The Boatman

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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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HM
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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

OT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
2 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.

OC
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great area, great staff, great views. Would definitely recommend!!

OT
Berkshire
19 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never experienced a sub-standard meal here. Staff are friendly and helpful, menu has something for everyone - I describe it as better than pub food, mid-range prices for really enjoyable food in an atmospheric environment. I once got a slightly fatty cut of meat (not the chef’s fault) but instantly, my plate was replaced without issue. I highly recommend eating or just drinking here.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great location, friendly staff. I had salmon which was over cooked and a bit dry as a result but the atmosphere was good and we enjoyed the evening

CU
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Need to improve the service. The Burger is excellent!

MK
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Very slow service (our orders took more than 1 hour even when the conservatory was almost service), average food quality, lots of wasps by the tables.

SM
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The only bad things were

- when we arrived we were told we “need to order quickly because there is a party of 100 coming soon” so we felt rushed. At no point did this party of 100 seem to arrive as there was loads of tables free!!
- our meals were brought to our table and then taken away minutes later, as they were actually for another table not ours
- during each course we had 4 people ask “how is your meal?” I understand that you need feedback on the food but to have four different people ask within ten minutes is ridiculous, we just wanted to be left alone to enjoy our food, which was excellent!

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

Lovely food and service, would like to sit outside but although booked, no option

MK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Mainly empty tables but we’re given table right next to waiting area for staff. Could have been better placed. Would even suggest this table only used as a last placing, not a first.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Took a seat earlier than booked, got our starters then had to wait 1 1/2 hrs for our mains!! They kept saying it would be there, but when we asked one of the male waiters rudely just snapped “we’re busy” when the food came, one main was wrong so we had to wait for them to cook the right one. Nice place lovely setting & other members of staff were polite & considerate.. we had cancelled another restaurant to go here, not sure we made the right decision🥴 tainted the eve rather. Shame

PS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Felt like the waiters wanted to rush the guests to order and eat quickly and vacate the table. Kept coming to our table and asking everyone to place the orders for the mains, while we wanted to enjoy the drinks- appetisers and chat with friends a bit.

BD
London
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The sea bass was divine but the potatoes were a bit chewy. Good value and good service.

AS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service for our 25th Wedding Anniversary lunch. Thank you for the Prosecco. Really nice food and stunning Eton Mess. Lovely location and views.

KB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely meal for my mother’s 70th birthday. Food was delicious. My only comment would be although it was a warm day it was rather windy and when the roof opened our food went cold quickly. They should check with the patrons before opening it. Other than that great location, great food.

OT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful location in the river 😊

KT
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fabulous outside seating. Food was great. Service was good from more senior team members, but then a little slow from more junior staff.
Overall would absolutely recommend The Boatman. Will definitely be back.

N
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely charming gastro pub on the banks of the River Thames. Food excellent as was the service. Polite helpful very professional serving team made our Sunday lunch very relaxing and enjoyable . Well worth a visit. We will definitely be back.

PL
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 4

Really disappointed with our visit! We had booked a table for dinner thinking it was going to be in in the terrace. We were seated outside; it took half an hour for our order to be taken and over an hour for the food to be served. By this point the sun had gone down and everyone was really cold so couldn’t really enjoy the meal. It was a busy Saturday evening, it seems they can’t cope with the restaurant being fully booked. The waiters and waitresses were very apologetic, it’s just a shame as the food is good and it’s lovely pub being so near to the river.

DL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Lovely location and outside setting, but quite noisy and terrible slow service.
After waiting 30mins to be offered something to drink, we complained to the first manager to walk past, who simply proceded to expain that because of where we are sitting his hands are tied and he cant help us. We had to complain 2 more times and eventually cancelled desert after waiting 40 minutes to be served. Servers apologized profusely but there simply was not enough servers on a Saturday night.

The food was decent but not good enough to compensate the service

KR
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Great setting ambiance and service. However the food was very average

JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice location right on the river. We sat outside and had a nice table. Food was good and very quick to arrive. Only thing lacking was lack of attentive service. We had to try and attract attention to order more drinks on multiple occasions.

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