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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
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Reviewed yesterday

I’m fairly gobsmacked by the AA only awarding TCB 1 Rosette – this was a standard far in excess of so many in that category – this was certainly 2 standard with the chef mixing interesting flavour combinations – Gurnard with Puy lentils, artichoke puree...More

Thank Charles U
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a large group of 20 in for dinner. We had preordered our meals which made the process easier. The food was very good and nicely presented with lots of interesting touches. I had the summer salad as my first course which was quite...More

Thank BardAdmirer
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were a group of 8 on a busy Friday. We had ordered by 8pm and pudding arrived well after 10.00pm. This is unacceptable. The food was very good but not exceptional. The wine menu was very good and varied

Thank 207PeterD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wrote review on wrong site food was fine and tasty but portion were small especially the pork done pink! Would come back on a sunny day may be more enthusiastic then

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very lucky to find this venue was happy to accommodate us at short notice. It was getting late in the lunchtime and we thought we would find it difficult to get somewhere to eat. Luckily we rang the Cherwell Boathouse, and despite the...More

Thank Ballboy2412
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have just visited The Boat house for Sunday dinner. Picking up our daughter from Uni, and decided to go for lunch somewhere. Having searched for good restaurants nearby, we called ahead and fortunately they had space. We were so impressed with everything. The staff...More

Thank MhairiS40
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here for a family birthday celebration and had a fantastic time. Everyone was lovely and the atmosphere was relaxed yet fun. My food was delicious (I would highly recommend the venison) and my pumpkin pie was also amazing - something I have always...More

Thank Charlotte D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took our undergraduate daughter here for a treat one Sunday. The location is a delight in itself, overlooking the picturesque river Cherwell. The interior is formal with white linen on the tables and the waiting is discreet. Delicious grilled octopus and...More

Thank Jezza3591
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Oxford from Devon to take my niece to lunch , we search for an eatery that was away from the hustle and bustle of the main city. This spot was tranquil and in the Autumn sunlight , had a real ambient feel. As...More

Thank kkelly65
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked a table for our sons Graduation end of Sept.Great friendly service throughout evening. Wonderful main course of monkfish.Steak was also very good. Also probably the best liquor coffees ever! Will definately visit again.

Thank 703andyn
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12 August 2018|
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Response from Graham C | Reviewed this property |
Yes to both of your questions
26 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$16 - US$65
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
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12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 14:30
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
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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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