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The Boat Inn, Rugby, Warwickshire

The Boat Inn

4.4
4.4
270 Reviews
£25 and under
Mediterranean
The Boat Inn is a Waterside Restaurant & Bar situated in the Warwickshire countryside run by Award Winning owners.

Our team of Chef's work tirelessly to bring you fresh, inspiring dishes to wow even the most aspiring 'foodies'. Choose from our traditional Bar Menu or indulge yourself with our wonderful Chef's Choice Menu available in the Restaurant.

As all our dishes are freshly prepared by our chefs, most dietary requirements can be catered for at your request.

Relax by the cozy log burner, perfect for winter evenings or enjoy beautiful Alfresco Dining with seating overlooking the canal or in the large rear sun captured garden, beautifully landscaped, complete with our garden bar.

We offer a selection of traditional Real Ales brewed by our house brewery, Nethergate and welcome unique guest ales from breweries across the country. With our sought after collection of Gins and Fine Wines our Bar is fully equipped to quenc

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, British, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01926 812657

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Barnes

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact our Events Manager Josh Watson on the main number to discuss your individual requirements, from Business Meetings to Weddings, Christenings, Private Family Events and Birthdays.

  • Neighbourhood

    Rugby

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Stagecoach Nos 63 & 64 Bus Route

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 270 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Warwickshire

    Child-Friendly

  • Warwickshire

    Lunch

  • Warwickshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Warwickshire

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    The food was great. BUT…Although we had booked we still had to wait 1 hour before we were served and another half hour before desserts. Bar staff attitude wasn’t brilliant either.
  2. DH

    DavidH

    Cambridge

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very friendly, competent service. The main courses and desserts were very good but should look at starters mostly deep fried food and no soup
  3. AB

    AdrianB

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portion are a good size. Might be an idea to think of this when you go as the desserts are great.
  4. U

    Urhee

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited on a very rainy September evening following a recommendation, so glad we did. We ate in the Bar & snug area - lovely set up, nice decor, friendly, informative staff. Josh was great, good laugh, knew about the food options, felt so welcome and relaxed. Everything was delicious - generous portions, a taste sensation, I don't doubt that whatever we'd had to eat would be getting the same rave reviews. Fantastic!! We don't live in the area, but are close enough to return, which we plan to do. Will definitely be returning in warmer months to experience what is on offer outdoors.
  5. WC

    WalterC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Booked a table for 12.30 for Sunday lunch, was made welcome straight away, there are a good selection of beers &ales, also a good selection of wines, although very pricey. We only had the mains so cannot comment on the starters, my wife had the gammon and was apparently delicious, I had the beef and it was cooked to perfection, I was pleasantly surprised to find 4 seasonal vegetables accompanying our meal, which was very nice. We didn’t have a desert as at roughly £8 per portion was a bit steep but overall a very pleasant meal.
  6. MS

    MickS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good food freshly prepared and a good varied menu. Reasonable value for money and very friendly.
  7. J

    Janieb

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last night was our fourth visit this year. Lovely setting, and very welcoming. Staff excellent and really ‘on the ball’. The food is outstanding, we have never had a mediocre meal even the fish and chips are spot on. Well worth the trip out, you won’t be disappointed.
  8. ST

    SuzanT

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, wonderful location! 100% recommend 😊
  9. E

    Evangeline

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Very pleasant staff, great ambience. The steaks are the best ever. Fabulous choice of puddings, difficult to decide. We didn’t have a starter because nothing really took our fancy. Will definitely be back
  10. W

    Weasel

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Sadly the rye bread under the smoked mackerel was so hard it was inedible. The main courses were nice. Also there was a very unpleasant smell from the septic tank in the car park which permeated the whole pub. Staff okay but on a personal level I think wearing head sets causes a certain disengagement from the customer. A bit "too cool for school".
  11. NS

    NicolaS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The only thing was the waitress was not very happy 😃 had to ask for knifes and napkins salt and pepper just dumped food in front off us !! Didn’t even talk 🙄🙄
  12. HS

    HelenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A varied menu with restaurant food and a bar menu, the latter of which can be eaten in the restaurant. We ordered from the restaurant menu, French onion soup with pumpkin and pecan pithivier to follow for me and smoked mackerel with beetroot chutney and Tuscan salmon with spinach and ricotta cannelloni to follow for my husband. We shared the lemon and ricotta ravioli for dessert. Oh my, the chef really knows how to season food well. This is one of the best meals we have had for a while and we are both foodies so eat out a lot. It was all so, so tasty, we talked about it all the way home! The service too was great, friendly and prompt. Our only disappointment is that it was the last meal on our recent holiday so it’s not local to us.
  13. TB

    TomB

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite place to eat. Always fantastic food and service here.
  14. LF

    LesleyF

    Newcastle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Sunday lunch with friends. Best roast dinner served by lovely team. Thanks- we’ll be back!
  15. PC

    PaulinC

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time and place spent with family. Three generations all very pleased with their choices. Well done.
  16. F

    Frostie

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We booked a table for 7pm for three of us. Two us turned up at 7 but unfortunately our friend was delayed by 20 minutes which apparently meant that our 15 minute slot for ordering food had expired so we were told that they would have to see when there was another slot. Not come across that before! Unfortunately the fish and chips we'd ordered turned not to be available that night so we all ordered burgers, which were delicious as were the chips and coleslaw accompanying it. One small gripe though - we all ordered different rates of cooking, rare, well-done, etc., and it was difficult to tell the difference between them, but having said that, it didn't spoil the enjoyment. The pub has a nice ambience, and different spaces suitable for different kinds of events. We were in the bar/Snug which was cosy and we could see an outdoor space, great for the those long summer evenings. Would we go again? On the basis of the slim window of opportunity for ordering food to arrive fairly soon, possible not. Maybe it would have been better not to have known that's how the kitchen operates and just think they're having a busy night. However, the pub is attractive, the food is good and it's located on the canal side so perfect for a catch up drink with friends, etc.
  17. m

    mossfls

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A REALLY GOOD BANK HOLIDAY DESPITE THE CLOUDS. Very happy we chose The Boat for lunch. Good atmosphere and surroundings. Good service and food
  18. CS

