The Boathouse

The Boathouse

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Hours
Sun
9:00 - 18:00
Mon
9:00 - 18:00
Tue
9:00 - 18:00
Wed
9:00 - 18:00
Thu
9:00 - 18:00
Fri
9:00 - 18:00
Sat
9:00 - 18:00
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Ratings and reviews
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.1 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
3.7 of 5 bubbles
Does this restaurant accept bookings?
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Scottish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Table Service
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles155 reviews
Excellent
53
Very good
58
Average
16
Poor
12
Terrible
16
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Tabby2011
Glasgow117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
The Boathouse Cafe in Rouken Glen Park is good for everything ranging from a carry out ice cream or coffee for a walk around the park, to a full lunch or just a coffee and home baking. The quality of the food is excellent, but it’s the staff who really make it, they are very friendly and attentive. You don’t need to be using the park, you can just stop for a coffee or whatever takes your fancy.
Written 8 March 2020
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Mark Bryceland
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
Ordered a Roll and Bacon at the Kiosk, I’d heavily recommend avoiding anything in a Roll from this Kiosk as a customer. The Boathouse, I’d recommend paying the extra 10p for better quality morning rolls. The flour covered mess that I recieved today was honestly horrible. I’m sure customers would be happy to pay an extra 5-10p for better quality. Maybe a little less butter on the roll. Butter should never be the dominant taste in a sandwhich. On the other hand, staff were very pleasant and coffee was nice.
Written 23 September 2020
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Navigator423238
Glasgow7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 none
Excellent service and excellent food but I wanted to give a specific shout out to one of the waiters (a young man with short, dark hair - unfortunately I don't know his name). We were visiting for lunch yesterday (17th September) with a 96-year-old friend who has difficulty walking very far. When we got up to leave, the waiter offered us the use of a different exit which meant our friend did not have so far to walk back to our car. I just wanted to thank him for seeing the situation, thinking outside the box and offering a solution which made life easier for our friend. Great to see such a high level of care and attention. Thank you!
Written 18 September 2021
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Adeel I
Glasgow5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 couples
We ordered a vegetarian breakfast and were not told that they didn’t have any vegetarian sausages (we were given a lame excuse for not having them). A Friend went here 1 week ago and had the full Veg option. All we got was tomatoes, mushrooms, vegetarian haggis, 2 triangular scones And small piece of sourdough bread (wife got 2 cold small pieces of white bread) the reconstituted scrambled egg was tasteless rubber. Cost was still too expensive £7.75 each (after I explained to waiter that cannot charge same as non-vegetarian option) Totally underwhelming experience. We didn’t finish our food even though we were very hungry. The cafe has gone downhill (not sure if its changed hands) Peppermint tea was ok but expensive. Coffee was fine. They don’t do baked potatoes anymore. For vegetarians it’s terrible options. For meat eaters it’s expensive options. They get people coming As not much option in the park.
Written 29 September 2020
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Siobhan S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 friends
I was very disappointed that my daughter received a cup of milk that was out of date and foul smelling. When i raised it with staff i was given a £1 refund. Management felt that this was adequate when i emailed to complain. Massively disappointing and very poor customer service. As someone who would go here regularly I will now not be returning.
Written 25 February 2020
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AMur201403
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 friends
I had lunch here yesterday with a friend, I was really disappointed in the quality of food. The chicken and mushroom soup was odd looking and tasteless. Left most of it. Cakes look nice but very dense and difficult to digest. I have visited before, it was nice so hoping this was a blip.
Written 4 October 2021
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hgray10059
Kilmarnock385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
We recently had a family get together at the duck pond Rouken Glen Park and decided to have lunch in The Boathouse. There were 7 of us in the party and though the place was really busy it was not long till they found a table for us. Right from the start the staff were more than helpful showing patience as we decided what we were having to eat. Having three kids in our party meant that this took a wee bit longer. The food and drink did not take long to be served up to us and we all enjoyed what we had on our plates. My photo does not do justice to the meal I had, as there is a space on the plate, but there was a bowl of chips on the side and both were first class. The macaroni is among the best I have tasted. Overall and excellent visit, will definitely be popping in on our next visit. 10 out of 10 to both food and staff.
