The Boat House Bistro

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£26 to £40
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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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NM
Kent
2 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
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
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
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent whole experience worth the visit

JB
1 review
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
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
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
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
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
Kent
4 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
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
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
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

W
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CF
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and experience plus a beautiful setting.

v
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
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
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
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
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
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
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

K
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
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.

C
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.

NT
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely location - wider menu would be nice on a fri

E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
London
18 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall3food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

HS
London
16 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning views, delicious Roast dinner, great service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Excellent, on everything

K
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!