The Boat House Bistro
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
Lovely Sunday lunch. Will definitely be coming back!
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.
Very good food, friendly staff and good value for money. Definitely be back. Will recommend.
Enjoyable birthday lunch - good selection of food on set menu. Overlooking Bewl water so lovely views - will go again.
A very nice place to have Sunday lunch. Food is always good and the views are fantastic. Relaxing and good service. Thank you 😊
First visit and we were very impressed with the quality of the food. Ideal location for families to enjoy Sunday lunch and beautiful views.
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
Once again we enjoyed our fish & chips lunch followed by a very delicious dessert.
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.
My second time here excellent food, service couldn’t recommend it enough!!! First class food at a great price
Fantastic food, great service, lovely setting. Friday night is steak night.
Excellent food & wine. Staff attentive. Superb Sunday lunch.
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
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.
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!!
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
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.
Disappointed with the fish and chip lunch, would not consider this menu again.
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.
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.
Lovely ambience. Good service and great views across the water.
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.
On the basis of our experience last Sunday we look forward to entertaining a party of 20 of 9th September.
What a find! It was amazing being under dark skies
Whilst the food was very good the service was very slow and seemed to be very young and inexperienced staff. We had to keep asking them for things and the wine was just put on the table.
my husband and I took our mums here for a bank holiday treat. the setting is lovely. it was quiet & relaxing and we were not rushed by the staff whom were very polite & helpful. the food was presented nicely and very nice. The menu choice was a bit limited so would not be a place for fussy eaters. The toilets being down two flights of stairs could be a problem for the elderly & infirm. The décor was lovely & bright and very tastefully done. The outside dining area is great and would be lovely on a warm day with a great view over the lake. Overall a very nice place.
My friend was most impressed by the views, ambience and food.0 LP
My friends and I had a very pleasant lunch with beautiful views, even though it was pouring it down!
This is one of the best venues around, great food by Andre and his team
Phil was so welcoming and friendly! We had a lovely time as a couple on our summer holiday camping in the field. The food at the boathouse was lovely :) We were given a table outside on the balcony overlooking the water so we could watch the sunset!
Despite the grey, windy, wet outlook, the ambience was very pleasant - though quite noisy. Staff were keen, welcoming and efficient. Menu was interesting but sadly despite its great looks and succulent gravy, the beef was difficult to eat, being somewhat tough: the Yorkshire pudding was far too large - a quarter size would have been quite adequate. Wine was very potable despite being slightly sweet. Coffee was excellent.
The location and views were fantastic but the service let this place down. The restaurant was quiet and staff were standing around but nobody came over to offer more drinks when our drinks went down or to ask if we needed anything else whilst eating. We both ordered steak and struggled to cut it without a steak knife as were not given one. Considering we went when it was very quiet, we would have expected a little more attention but all we got were disinterested staff who looked like they didn't want to be there.
After a long hot day it was lovely to relax over steak and chips and enjoy the view over the reservoir in a cool, relaxed environment. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and the food was excellent.
We had good service everyone was very friendly and helpful. The food was top quality and well presented and very reasonably priced. The views are amazing, will definitely recommend to friends and family, and look forward to eating here again.
We were delighted with the standard of cuisine and the service was exemplary. I have recommended this to foody friends and family already. We would love to see the restaurant flourish it really deserves to.
1st but definitely not the last visit to the Boat House Bistro. A lovely venue overlooking Bewl Water. The limited menu means there is only 1 vegetarian option for starter and main course, and I enjoyed both. Food was beautifully presented - clearly a talented chef. Nice wine list as well.