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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

) #21 of 474 Restaurants in Oxford ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ European, British, International
50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • 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

Friends introduced us to the Cherwell Boathouse and it was wonderful from beginning to end. The food was of a great standard and the staff all worked very hard to give us a lovely time, without any fuss. The location is interesting and you can...More

Thank TiffanyBeaconsfield
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have had a very nice diner here at a very nice place. The food was good and they could cater well for gluten allergy.

Thank Eddie2013
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Came of a works night out. Had pre-ordered food so after a drink outside admiring the beautiful location the food was served quickly and efficiently. Great food and the staff were efficient and friendly. Does help the weather was good, would have been less likely...More

Thank StudentBum
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This really is a very good place to eat. The location is lovely. The food is exceptional and the service very attentive and helpful. Will definitely go back on my next visit.

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had booked this restaurant following a load of research done online to find a venue for a romantic gourmet dinner during our visit to Oxford. Boy, was it the right choice. Following a quaint stroll from town to the restaurant, we were greeted by...More

Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Joined a big party (30 ish) on a lovely summer evening. We ate in the semi open seating area next to the river. Two sides open. You are right next to the river and it helped that there was a breeze. Food wise we ate...More

Thank Jon636
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the most relaxing work event at the end of June, punting, drinking and eating in the conservatory. The whole event was superb! Everyone is still talking about it now. Staff all very friendly and the food was fantastic. How do I top that...More

Thank katherine228
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter and I were here in June for her birthday dinner. We had a wonderful evening. As we had booked well ahead and mentioned the birthday, we were given what appeared to me to be the best seats, a wonderful table for two with...More

Thank Skib99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group was treated to a lovely dinner at the Boathouse after our punt down the Cherwell. The food and wine selections were great--the view perfect. The service sublime. The evening was a true winner at the Cherwlll Boathouse.

Thank travelbounder
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the weekday set lunch £14.50 menu and thought it was fine value. A small but well-put-together salad as starter followed by a large piece of char-grilled salmon for one of us, and delicious vegetable tagine and cous-cous for the other. Very nicely cooked,...More

Thank jojoDorset
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Caroline W
19 July 2017|
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Response from Brissato | Property representative |
Yes we do in the conservatory
laurie w
17 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
Laura G
15 July 2015|
Response from Brissato | Property representative |
Dear Laura no worries, we will greet you with joy.
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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, View, Child-friendly
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
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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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