The Boat

“Big-hearted flavours and relaxed charm.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE

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The Boat is clearly a restaurant of substance with serious foodie and sustainable credentials. An open kitchen with a chef’s table takes pole position in a light, airy space that maintains a relaxed charm. And the menu? It has a sharp eye for the seasons and a love of big-hearted, well-matched flavours. Plus, they have their own on-site apiary for honey, a polytunnel for high-value crops, not to mention the aquaponics system that uses fish nourished water to feed these vegetables, and a chicken coup for fresh daily eggs. A typical main course might be Herefordshire beef fillet, Lichfield asparagus, confit white onion and wild garlic.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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AA Notable Wine List
The Boat
Walsall Road, Summerhill, LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE, WS14 0BU

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 45
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 65
  • Wines by the glass: 42
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Staffordshire

It was Staffordshire that bore the brunt of the largest non-nuclear explosion of World War II, when a munitions dump at RAF Fauld went up in 1944. It was also the county’s regiment that once boasted within its ranks the most decorated NCO of World War I, in the person of William Coltman (1891-1974). Going back a little further, George Handel penned his world-famous masterpiece The Messiah on Staffordshire soil. During another chapter of Staffordshire history, the county was home to the first canals and the first factory in Britain, and it had front-row seats for the drama surrounding one of the most notorious murder trials of the 19th century, that of Doctor William Palmer.

In outline, Staffordshire looks not unlike the profile of a man giving Leicestershire a big kiss. The man’s forehead is arguably the best region for hillwalking, as it comprises a significant chunk of the Peak District. This area is characterised by lofty moors, deep dales and tremendous views of both. Further south are the six sprawling towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, which historically have had such an impact on Staffordshire’s fortunes, not to mention its culture and countryside. This is pottery country, formerly at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution and the driving force behind a network of canals that still criss-cross the county.

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