Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse

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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse brings together fresh, modern British food, an unparalleled riverside setting, and an insistence on the very highest standards of service.
The team at Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse have worked under the tutelage of some of the world's finest chefs, in many of the world's greatest restaurants. This knowledge and experience is interwoven with their youthful vibrancy, a determination to bring a creative and modern collection of ideas and flavours to the table.
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CS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent as always, well presented, consistent, original.

Unfortunately service levels let things down on this visit.

Plenty of staff, asking if you want anything else, but forgetting to fulfil all additional requests. Including; table water, bread for terrine plus we had to ask 3 times for a lemonade & lime!

I love this place, but my friends I brought were surprised at the poor service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting, attentive staff, delicious breakfast and very reasonably priced.

SD
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Underwhelmed- sums it up, the interior decor wasn’t great, ceiling tiles looked like my old office ones, cobwebs to above a light, little or no atmosphere.

Food okay, too much charred stuff though.

Service quite good, shame about the wine we chose not being available.

All in all okay but no more than that, exceptionally quiet for a Friday night with only a few tables being used, sadly I wouldn’t rush back.

NH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekday lunchtime visit; friendly, professional front of house staff showed the four of us to a generously sized table with an excellent view of the river in a light, well designed dining room. Our starters, chosen from the £28/34 for 2/3 courses menu, were charred broccoli and chicken terrine: both excellent; mains that we had were belly of lamb and skate, again excellent. In my opinion, the belly of lamb is one of the best mains at anything like this price that I have eaten for several years and in delightful surroundings. Suitable wine list with something for everyone. We will return!

R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Professional, unobtrusive service. Flavoursome and interesting food. An all round delightful dining experience

BH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience excellent from start to finish. We changed the time of the booking last minute which the restaurant happily accommodated. Service from all staff was excellent, we were made to feel like an important guest throughout. We both had 3 courses and couldn’t fault any of the food - taste was exceptional. Will definitely visit again for another treat!

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive front of house on arrival, gave gluten free option & accommodate elderly guests. However the food was average @ overpriced!
One member of staff was a little whiffy that was rather unpleasant!

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

This is a great place for a special meal. The food was excellent and the service was just right - attentive but not intrusive.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent but the service was really bad - slow, indifferent and inaccurate. Asked three times for a glass of wine which eventually arrived 35 minutes later - then charged for an extra glass that came and was sent away!

OT
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great front of house team. So obliging and friendly. Food was excellent. Sean is a very talented chef and deserves to do well. Gemma is a perfect

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We visited on a very quiet mid week evening. It was not busy hence my downscore on ambience.

The food and service were impeccable. Really good.

Surprised it was not busier, as the situation is to die for - right on the river, and the weather was pretty amenable to aperitifs on the terrace. The food is excellent and the competition around is not all that.

I know the restaurant has been around for several years now, but I hope it continues to thrive and I will be back.

P
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host was excellent and the food was lovely. In a romantic location.

JD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for lunch in Henley, directly overlooking the river but sufficiently removed from passing tourists to feel pleasantly peaceful, even while seated at an outside table. Friendly and prompt service provided by Gemma. The quality of food was excellent - way better than might be expected from such a convenient waterside location. A limited number of menu choices, but interesting and unusual. I enjoyed the tartare of salmon with beetroot followed by a delightfully crisp-skinned skate. Rachel enjoyed her charred broccoli followed by panisse. We had to try, and would recommend, the house gin and we went for the suggested Hungarian Laposa, which was pleasantly light and crisp - just right for a delightful summer's day. Strongly recommended.

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

Highly recommend,excellent food , wine and service.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Not a good experience. Really long wait for the food. And for a premium restaurant the menu is not very extensive.

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

We came for a special lunch and the team made it even more special with amazing food, fan service and even sang happy birthday to my mother! Cant wait to come back

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant staff, location and outstanding food. I will definitely return.

