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The Boat Inn

€€ - €€€, British,
Canal Road, Thrupp OX5 1JY, England
+44 1865 374279
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible13%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (25 reviews)
“lamb shank” (13 reviews)
“the pub” (67 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Canal Road, Thrupp OX5 1JY, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited this nice little pub on Sunday for a Sunday carvery. Food was excellent with friendly staff to top it off! We decided to order a pudding as the carvery was so good and didn’t wait long for it to served atall despite it being...More

Thank chloee1997
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

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

Reviewed 3 days ago

Waited an hour to be served a plate of toast and paté - the toast was cold and had mould growing on it !!! We didn't dare try the paté. Response of the owner had to be seen to be believed. Extremely rude. A great...More

Thank jbbadoche
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

More lies and half truths here. Yes, hands up, we did make a mistake with the toast as you can see in the photograph (how sad!!). I apologised and made a full refund. BUT it wasn't just pate and toast it was 3 meals 2...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Food not great, chips were frozen and not cooked properly! I never complain, but thought I should tell them this,as people paying for food want to enjoy it, and would expect that cooking frozen chips properly wasn't difficult! I discretly had a word with lady...More

1  Thank lauric0x
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

'I never complain' - well you complained in the restaurant and here you are complaining in the public domain and its your first review and its a complaint, but that's why Tripadvisor is here!! FYI we don't cook frozen chips and having checked with the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We normally go here for a Sunday roast, especially when the in-laws are visiting. The food is good, though I find the gravy too salty. If they did a different gravy it would be perfect as the meat and veg is spot on.

Thank Katie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to the Boat; I had booked via email in advance the day before and was pleased to have an answer straight away. We arrived on a busy Easter Sunday to a packed pub and a table rammed in a corner,...More

Thank Jane B
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Many thanks for that - sorry about the chef he's usually quite chirpy you must have caught him on a bad day. Bring your doggy next time.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Boat Inn after a short stroll along the Oxford canal. A reasonable menu choice on a Sunday which was nice to see. The place was busy and service seemed to cope well. We enjoyed the carvery, lovely roast beef, and the lamb shank....More

Thank Wiltscouple2015
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Many thanks come and see us again soon!!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews listed here I wasn't sure if we had visited the same place. We moored up in Thrupp after a long cold wet day navigating the canal. We decided to have a meal in the pub. It was quiet and we appeared...More

Thank lewis_ar
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Yeah Tripadvisor can give that impression. Many thanks for your kind words come and see us again next time you're coming passed.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located just across a village lane from the Oxford canal this small quaint old inn was used in some of the filming of the Inspector Morse TV series and the whole place is decorated with photos and mementos from those times. The restaurant area is...More

Thank ktrott1998
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for that hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this pub early on a Wednesday evening. There were only a few people there but the full menu was available. We had what was described as a Giant Grimsby Cod in Golden Batter. When it came the fish was more like a minnow but...More

Thank Richard S
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Despite all this he ate it all!! Naturally I spoke to the staff working that night, they followed the normal procedure food was served and asked if ok - did they need any sauces etc and all was good. Three minutes later back to the...More

Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Avoid if you are looking for a relaxed and easy going meal!!!! Still, giving it a 3 as the food was gorgeous and the place really a lovely location. Shame about the attitude that we encountered on what should have be a happy lunch; 12.15pm...More

Thank Karine L
Ramsey G, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Not sufficient to make a scene in the restaurant and write on our Facebook page her she is on TripAdvisor!! Mother’s Day the busiest day of the year for restaurants all over the country. We do sittings; they booked for 12.00pm (sic) that gives them...More

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Questions & Answers
13 May 2015|
Response from RachelandJohn |
Do you have gluten free options?
Lindsay R
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, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canal Road, Thrupp OX5 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Thrupp
  • Phone Number: +44 1865 374279
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Fabulous family run canal side bar and restaurant offering outstanding value for money. And if you're a fan of Inspector Morse you will find lots of memorabilia here from the days when episodes Morse and more latterly Lewis were filmed at the pub and surrounding area.
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