Shaun Dickens at The Boathouse
“Riverside setting for imaginative modern menus” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's View
As you’d hope from the monicker, the River Thames pursues its unhurried course past the decked terrace and glass frontage of this stylishly converted boathouse. Having honed his skills in some top kitchens, including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Per Se in New York, Shaun Dickens has his name above the door and his creative, contemporary food on the menu in a smartly neutral modern space, watched over by an engaging service team. Shaun is passionate about the ingredients he uses, building strong links with farmers and producers, which bears fruit in what arrives on the plate. Confit Loch Duart salmon arrives with compressed cucumber, lemon peel purée, pickled shallots and confit potato, while main-course Merrifield Farm duck comes perfectly pink and crisp-skinned alongside a crisp caraway and onion pastilla, mustard leaf, charred onion and rich duck jus. The invention and impressive presentation continues into a finale of rich dark chocolate parfait, chocolate streusel and blood orange.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 45
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Days Closed: Monday to Tuesday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 19
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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