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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” (52 reviews)
“prawns” (42 reviews)
“crab” (27 reviews)
Open Now
18:00 - 23:30All hours
Bar, Seafood, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, England
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201 - 210 of 513 reviews

Reviewed 23 September 2015 via mobile

Special night out, service excellent, food superb for all six meals, starters, main courses and dessert. Shellfish, game, steak and fish couldn't be faulted.. Best place to eat in Instow without a doubt.

Thank AgathaBideford
Reviewed 22 September 2015

LOVE this amazing venue; it was so great to meet owners Bob & Lucy and Nicky and the team who are notably warm and welcoming. I was there to talk about the marine conservation, research and education work of The National Lobster Hatchery and it...More

Thank Clare S
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Dinner for 4 adults. Our first time at this restaurant and quite surprised at the quality of the food. Good menu although a number of the specials were unavailable. A little expensive for the location - city prices, but no complaints from our table. Attentive...More

1  Thank Graham S
Reviewed 17 September 2015

Good friendly place offering a wide variety of food on the menu with many items locally sourced. Great views of the beach at Instow and also Appledore. Would recommend booking as the restaurant area fills up quick but you can walk in and eat in...More

Thank Andy123101
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

We have eaten here twice now. Even on weekday evening in autumn it's popular. The beer is good and the menu interesting. However, I don't think the food lives up to the prices charged. We both had a crab salad (although we ordered baked crab)....More

Thank Portchester C
Reviewed 15 September 2015

We ate our evening meal in the bar here and managed to get a table by the window with a wonderful view across the water. There was a very good choice of special dishes, mostly fish. My John Dory fillet was very nice and my...More

Thank vacuumcleaner
Reviewed 11 September 2015

All of the four main dishes we had were excellent, with good quality fresh fish imaginatively cooked. All were pretty substantial too, so unless you have a large appetite, starters aren't needed. Very good service despite being quite full - the popularity of this restaurant...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 11 September 2015

We booked a table for 10 in the restaurant. The food was excellent, the service was great and all of our party young and old enjoyed their lunch. We went for the fish and the seafood and it was, as usual, excellent. This is one...More

Thank KDH8469
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Lovely location and atmosphere. The place was very busy but we were found a table in the bar really quickly. My partner chose the salmon and prawn curry and I had the fish pie, both from the specials board. The curry tasted lovely and had...More

Thank Wolvoschnauzer
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Really amazing how owners can allow a restaurant in such a wonderful location to look so tired. First impressions are so important and the greeting was one of " Yes just sit anywhere " Wonderful specials menu board but the starters were straight out of...More

2  Thank gordiemac2015
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Nearby Attractions
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.51 miles away
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.62 miles away
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.61 miles away
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.79 miles away
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Questions & Answers
5 November 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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