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The Ferry Restaurant

The Elephant Boatyard | Landsend road ,Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8DN, England
+44 23 8040 2566
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Elephant Boatyard | Landsend road ,Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8DN, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came across this place and decided to try lunch here.... well what a find. Lovely hostess (and owner) together with her chef husband really exceeded all my expectations. Charming interior, excellent service and the food was top notch!!! We both had a roast chicken...More

Thank AF11AUD
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its pricey but the food is outstanding the dining experience is great and the fact your not rushed, we have been here 3 times over last few years for special occasions. Its definitely worth trying for a special occasion.

Thank LisaD3523
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The setting of the restaurant and its decor and atmosphere is lovely. The staff are friendly too. However I felt the food was very overpriced for its quality and really undermined the positive aspects of the restaurant. Ordered a roast dinner that was around £14...More

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely food lovely setting lovely people .... absolutely perfect 👌 oh yes, the fillet steak was awesome and the roast was amazing and the fish dishes were stunning!

Thank Ray J
Reviewed 25 September 2018

We went along for Sunday Lunch. We were lucky enough to be able to sit out on the decking in a secluded area. Lovely way to pass the wait for lunch people watching and boat watching in the sun. The staff were friendly and helpful...More

Thank donnafarr
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Booked a Thursday special for daughters birthday, what a gem of a restaurant, ok down a small hill but not a drawback, worth every minute, food was excellent waitress was very helpful as was the owner, who made every effort to seat us where daughter...More

Thank 137jan
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Whilst the food was very good, the waiting around ruined the evening. Just one woman who was ‘allowed’ to take orders and provide us with the bill. The waiter explained this was so there was no blame if anything was wrong. Had to wait for...More

1  Thank Matthew B
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

A trip down memory lane for 4 of us old Howard’s Way fans Perfect location and such a welcoming vibe with great food If your ever in the Hamble it’s well worth s visit we were recommended to visit by Port Hamble Marina 👌

Thank muckboaty
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

I came here with my family for Sunday lunch. It’s a beautiful setting abs the staff are great. Debbie, the owner, is lovely and great to chat too. The roast dinners are great as is the smoked salmon platter. Love the gin cocktails too 👍🏼

Thank Lola L
Reviewed 5 September 2018

We were not sure if we would visit this or The JollySailor. We made the right choice with The Ferry.

Thank Tom B
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12 August 2018|
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Response from DeborahG508 | Property representative |
Yes we do Christmas parties from the first Wednesday in December , we can cater for up to 70 sit down , hope this helps
8 April 2018|
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Response from juliabailey7 | Reviewed this property |
Yes all cooked by the chef fresh
17 August 2017|
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Response from DeborahG508 | Property representative |
Hi Clare , Our entrance is Landsend Rd ,unfortunately there is no access through Deacons boatyard anymore . You can drive down the hill and should be able to park near the restaurant RGS DEBORH
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Elephant Boatyard | Landsend road ,Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: +44 23 8040 2566
  • E-mail
This unique little restaurant boasts to be the only floating restaurant in the local area. Now settled in the Historic Elephant boatyard this chain ferry used to commute between Woolston across to Southampton town carrying cars and foot passengers. This ferry N08 was built in 1896 and was in service till 1961. In 1977 the ferries all ceased to run and now at there old location sits a toll bridge. This restaurant has been privately owned for the eleven years . There is much to offer here . The restaurant is open Wednesday through to Sunday opening for lunch and supper. Head Chef prepares and cooks only top quality dishes using all local produce and suppliers . There is a wonderful outside decking for dining alfresco overlooking the Hamble river as well as a cosy atmospheric restaurant and bar. Catering for celebration functions come high on the list here due to this charming location and the restaurant also offers the entire venue for private functions. There is also access to this restaurant via the river where customers can moor up just for the evening or overnight .Great venue for weddings and special all other special occasions .
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