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The Boat Inn

) #10 of 25 Restaurants in Kidlington $$ - $$$ , British,
Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
+44 1865 374279
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible14%
Travellers talk about
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
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1 - 10 of 379 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Sea food platter ? Fish fingers ( just like Iceland ) fish cakes (more like potatoes cakes ) scampi ok calameri ok all served on cracked wooden board , Wife's prawn bagget bread pale prawns tasteless all served on a cracked very old and used...More

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this pub for their Carvery. I'm not sure if it was the fact that it was a fabulous sunny day and Fathers day but thought the staff were lovely and friendly the carvery was let very wanting- burnt roast potatoes, peas-just a...More

Thank samanthak1966
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub has an envious location at the end of a lane and near the canal, though you can't actually sit out and see it. The staff were instantly friendly and we ordered at the bar and found a table in the back garden. The...More

Thank Foodange
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was walking along the canal with my sister and dogs and we popped into the Boat Inn. Had an amazing lunch in the garden. The staff were all really friendly and they couldn't do enough for us. I particularly liked the summer fruits eton mess.

Thank reginaf893
Reviewed 1 week ago

After a long walk with Shep & Pepsi (dogs) we happened along The Boat Inn set on the banks of the Oxford Canal. This beautiful old pub was often used in the inspector Morse series and there are various memorabilia on the walls of the...More

2  Thank Soph H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked this restaurant for a family birthday and fathers day meal, (four people) service was very slow, starters came out at different times, then had to wait over 45 mins for mains that also came out one at a time then got dileverd to a...More

Thank bivvyman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We avoided at all costs and put the throttle down.. Greene King tenanted pub with the support of its regional management that suggests 'what stays in the pub, stays waiting in the kitchen for two hours'. We found that drinking cheap French beer on the...More

1  Thank Fred O
John H, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

As if we didn't already know!! TripAdvisor publishes reviews from people who have never set foot in the pub. What makes this one different is that they say it in the review! The credibility of this forum has always been questionable but now we have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pub looks great, the starters were average but the mains were terrible. We met a friend who had succulent chicken and chorizo sounded good but tough chicken, then there was the ploughmans pickled onion and pickled egg tasted like they had sat in brine...More

Thank Beany06
John H, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ah this is (Beany06 and her two dogs. She didn't like me mentioning her name, reviewing seems to be a 'one way street' It didn't get off to a great start as she wanted her precious dogs in the restaurant - that's a no!! From...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were hesitant to visit having read some of the reviews but weren't disappointed. The service was efficient on a busy sunny evening, The mixed grill was superb and onion rings were offered without hesitation as an alternative to mushrooms & tomatoes without asking. The...More

Thank Munnypenny
John H, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks very much for that - hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice friendly staff and tasty food. My husband had the pork tenderloin and said that it was delicious. Would definitely visit here again.

Thank 170skennedy
John H, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks very much for that - look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you have a gluten free menu options?
14 May 2015|
Response from RachelandJohn |
Do you have gluten free options?
Lindsay R
Our Aussie daughter, husband and family are looking for a family pub with some outdoor space to meet up with friends for lunch. Do you have a children's play area? Is there a room inside which could be used if the weather is bad in September? Thanks for your help. Lindsay.
3 March 2015|
Response from Richard C | Reviewed this property |
It has a fully enclosed garden, so no danger from nearby canal. Its Child friendly, mine are too old now but kids there seemed very happy and were treat well. it has a web site just serach for the Boat Inn Thrupp as links... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Kidlington
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 374279
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