The Boatman

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338 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
The Boatman, is Windsor’s only pub on the river at the foot of Windsor Castle overlooking Eton Bridge. Serving freshly cooked food all day everyday from midday to 10pm at night, in the cosy bar, restaurant or in the stunning riverside all-weather conservatory, there is a fine selection of wine, ales, gin and vodka cocktails to choose from.

The restaurant can seat up to 80 covers and the conservatory with it’s retractable roof can also provide dining for up to 80 people. Perfect for both private and corporate events; parties, leaving-dos, office lunches, company parties, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, and family get-togethers. The Boatman offers classic British food with a seasonal, modern twist using locally sourced fresh ingredients whenever possible and is famous for the legendary Eton Mess as featured on BBC’s The One Show.
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service, lovely views - what else could you want on a Sunday?

SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We've had a great experience at the Boatman in Windsor. Our table was positioned exactly as we've asked during the booking through Open Table. The food was tasty, really nice atmosphere and a very good and fast service. Thank you for making our evening is so special

CM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and wine. Very pleasant atmosphere as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening out, food was superb and service excellent. Lovely location on the river.

F
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We ate in the bar area and had a lovely evening. The fish dishes were delicious and the staff friendly and attentive.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was absolutely wonderful. The food and service were great as well as the view.

JW
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love the position of this restaurant. The food is lovely, a bit pricey but the service is amazing. We were there with some very big table bookings and yet we were still served and looked after really well.

n
San Francisco
101 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were there for Sunday night dinner. Unfortunately they were out of the Roasts had the chicken it was good. Fabulous folk music on the playlist

SR
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb service from very helpful smiley staff, nice location overlooking the river and great food. Noise level was a bit high at times for older clientele, but overall very enjoyable. Staff pulled out all the stops to ensure a good dining experience after a disappointing meal for one of the members on our table, by offering a free and delicious dessert. Would recommend this place to others.

LC
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boatman was superb would definitely recommend the food was outstanding

SD
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Party of 4, all had different mains and all very good. Waitress was very friendly and helpful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great - as always!

R
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a long layover at LHR and it was our Anniversary so we chose to leave the airport and go to Windsor. After seeing pictures of The Boatman and reading reviews, we were pretty sure it would be a great place. It was very special. The view arriving at the restaurant was perfect...just steps from the Thames. There were so many dishes on the menu I wanted to try but our waiter suggested any of their special Sunday roasts would be the best choice. I went with the roast chicken with seasonal vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. It was truly delicious and there was so much food I could not finish it all. I look forward to another long layover and the chance to return.

NR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm always wary of commercial Sunday roasts - the potatoes are rarely good and the meat slices often thin! But this was the best Sunday roast I've had in a long time. Superb. Lovely location on the river, even on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

DP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Had a generous and perfectly cooked sirloin steak and my wife had the lamb - both very generous and tasted fantastic. Very friendly service staff as well and lovely ambiance outside by the river. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks for making our anniversary special.

LJ
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

- Lack of waiters and cookers. We were waiting almost 3 hours for finishing our lunch.

- The lamb was pure fat.

HQ
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Lovely location but the food very average. Fish cake was more potato than fish and was barely warm. The accompanying salad a sad, wilted affair.

HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat outside and had an early supper - food, fast and efficient service and ambience all excellent. So good that we returned for lunch the next day. Thoroughly recommended

VL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A gorgeous setting right at the edge of the river. The Boatman has, as well as outdoor seating/dining space, a covered decking area which still retains the experience of eating outside regardless of the weather. The food was very good and not expensive the wine list was imaginative. There was a wedding on while we were there which had closed the main bar and inside of the restaurant and which meant that noise levels were higher than normal but we enjoyed our experience regardless.

ME
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you to all staff at the Boatman for a really lovely evening on 17th September and especially the manager. She was just fantastic.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bar reservation:
Staff friendly and rushed off their feet.
Small issue of having to order twice for coffee but given the order as complimentary by way of apology.
Happy to recommend and would go again.