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

Great apart from a few wasps and a couple of things. One of our party had chosen something specific off the website menu only to find the menu had changed. Bit of a shame. A non-wine drinks menu would also be a bonus. Bar that, thanks for a lovely meal.

DN
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lunch outside on a sunny day. Service was exemplary. The menu very good value though the taste of my lamb dish stayed with me for the rest of the afternoon...

NB
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as you walk in the restaurant the staff make you feel welcome, my partner and I had a drink on the terrace first and chose our meals. The staff helped with details about the food even down to what a sauce was made from. The menu wasn’t huge which we liked and when the food was served, Wow ! Every course we had was lovely with a twist on some of the flavours. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived but slowly filled up, but the noise levels were low. If you’re looking for a romantic meal as we were, or even somewhere to take a group of people then definitely try this restaurant. We both had a faultless evening and would absolutely go back and recommend to our friends!

AL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and good food for our celebration lunch for 8 of us....

K
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great setting, great service
Will definitely be back - thank you

RJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and services. The onglet was brilliant. Super wine list as well.

BI
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Interesting menu and food.
Pleasant atmosphere.
Service friendly but slow and inattentive - don't expect to have ask for the bill twice and then receive it as I walk to the door. Long time between sitting down and being brought drinks etc.

EM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow to the point that we had to ask for menus several times, waited over half an hour for drinks, it really was a bad start. Fortunately the food rescued it, excellent from start to finish, the basil sorbet was a particular highlight .

MB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch which was enjoyed by the 4 of us. We went for the 3 course meal and thoroughly enjoyed it

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

B
London
13 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have be a few times over the last couple of years and seen a maturing of the menu. Sean is clearly at one with creating beautifully tasting food that is innovative and intriguing. His standards and dreams are supported by the staff who are keen for the diner to experience the best of times, and we did. Two dishes stand out for different reasons. The pork and red cabbage was mouth melting, whilst who new you could pickle broccoli stems in the charred broccoli and lemon to such a delight. The sommelier introduced us to a fabulous wine - having talked to us about their Lebanese choice. Front of house took care to make us feel welcome and important. The effort of all the staff contribute to a wonderful evening. THank you.

E
London
19 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Have been twice recently for lunch. Set lunch fabulous. Great quality ingredients, intense flavours and stunning presentation. Lucky enough to sit on the terrace too which is a lovely setting. Not keen sitting inside - lacks atmosphere.

HW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Most enjoyable evening. We will be back. The restaurant fills a dap in the Henley range if eating places at the top end of the league and deserves to be recognised.

KF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was delicious food, restaurant was not busy when we were there but didn’t feel strange as we were a large table, service was swift, relaxed and friendly. Would definitely return again.

LH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and amazing service, lovely atmosphere and will be going again .

CL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great locations, great service, great food. With Gin Tasting added! What could be better

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been going to this restaurant since it first opened and over the years it has got better and better. I'd say its my favourite out of town restaurant.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic staff, a relaxed atmosphere and great food made for a memorable and pleasurable dining experience. We’ll be back.

SS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. Excellent all round... from the moment we walked through the door, welcomed warmly. Delicious lunch time menu. Chef Shaun's love and passion for his food shines through on the plate. Gemma's front of house team are both professional, warm and friendly without being over familiar. Will definitely make a return visit and even invite some friends to join us. Thank you Shaun, Gemma and your team.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, a particular rowdy table was in when we visited hence the noise issue.

AW
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is the second time I come to the restaurant and again it was unforgettable!! The food, the view and the service were perfect. Accommodating our last minutes requests it was truly a lovely birthday lunch.
Thank you to the whole team.

CQ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cecilia Quinn is a new Italian Shoe Boutique in Henley. Our opening was last week and our clients from London come to see us..... We decided to take them for dinner at The Boathouse. It was absolutely the best choice, it didn’t let us down. Service, food and wine was totally superb 🙏🏻Shame we couldn’t stay for desert as it was getting too late for our guests to catch the last train!
Cecilia Quinn Shoe Boutique will most certainly take clients there again and again. All the best and see you soon.

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