The Farndon Boathouse
“Delightful riverside pub” - AA Inspector
Should you arrive here on a mystery tour, you might not guess that the tranquil, wooded view from the terrace of this modern bar and restaurant is the River Trent. The setting is perfect for this old-boathouse-styled pub, with wood cladding, chunky exposed roof trusses, stone floors and warehouse-style lighting. The food reflects a philosophy that champions home cooking and local sourcing, with herbs and salad leaves from the pub garden, and meats, fish and cheeses often smoked in-house. Wide-ranging menus offer four different sharing boards; a starter or main called The Mussel Pot; pizzas, burgers, and steaks; and other choices like pan-fried sea bass fillet, beetroot and watercress risotto and salsa verde. There are pie nights, monthly ladies' nights, and live music every Sunday evening. In the events calendar is a Beaujolais Breakfast (10am-4pm) – a five course breakfast that includes a half bottle of Beaujolais nouveau.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
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About the area
Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.
The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.
D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.
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