Written 24 July 2023
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JGeo59
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 family
I approached The Boathouse with my 3 year old, who had spotted the lit up shop front and declared he was hungry. Window was open, condiments outside. A young boy approached the window and we politely interacted. I asked what they sold, if they had anything for a toddler to eat on the go. He explained they weren’t serving food as they were preparing to close, but pointed to the back wall with a small menu. No problem, could I grab a slice of banana loaf for him to eat on the way back to the car? There was no indication of an issue. It was a question not a demand. The boy walked away and a very angry young woman with a long pony tail took over, slammed about behind the counter then rammed a box in my hand and slammed the door in our face. I could not believe it. I called after her twice, asking for a fork but was completely ignored. I have absolutely no doubt she heard me. Anyone could have just told us you were closed. It would not have been an issue. Though I’m not sure it was even 6pm yet. I approached an open shop front and asked if and what I could get. There was no need to treat us like that. I’ve never experienced anything like it… I hope pony tail woman is ok, that kind of aggression towards someone standing with toddler, who has been nothing but polite is quite unnerving. Maybe a few deep calming breaths and a training session in customer service/ expectation management is what’s required. All the best pony tail woman… I hope you find some calm and kindness.
Written 24 October 2022
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Lewis W
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 friends
I was out a pleasant morning walk and decided to stop for a bite to eat at the kiosk on Saturday the 27th. After waiting for a good 10 mins to be served. Me and my friends were greeted by possibly the rudest man I have ever had the displeasure of clapping eyes on. My friend ordered an iced latte with sugar, he was told “sugars over on the trolley” in a manner as if how dare you be so stupid not to know this. However, a primary 2 pupil would be able to fathom that sugar doesn’t dissolve in cold water! How can somebody with these barista skills be front of house serving the public. Furthermore, in the interest of time as there was a queue forming behind me I requested the same order as my friend. To which the man behind the counter made a face as if I had just picked a dog turd off the pavement and launched it at his face. To which I responded just cancel the order. How glad am I to have done so as when my friend’s food arrived it looked absolutely appalling. Despite the price list matching that of a Michelin star restaurant in the centre of Mayfair. This place serves a microwave service with a side of cheek and rudeness. In my many years this is the only place I have ever canceled my order on the account of staff attitude. AVOID AT ALL COSTS!
Written 28 April 2024
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Scottish Lass
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Visit boathouse 2-3 times every month but last couple months it’s went very downhill . Winter months no heating in cafe apart from small out of date heartedr on wall that never get turned on . The ladies toilet are very very cold and very dirty. Food and service is good but place needs a overhaul badly . Cakes very overpriced for what they are. I won’t be back with my friends and family until things change.
Written 25 February 2020
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CMAC1212
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Nice location, friendly staff, young and inexperienced but friendly and try hard, some training would take them up a level and worth the investment. First impression was the menus, which are filthy, you want to wash your hands after holding one! How difficult is it to have wipe clean menus these days? A glance down shows a floor strewn with food, been that way everytime I have visited (3 times now, but that was the last time). Condiments used to be named brands like Heinz tomato sauce, now it's some 'other' sauce served in a small dish. Penny pinching over quality I wonder? Toilets are best not visited, wait till you get home, if you can! Overall its turning into a greasy spoon cafe with Giffnock prices! Pity as it could be very special indeed.
Written 12 February 2020
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reviewthisjoint
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 family
Stood at the entrance to be seated, table for two, told thsts ok- girl quickly walks away without explaining follow me, comes back to explain this, proceed to follow. When questioning items on the menu, server seemed uninformed and not trained. Ordered and served quickly. This place is nice enough but the staff all seem to be not trained and doing a part time summer job rather being served or greeted by someone who has worked in the industry long enough to have simple hospitality etiquette or training.
Written 12 July 2024
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harobed1a
Newton141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
This modest cafe by the pond in Rouken Glen Park used to be an actual boathouse. It now offers simple, homemade food at a reasonable price, with cheerful and friendly service. The decor is not elegant, but it's a great place for a light bite after a walk in the beautiful park.
Written 5 November 2023
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jaymacleod69
34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
First time visit for breakfast. Ordered teo full breakfasts with poached eggs. The egg was hard and not the way a poached egg should be. The bacon was tough, the black pudding, mushrooms, potato scone and toast was good. Excellent coffee. Your poached eggs do need to improve along with the quality of bacon. I actually put the left overs in a napkin to take home for my dogs but left it on the table. Disappointed…
Written 3 February 2024
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NeilstonTravellers32
Glasgow315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 couples
This is an excellent place to stop on a walk around Rouken Glen. The service is excellent and the staff are friendly. There is a good range of food available. We have had various dishes during our many visits and each time we have not been disappointed. We'll worth stopping here.
Written 15 May 2023
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