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The Boat Inn

4.5
4.5
97 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 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 12:00–22:30
    Sun 12:00–19:30

  • 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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

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

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Menu

Sharers

  • Anti-Pasti Board£16.95

    The traditional first course of any formal Italian meal. Includes Cured Meats, Olives, Stuffed Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Pickles, various Cheeses and Vegetables in oils & vinegars and Bread Selection

    • Platter de Carnes£16.95

      Glazed Honey & Mustard Sausages, Hot & Spicy Chicken Wings, Chorizo, Pork Belly Bites & Spicy Meatballs

      • Vegetarian Anti-Pasti Board£16.95

        Includes various Cheeses, Olives, Stuffed Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Pickles and Vegetables in Oil & Vinegars and Bread Selection

        • Seafood Platter£16.95

          A selection of Mini Cod Fish Cakes, Calamari, Red Velvet Prawns & Salmon Fishcakes

          • Baked Camembert£12.95

            A Whole French Camembert baked in a French Boule with Garlic, Walnuts and Rosemary served with Red Onion Chutney

            Starters

            • Beef Carpaccio£6.50

              Finely sliced Cured Beef with a Peppery Mixed Salad & Salsa Verde

              • Arancini£6.95

                Gorgonzola filled Arancini Balls served on Rocket Salad, Spicy Tomato Dipping Sauce and Parmesan Shavings

                • King Scallops with Crispy Salami£9.95

                  with Tomato, Basil & Caper Salsa, Basil Pesto with Crisp Salami served on Bruschetta

                  • Large Tiger Prawns£9.95

                    Whole Tiger Prawns cooked in Garlic; Lemon & Chilli Butter served with Spanish Barra Gallega Bread

                    • Cured Salmon with Spinach Pesto£6.50

                      Gin, Beetroot & Citrus Cured Salmon with a Peppery Mixed Salad and a Spinach & Pinenut Pesto

                      Our Award-Winning Roast

                      • Stuffed Red Pepper£10.95

                        topped with a Herb Crust

                        Our Award-Winning Roast - Your Choice of Meat

                        £13.95 (Surcharge for Multiple Meat Selection £3)

                        • Roast Chicken Breast

                          • Slow Roasted Beef

                            • Slow Roasted Pork

                              • Honey Glazed Gammon

                                All Served with Traditional Sunday Roast Accompaniments

                                • Roast Potatoes

                                  • Yorkshire Pudding

                                    • Cauliflower Cheese

                                      • Seasonal Vegetables

                                        • Roasted Carrots & Parsnips

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                                            Last updated: 15 July 2021

                                            What 97 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

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                                            1. S

                                              Steve

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined today

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            2. ML

                                              MoveLikeJellyfish

                                              Birmingham

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined 1 day ago

                                              overall5food5service3ambience4

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

                                            3. D

                                              Danny

                                              London

                                              7 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined 2 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            4. KC

                                              KarenC

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined 7 days ago

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            5. J

                                              Jill

                                              Warwickshire

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on 10 October 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent food and service will definitely come again

                                            6. 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.

                                            7. 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.

                                            8. 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

                                            9. A

                                              Ali1908

                                              Warwickshire

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 3 October 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                            10. 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.

                                            11. 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.

                                            12. 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.

                                            13. 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!

                                            14. 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.

                                            15. 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

                                            16. 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.

                                            17. AV

                                              AndrewV

                                              Sydney

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 10 September 2021

                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                              The food was absolutely excellent and we really enjoyed our lunchtime break before joining our canal boat.

                                            18. SM

                                              SylviaM

                                              Derbyshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 9 September 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Quality choice menu; Quality Food, Quality Service.

                                            19. RS

                                              RobertS

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 8 September 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We enjoyed our lunch in lovely surroundings. Interesting menu and staff were very helpful.

                                            20. SM

                                              SophiaM

                                              Oxford

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 2 September 2021

                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                              We had a good meal with quick service but slightly disappointed that the menu was under going a change, so quite a few dishes were unavailable so that decreased our choice.

                                            21. BF

                                              BarbaraF

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 1 September 2021

                                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                                              Very nice lunch. The staff were excellent. The food was very good the home baked bread was delicious. Will return again.

