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Cherwell Boathouse Restaurant

50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
+44 1865 552746
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (23 reviews)
“terrine” (7 reviews)
“guinea fowl” (9 reviews)
Open Now
18:00 - 21:00All hours
European, British, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
50 Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6ST, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked in here as a party of 8 on a Saturday night to treat ourselves during a weekend in Oxford, and we weren't disappointed. From the first 'hello', the staff were attentive, friendly and relaxed. The food was wonderful - tasty and substantial. The mains,...More

Thank Kunak M
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was taken there last Friday for my birthday having not been there for 20 years. What a lovely place. Nice atmosphere and super friendly staff who were very attentive and 'on the ball'. The food was amazing, scallops to start with cooked to perfection,...More

Thank understudy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a punt! In fact this is one place to hire a punt and to eat. Food was good, atmosphere better, service not so good due to understaffing. All staff helpful and pleasant. Gets busy so book on line. Worth a visit. Dr D

Thank David D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten dinner here a few times and have never been disappointed. This time we were a group of 8, with family visiting from overseas. Our relatives were delighted with the river setting and the option to punt before dinner! The food here is...More

Thank Ponnusamy81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for my birthday- we were seated on arrival and the Waiter gave us a menu and told us he'd get a second menu. Fifteen minutes later we still had not ordered food or drink and my husband had to grab the attention...More

1  Thank Claire O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A sunny graduation lunch by the river. The staff were attentive but not obtrusive. Our table was a bit wonky, beyond fixing with a wedge of napkins. However, the staff were quick to replace the table and we hat complimentary drinks after our meal. The...More

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right on the river views of the punting and the staff is very friendly we only had a great lemon cake and of course tea. but others were eating lunch or having a pint and everyone seemed to be having a fun time.

Thank jeannemb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Graduation lunch on a sunny day. Lovely venue- the river, punts and eccentrics. Food good: potato Truffle starter delicious. Lamb was disappointing but our comments were well received and desserts became complimentary- excellent response. Attentive staff. Would love to come again.

Thank Muzzydad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To this lovely riverside restaurant for lunch with friends. We sat by the window looking onto the water and had a very pleasant lunch, nice ambience, good food, good wine, nothing to fault any of it, a wholly charming experience. I recommend the steak bavette...More

Thank Susie H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This old favourite is as good as ever on the basis of this casual lunch for four friends. Fabulous set menu from which we had variously charcuterie and soup followed by bavette steak, hake and risotto. Only one of us could manage pudding, and we...More

Thank Jezza3591
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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
18 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
USD 16 - USD 68
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
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
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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