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The Old Boathouse, Manchester, ENG

The Old Boathouse

4.2
4.2
359 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the heart of the Astley village. Here at The Old Boat House, we are the perfect canalside retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand. Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there's a dish for every desire.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–10:30
  • Phone number
    01942 581689
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 359 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for brunch

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Child-friendly

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for scenic views

359 Reviews
  1. CarolineL

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a very bad experience with the very rude manager when ordering our food he was aggressive towards us saying we should of ordered earlier as even though we had booked a table the kitchen was closed he reluctantly said we could have the food we had ordered and just paid for at the bar and then went on a rant about his staff needing a break they advertise lunch as being on all afternoon and felt in pre booking a table we would be absolutely fine me and my friends were shocked at the way we were spoken to and I would never eat here again.

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  2. SylviaW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable afternoon service was good staff very friendly and food very enjoyable.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Went there with a friend after reading good reviews nothing could be further from the truth. They where short staffed only 2 working front of house the portions where small and definitely overpriced not a chance I would return.

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  4. catheriner

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We have eaten at the BoatHouse a few times and really enjoyed the food and the lovely service. I think we were just unfortunate to go on a sunny bank holiday. The food was below their usual standard and the wait time was exceptionally long. They did apologise but we felt that as a group booking we should have been prioritised over walk-ins who were sat outside.

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  5. MikeC

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely spot by the Canal, just a short distance from the East Lancs road. Good selection for food - Shepherd's Pie is AMAZING! Good choice of Beers and Ales too. Great for couples and families with kids. Lovely outdoor seating area, whether you are a sun or shade lover.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The first visit we had to wait for about half an hour for the meal to arrive, but it was hot and nicely prepared,and was very tasty, our second visit was less of a wait only a few minutes but the service was excellent and again very tasty.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting here, lovely atmosphere, staff very friendly and happy, nothing was a problem for them. Food came out hot and was delicious. We will be back very soon.

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  8. Rosie

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely evening at the Old Boat House. The food was fantastic. Most of us had the 2 for £16 menu, and were very impressed with the quantity and quality of the food.

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  9. DavidW

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for the cheap deal of £10.00 for one course, and a choice of drinks. The battered fish and chips was excellent. The service was excellent and very friendly.

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  10. ColetteU

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We walked to the Old Boathouse from Cadishead The staff were very welcoming and helpful The food was served in a timely feed fashion it was hot and lovely The deal two courses for £16.00 was fantastic We will be back

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  11. JANEB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Friday lunch. Staff were really helpful Food typical pub food … it was ok,

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  12. Holly1

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service by staff and manager on Wednesday night, restaurant was fairly busy but staff continued to be prompt and attentive to us.

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  13. IanD

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday lunch was nice apart from the roast beef which seemed like proccesed meat and the price of the lunch this should be carved off a joint. The chicken though was cooked nice as this was on the bone. Veg and potatoes couldn't be faulted.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the Sunday roast, food was delicious, fresh vegetables not frozen, only problem was not enough gravy !!!

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  15. DeniseG

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sadly we arrived to be told our booked table had been given to someone else. We were seated in a few minutes to another table. One meal Vietnamese Prawn curry, arrived and we noticed there were NO prawns in it, reported this to waiter who said they would tell kitchen and bring out straight away. 2 chicken dinners were ordered, but mine was minus Yorkshire pudding and stuffing. Prawns arrived after the ‘curry’ and rice were eaten , it took that long! Unfortunately we will not be eating there again.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered roast beef dinner . Firstly the roast was a minute steak and not a roast it was quite chewy but edible , the roast potatoes were burnt and the broccoli was undercooked , I suggest scoring the stems before cooking and adding a little more seasoning. The parsnips, mash and Yorkshire were really nice as too the carrots but I don’t think leeks should be on a roast dinner ! The sticky toffee pudding was amazing and well presented. I Will definitely go back, just for the pudding 😉

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  17. DyanC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not been the boathouse for years so was a bit worried. Took my mum for Mother’s Day and the food was lovely and big portions. Will definitely be going back

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  18. DebbieS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and impeccable customer service. Lovely situated and well run pub/restaurant

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  19. StuartB

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Booked in advance, arrived to be told no roasts available, sat at table to be told other items not available, nothing left on menu wife could eat, left without eating.

