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The Boaters Inn, Kingston Upon Thames

Lower Ham Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Phone: 02085414672
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Boaters Inn

A modern building next door to the rowing club,but now weathered into it's surroundings ,and offering fine views across the River Thames,it still has the feel of a club house.The interior has a wooden floor throughout,with a raised dining area infront of the large glazed windows with the best views,the rest of the interior has some seating booths and traditional furniture elsewhere.There are some very interesting photos dotted about featuring Kingston over the years,while outside there is a substantial beer garden under the plane trees,the wicker furniture having the best river views,while the bench seating seemed more utilitarian.The picket fence marks the boudary with Camley Garden,the towpath runs infront of the pub,which has it's own mooring for waterborne customers,although these need to be booked.
At the bar there are 5 handpumps,with three working on my Monday lunchtime visit offering Sambrooks Lavender Hill,Wadworth Horizon,and a reasonable Aylesbury Brewing Beaver State.Some craft keg from the taps.There are signs for meet the brewer nights and a tap takeover by Redwell was advertised,together with it's GBG listing and CAMRA discount this marks the pub as somewhere to visit if hunting for good ale.The lunchtime food from a short menu was very good,so this pub ticked a lot of boxes for me ,given that it also hosts a quiz it's more than just a foodie pub and has a friendly ,community vibe at quiet times.

On 31st July 2017 - rating: 7
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john mcgraw left this review about The Boaters Inn

This is not a great pub its just a comfortable pub to have a drink.What makes it is the location.On a long summer's day sit in the garden or sit on stools at the side which offer fantastic views of the Thames and on a day such as yesterday will take a lot of beating.There were 5 real ales on which on my visit were mostly local and in good order.I lived in this area for many years but never knew this pub was learn something new every day!

On 15th June 2011 - rating: 6
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John Bonser left this review about The Boaters Inn

The Boaters Inn occupies a riverfront position near the northern end of Canbury Gardens, a short walk along the riverfront and towpath from Kingston Bridge.

It’s a relatively newish looking single storey, hut style building and with its part whitewashed, weatherboarded exterior, it could, at first glance, be mistaken as an extension to the boathouse of Kingston Rowing Club, which stands next door.

Inside is a single room bare boarded L shaped bar with, up a couple of steps, an area that is laid out for diners. The walls are decorated with artwork for sale from a local artist – Paul Stafford.

There’s a large outside shaded area and drinks can be taken into the gardens, off the pub premises, if a plastic glass is requested.

Like the Bishop out of Residence, a 10 minute or so walk away, the Boaters Inn opens early for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am. Live jazz is staged on Sunday evenings.

On my recent early Saturday morning visit, my entrance at around 11.15 am and order of a pint of beer initially seemed to disconcert the young barmaid and caused me to momentarily assume, incorrectly as it turned out, that the pub’s licensing hours didn’t start till midday. This was presumably because every other customer – obviously not early risers like myself – were still having breakfast and coffee and toast.

Since my last visit several years ago, The Boaters Inn has been acquired by the Capital Pub Company ( they also have The Anglesea Arms in South Kensington ) and, pleasingly, although the pub doesn’t have much of a traditional pub feel, the interest in, and range of real ale on offer, has evidently increased. The 5 pumps were serving beers from Dorking Brewery, Surrey Hills, Twickenham Brewery and Ascot Ales ( 2 beers ). All beers sampled were in fine form, notably the Ascot Alligator Ale - £ 3.40p.

The pub is listed in the 2011 CAMRA Good Beer Guide. A beer festival is advertised for the Spring Bank Holiday, starting on Thursday 26 May, when over 40 different ales and ciders will be available.

This pub doesn’t have enough of that traditionally pubby feel for it ever to become a regular haunt of mine, but I shall certainly return. An interesting and adventurous beer range – particularly when compared with central Kingston’s pub offerings – means you should certainly make the effort to come here if you happen to be in Kingston

On 10th May 2011 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Kingston, 0.64 miles, 12 min walk (show)
Hampton Wick, 0.98 miles, 18 min walk (show)
Norbiton, 1.48 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Boaters Inn, Kingston Upon Thames
31st Jul 2017, 22:36
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard
31st Jul 2017, 22:19
Pub map correction submitted by Bucking Fastard approved

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 10% - last updated 03 February 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Darts : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 31 July 2017 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Live Music : Yes - Sunday Jazz - last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Pinball : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Tuesdays - last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 13 August 2013 by Malden man
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