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The Boathouse

) #120 of 391 Restaurants in Chester $$ - $$$ , British,
21 The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD, England
+44 1244 328709
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good30%
  • Average15%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Found the boathouse on a walk after arriving in chester, decided to come for dinner. Sat outside as a really humid evening to be given an outside menu, very limited choice so opted to eat in,beef and ale pie and burger was ok wouldnt rave...More

Thank L0uanne
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When placing my order I asked for strictly gluten free. Which shouldn't have been a problem as they have a gluten free menu. To then be served chips which weren't. I stressed my concerns to the waiter who served us, they then had to try...More

Thank lottykins
Reviewed 5 days ago

An excellent place to drink on a summers evening like last night! Outside drinking next to the river is great, staff friendly, great atmosphere just out of city centre.

Thank Joanne D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely river front location. Menu was a bit limited but food was ok. However service was beyond slow and girl serving me seemed more interested in chatting to her friend behind bar. There appeared to be no supervision so two young women left to gossip...More

Thank XHarry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for a few drinks on the floating beer garden- a lot of people had the same idea but there were enough seats for us. Lovely views. Only a select food menu was available outside but this was ok for us.

Thank Jessica M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After having a fantastic afternoon in a beautiful beer garden setting,we went to our room which was lovely and clean.No complaints so far...Then we went for what i was expecting to be a nice meal.So,so disappointed.Everything was just so bland.No care at all. In such...More

2  Thank David H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent a couple of evenings here, outside by the river in the sunshine drinking some of their excellent wines. A really excellent way to spend a sunny evening and this is abviously a very popular place. Typical pub food, quite tasty.

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife’s cousin who she hadn’t seen in over 35 years took us to her favorite place to eat in Chester. Well, the restaurant seemed a little dank, but for a city over 1000 years old I thought I’d give it a break. After being...More

Thank TheRichard26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely location next to the river. Ordered a sharer platter, not a sharer platter! 3 tiny pieces of bread, had to ask for more. Tiny pots of cheese but pate was ok!

Thank Amanda D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a table by the window and the view was fantastic. It was Friday evening so there was a lively atmosphere, just what you'd expect in a pub. The food was average. The fries had been cooked for some time and kept warm, they...More

Thank Brian W
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Is the pub dog friendly, thinking of coming on Saturday.
21 April 2017|
Response from Simon A | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is, there were a couple of dogs on our visits last week.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 The Groves, Chester CH1 1SD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cheshire  >  Chester
  • Phone Number: +44 1244 328709
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