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“Great location, average food”
Review of The Boat Inn

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Ranked #12 of 28 Restaurants in Kidlington
Cuisines: British
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Driffield, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great location, average food”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Very busy on a Saturday night - glad we booked in advance. Although reasonably friendly, the guy who took our order was a bit dilatory - he had forgotten to bring a pen to write down our order. Fast forward 10 minutes and he managed to forget a pen to take an order from an adjacent table. The food was average, pork medallions on a bed of mustard mash with 2 quarters of lightly fried apple (not caramelised as on the menu) and no vegetables. Partner had chicken with bacon & cheese with peas and chips. Both were OK. Service ended badly when we were given the bill for a party of 4 at a nearby table. Had to take the waiter to the table we ate at. Easy enough to number the tables, surely?? Some very unpleasant underarm body odour from staff leaning over with food. Again, easy enough to sort out??

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delicious Food”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Had a Sunday evening meal here. The food was very tasty and not too pricy. The only negative comments I have is that the Sunday menu is limited and some of the ingredients were clearly frozen rather than home made.

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1 Thank Andy C
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Thirsk, Yorkshire
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Lovely Pub and gardens - food not the best!”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Unlike other reviews we found the food ordinary. Great setting and welcome for barge and carborne visitors alike. Lovely garden and service good but food overall was a bit of a disappointment - ordinary but young relative enjoyed a huge Mixed Grill - but £18.50 - seemed a lot for a country pub!
Would go again but maybe look harder at the choice of meal next time.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank PJFR
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“100% recommend! ”
Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

A fantastic family run country pub with a great atmosphere and charm.

The staff are all great and the service is always spot on!

The food is the best I've had from any restaurant in this local area, I think I may have tried every main course and have never been disappointed!

Children are well catered for and are made to feel very welcome.

Even though I would rate the food 10/10 every time it's the friendliness of the staff and the over all ambiance that makes my family And I visit over and over again. Would recommend to anyone.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lovely setting and excellent food”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We stumbled across this pub when we were in the area looking for somewhere to eat. Beautiful setting, parking was a little tricky when we went as it was busy. Good choice of food on the menu and food served was of a high standard and very tasty! although the cheese in burger a little strange and not the sort of cheese I would expect in a burger (too rubbery and stringy making eating not very elegant!)
The only thing that let down our visit was the service at the bar where you order your food as well as drinks. Not very friendly or welcoming!
A lovely little find...would visit again.

  • Visited July 2014
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