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The Boathouse

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Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
+44 1271 861292
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (46 reviews)
“prawns” (42 reviews)
“crab” (27 reviews)
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Bar, Seafood, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
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1 - 10 of 514 reviews

Reviewed 17 December 2017

16th December 2017 the last night before they shut for refurbishment. What a fantastic night the food was excellent as usual probably the best menu in north Devon. We've been coming here for years never had a bad meal, very sad to see the boathouse...More

Thank Dave J
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

We booked last minute so couldn’t get into the restaurant, so sat in the bar and had a three course meal. Each course was so nice, I would 100% recommend anyone to visit. The staff were really helpful and lovely and I have just read...More

Thank Selina F
Reviewed 28 November 2017

Terrible weather but the friendly reception we received made up for the weather. Thoroughly enjoyed our very tasty meals in such an interesting interior and will certainly return.

Thank GrannyAnnie1944
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Its sad to note that this restaurant is sold but hopefully the new owners will be as successful with their new business.Change has to be good thought although time will tell and it all will rest on the chef. Watch this space. Instow will be...More

1  Thank Tixall2017
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

COOL LOCATION & GREAT FOOD Very nice place at the water serving a lot of very delicious local fish and meat dishes. Good Wine and Gin selection

Thank Mathias1971
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Lovely venue in this local village where I live over looking Instow beach! The service was a little slow tonight but this was because it was so busy and it was a Friday night. The food however did not disappoint and there was a good...More

Thank Adellebug
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Turned up without booking, was told there was a 15 minute wait but found a table with in 5 minutes. Excellent food, service, atmosphere and price

Thank ranally57
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We were staying near Instow and asked our landlady if she could recommend a restaurant in Bideford. She suggested we would be better off going to Instow. How right she was! There was a choice of about six pubs and restaurants along the sea front...More

Thank robertspet8
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We were staying at Westward Ho! and had found this restaurant and booked it before we left home as we are serious seafood fans!!! We had a friendly welcome and the restaurant itself was well thought out. Great decor. Enormous blackboards with specials offering a...More

2  Thank BerkleyBird
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Very friendly staff and superb food with plenty of choice. I had lovely whitebait followed by a crispy half roast duck cooked to perfection.

1  Thank JudyCG
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Questions & Answers
5 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from Carolyn B | Reviewed this property |
I think so. Certainly did in season
26 April 2017|
Response from Barry M | Reviewed this property |
Access into the place is difficult for less mobile people as there are steps to climb. Do not recall any wheelchair access or disabled toilets, however, all establishments should provide this. Hope that helps. Best to call... More
18 June 2015|
Response from mippy2014 | Reviewed this property |
i have never seen any dogs in there in all the times i have dined there so i would say no but ring and ask
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Devon  >  Torridge  >  Bideford  >  Instow
  • Phone Number: +44 1271 861292
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