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The Boat Inn, Melton Mowbray

57 Burton Street
Melton Mowbray
LE13 1AF
Phone: 01664500969

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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Boat Inn

The Boat is situated at the bottom end of Burton Street and is close to the railway station. When I'd entered my previous pub the Harboro' Hotel, I could swear that the exterior lights of the Boat were still on. However, when I left the other pub, they were off. I was fearing that they had closed.

Luckily, there were still a few punters in. Although, they were preparing to leave. The landlord and landlady were both friendly enough and they were happy to chat. I think they were planning to close after I'd left. But just as I was departing, another group arrived.

I was happy that I made it in time! With just one fairly small single room, the 3 real ales were Bass, Bombardier & Doom Bar.

On 2nd September 2020 - rating: 5
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Will Larter left this review about The Boat Inn

My final pub in a quick tour of Melton, and necessarily brief as this and one other both open at 4 and my train was at 4.30. I received a friendly welcome as I walked in, and identified the accent as Scottish, the owner being a woman from Broughty Ferry though 30 years in these parts. The beers were what some would describe as "dull mainstream" (see photos), but my half of Adnams Southwold Bitter was in very good condition and I enjoyed my brief appearance here before skedaddling to the station. Apparently the pub sponsors some local sports teams, and this encourages their members to drink here, so everyone is happy! As described below, this is a very nice pub, well set up and fulfilling its role as a community pub. I'd be more than happy to call again if in these parts.

On 23rd May 2019 - rating: 7
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Aqualung . left this review about The Boat Inn

The Boat consists of a long narrow room with the bar on the right and a cosier seating area on the right as you enter as well described below. It was doing a good trade on my Saturday afternoon visit.
There are just four hand pumps here which had a dull mainstream selection of Marston's Bass, Oakham JHB, Well's Bombardier and Adnam's Broadside. I went for the JHB (£3.30) which was in excellent nick.
I was intending to stay for more than one here but after seeing the depressing choice of beers I necked the JHB down and went to get a train to Peterborough and hour earlier than planned. Despite that it seemed a decent local's boozer.

On 21st December 2016 - rating: 7
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Boat Inn

The Boat Inn is the closest pub to Melton Mowbrays train station.
Once inside there was a long L shaped room which ran to the rear of the pub,the floor was tiled and the ceiling was low beamed giving the room a cosy feel to it,the seating was bench type which faced the bar and small stools.
There were four real ales on the bar,i had a drink of Bass which was a very nice drink,the other beers were Thwaites Lancaster Bomber,Bombardier and Theakston best.
The pub was fairly busy on our late Saturday afternoon visit,we quite liked this pub,it is the sort of pub i could settle in for a session.

Pub visited 19/10/2013

On 19th October 2013 - rating: 8
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Gill Smith left this review about The Boat Inn

A traditional single roomed pub with dartboard. This pub was very welcoming and we enjoyed our Shepherd Neame Spitfire and Wells Bombardier here. Seemed to be more of a locals community pub.

On 14th April 2013 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Boat Inn

The first pub you see when walking from the railway station and can't be missed. The pub is 250 years old and has a lot of history to it. There's a lot of fotos and memorabilia displayed. Was rewarded Pub of Merit 2011. The pub consists of an L shaped bar including a snug, also an open fire. There are low black beams, red floor tiles and panelling. Four ales on handpump Wells Bombardier, Theakston, Deuchers and Doombar which was the guest. You get a good welcom. Will call again.

On 8th January 2012 - rating: 8
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train man left this review about The Boat Inn

We phoned ahead to check whether we could eat our locally purchased pie here & the guv said no prob, although when we arrived he did admit to having thought we were on a wind-up! Small pub, nicely furnished with surround settles at the front, plasma & dartboard to the rear. Look out for the bank of four interesting handpumps (decorative) opposite the bar – unfortunately the bar itself offered only IPA, Abbot & Bombardier, but the latter was in fine fettle. And the Thompson pies were splendid with local pickles & mustard.

On 5th May 2008 - no rating submitted
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