    ClaireS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Took two family members from out of the area for Sunday lunch. Food was lovely and quick to be bought out staff service was brilliant. Our third time at the pub for food. Very happy with experience. Josh the manager was lovely, even remembered us from a previous visit. Highly recommend.
  19. SL

    SueL

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Lovely peaceful setting inside or out in the garden or waterside terrace. Staff are attentive and very professional. Food is fantastic, beautifully cooked and presented. A little pricey but the quality reflects. Definitely go again
  20. PC

    PaulinC

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Tuna was great, chicken did not live ups to expectation at all. Just chicken and beans!!!!! Never mind, we still love the Boat experience, and will come again soon.
  21. SL

    SLouise65

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited a number of times in the last year and never had a bad meal here. The food is always good, staff friendly and attentive. We will be back again soon.
  22. R

    Ruby

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Lovely pub restaurant but we felt ‘politely’ rushed when our order was taken. I can clearly see why ppl make negative reviews especially about the sticky tables. It’s not a pleasant experience when dining. The other party members enjoyed their food but mine was quite disappointing both starter and main and the dish was an odd combination of flavours. We will return though when the menu changes for the season.
  23. DQ

    DinaQ

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really friendly service and lovely food. Some different food choices in the menu which is nice.
  24. DJ

    DavidJ

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - not your average pub food. Good atmosphere and service.
  25. SL

    SueL

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely canal side setting, food is beautifully presented and well cooked, staff attentive and professional. Would definitely visit again
  26. P

    Paulnatalieandjarvis

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Staff were fantastic and the food was very enjoyable. We loved the location and thought the prices were very reasonable for the high quality food we ate . We would highly recommend the Boat Inn, especially if you have a dog with you !!!
  27. TS

    TonyS

    Northampton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This visit was a little hit and miss. The service was friendly and efficient. The surroundings and environment were very nice for a summers evening. A little background music might have been nice. The starters were slightly disappointing. Two of us enjoyed our main courses although it wasn’t stunning. The other two were badly cooked (overdone, stringy pork belly). The desserts were very pleasant.
  28. GB

    GeoffreyB

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The roast beef was perfect with lovely strong horseradish, the pork was a little tough and possibly overcooked, spuds parsnips and carrots were perfect, but the green veg were VERY aldante, possibly undercooked. I know this is a matter of personal taste but we didnt eat them as they were too hard.
  29. SL

    SebLA

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is stunning and very well presented. The outside area is beautiful. Staff are friendly. Just a little overpriced but will definitely be back again. What more could you ask for
  30. SW

    SteveW

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Very good, great place, a bit over priced but food was amazing. Will be going back
  31. JH

    JohnH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch. What an excellent menu made a change from usually pub grub etc. Food was absolutely lovely, well presented, tasty and different. Service was also great. Surroundings were clean, spacious and airy. We will be returning it was that good.
  32. RM

    RichardM

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Short notice booking for Sunday lunch but we got in without any problems for a time that suited us. Only went for the single course - but that was all we wanted (although the starters did look tempting) I had the beef that was nice and rare - exactly as I would expect it (it is advertised on the menu as being rare so no surprises to anyone) My wife had the Gammon which was advertised as Honey glazed - it was nice but there was no obvious sweetness from the glaze and was a little too salty for my wife's taste. It was, however, very moist and tender. All in all a very pleasant late afternoon with fantastic service by the team
  33. G

    Greedypig

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb location next the canal with extensive gardens with seating to enjoy your meal and drink. The Sunday roast dinners are probably the best in the area and the price is just about right for the portion sizes. 7 different vegetables, roast beef cooked to perfection (pink in the middle) & Yorkshire puddings.
  34. VA

    VickyA

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely pub with great outdoor dining spaces. Food is always excellent and the staff are very attentive.
  35. VH

    VictoriaH

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, including various vegetarian starters and one veggie main menu which turned out to be utterly delicious. Great service too
  36. M

    Marie

    Northampton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely canal side pub friendly staff and gorgeous food portions were quite small though
  37. BW

    BrianW

    Worcestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening at the Boat, Sue and Matt, Josh,Sam and Erin all brilliant. Food was 1st class, we had the Tuna Nicoise and then slow cooked pork belly. Thanks yet again for a memorable night and see you next time. Would recommend to anyone.
  38. P

    Paul

    Kent

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very expensive for the food served and very slow service. We left before desert as no one came to clear our table and offer any.
  39. GS

    GrahamS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service was excellent. Surroundings were nice. Staff are always friendly.
  40. LP

    LisaP

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great service. Really friendly and welcoming staff.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Boat Inn is rated 4.4 stars by 270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for The Boat Inn

Birdingbury Wharf, Rugby Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8HQ

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Rugby

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Wed–Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, British, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Public Transit

    Stagecoach Nos 63 & 64 Bus Route

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Matt Barnes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01926 812657

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact our Events Manager Josh Watson on the main number to discuss your individual requirements, from Business Meetings to Weddings, Christenings, Private Family Events and Birthdays.

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