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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (24 reviews)
“guinea fowl” (12 reviews)
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European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 9 . The service was great . Ths menu excellent offering a standard cost for 2 course and 3 course. Surprisingly got stuffed especially after the three course. The food was delicious. The opportunity to go panting as well although...More

Thank Maryanne N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited on a Sunday night. The place was quiet after a busy weekend. The mackerel starter and turbot was good. The wine list is extensive and ranges from very reasonably priced upward. We had a selection of cheese afterwards and port - but our choice...More

Thank 182garretto
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a barbeque dinner here as a team event after going punting. We had a good time, the food was very good, the location excellent, we had a very good company and everything was fine...

Thank Αντώνης Δ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful meal here before going punting. We need to order in advance, and the pace that food arrived was quite leisurely given that, but the food, wine, ambience and general service was great. Seating was in an outside covered area that was...More

Thank Mundii
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant was packed the day i went. But the service was just as it is always, been going here now for a couple of years and have never had a bad experience. I recommend the chicken pie, the rest had a fry up and...More

Thank Graham C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I brought a party of 5 to the Cherwell Boathouse on Sunday evening (June 2). We had pre-booked. Having been shown to our table we sat for 30 mins before receiving any service whatsoever. I then approached a waiter who promised to "be right with...More

Thank J H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to the restaurant for a work-related dinner with some colleagues, as I had been previously told this was a great spot. Indeed the location is quite hidden, but nicely located on the river with the option of punting a boat on the Thames! The...More

Thank Diego_Lopes_Martinho
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They offer a fixed price 2 course lunch - it was very good - service was slow - but we enjoyed sitting at an outside table. After lunch we rented a row boat from the boat house next door.

Thank samsmom2006
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked this restaurant on a friend’s recommendation. The river location is attractive and we sat on the outside terrace to eat dinner as it was a particularly warm summer evening. The staff are friendly, the food was enjoyable. We both had scallops to start,...More

Thank EllalouiseLewes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My celebrated my best friend’s birthday there recently. Traveling from another country to England to celebrate is a big deal, this place perfectly meet our expectations. The staff is very friendly! We were so tourists so we did not even make any reservation, but they...More

Thank Min C
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27 October 2017|
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Response from peck8 | Reviewed this property |
Trousers and shirt would definitely be ok whereas I’m not sure about jeans. Would have been fine when I went at lunch time but I think in the evening it would be smarter.
Caroline W
19 July 2017|
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Response from Brissato | Property representative |
Yes we do in the conservatory
laurie w
18 May 2016|
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Response from Jeffrey K | Reviewed this property |
there was very little, you would be better off going by taxi, the journey will be worth it and they had a very good wine list
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$66
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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
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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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