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The Boatman Riverside Restaurant & Gastropub

Type:Pub/Inn

10 Thames Side, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1QN

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 744 reviews744 reviews

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The Boatman Riverside Restaurant & Gastropub

About

THE BOATMAN RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT & GASTROPUB

The Boatman has been an historical drinking and eating establishment since 1829 (although it has changed owners and names over the years from The Kings Head to The Donkey House to The River House) and it is Windsor’s only proper pub by the river. You can’t sit in a pub by the river in central Windsor anywhere else!

It’s the perfect location to soak up the glorious riverside views over Eton and the wonderful wildlife whilst enjoying a coffee, a drink or their classic British cuisine.

They have an all-weather glass conservatory as well as large outdoor terrace so if the weather is inclement, you can still relax by the river as it has a retractable roof, heaters and blankets. Or of course you can always pop inside the main building.

The river takes on a different vibe in the evening with magical, sparkly lights reflecting off the water. It’s very romantic as well as being a great place to celebrate a special occasion with friends, family or co-workers.

WHERE IS THE BOATMAN?

The Boatman is just behind Windsor & Eton Riverside Station on the waterfront. If you’re walking from Windsor town, simply turn right just before Eton bridge into Farm Yard then right again into Thames Side and The Boatman is at the end of the road. There are plenty of pay-and-display car parks in central Windsor and the pub/restaurant is not far from any of them.

WHEN IS IT OPEN?

You’re welcome for coffee or drinks from 10am onwards, 7 days a week and food is served from 12 noon until 10pm.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

Freshly cooked British inspired dishes start with the lunch menu served from 12 noon until 6pm with the evening menu served between 6pm and 10pm.

Try their 21 day aged 8oz rib eye steak chargrilled on the grill and served with peppercorn sauce or their Homemade Chargrilled 8oz Black Angus beef burger in a brioche bun - both served with chunky chips.

Other dishes include:

  • Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb served with creamy mashed potato, green beans and red wine jus
  • Smoked haddock & salmon fishcake served with crispy leaf salad & garlic and herb mayo
  • Sharing Platter for Two People - Parma ham, chorizo, Italian salami, parmesan and applewood cheese. Served with bread, olive oil & balsamic vinegar
  • Caesar Salad - Crisp cos lettuce and crunchy croutons with caesar dressing and shaved parmesan cheese…Why not add chargrilled chicken breast or Halloumi?
  • Fish & chips – Fillet of cod in Eton Ale batter served with homemade tartar sauce and chunky chips
  • Spinach & feta cheese salad with spiced aubergine, olives & cherry tomatoes
  • Hand shredded warm duck & mango with rocket salad & hazelnut and balsamic dressing
  • Grilled sea bass fillets served with buttered new potatoes and wilted baby spinach
  • Penne Pasta served with chicken breast in a rich creamy sauce or fresh asparagus, baby spinach and cream

Puddings include Eton Mess, Homemade Tiramisu, Chocolate Brownie or Sticky Toffee Pudding, Ice-cream and Sorbet.

Group bookings are welcome.

There’s also an extensive drinks menu, as you’d expect!

The Boatman is a dog-friendly pub so DOGS ARE WELCOME inside the bar area and outside on the terrace.

There’s a KIDS' MENU offering freshly cooked favourite dishes and highchairs and baby changing facilities are available.

PRIVATE PARTIES & CORPORATE EVENTS

If you’re looking for a venue for private parties, dinners, buffets, receptions and celebrations (e.g. anniversaries, birthdays and weddings) then The Boatman can cater for up to 100 people and it is also perfectly suited to both small and large corporate events and office lunches/dinners.

The Boatman can help you plan your event and you can even add your own additional touches such as special menus, decorations and entertainment. The new conservatory can be hired out privately and caters for up to 80 people.

TRIP ADVISOR VISITORS SAY:

‘Delicious food, excellent service…lovely spot beside the river, highly recommend’

‘Put it on your "must visit" list - you will not be disappointed’

‘Great location, good food & tasty ale’

Facilities

Catering

  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Licensed
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch
  • Special dietary requirements catered for

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - No minimum age, all children welcome!
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's menu
  • Highchair

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Beer Garden
  • Cask Ales
  • Chef
  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Exclusive hire of restaurant
  • Garden/patio for guests' use
  • Groups accepted
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Local Produce
  • Number of covers - Maximum 220 covers: 80 covers in restaurant and 80 in conservatory plus some in bar area and 60 covers on outside terrace (but the bar and outside terrace can’t be booked).
  • Number of people seated - See above for guidance.
  • Number of people standing - 100 in restaurant, 70 in conservatory, 60 in bar area.
  • Open all year round
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Pets accepted - Dog friendly.
  • Pre/post theatre menu - Not specifically but food is served from 12 noon until 10pm and the pub is round the corner from the theatre.
  • Private rooms
  • Wine Selection
  • Wireless Internet Access

Parking & Transport

  • Off site parking

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Diners Club accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Al fresco dining
  • In town/city centre
  • Unique venue
  • Waterfront

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
    • Service
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Value
      4 of 5 stars
    • Food
      4.5 of 5 stars
    • Atmosphere
      5 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      444
    • Very Good
      170
    • Average
      68
    • Poor
      33
    • Terrible
      29

    Recent Reviews:

    • KentCountyFoodie
      Chislehurst, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great food let down by service
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 20th May 2019
      My partner and I visited The Boatman after we explored Windsor for the day. They were very accommodating, especially not having made a reservation and on a Sunday. We were sat inside the... Read full review
    • 666gerarde
      Muhltal, Germany
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Excellent “boat trip”
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 22nd May 2019
      We were there twice time. 1. In the glas house with 8 people Phantastic food (fish, meet, veg) and good wine. Staff were very friendly. I recommend liver pate and lamb. The dessert Eton mess is a... Read full review
    • 890isabelw
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Week day catch up with friends
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 23rd May 2019
      A great little place by the river in Windsor, plus very short walk from the train station. We met for a couple of drinks and food. There was very efficient table service outside and staff were very... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Opening Times

    Open (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 23:30*

    * Food served from 12 noon until 10pm.

    Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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