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The Boathouse, Beach Bar and Restaurant

Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
+44 1271 861292
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good29%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (55 reviews)
“prawns” (42 reviews)
“skate wing” (13 reviews)
Open Now
09:30 - 23:00 Hours
Bar, British, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
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1 - 10 of 748 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a lovely lunch. This is the first time we have been since the refurbishment. I like the new look. It has been tastefully done. Light and airy, very pleasant, tasty food and great servers.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Braunton-orchard
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went here for a birthday lunch. Great menu and service. This is the 2nd time we have been in since the refurb. It has the best views any time of the day, from most parts of the place. My husband had the lemon and herb...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank PEBBLEridge71
Reviewed 5 days ago

First time I've been here since the makeover and what a very attractive restaurant it now is. Staff very friendly and food good.

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Caroline395
Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time we visited the Boathouse it was not too pleasant. They had about twenty specials on the chalk board, all of which were served via the micro wave, everything was served with chips and the only vegetable on offer was peas, but now...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank emmydeeinhq
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW, firstly what a renovation! Perfection. Second what a great welcome, dogs and all. Super dog friendly,treats at the bar and all staff and owners welcoming dogs and their owners. And in one of the best spots on north Devon. Great coffe, see views and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Baysideborn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the boat house last night for my wife's 50th birthday meal. Meet and greet was punctual and professional and a choice of good tables were offered before choosing our meal. I felt the menu was a little lacking in steaks but my opinion only....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank lewisi2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just got back to our holiday let but wanted to write this straight away..Never, been to the area before, just staying here for a long weekend. Done a drive-by then rang and a booked a table for a family of 9. Not disappointed. What a...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank lynne_parkroad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family regularly use the Boat house, either for coffee and refreshments after walking the dogs, or a few beers but mainly for dining. Staff and owners very customer focused, food is exceptional, decor clean and comfortable, and always a great atmosphere. There is the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Demi C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Situated on the glorious beach at Instow, The Boathouse came recommended by friends. Sadly it didn’t live up to expectations! The building is clean, modern, and from the upper level, commands stunning views across the Torridge Estuary towards Appledore. So how do they manage to...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank f00diex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there with friends for New Year's Eve. We had a 3 course dinner with wine and drinks. The food was out of the top drawer (exceptional) and the matching wines were superb. There was cabaret and dancing. The whole place was rocking. You could...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank skibereencork
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26 June 2018|
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Response from Alan S | Reviewed this property |
Not as far as I am Aware.
5 November 2017|
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 10:30
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
This beach bar and restaurant is just footsteps from Instow's fabulous sandy beach. The pub has been massively redeveloped and now features a rooftop terrace with stunning views across the river Torridge. We offer a range of quality fresh fish, seafood specials, classical favorites and homemade burgers.
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