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The Boat Inn, Kidlington

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Canal Road
Postal town: Kidlington
Phone: 01865374279
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Nick Davies left this review about The Boat Inn

The Boat is nowadays basically an unbadged Chef and Brewer trading heavily on its role as a location for the Inspector Morse TV show and its not so canal-side location. A sanitised multiroom affair inside, knives and forks on the tables, and I expect that goes for the public bar too on a weekend. Nice garden which you expect to be by the canal but isn't. Mundane GK beers.

All fur coat and no knickers.

On 20th August 2018 - rating: 5
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Boat Inn

Sadly I can remember this pub as an unspoilt Morrell's local. Now a Greene King food-led house, still a very attractive building in a picturesque location, but lacking the atmosphere to match. OK for a quick pint or food though. Cask Marque listed.

On 4th June 2016 - rating: 7
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Thuck Phat left this review about The Boat Inn

An iconic pub for Morse fans and a very attractive, stone built, canalside pub. The literature inside suggests that the original building dates back to the early 1400's with significant additions to cater for the canal builders.
For those who remember the episode of Morse in which the pub featured, prepare yourselves for a surprise as the interior has been completely re-arranged and refurbished with the bar now on the left hand wall rather than at the rear. The refurbishment has been done sympathetically though with plenty of reclaimed wood, original features retained and log burners. Thankfully, the fire in the bar was lit on our chilly evening visit. Overall, it feels like a decently refurbished gastropub, which is really what it is.
There were very few customers but everyone on both sides of the bar were friendly and welcoming and it was impossible not to end up chatting. It seems, unsurprisingly, that the pub ticks over during winter but is extremely popular with boaters, cyclists, walkers and all those after a decent pub meal during the summer.
The menu was typical gastropub and our meals were well cooked and good value.
So far, so good. The catch is that this is a GK house with beers on being Old Golden Hen, Abbot and Olde Trip. We tried the Abbot, which was very well kept but much worse than I remember as a beer. So, as we were eating, we shifted to a bottle of red from the limited wine menu. Although this went down much better than the Abbot, I wouldn't pay a special visit to try it again.
This is a lovely pub with friendly, efficient staff and nice food but I'd find it tricky to tie one on here.

On 18th March 2015 - rating: 6
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Oxford Parkway, 3.2 miles, 1 hr 1 min walk (show)
Tackley, 3.68 miles, 1 hr 11 min walk (show)
Islip, 4.01 miles, 1 hr 17 min walk (show)
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20th Aug 2018, 16:28
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20th Aug 2018, 09:19
Review submitted by Nick Davies

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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 19 February 2015 by Bucking Fastard
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Dave McNally
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