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Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse

AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Riverside setting for imaginative modern menus

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

It would be a poor boathouse that didn’t have watery views, and there’s the River Thames, right on cue – all the better when the glass windows pull back. After experience gained at some top addresses, including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Per Se in New York, Shaun Dickens has his name above the door and his creative, contemporary food on the menu. The dining room is a smart and elegant space in the modern manner, watched over by an engaging service team. Classic and signature tasting menus support the carte and terrific value set lunch menus. Shaun is passionate about the ingredients he uses, building strong links with farmers and producers, which bears fruit in what arrives on the plate. A first course chicken parfait arrives with smoked eel and the flavours of roast apple and mustard, while creamy burrata is matched with confit beetroot and venison cured in juniper. Among main courses, Blythborough pork comes with a moreish bacon croissant, plus braised chicory and prunes, and a fishy option might be stone bass with black olives and red peppers. The invention and impressive presentation continues into desserts.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday to Tuesday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Shaun Dickens, James Walshaw

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 51
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from: £12
  • Main course from21
  • Dessert from: £9
  • 2-course lunch from: £25.95
  • 3-course lunch from: £29.95
  • Tasting menu from: £59
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Off-site parking available: Railway station

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Henley-on-Thames
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