Review: The Old Boathouse
We sent Patricia Ledger along to The Old Boathouse at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel to sample their lunchtime menu. Here's how she got on...
We were lucky enough to be invited to review this lovely Pub on behalf of TGtS. It’s located right in the centre of The Cotswold Water Park close to Cirencester and offers amazing views across the lake.
We were warmly greeted by the delightful Christine and shown to our table - we had picked a stunning autumn day for our lunch and really appreciated the beautiful, tranquil view of the lake from our table. The menu was interesting and varied with many options including light bites, a 2 course lunch for £10.95 or a 3 course lunch for £13.95. We, however, chose to go a la carte and after some deliberation chose the smoked salmon and rocket leaves (a firm favourite) whilst my husband selected the soup of the day - carrot and coriander served with croutons and soda bread. The smoked salmon was silky with well-balanced smokiness and I couldn`t resist a taste of my husband`s soup - gorgeous - a meal in itself if you were after a light lunch.
For our mains I selected the steak and ale pie which was generously filled with tender meat and served with mashed potato, broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Hubby chose fish and chips - the fish was fresh and moist, coated in a crisp, non-fatty batter - the dish was also served with crushed peas (a take on mushy peas but hubby said was far superior) and home-made tartare sauce. Our lovely waitress Christine told us the fish could be fried in a non-wheat batter for those diners who may have allergies.
On to the puds - after perusing the lovely selection of mouth-watering desserts hubby opted for the sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream and I selected the crème brulee with shortbread biscuit - so naughty but nice! We rounded off our delightful lunch with 2 cappuccinos.
The Old Boathouse is a really impressive venue for breakfast, lunch or evening dining. The food is freshly prepared and locally sourced where possible. The Children`s menu was more imaginative than most pub offerings - including home-made fish fingers, pasta, pork and leek sausages or selecting certain dishes from the main menu with1/3 off the full price.
We will certainly be returning to The Old Boathouse - can`t wait to try the Sunday Lunch. Christmas Bookings are now being taken and a 4 course Christmas Day Lunch is being offered for the amazing price of £69.95 per adult, Under 12`s £34.95 and under 4`s free.
Special thanks to the helpful, friendly and attentive staff.