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The Boat Inn

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Bar, British, Pub
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Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
+44 1865 374279
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Found this pub on different route home on a Friday evening. Busy, so that was a good sign. Dog friendly it really is - but being without a dog and being beside the Oxford Canal we found the aroma of 'damp dog' was quite pungent. Food was OK, nothing exceptional but perfectly acceptable usual 'pub grub'. The atmosphere was very... More 

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Thank Jan E
Oxford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a tough one because there are definitely things I liked about The Boat Inn. If I'd just come in from a boat, or only stayed for one pint in the garden, or had a dog... I'd probably give it a 3. But we ordered dinner. And over an hour later, it finally showed up. Which might have been... More 

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Thank punkatilla
Witney, Oxon
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We felt the staff at this pub must have all had charisma bypass operations!! No welcome smile, no good morning, no kiss my backside, nothing! We waited our turn to be served and again no acknowledgement. I think this is a Green King managed pub, I'm sure a tenanted outlet would have been more outgoing especially as we were four... More 

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Thank Sarge483
Lingfield, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Found this pub on a search engine looking for dog friendly pubs near to us staying in North Leigh and what a find, friendly, bustling pub with great food can thoroughly recommend. We were made to feel extremely welcome when we arrived with our dog and nothing seemed to much trouble. The menu is varied with something for everyone, the... More 

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Thank Rachybadger
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked ahead of our visit and glad we did, busy on arrival. However the service was efficient and the staff were lovely with rest knowledge of the menu. Ordered starters, whitebait and pate both great generous portions, and the cod for our main was incredible. No room for puddings but the ones we saw arriving at other tables looked impressive.... More 

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Thank Danny T
Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just had a lovely meal with my husband in The Boat Inn. Good quality, fresh food. Compliments to the chefs!

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Thank Tatiana I
Atherton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we were visiting the area and on the lookout for somewhere good for tea. we came upon this place by chance and called in.. what a good decision that was.. four good meals served by pleasant staff and landlord. i had the mixed grill.. i suppose i should have been warned something was up by the maniacal laugh from the... More 

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Thank Shaun G
Oxford
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've lived in the area for over 30 years and never been here - mistake! Wonderful welcome from a charming waitress, excellent and very competitively priced meal and great beer. Add to that a post meal stroll by the canal , heaven. We will return.

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Thank BenA714
Bedford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We moored up here on the first night of our canal boat hire weekend. We phoned ahead and booked a table. When we got there is was busy, but the Landlord greeted us warmly and made a fuss of our 5 yr old daughter who had been having a meltdown previous to coming in!! Starters were lovely; 3 of us... More 

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Thank Emma P
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food, lots of choices......and they would adjust to your liking. Great location right by canal, dog friendly (in bar area only). Restaurant had two rooms to dine, although not over big. Seating outside at the back of the restaurant in the garden. Offer Sunday Carvery, which they recommend you book a table as it's very popular. Staff very friendly,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?