told it would come to the table, we waited 10 minutes for it and eventually I went to the bar and paid.
We left the restaurant 2 hours after arriving. We only booked for a late lunch. Awful never again.

NT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food from a very well thought out seasonal menu, compliments to the Chefs. The service however let it down somewhat due to inattentive staff and the final nail in the coffin at the end of our meal a dismissal by our waitress due to an attempt to pay by American Express, what kind of restaurant in this bracket limits payment methods to Visa and Mastercard only. Sadly we won't be back for this reason.

n
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely location - wider menu would be nice on a fri

E
London
14 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was quite attentive and friendly. Sunday roast as good as ever.

DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning views
Food was fantastic
Will definitely be going again
Thank you for a very special Sunday lunch

t
London
16 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food although it seems strange having a 2 or 3 course meal at lunchtime on a Saturday. It would be nice if they did lighter lunches but still the same quality. The smoked salmon starter was huge and delicious. The restaurant was very quiet so lacked any ambience, such a shame as such a lovely restaurant.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, service, value, atmosphere were all good but the continuing difficulty of access for a wheelchair user does detract from the overall experience.
It need not be difficult or expensive to improve this aspect of the Bistro. This point has been raised before and it is disappointing that no effort appears to have been made to put things right.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat, food was amazing, extremely well priced considering the quality of the food, not only on taste but on presentation. It was like being in central london paying £500 for a meal each. Superb, will definitely go again.

G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting and short but tasty menu. Good value for money and nice place for Sunday lunch.

AR
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The staff were polite and sparodically attentive. They were very young and most appeared to be, being trained on the job. The starters and desserts were really good, but the roast was flooded with gravy, without choice and the roast potatoes were inedible. The building is lovely with a fantastic view, everything was clean and smart. I would like to go again to see if it was an off day, however as it was Father's Day, I would hope they would be at their best....

JJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant had NO prior notice we had booked lucky they set a table , not the service I expected from Open table.

TW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service , excellent food , fantastic views. Clean , great atmosphere. Would highly recommend and 100% going back

HS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A beautiful location with fantastic views across the reservoir. We went on a Sunday and the menu is small but choice was good and all dishes were very well executed and very tasty. Value very good also.

SL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning views, delicious Roast dinner, great service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent, on everything

K
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to eat so tranquil, great service and great view. Defiantly recommend. You always go for a walk afterwards also - all in all offers so much!

OS
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Would recommend to others but not on a Friday. Website is ambiguous; I assumed that Fish and chips (if that is what you want!) is only available on Fridays and no other day. In reality FnC is the only thing you can have on Fridays. No starters available and only 1 dessert. We had the fish which was fine but went to Scotney castle for dessert. Lovely setting, great views and nice venue, so will return but not on a Friday, to try out Sunday roast set menu. Hopefully, will not be disappointed next time.

PP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch with friends for my husband's birthday. Outlook was delightful, plenty of windows giving a good view of water. Light , contemporary style restaurant, nice ambience . The food was delicious and well presented. The staff were a credit to the restaurant. Very pleasant and "on the ball" . Would definitely return.

L
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We had the Friday single choice fish and chip lunch which was well cooked and presented, really enjoyable

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 6 May 2019

Dear Linda, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am delighted to read that you loved Fish Friday with us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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GM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful venue; good food and excellent service. Our lunch was taking an elderly lady for a birthday treat - she has limited mobility - the Boat House Bistro was ideal for her.

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 6 May 2019

Dear GlenysM, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro such a wonderful review following your recent visit. I am so pleased to read that you had a wonderful lunch. On behalf of the team at The Boat House Bistro, we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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JG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Whilst we were disappointed it turned out to be fish Friday (not clear when booking) this was put right & we enjoyed our lunch. The views are stunning, great service & the food was great. Would definitely go again but recommend anyone going looks closely at the menu's available for each day before doing so.

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 6 May 2019

Dear JulieG, Thank you for taking the time to leave The Boat House Bistro a review following your recent visit. I am sorry that you were unaware of Fish Friday, I am delighted that you still enjoyed your lunch overlooking the stunning reservoir. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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SM
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again the Sunday lunch was really excellent and could not be faulted. Service was quick and friendly and the red cabbage served with the beef so good we asked for another portion which arrived straight away.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Beautiful location although you do feel as if you are eating in a venue rather than a bistro. We were served by young people who didn’t have a great passion about their job and were quite uninspired about the food. The fish and chips was adequate, nothing particularly special. We were never asked if we were ok, or if we’d like any desert or more drinks. We are local and probably wouldn’t rave about it to our neighbourhood.

LG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

It was lovely but I specifically asked before I went about disabled access for my father in a wheelchair and was told it was wheelchair accessible, but when we arrived there was a slight step to go up and we couldn’t get the wheelchair up so he had to get out his chair while we lifted it over. I wasn’t very happy.

BS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super sunday luncheon out for my mum on her 91st birthday

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear BernardS, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased that you loved your lunch for your mums 91st Birthday! We look forward to welcoming you back very soon, Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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l
Kent
30 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food from a menu with a variety of excellent choices at a value for money price. great ambiance with suburb views of the reservoir.

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 1 April 2019

Dear ladies2lunch, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. I am so pleased that you loved the varied menu and of course the breath-taking view! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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LA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything excellent. One very small negative. Slow service but didn’t mind as view and food outstanding.

The Boat House Bistro
Responded on 25 March 2019

Dear LindaA, Thank you for leaving The Boat House Bistro a review. We always value feedback. I will share your comments with the rest of the team. Kindest Regards, The Boat House Bistro.

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M
London
7 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food in a lovely relaxed environment

OT
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for the Fish and Chip lunch with friends, never been before at this day or time. It was fantastic and we will be most definitely will be returning soon.

S
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A great location, good food ,service could of been a bit more attentive at times having said that will definitely be coming again.