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“Bring back printed menus” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of THE BOAT

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THE BOAT
Ranked #193 of 291 Restaurants in Walsall
Price range: US$21 - US$31
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Walall
Level Contributor
34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Bring back printed menus”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

I have been going to the Boat for years and have always enjoyed their meals, indeed last night's Hake was splendid.

The fly in the proverbial ointment for me and several others is the lack of a printed menu.
The selection is generous but the scrum near the blackboard is intolerable. I enjoy taking my time to choose a meal and discuss the menu with my companions but that dratted board makes it more like Joe's Cafe and it is certainly off putting for us us oldies who barely remember what day it is let alone what we want to order, last night we all had to go back to the board for another look.

There is a desert menu that is passed around and it wouldn't take much to cut, paste and print menus. There was a party of 23 there last night hogging the menu space, plus various others jostling for a peek and the closely written board. Not all of us have 20/20 vision or x-ray vision so until the tall man/woman in front moves I, as a short person, cannot see what choices are available to me.

The staff are consistently charming, sometimes slow during the busy period but they should at least know what the soup of the day is.

I am fond of the Boat but a printed menu would make the experience pleasanter and so much more efficient.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Margo B
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  • English first
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English first
Cardigan, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Well above the Flood Water”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

We have never had a poor meal at The Boat,it was worth setting out in heavy rain and strong winds to reach the very warm welcome at The Boat,everything we ordered arrived beautifully presented and sizzling hot.the game plates were a little disappointing,pigeon breast came a little dry without much taste,despite our very early sitting we enjoyed our meal and plan a return on a lighter evening when we plan to book well in advance and get a table for 7-30 or later

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jill L
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Hinckley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Blows the opposition out of the water!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014

I was one of a party of eleven who ate at the Boat last Saturday evening for a family celebration.. Everyone was very satisfied with both the food and the service. The menu has an extensive choice, particularly the starters and mains, with a wide range of prices, probably slightly higher than average pub prices, but that's because the food served is much better than in your average pub.

A highly enjoyable experience and one which we hope to repeat.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank barryk25
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
158 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Food could have been better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2013

I attended a Christmas function here recently and was a little disappointed by the food. We had a variety of dishes at our table, but none of us could really say that the food was outstanding. I can never understand why waiters bring out everyone's hot starters first and filter out the cold dishes afterwards, leaving polite guests with plates of hot food going cold while we wait for others. Insufficient tables were laid out although the restaurant had a firm list of the pre orders and guests names. I would suggest that the food is better turned out for smaller parties and the dishes were probably quite challenging for them for a function. I would venture there again though as the dishes were well presented, and thought out.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Europa101
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Lichfield, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“lovely place for lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

Lovely place for lunch with friends - the menu is extensive, and the waitresses were able to talk you through the various item's and make recommendations.
Food was good, freshly cooked and well presented.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank Moira186376
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