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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

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50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Sun - Fri 18:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:00
Sat 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
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Oxted, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Booked for 13 people for family birthday. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Let us sit inside whilst the rest of the party went punting even though they were closed. We had pre ordered our food, everything came out in a timely manner, and the food was delicious, beautifully presented. Bit like being a taster for the master chef finals. One... More 

Thank alien99
Oxford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great welcome and had a drink before our other friends arrived. The menu is short which is OK. Our companions had a fish starter which they weren't too impressed with. We had mackerel in crumbs which was more like an amuse-bouche. It was OK. I had lamb and my wife had duck - the meat was very... More 

Thank HalloButlers
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26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The new head chef did a brilliant job for his first tasting dinner. Everything looked great and tasted good too. As usual the wines were interesting and the pairings had been well thought through. The Boathouse is a lovely venue, the staff are excellent and the food is a treat. It was a most enjoyable evening. Thank you.

Thank goldfinchUK
Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ten of us in our family party, from teenagers upwards, and without exception we all loved our meals. The service was polite and friendly, and timed just right so we didn't feel either rushed, or as if we were forgotten. I had the mushrooms on toast, followed by two types of duck, and finished off with the three textures of... More 

Thank Nicola R
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked the marquis for my daughter's 21st birthday tea party and mine and my daughter's expectations were fully met if not surpassed. We were fortunate to have a beautiful warm balmy day so the doors were all flung open affording an open view of the river. The staff were attentive and couldn't have done more to help and the... More 

Thank 21mother
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We try to get to this restaurant any time we are in Oxford. Always delights. Window tables have lovely river views. Relaxed dining. Knowledgeable staff. Excellent food.

Thank ObscureL
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely meal here with friends. The setting is great, the food was excellent and the wine list superb. The Grenache we enjoyed (Dom. Chaume Arnaud, 2013) was stunning - really the best wine I've had in a long time.

Thank James D
Oxford, England
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402 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Were quite slow at taking our orders even though we arrived quite early. Wasn’t full despite it being Mothers Day. Free parking on the road on Sundays. Lots of gluten free options for starters and mains but none for desserts, only an offer to make a fruit salad. Lovely champagne. The textures of lemon desserts was very lemony and could... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant is really a lovely place to eat. We were in Oxford for the Literary Festival, and over the course of a few days we had the chance to try a number of very good restaurants. This was our favourite. The setting on the river is beautiful. We had a table with a delightful view. Service was... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Starter, fish main, and dessert were great. Waiter even kept the kitchen open later for someone arriving late.

Thank Mike J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$64
European, British, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Oxford
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 552746
You've planned an afternoon punting a la Sebastian Flyte - you've got the boater, the stripy blazer, the wind-up gramophone and the obligatory teddy bear, but whoops, forgotten the picnic. Instead of eating sweaty sandwiches, plan your punting excursion round eating at Cherwell Boathouse. Owned and run by the same family for the past 30 years, Cherwell Boathouse, as its name suggests is right on the banks of the Isis (Oxford speak for the Thames) in a truly scenic spot. The restaurant is small and intimate with a beautiful terrace but not twee. The atmosphere is buzzy and lively and there is a huge range of age groups. However, if you are truly set on a picnic, the restaurant will organise a hamper for a minimum of 15 people if you pre-order.
What's cooking:
Fish Terrine with a light crab mayo; fragrant Thai broth, crispy sea bream with courgette and carrot tagliatelle on a bed of noodles with a tomato and caper jus; baked breast of mallard with a cranberry compote; white chocolate and ginger torte; chocolate layered crepe cake.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?