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The Boat Inn

4.5
4.5
121 Reviews
£25 and under
Mediterranean

The Boat Inn is a Waterside Restaurant & Bar situated in the Warwickshire countryside run by Award Winning owners.

Our team of Chef's work tirelessly to bring you fresh, inspiring dishes to wow even the most aspiring 'foodies'. Choose from our traditional Bar Menu or indulge yourself with our wonderful Chef's Choice Menu available in the Restaurant.

As all our dishes are freshly prepared by our chefs, most dietary requirements can be catered for at your request.

Relax by the cozy log burner, perfect for winter evenings or enjoy beautiful Alfresco Dining with seating overlooking the canal or in the large rear sun captured garden, beautifully landscaped, complete with our garden bar.

We offer a selection of traditional Real Ales brewed by our house brewery, Nethergate and welcome unique guest ales from breweries across the country. With our sought after collection of Gins and Fine Wines our Bar is fully equipped to quenc

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 12:00–22:30
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Phone number

    01926 812657

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Barnes

  • Area

    Rugby

  • Public Transit

    Stagecoach Nos 63 & 64 Bus Route

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 121 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. B

    Brett

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Sunday lunch had great potential but it was cold such a same because it would have been excellent if the food was piping hot

  2. PH

    PollyH

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and served up beautifully we all so enjoyed our visit and will definitely return soon The service was also first class

  3. JM

    JulieM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and lovely food. Even served us 10 mins after it was due to finish for the afternoon. Thank you for being so accommodating. We will recommend and will definitely rebook and all arrive on time too 😄

  4. RC

    RosC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food was lovely the starter was outstanding (baked cheese). Main was roast which was very good except my husband's came out with a Yorkshire pudding that was not gluten free despite stating he needed it gf at booking and ordering. Luckily we checked before he ate it but the plate came back with just the pudding removed ( it really should have been a fresh plate and some coliacs would have had a reaction to the cross contamination). The only other criticism was the meal could have been a bit hotter. The pudding was the best part glorious!

  5. D

    Dave

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Really excellent menu. Well cooked food nicely presented. A definite notch up from the standard pub grub served in too many other places.

  6. TF

    TonyF

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was good but had to wait 45 mins for it. 2 main courses, lamb and a burger. When queried I was told the lamb had to rest! It obviously rested with all the veg as it, and the plate, was luke warm apart from the little pie it came with which was piping hot! The burger and chips were obviously rested’ too since it was also luke warm. Shame as the Inn itself is really nicely done.

  7. LF

    LisaF

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I don't normally give reviews; but I just had to... We planned to meet some friends half way, who we hadn't seen for 10 years, so I selected the Boat Inn on-line. Always a risk, I was definitely a little nervous of my choice. I didn't need to be - what a great choice. The food was amazing, creative, well presented, with some unusual vegetarian options, that worked incredibly well since our friends had converted! I have some new ideas for our next dinner party at home, maybe even Christmas Day appetiser. Even the desert course, which I don't normally bother with, was so different, I just had to try, and was not disappointed. The service was well timed and friendly, giving us space to catch-up on 10 years worth of news. The outside area looked beautiful, even in November, and I shall definitely be trying it out in the Spring. I have no suggestions on how they could improve and would recommend it fully.

  8. OS

    OooSoo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    4th visit this year - and each time a different menu with superb choice, beautifully presented and cooked to my liking. Very helpful amending dishes due to one of our party being lactose intolerant. Can't wait to go again ;-)

  9. SK

    SimonK

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent meal and service. It was very quiet and would have liked to have seen it with a bit more atmosphere, but it was opening time on a Saturday lunchtime. Service was attentive and food very, very good. Will return!

  10. T

    Thelune

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant great food and service highly recommended.

  11. A

    Alana

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Food tasted great but not hot and very expensive for small portions . Our coffees were cold.

  12. MJ

    MarkJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 November 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    We have been here many times before and (as always) the food was excellent. The only things that let it down were the nearly 1 hour wait for our main course and the deserts (at nearly £10 each) were a little overpriced.

  13. TC

    TimC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Had the Cod Loin and Ribeye Steak which were very good but had to wait an hour and a quarter for the meals to arrive due to unspecified issues! We were served (free) bread and olives with basaltic vinegar to stave off hunger and a promise of a free drink next visit, but a clearer explanation of the problems and an odd progress report would have been helpful. We go there regularly and the food and service are usually great so we will go again but the score this time reflects our experience on the night.

  14. RR

    RichardR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely place to eat, great food , everyone enjoyed the evening . We will be back.

  15. DB

    DavidB

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a beautiful lunch in beautiful quality surroundings

  16. R

    Real

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely meal in really nice setting. Couldn't fault the service. Staff were attentive and efficient

  17. C

    Chris

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely Sunday meal with great service. Very pleasant dining experience, would definitely recommend.

