The Cherwell Boathouse

The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic restaurant and punt station close to the centre Oxford. Established in 1904 and it has been a family run for over 50 years as a working Boathouse and restaurant with over 80 handmade punts in the water.

The well known restaurant is open all year round, serving modern English food with a European influence. Head chef Paul Bell produces seasonal menus, using local suppliers where possible. There is a set menu from £29.75 for three courses, currently items featured include Roast rump of lamb flageolet purée with purple sprouting broccoli and salsa verde or Smoked haddock with tagliatelle fennel, samphire and langoustine bisque. Desserts are a highlight featuring Black currant éclair with Bramley apple compote and lemon thyme ice cream or Chocolate arctic roll with orange marmalade and toasted almond crumb.

Rump of Lamb
Rump of Lamb

There is also a simpler midweek lunch offering at £14.50 for two course. All this can be enjoyed on the Al fresco decking during the Summer months, watching the river activity of expert and novice punters and the river wild life overseen with friendly and attentive service in a relaxed environment.

The restaurant also has a superlative wine list that has won awards from the Good food Guide and Imbibe magazine. For the wine lover, our reputation is first and foremost for outstanding value for money. The list has a high proportion of famous producers and is exceptional for its rare wines and older vintages. The list is managed by restaurant manager and sommelier Brice Guibert who is always pleased to offer advice and help.

The Marquee on the terrace overlooking the river is a wonderful places to celebrate all types of occasion. We can cater for corporate days out , functions and parties with conference facilities and the option of punting alongside. The Marquee can accommodate groups from 25- 125 guests in a variety of formats from informal to 3 course sit down meals and incorporating music and dancing.

Restaurant wedding
Restaurant wedding

The seasonal Teahut café opens from mid-April to mid-September offering a lower price point and more immediate and accessible fayre for those who have come to punt and not necessarily to dine.

Punting can be the perfect occasion for families, groups, romantic couples, it is a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially Oxford, idyllic pleasure: sailing leisurely upstream or down river, trailing fingers in the silky water, admiring the wildlife, picnicking on a river bank, dropping in at the Vicky Arms or drifting downstream past the University parks. The punting season is mid March to mid October open ten am till dusk.

Cherwell Boathouse

The Cherwell Boathouse is an iconic Oxford punt station and restaurant on the banks of the river Cherwell, in an idyllic water meadow setting.

Johnny Verdin

General Manager

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