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The Boat, Berkhamsted

Gravel Path
Berkhamsted
HP4 2EF
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Boat

This is a smart Fullers pub with an ideal canal-side location. The pub has a roughly U shaped interior, with a servery which follows a similar shape. You enter from the canal side into the left hand side of the room which has a smart, lounge bar feel to it, with plush furnishings, nice décor and several fancy mirrors on the walls. Opposite the main section of the bar there are a few seats available which are under the front windows. Parts of this front wall comprise folding doors which can be opened out to a decent sized area of canal side decking in what I imagine would be a nice spot for a drink in the summer months. The right hand side of the pub had a large screen showing the evening’s late football fixture, and judging by the number of patrons wearing rugby jerseys, I suspect the afternoon’s six nations matches had preceded this. Several other TV screens were dotted around the pub and were also showing the game. The large crowds watching the big screen made it very hard to explore this half of the pub, but there looked to be quite a bit of standard table and chair seating. Music was playing fairly loudly, as you might expect in a busy pub on a Saturday evening.
Four Fullers ales were available at the bar – London Pride, ESB, Chiswick and Front Row – with Honeydew on tap. I gave the Front Row a try and thought it was in good condition and better than I remember it from previous years. The bar was well staffed, preventing long waiting times and they seemed like a friendly and courteous bunch.
With the pub so packed on my visit, it was tricky to get a good feel for the place, but I thought it was another solid Berkhamsted pub with good beer and friendly staff and locals. It also acts as a nice counterpoint to the more traditional Rising Sun, a little further along the towpath.

On 2nd March 2013 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Boat

The gas effect fires give this place away,its functional but lacking in canalside charm.A Fullers managed house but the ESB was in very good condition.Interesting experience if you use the WC which is situated at the back of the building below street level,the rushing noise as cars pass virtually overhead can be very offputting.

On 31st March 2011 - rating: 6
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Boat

A very good pint of ESB with Pride and Discovery also available. Food was ok but not the cheapest. Easier to use at lunchtime as it always seems to be packed in the evening, not a criticism more an observation.

UPDATE 31/3/2011

The Boat remains on good form with a friendly welcome, decent food menu, clean and comfortable interior with wooden floors, sofas and real (gas) fires.
Worth noting that there is a large terrace overlooking the canal which gets busy on sunny days and acts as an overflow to this popular boozer on weekend evenings.
Beer: Fullers Front Row, London Pride and ESB. The ESB was on excellent form and makes The Boat worth a visit for this alone.

On 31st March 2011 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Clive Thompson
Berkhamsted, 0.38 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Hemel Hempstead, 3.39 miles, 1 hr 5 min walk (show)
Tring, 4.95 miles, 1 hr 35 min walk (show)
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31st May 2016, 23:25
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31st May 2016, 19:28
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 March 2013 by Dave McNally
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