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  20. RoseB

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Never got our food, ordered at 6-20pm waited till 7–35 noticed the tables round us were being served ever though they came in after us, so decided to leave, spoke to a member of staff that sent the manager over, he checked were the order was then realised the order hasn’t even been put through. Didn’t apologise just told us we didn’t need to pay for our drinks one of which was just water anyway very poor service not happy at all

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  21. ClareL

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed in the Sunday lunch, expensive for what you got, £16.50 for 2 roasts, I had roast beef and chicken. I got 1 slice of beef and a chicken thigh! The vegetables were very nice and the Yorkshire pudding, although small, very nice. Fot 4 adults and 2 children including drinks, the total bill was over £140 . Expensive for what we had.

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  22. DerekC

    Manchester

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked a table for 3.45pm, walked in and stood at the bar waiting to be seated and after a bit had to ask for help. Taken to a table given menu and they walked away with no offer of drink. Sat for 10 mins and nobody had came near us. Eventually walked out as we heard a man at another table saying "Is our food ever coming"

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  23. DebbieJ

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The old boathouse is a cosy pub with a lovely atmosphere. The outside area is really nice too and I can imagine it is popular in the summer months (it was a bit too cold to sit outside when we visited). The service was excellent and the staff were very friendly. The food was freshly cooked and tasty. We will definitely visit again soon.

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  24. BrianC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Once again, the food and service were very good. A good pub dining experience

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  25. GeorgeS

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service throughout. Will definitely dine there again

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant food and fantastic service , thank you for a great evening

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly welcoming staff. Clean dining area. Had a set menu with a good selection to choose from.Food was very well cooked and presented. Good drinks selection

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  28. LauraB

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, great service and overall great experience.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Lancashire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent service, food and ambience. the staff were very helpful and friendly and there is a good range of choices

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  30. ColinD

    Manchester

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great customer experience, keep it up!. Pleasure.

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  31. KirstyR

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here for food, definitely will be returning back, service is great, lovely staff, dogs allowed perfect Sunday evening

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  32. ZoeU

    Lancashire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely food and wine, we had the set evening meal for two, lots to choose from, also bottles of wine on offer, do great value. Staff are very friendly and helpful, will definitely be going back

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  33. ChristopherH

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service as always and we will be back again soon

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  34. Dking63

    Cheshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming warm and spotless. Good choice of food on the menu, food was hot and delicious.

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  35. Carolyb

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a Very nice atmosphere at the Old Boathouse. Management and staff are always friendly and happy to serve you.

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  36. AlanS

    Manchester

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This used to be a fantastic pub with great home cooked food. It was always full. Food standard well below what it used to be and is a shame as it is in an absolutely fabulous location. We will come back for a drink but will leave the food for a while until we here otherwise.

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  37. KimW

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant service and a outstanding meal. Really enjoyed the evening.

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  38. GranthamF

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hosts Mark and Paul were very welcoming and attentive. Food was really good and excellent value. Nothing too much trouble. Most enjoyable lunch and will revisit before long.

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  39. WayneK

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was excellent as usual , we had a drink whilst waiting for our food which wasn't a long wait at all, the food was tasty & hot on a warm plate which is a nice touch as alot of places serve the food on a cold plate which cools the food quicker, i would recommend the old boat house any day of the week you won't be dissappointed

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  40. SharonB

    Lancashire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quiet on Friday night so not much atmosphere not the pubs fault probably pre Xmas spending. Food was lovely, but rushed between courses so asked for a rest. Overall nice would go again

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The Old Boathouse is rated 4.2 stars by 359 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

22:30


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Old Boathouse

Higher Green Lane, Astley, Manchester, ENG M29 7JB

Additional information

  • Area
    Wigan
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00–23:00 Sun 12:00–10:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
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