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Bar, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could give this pub 10 stars I would.One of the best places I have ever been (and I have eaten at all the best places this wonderful country has to offer).Great service, top notch and fab food, great bar staff and an awesome...athmosphere.Staying in Cromford with my family for the weekend and we ate lunch twice there and I am only sorry there was no tables available as I would have booked lunch and dinner there for all 2 1/2 days of our visit. Recommend the Jutes on Draft and the Bass - outstanding.Sunday lunch amazing and sticky toffee pudding made in heaven. Great live music too - a cracking wee place and we cannot wait to come back.Cheers bab and up the Blues! :) x (the Brummie Foursome)More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Cosy, characterful little pub / restaurant with a great atmosphere. Excellent, tasty, reasonably priced food. Fantastic, friendly & efficient service.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Can’t rate this place highly enough. We booked in for food and beers at the last minute and they managed to squeeze in 4 adults, 2 kids and 3 dogs. Jackpot!! We turned up 10mins late, no grumbles just a nice friendly hello from the...locals with their pooches. This pub/restaurant is quintessentially English with one of the nicest settings imaginable, stone built , locals celebrating the end of a working week drinking a cracking beer from an array that’s on offer. The food was superb and all homemade. Slightly pissed off with ourselves that we had all burnt ourselves out during the day, and was therefore to knackered to stay and watch a local band that was due to KO @ 8pm. I would 100% recommend this place to all. Finally wanted to give some kudos to the waitress who was nothing but excellent and managed to keep the front of house smiling , watered and fed throughout. Bravo 🙌More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

An evening meal whilst on holiday. We both ordered steak & chips which were done to a tee! Well priced. Excellent service. Dog friendly - as were the locals!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024 via mobile

Best pub fish and chips I've ever had -- was like eating a meal prepared by jesus and Gordon Ramsey together as friends Pub was packed with a lovely atmosphere, dogs were everywhere, the staff were friendly. Not even going yo complain about parking my...van because everything else was sensational experience. Go. Go now. you won't regret it. RobertMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

Another lovely night at The Boat Inn.On arrival the pub was very busy but we were seated immediately by a very pleasant young lady.and the service that followed was first class.The choice at the bar is excellent,and the menu very comprehensive.The meals we had where...very good ,and the Old Perculiar still the best.All in all a great experience.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

We visited this adorable little pub last week and had a great time. Great atmosphere, nice to find some thoughtful veggie options, I had the moving mountains burger which is incredible! My partner had the steak and stilton pie which looked great too. Will definitely...be back in the summer to make the most of the beer garden! Staff very friendly too, good beer, what more could you want?More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

We love this pub. Our plans unexpectedly changed at the last minute so we booked a weeks holiday in Cromford. We came here because of this pub! We love everything about this pub, the ambiance, the food, the staff and the location. You really couldn’t...ask for more in my opinion. We are a family of 5 with three young children and they cater for all. We will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Pleasant pub with friendly staff. Food acceptable, but not great. The batter on my fish was rather soggy and the chips were uninspiring but edible. Desserts, on the other hand, were delicious. Overall, a good evening out!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Dave Mountford, Owner at The Boat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 January 2024

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Reviewed 12 December 2023

Friendly pub, great ambience, and a lovely range of vegetarian food, with some unusual and imaginative options! We were only staying in Cromford for 3 nights, but the Boat Inn was so good we ate here every night! Wish we lived a bit nearer.....

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

Despite checking food serving times earlier in the day (12 to 8pm) we were refused service at 7.05pm saying kitchen wasn't taking any more orders! Very disappointing. Member of staff we dealt with was very unfriendly.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Dave Mountford, Owner at The Boat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2023

It’s so simple really - we are incredibly busy and frequently have tables of 10,12,14 walk in without booking. Despite this wherever possible we strive to provide the best service we can A lot happens in a day and all I can say I will...More

Reviewed 19 November 2023

Stayed over at Cromford and we called into the Boat for a drink at lunch time, sat outside in the lovely garden, and then returned in the evening for dinner. Very warm and friendly welcome on both occasions and dog-friendly, which works for us. We...both had the luxury fish pie and treacle pudding and custard, piping hot and delicious. Great service and a great pub, would definitely recommend and will certainly return. Thanks to all.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

Nice pie lovely snug corner to sit with a drink ! Bar staff very friendly lady manager / landlord not so friendly .More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Dave Mountford, Owner at The Boat Inn Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2023

As I generally steer clear of customers unless I know them well, I’m slightly confused at this review - obviously someone trying to make a point as to my lack of response to them, which is slightly unfair as there is no explanation or detail....More

Reviewed 11 September 2023 via mobile

Visiting Matlock and Matlock Bath for my birthday, we planned to visit Scarthin books in the afternoon and saw the Boat Inn as being well reviewed. We were welcomed warmly, provided with menus and our orders were taken quickly. Unfortunately the quality of the food...could only be described as poor. The fish on the ‘fish burger’ was very thin, heavily battered, and clearly not fresh. There was also nothing else on there and was presented on one of the terrible catering bread cakes that was almost inedible. I am sure we were asked what peas we wanted but it was only afterwards that I realised that there weren’t any on either plate! My chips were the steak-cut frozen type that were very dry - the type I hoped had been confined to the late 1980s. The scampi was ok but who can get frozen scampi wrong and the jacket was fine too really although it had no butter. We were asked how our meals were half way through and it was clear from our response that we were extremely under whelmed but the waitress left anyway. On paying we were not asked about our meals although I did say that we were very dissatisfied with the quality of our food anyway. No real response other than a slight apology on leaving. £33 bill for what can only be described as a poor meal on my birthday. Genuinely perplexed as to how the other reviewers rate this place so highly.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023 via mobile

Great “proper”pub,set in a beautiful small village just off the beaten track.The staff are friendly,welcoming and very efficient.The meal we had was first class and served very quickly.My one disappointment was the mixed grill wasn’t available,but to me that only goes to prove its popularity...and my second choice of ribeye was excellent.There’s a great choice at the bar,and I have to say the Old Perculiar I had was the best pint of beer I’ve had in a long time.All in all a first class experience.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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The Boat Inn Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5