GJ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Very short staffed and consequently slow and inconsistent service. Didn’t help that a very noisy group of 10 people were seated next to half way through the meal. Disappointing.

PB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was clear from the moment we arrived, that although restaurant bookings are available on a Sunday until 8pm, they really want to just get you out as quickly as possible. They forgot our starter - brought our main, which was cold - and then when I sent it back and said we would like our meal as we ordered it, after the starter the same plates came back which had just been heated up. The young waiters are lovely, but are not trained to deal with problems, and management hid. At just after 8 they turned off the music and started clearing up around us - if we had wanted fast food, we would have gone to MacDonald's. Suffice to say, we won't try this place again - its location is all it has going for it, and they clearly care very little about the customer experience.

LE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I visited here with my nine year old son. The food was really good, clean plates always a good sign. The venue is lovely, clean and in a fantastic location. But most of all the meal was made by the fantastic staff who could not have been nicer to my son. Will certainly be back!

S
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, professional, attentive staff, fabulous location. High- end feel and presentation for very reasonable prices, very pleasant experience. It added to our day.

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without doubt the best food in town. Excellent value for money too.

DF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service in one of the best spots in Windsor

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent setting and the staff were very helpful. The vegetarian choices were fairly limited (burger or salad for mains) but the food was delicious.

SW
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Such a great spot. I booked a table using open table which was good as they were super busy and turning people away. I ordered steak which I never usually order unless I go to a steak resturant as I like mine well done. It came out succulent, full of flavour and was overall delicious. I'm so impressed I'll be heading back in a few weeks.

AB
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fabulous food in a lovely location
Can't wait to go back for another lovely 🌞 day lunch

C
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service, very attentive staff. Would definitely recommend

PD
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

At nightfall on the outside tables closest to the river, the dining experience would be greatly enhanced by some simple candle lighting as some tables, ours, the food was difficult to see how the meat was cooked.

LS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Our table was booked for 2:30pm. We were sat on a lovely table outside overlooking the river. However that I where the positives end. Our drinks took 45 minutes to arrive. We had to ask 3 times for a jug of tap water. Many waiting staff would walk past our table look at the empty glasses when we were finished and didn’t attempt to clear them away which meant a copious amount of wasps. Our starters came an hour after we ordered them. We were waiting for our mains to arrive and it wasn’t until one of our party went to ask that the manager came over to offer his apologies. Apparently there had been a communication error with our order (which we didn’t believe as our starters seemed to have gone through without a problem). With it now being 4:15pm and we still hadn’t received our mains and we were still waiting on our second order of drinks, we decided to leave. The service was horrendous and it’s such a shame to be writing this review as the reason we chose this place was because of some of the positive reviews in the past.

j
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch at The Boatman on Saturday. Had a great table near the window. Very attentive service and everyone enjoyed their food.

JL
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Came especially for the roast, friends came a long way to meet us because we had recommended the sunday roast. None left by 5pm & very little choice remaining on the menu

D
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent (Sunday Roast), in fact the best roast dinner I have had in a restaurant - they are usually a disappointment and never as good as home cooked, but this was delicious, plentiful and reasonably priced. The staff were helpful and cheerful. It was a real pleasure to visit. We were late as we had not anticipated just how long the Long Walk actually is and how big Windsor Great Park is, and so we telephoned ahead to let them know we were trying to find our way out of the park. The response was cheerful and accommodating and on arrival we were still given a great table by the window, which I thought we would have missed out on considering we had not arrived on time. A wonderful place for Sunday Lunch - I would thoroughly recommend.

OT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The service was poor.

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff were so attentive we thought there was a microphone under the table.
The food presentation was very good.
I would be very happy to go again.

P
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Half of menu was not available. Prices were high. First steak delivery was cooked as “well done” when it was ordered as medium rare (to their credit they redid it, but that meant not every one ate at the same time. Sauce was extra cost.
Setting by the Thames is great. Still worth going to for that experience.

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