A Family Tradition

The restaurant was started in an authentic Victorian working Boathouse, alongside the punt station (established in 1904) on the banks of the river Cherwell by Anthony Verdin, a local entrepreneur and connoisseur of fine wine and food. It is still family owned and run today by John Verdin, Anthony’s eldest son, and his team of hard working, friendly waiting staff who enjoy delivering a professional and special service.

The restaurant managers Brice Guibert also sommelier and Julien Minier are always ready to give you their expert advice on the best wine pairings to go with your food. They can also help choose the best wine to suit your private party or event at the Boathouse.

We are very pleased to have been awarded our first ever AA Rosette for culinary excellence!

On behalf of the whole team at The Cherwell Boathouse and the Verdin family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the AA and most importantly, you the patrons who have supported us over the past 50 years of business!

John Verdin – General Manager

Opening Times

Lunch Service:

Monday to Thursday:

12pm to 2pm (last main orders 2.15pm)

Friday & Saturday:

12pm to 2.30pm (last main orders 2.45pm)

Sunday Lunch:

12pm to 3.00pm (last main orders 3.15pm)

Dinner Service:


6pm to 8.30pm (last main orders 8.45pm)

Tuesday to Thursday:

6pm to 8.45pm (last main orders 9pm)

Friday & Saturday:

6pm to 9pm (last main orders 9.15pm)


6pm to 8.30pm (last main orders 8.45pm)


Inside dining currently maximum of 6 or 2 households to a table (eg. 3+4).

If more than 6 or 2 households we can do 2 tables next to each other.


Outside dining when sides are open (covered on top).

Underfloor heating + heaters above every table.

Ideal for tables of 6+ of multiple households.

River Front

Outside dining with awning on top.

Heaters above tables + table leg heaters for comfort.

Ideal for guests who want outside dining with plenty of fresh air.


Outside dining covered on top with heaters above tables.

Ideal for guests who want outside dining with plenty of fresh air.