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The Harts Boatyard, Surbiton

Pub added by Graham Coombs
Portsmouth Road
Phone: 02083997515

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Premium Country Pubs (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Rex Rattus left this review about Hart's Boatyard

There were two real ales on in here – Doom Bar and Tribute (£1.80 a half). I saw the lunch menu lying around when I was in at around 6.00 PM. It was a little on the gastro side, but the pub staple of the “slow cooked British beef and Black Sheep ale pie, with borage honey roast carrots, kale and cabbage mashed potatoes” cost £13.95. A fish finger sandwich was £8.95. In fact when the rest of my relatives arrived we ate in the restaurant upstairs, and the menu seemed little different to the lunch menu. The kids’ meals were around £7, and included things like sausage and mash. Mrs R had the said steak and ale pie, etc, and said the quality was very good. I had the burger and chips, (around £11 - £12 as I recall and that was also good. Also, this is one of the places that take Gourmet Society cards, which got our group a 25% discount on food and drinks in the restaurant.

When you enter this place it has the feel of a hotel lounge – smartly dressed barmen who call you “sir”, bucket armchairs surrounding pine wood coloured tables. Going past the bar counter on the right you descend a couple of levels with end one enjoying river views. There’s also a terrace outside with more spectacular river views. The restaurant upstairs also has the same views, and is a great place to eat if you’re lucky enough to get a table near the window.

It’s obvious that dining is this place’s main business. Although the bar area, as well as the outside seating was doing a brisk trade at 6.00 PM on a warm April evening, I’m sure the real profits will be generated by the restaurant. Nonetheless, it’s a pretty good place to enjoy a late afternoon pint watching the sun go down on the other side of the river. I don’t usually like these modern looking places, but I thought this one was much better than most, and deserves a revisit at some time.

On 16th April 2015 - rating: 6
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Steve C left this review about Hart's Boatyard

Harts Boatyard is located on the banks of the Thames and is a three floor pub and restaurant that will not impress the traditional pub fan, but I found it a pleasant enough place to visit for an impromptu meal with the wife and kids in tow. The food isn’t cheap, but I thought that the quality was in line with the cost. I found the two waitresses that crossed my path to be slightly curt, but the barman was very polite and poured a decent pint of Guinness. Two hand pumps adorn the bar but one of these was unused and the Doom Bar on the second was off so there was only a premium draught selection available alongside the Guinness when I visited a couple of days before Christmas. The bar area is located at street level and feels like a lounge bar complete with bland lounge music. The restaurant is located up a flight of stairs and was closed during my late afternoon weekday visit (opens for lunch and at 18:00 for dinner service), as was the top balcony that is at the rear of the restaurant. Down a flight of stars at the rear of the bar area is a sunken seating level that also leads to a lower balcony that was open and afforded some lovely views of the river and some boats that were moored directly outside the rear of the pub. Underneath this balcony there is a river level decked area that has some more seating in the form of picnic tables. There is ample parking outside the front of this pub and the car park sets the pub back from the main road.

I was glad to discover that although the restaurant was closed food is served in the bar all day and I had a thoroughly good time and would have no problem returning if in the area with the family again. saying that, if I found myself out and about on my own I would walk straight past and find a proper pub.

On 18th January 2011 - rating: 7
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