                                            22. HM

                                              HelenM

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 28 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This was our second visit to the Boat inn and the food was outstanding again. The service was excellent and the waitress was fantastic helping us to make a choice after changing are minds several times. She deserved a medal for her patience! We started with the sharer traditional meat anti-pasta board between three of us and there was plenty. We all tried something different from the main menu, pan fried red snapper, prawn & crayfish raviolloni and fruit di mare they were all divine. We would have liked to try one of the deserts but sadly we were all full to bursting. Plus it’s an excuse to come back again. The setting is fabulous, we sat inside which is beautiful and comfortable with plenty of outside space too. Would highly recommend

                                            23. HD

                                              HuwD

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 27 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Excellent ‘fine dining’ restaurant - great food, pleasant wine and a good G&T. Attentive service, but not overbearing. The outstanding dishes were the Tortellini and the Fruit Salad. Everything else was v good, but those were outstanding. Well Done

                                            24. AG

                                              AinhoaG

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 26 August 2021

                                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was amazing but took a long time to come out. Even the desserts. Also disappointed with lack of communication after email sent no reply at all

                                            25. PH

                                              PHILP

                                              Newcastle

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 25 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great venue, and very tasty and well presented food. I had chosen this pub for a meeting purely by location, as it was a halfway point for us. A lucky find. I will return should the occasion arise again.

                                            26. JH

                                              JonH

                                              Devon

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on 25 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Excellent menu. Food quality was superb and portion sizes enormous

                                            27. GW

                                              GillW

                                              Norfolk

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 22 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great, knowledgeable staff. Gorgeous food, loved it

                                            28. R

                                              Robbie

                                              Warwickshire

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 22 August 2021

                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                              Never been here before. Great little place for Sunday lunch and food was excellent. Service was very slow and uncoordinated though. I had to get up to order dessert as I thought we'd been forgotten. On the whole it's worth a visit and I'd like to try midweek next time.

                                            29. P

                                              Phoebe

                                              Birmingham

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 19 August 2021

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Great place, decor was spot on and very clean. Service was good, Food and drinks were great which a really interesting menu to suit everyone's taste. We will be going back often, especially to make use of the lovely garden area on a warm day.

                                            30. TB

                                              TomB

                                              Cornwall

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 16 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best meal we have ever had. Food was amazing and the staff were lovely. Can’t wait to go again

                                            31. C

                                              Caro

                                              Warwickshire

                                              3 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on 15 August 2021

                                              overall3food5service2ambience3

                                              Following an amazing experience three weeks earlier we booked another Sunday lunch. The food was just as good as previously, excellent really, however the service was significantly worse. It took 15 minutes to take our drinks order and the food came after more than half an hour. It seemed obvious that there were not enough staff, and they were not sufficiently trained.

                                            32. G

                                              Gill

                                              Glasgow

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on 15 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Not familiar with the area at all. Went off trip advisor. The location is beautiful. Service excellent and the food was lovely. All had the roasts. Excellent quality and beautifully presented. Highly recommended

                                            33. SB

                                              SimonB

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 15 August 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              An excellent meal with great service will be going back soon .

                                            34. MB

                                              MargaretB

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 26 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              We were a group of 4 seated in the lovely garden, there were many lovely areas both inside and out. Fantastic menu which made it very difficult to choose what to eat We all chose different meals and each meal was delicious, lots of food envy all around the table. Really friendly and helpful staff, excellent service.

                                            35. TC

                                              ThomasC

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 25 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Sunday dinner at its best in stunning location……..

                                            36. LG

                                              LaurenG

                                              Edinburgh

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 25 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Lovely venue, great food. Will definitely visit again

                                            37. C

                                              Caro

                                              Warwickshire

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on 25 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We’ve been many times before to the Boat and as a whole had a lovely meal. We went for Sunday Lunch last week and it was outstanding. Amazing food, beautifully presented and served quickly and with a smile. We’ll definitely be going back.

                                            38. S

                                              nbShortwood

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 24 July 2021

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              As ever it was a pleasure to eat and drink again last Saturday at The Boat Inn. The recently completed refurb of the pub, outside eating areas and garden are in my opinion great. Look forward to visiting The Boat Inn again very soon.

                                            39. FB

                                              FrankieB

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 24 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We had already booked our table well in advance and were greeted by smiling faces and offered drinks immediately and a table for 4 in the bar area. When our table was ready we were shown to our table in the restaurant area. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. We had a fabulous evening with drinks being offered when required. We are looking forward to another visit in the not to distant future.

                                            40. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Warwickshire

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on 17 July 2021

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Fantastic food and service, beautiful setting

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                                            The Boat Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 97 OpenTable diners

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                                            Booked 7 times today
                                            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 12:00–19:30

                                            • 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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