The Boat House Bistro

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162 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Sunday 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.

Our 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 takes 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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MDGB
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was a little apprehensive when I booked for Sunday lunch and took my two parents who live locally. However, the location was outstanding as was the food and service. Very friendly waiting staff and the food was excellent, with plenty of meat and fresh vegetables and, unlike many places, plenty of very tasty gravy. Will definitely visit again.

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LindaA
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love it here. I love to sit at a window seat and look out over the reservoir. It is so relaxing and peaceful.
The food is great as is the service. Very clean and good choice of food.

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Laurence68
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our visit to the Bistro. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.
The staff were attentive and friendly. Over looking the reservoir creates a sense of space and calm which is mirrored in the restaurant. We will definitely be back!

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BenjaminC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How nice that you don't have to drive to the coast to have these amazing views of the water. The staff are really warm and friendly and the food is excellent. What a find! Cannot wait to go back. If you go on a sunday, there are lots of boats and windsurfers to sit back and watch too.

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PeterN
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great staff and good food overall

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NickL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had a Saturday lunch for 3 in the bistro, which has a panoramic view out onto Bewl Water. Slightly surprised that only 3 tables were taken, given the setting, so there wasn’t much ambience. The menu is sensibly limited to 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 deserts. The food was very good and we plan to return for another meal.

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vipHnSS
London
17 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very good Sunday lunch. Maybe not the quickest of service and it wasn't that busy given the size of the restaurant but all in all it was very good, nice location and decent food

JB
JohnB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect, you need to try and not miss out!!

NH
NigelH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times before always good service good food and friendly staff.Prices are reasonably for this type of establishment.
Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff even when the power went out!!

JK
JoanneK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely lunch here on Saturday. Will definitely going back very soon.

SP
SallyP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was our first visit and we were impressed, will definitely be going back

JL
JaneL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a really good all round experience, staff were extremely good.

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Samanthac
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, we had a delicious roast dinner here on Sunday and the service was excellent.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting with views over the reservoir. Pretty restaurant. Excellent service with delicious food.

NM
NicolaM
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Sunday roast, attentive service and a view I didn’t want to leave. We watched the sunset from our table. Truly wonderful experience Thankyou.

BM
BarbaraM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in beautiful setting. The service was just right, attentive but not excessive. The food was presented well and tasted really good. The skate was better than I expected and served with a variety of vegetables. The chocolate crime brûlée was divine.
Well done

DM
DonnaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Very disappointed with our meal. My father did not eat the steak as it was too chewy for him. As a vegetarian, only one option for food and the burger was ok at best. We ate the chips which made this a very expensive meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent whole experience worth the visit

JB
JohnB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Friday fish and chip lunch, delicious food, welcoming and courteous staff. Fantastic fresh food, well presented and good value.

PS
PatriciaS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food with a gorgeous view. We had New Years Lunch and we thoroughly enjoyed it .

LA
LaurenA
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely setting for a Sunday roast with family, the views of the sun going down across the water were amazing and the food was incredible too. Unfortunately a couple of mistakes were made by the staff serving us which wasn’t a complete disaster but they just seemed to be a bit of confusion at times and they weren’t overly confident. But it didn’t ruin our meal and I would definitely go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third Xmas day we have been for our Christmas dinner.

A
Pleasant experience from start to finish. Parking seating view service food a great place to eat

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always is to a very high standard, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere.

LA
LindaA
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The only critisim I have is a little more time is needed between each course. Just felt a little hurried but otherwise fantastic.

PS
PhilS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting.
Fantastic view of the scenery.
Lovely menu and food.
Very friendly staff.
We loved it!

KE
KEVINS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Had a lovely meal here with a nice view, despite the weather not being the best. Service was pleasant but a little slow at times. Overall would definitely recommend as food was of a high quality and difficult to find places in England with that sort of view.

LP
LesleyP
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food in a lovely venue with a gorgeous view. We will be back!

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Wilko
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday roast set menu for both adults and kids! Beautiful view too.

CF
ColinF
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience plus a beautiful setting.

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vivienne
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
JohnO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jonesey
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

SM
SimonM
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

MP
MikeP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PE
PaulE
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
MikeP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Kimberley
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
Judy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Chappers
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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The Boat House Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 162 OpenTable diners.