  18. OM

    OliverM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Welcoming staff and food was delicious, would definitely recommend a visit

  19. h

    halfpenny

    London

    113 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really good value Sunday lunch, service was super friendly and nice room. Only odd thing is my lunch partner ordered the same as me and we got slightly different meals - both were good

  20. w

    wishbone

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    5 cousins met for lunch for the first time at this venue. The service, food, members of staff, location and premises all 5 star. We all enjoyed fish n chips, the pork fillet, the lamp rump and chicken wings. All totally delicious, cannot wait to go back again. Fresh flowers greet as you walk in the entrance door and also a vase in the ladies added that extra touch. The whole place had a wonderful ambience.

  21. GW

    GillW

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We love the roast on a Sunday at the Boat. We did have a late afternoon booking so our fault that the beef had run out. The pork was quite fatty though. For a pub I feel the puddings are too expensive and too fancy. At least one traditional type pudding would have been great - a crumble or sticky toffee pudding etc. They are expensive compared to the roast meal and other pubs. Nearly £40 on puddings is too much. I am being honest and it won’t stop me coming again so hopefully constructive

  22. JM

    JenM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    We booked a table as it came recommended for their vegan roast but when we arrived we were told there wasn't an option on every week, which wasn't made clear on the website so we were disappointed. There were no dessert options, or dairy-free milks to even have coffees, so there wasn't as much choice as we thought. That said, the food we had was delicious, the staff were great and the general feel of the pub was lovely.

  23. RW

    RogerW

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff, lovely Sunday lunch in a nice environment.

  24. IW

    IanW

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were warmly welcomed to this delightfully situated pub restaurant on the Grand Union Canal. Our starters and mains were beautifully cooked and rich in flavour. Sadly the size of the portions meant that we had no room for dessert, but we will certainly return and rectify this!

  25. S

    Steve

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food ,staff were excellent, an enjoyable experience, thank you.

  26. ML

    MoveLikeJellyfish

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Delicious food and a menu where you need to to back multiple times just to try everything.

  27. D

    Danny

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice welcome, great ambience, beautiful location. Table service as well as bar service and food is excellent. Highly recommended.

  28. KC

    KarenC

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great lunch .... very good customer service Will definately be there again and recommend to friends and family

  29. J

    Jill

    Warwickshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service will definitely come again

  30. SB

    SheilaB

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The most delicious food, sat outside in the sun. Very pleasant young waiters. Was able to sit and enjoy the ambiance for ages.

  31. H

    Hari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. I had the fig salad for starters and the duck breast for my main. My husband had the flatbread for a starter and the 14oz steak for his main which we both really enjoyed. The mini doughnuts we had for our dessert were amazing and the right amount to share. All of the staff were very friendly, attentive and helpful. The only downside was there were a couple of flies in the restaurant that were a bit annoying as we had to keep waving them away to stop them from landing on our food and drinks. We would like to go back in the summer and sit outside in the spectacular terrace.

  32. SN

    StephN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a fantastic roast here- if I could come here every sunday I would ! everything cooked to perfection and everything was so flavoursome (my mouth is watering just thinking about it!) . Great portion size and so many wonderful vegetables too. Staff were very attentive too and we cant wait to visit again soon. Well done guys

  33. A

    Ali1908

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Sunday lunch in a welcoming environment ... would recommend

  34. SB

    SheilaB

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A beautiful old building tastefully up dated. A cut above the normal pub grub. Felt special. A very interesting menu with lots to choose from, some unusual and some tr@ditional. We sat in the conservatory this time but could see how pleasant it would be in better weather to be outside and some seating under cover. Some positioned to be able to watch the boats going by. Food was delicious.

  35. SC

    SimonC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    The food was absolutely delicious and the service very good and friendly despite being quite busy. Only down point was the wine by the glass not offering great options.

  36. SJ

    ScottJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    My 14oz ribeye was undercooked and the peppercorn sauce seemed like it was from a packet. Previous patron’s Lipstick marks on my glass was a disappointment. Lots of room for improvement! The experience did not reflect the expectation created by the website.

  37. TW

    TimW

    Liverpool

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visit and booked here after reading positive reviews and the nice pics on their website - EXCEEDED our expectations on every level! A lot of work has been done during lockdown and they’ve created a modern, cosy, smart, premium feel environment with the ambience and atmosphere of a warm feel pub. The service was faultless and the food incredible (how the chef bakes bread around Camembert is a mystery, but a real delight!). We booked again before leaving!

  38. F

    Foodiholic

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional food! Very well presented. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. We celebrated a birthday, and the staff were brilliant.

  39. DH

    DaveH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good wholesome comfort rich food, I'm not sure if the menu is seasonal but what my wife & I had was delicious

  40. JC

    JaneC

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another excellent meal with efficient polite service from the staff. Thoroughly recommend.

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The Boat Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 121 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for The Boat Inn

Birdingbury Wharf Rugby Road Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8HQ

  • Area

    Rugby

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 12:00–22:30
    Sun 12:00–18:00

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, British, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Public Transit

    Stagecoach Nos 63 & 64 Bus Route

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Barnes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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