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, Wednesday & Thursday:

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

Friday & Saturday:

12pm to 2.15pm (last main orders 2.30pm)

Sunday Lunch:

12pm to 2.45pm (last main orders 3pm)

Dinner Service:

Monday, Wednesday & 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)

Tuesday closed


Inside dining for maximum comfort

(Open all year round)



Outside dining when sides are open (covered on top)

Underfloor heating + heaters above every table

(Open all year round)

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

(Open all year round except adverse conditions)


Outside dining covered on top with heaters above tables

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

(Available from May – September)

Tasting Dinner Dates


Wine Wars – 26th & 27th January

Seafood Tasting – 24th February

Domaine Comtes Lafon – 31st March

Spring Tasting – 14th April