What a secret little haven The Boat Inn is! It's only about 10 minutes from our house, but we literally stumbled across it on one of our daily jaunts around the countryside. And what a lucky day for us! Charming snug of a place, the open fires, low ceilings and original beams transport you back to a simpler time. The staff is wonderfully warm and welcoming, with excellent food to back it up. A combination of traditional pub food and higher-end "gastro-pub" fare, you really can't go wrong here. And the portions are impressive-- beware if you're ordering a starter and main. You may not have room for their excellent desserts!
Ample seating inside and out-- can't wait for warmer weather to sit outside at the picnic tables alongside the River Dee. The best inside seating is in the original building as opposed to the more modern conservatory (though it depends on your taste). Bookings are not necessary, but if you want a seat by the fire, definitely call ahead!
The Boat is afloat !!
Nestled right up alongside the River Dee and recently reopened, the Boat has lost none of its charm or ambiance. I like the fact that they support the community around the area by buying their Beer and Produce locally whenever possible.
Records date an Alehouse here right back to the 13th century and the interior decor reflects how the building has grown through the centuries.Lots of Oak beams and stone floors add buckets of character. You can choose one of the quiet corners for privacy or park up in one of the larger open areas and banter away or, weather permitting, take a table outside.
Called in for lunch the other day and the menu, although not extensive, has everything for feeding all tastes from a wake-up morning coffee (open at 11am) to a refreshing pint of ale and home baked pie, or spend an easy evening with a fondue and some warm torn bread washed down with a pint of locally brewed traditional free house Cask Ale. They also have an excellent choice of Wines should you fancy a change. Once you have had your fill then ease down that food and drink by taking a riverside country walk!! The scenery is stunning.
The great thing about 'The Boat' is that is a place for all seasons. When the weather is warm you can sit alongside the river and watch folk fishing for Trout, Salmon and Eel and may even catch a glimpse of the Otters who live on the opposite bank. When colder weather arrives you walk through the door to be welcomed by open log fires, and feel like you are home. Turning up here on a snowy Winters afternoon is a Dickensian delight.
Word of warning - double check your directions before you set out as the Boat Inn is off the beaten track at the end of a long winding lane.
..... Maybe it should be called The One Way Inn ?
Love this country pub. Great food, great location. Portions sizes are on the larger side too so what is not to love. I had the pork belly which came with potato & mustard mash. Had thought I'd be envious of my husband's beef Wellington but mine was so good I forgot to try his. Kids food is probably for older kids rather than toddlers..my daughter got half a fish & plenty of handcut chips plus peas (she loved the peas & I ate everything else!) Somehow I managed to fit in a shared sticky toffee which I'm glad I left room for.
The Boat, famous for its picturesque location and charming character, sits prettily on the idyllic banks of the River Dee, in Erbistock, Wales.
It's a truly great pub whatever the weather. Laze by the river on a summer's afternoon or hazy evening, or kick off your wellies and warm yourself in front of a roaring log fire - there'll be food and drink waiting to suit every need. From a wake-up morning coffee and a slab of cake to a refreshing pint of ale and home-baked pie, or a crisp fine wine with the catch of the day or a 'lazy fondue' with warm torn bread - there's so much to tempt you, and it's all fresh and locally sourced wherever possible.
Established in 1748.
The Boat attracts visitors from all over the world. Dating back as far as the 13th century, its name is derived from the hand-operated chain ferry which crossed the river at this point (and it's hoped that this will be restored to use in some form in due course )
Our team has many old faces and some very new, Dominique is now our Manager and Event's Planner, with several years in the hospitality trade she has taken on the picturesque venue and aims to bring her expertise with staff training and event planning. Feel free to contact her at any time on email@example.com
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