we are open every day from 9 am until 11pm
food service times
Monday to Friday
breakfast 9am to 11.30am
lunch 12pm to 3pm - between 3 & 6 our bar menu is available (serving pizza, paninis etc)
dinner 6pm to 9pm
on Friday & Saturday evenings the kitchen is open until 9.45.
Saturday & Sunday
breakfast 9am to 11.15am
food served all day from 12pm
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outdoor Seating
- Families and Children Welcome
About Boathouse Restaurant
With panoramic views over Christchurch quay the boathouse has the most unique location in Christchurch
In the summer months relax and enjoy the most of the sunshine by dining alfresco in our extensive outside seating areas, while in the winter months stay warm inside by our log fire.
We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day throughout the year (sorry closed 25th dec) and always have a fantastic selection of homemade cakes and drinks available through the day.
In addition to this we have live acoustic music playing every weekend from Friday through to Sunday.
Please note we welcome dogs on our veranda and outside areas (but unfortunately not inside) .
Waited 1.5 hours for food and then received the wrong order.
This is myself and my husbands Favourite place and never disappoints!! This was the first time back since lockdown and again did not disappoint - very well planned with social distancing tables but such a lovely place for atmosphere and great food and choice odmf wine always ! Everyone should try it ! Cannot wait to go back !!
We had our first night out after lockdown here and it was worth it - lovely food, atmosphere and great service!
Arrived ... slow to be seated. Staff sparse. No masks... unsure of what could touch by staff. Food average, boring salad garnish with panini. Not branded Malibu and not advised. Staff there were polite and friendly.. lovely setting ... Minor things to be addressed could be fantastic .
Food was great, some of the staff were fantastic but others obviously didn’t want to be in work and should perhaps think about a future in the hospitality business. It was a hot day and we wanted to eat outside, however only 10% of the menu was available (pizza or burger) this may be out of the businesses control and was a shame because the full menu looked fantastic. What we did order was really good though.
Food was lovely but mussels were a little gritty. Pizza was nice but not crispy as I would have expected for wood fired. But fabulous surroundings and drinks on the patio after we’re well needed 😊
Social distancing was fine, disappointed that staff didn’t wear masks or visors to make people feel 100% safe, we know staff have to lean in to serve the food and cutlery etc and therefore come very close to customers at that point. I know it’s difficult but in this difficult time I believe it’s necessary
Great service and nothing was too much trouble which was excellent given how busy the place was
Excellent food and service all while sticking to social distancing.
Brilliant all round. Great evening. Thanks 😊
Massive thank you for a fantastic evening. The standards were impeccable as always and especially considering the circumstances.
Lovely food great service and lively atmosphere
Pleasant evening. Waitresses very friendly and attentive
Great food great service, we had a really nice time, thank you
Loved the food and service was excellent. Will be visiting again. Thank you!
Great food and service. Highly recommend
Great service & great atmosphere ⭐
Great lunch. Really good food, pleasant service, thoroughly enjoyable and a lovely location.
Eaten here on numerous occasions and this was it a good occasion. The food was overcooked and dry, and trying to get a waitresses attention was impossible, even when we wanted to pay! Need to up your game!
Brilliant service, great location. Just maybe could have done with slightly bigger lunch choice.,? But food we had was very good as always.
Went for a bit of lunch and then met friends afterwards and stayed drinking in the bar for around 5 hours. Nice atmosphere
UNPROFESSIONAL STAFF! Upon our arrival for our valentines day meal for 2. My partner and I entered the restaurant to wait to be seated and greeted, to find around 4-5 members of staff (all female) stood together talking. Not one lady approached us, so after making eye contact and being disregarded by one member of staff, I asked my partner whether he'd thought that they worked there due to the fact they were all in mix-match "uniforms" and we were being ignored by them. After me approaching one lady (blonde and blue top), I informed her we were 15 minutes early for our scheduled booked time. The lady told me that our meal time was changed to "now" and we had until 20:00 to leave. I explained to the lady that my email confirmation stated our meal time was 18.30. She had told me it had been changed without informing me first. Nevertheless the lady sped off with my partner and I having to follow quickly. The lady pointed in a generic direction and said take a seat there. As the restaurant was almost empty, I saw a lovely led table for two and we had taken a seat there (assuming this is where the lady was talking about). Regardless of the fact there were approximately 2 other seated customers in the whole restaurant) the lady had told us that this was not the table she had allocated for us, and then pointed to a round table for 6 people with knifes and forks set up next to each other, so out of pure shock my partner and I sat down. I then decided to approach the lady to ask why we could not sit at our desired table and explained that I would have felt extremely uncomfortable dining for a valentines meal at a round table meant for 6 people; sat side by side with my partner. The lady said "All the tables have been laid for two people and we are going to be very busy later, so you cannot take the table for two". I said "Well if all the tables have been led for two people, as current customers, if we take our desired table now, how will this affect the customers you at yet to have?" The lady said "let me just go and see if I can change your table". I looked around still to see only 2 other paying customers in the entire restaurant. My partner and I waited around 5 minutes, until the lady had come back with "yes you can sit there" (desired table). Once seated we were approached by another young lady (brown hair tied up, in a black cami top) to ask us whether we would like some water. After agreeing, she brought over a glass bottle, which on the bill came to £3.99, I had found this very misleading. Our bottle of pressco took around 10 minutes to be brought to our table, however by this time we had already been approached twice to place our orders for mains. The young lady providing the service acknowledged us as "Guys" for example, "Would you like some water for your table guys?" which I found extremely unprofessional, unnecessary and informal. During our time dining at the Boathouse we had staff stood next to us, watching us eat, I felt as though we were being rushed to finish our meal; and leave. I felt this experience had ruined my evening, the staff were extremely unprofessional and are in need of training to provide a higher standard of hospitality service. Our meal was not cheap, it came to £75, and I do not feel I had an acceptable level of service provided to us during our time here. Not to forget to mention, we had a bottle of , prosecco, water bottle, a main and desert, yet in addition- we were gone in just over one hour. This was not due to the fact we are fast eaters and drinkers - but were watched with a close eye and rushed out of the restaurant.
We had a great experience. Food was amazing and service was so friendly and quick.
Really friendly staff and as there was 29 off us did really well to serve us dinner all at the same time hats off to the chefs 5 stars