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The Boat Inn, Whitney on Wye - pub details

Address: Whitney on Wye, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR3 6EH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 30141) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 5.3/10 (rated by 9 users)
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Rhydspence Inn, Whitney on Wye (1.5 miles), Sun Inn, Winforton (1.7 miles), Castlefield Inn, Hereford (1.9 miles)


user reviews of the Boat Inn, Whitney on Wye

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After reading some of the reviews about The Boat I was a bit sceptical about wither this was going to be the best place to spend my birthday weekend (Friday, Saturday!) with friends (10 of us!). we arrived on the Friday afternoon on the camp site (as we found out the pub and the camp site are two separate businesses) was clean and tidy and once we got the tents up we went across to the boat for a few beers and played pool, its a busy place well staffed and massive menu the beer was average price 2.80-3.10 a pint.
we had pre-booked a table (thankfully!) and we all had starters and mains and to say the food was excellent is not an understatement! we went into a room near the kitchen which sits about 30 people so loads of room for us and probably best for an all male party!
The next day after a full breakfast provided from the campsite owners (full English with loads of tea 7), we spent the day on the river and the comment about getting the canoes out the river was right as you could see where the old mooring was BUT they have clearly had a new mooring area built and its easy to get in and out of the river!
Again we spent the night in the pub it was packed and we should have booked a table but due to the amount of beer drunk the night before we forgot! we had to wait quite a while for a table but that was our own fault (my advise book a table if going on a Saturday THE BOAT 01497831223). so more beer for a starters and once we did get a table most of us had steak! not for the faint hearted the rump stake only just fitted on the plate a few others had rib eye, we left there stuffed no room for more beer!
we had a great time and would recommend people give the boat a go as good eating houses in the west midlands are hard to find!

Spaceman77 - 4 Oct 2011 15:21
Was enjoying a lovely hike around the countryside with a friend and spotted the sign for this pub, looking forward to enjoying a well deserved pint and some lunch. We were especially grateful to to chance upon it as for the last couple of minutes it had started raining and we could escape the downpour. On entering the restaurant area our attempt to relay our order to the staff at the bar was rudely interrupted by a more senior member of staff (maybe the landlady) who told us in a fairly obnoxious manner we had to leave the restaurant as we "were wet". My pointing out that it was raining outside and that we could easily remove our coats were met with indifference. She told us that there was a sign at the door of the pub explaining that canoeists and kayakkers were only allowed in the bar side. I pointed out that we were neither of those things, but just a pair of walkers who had got caught for a few minute in a light shower but by then she had made her mind up that we were far too moist to be sat amongst her refined dining guests. Hungry and thirsty, we acquiesced and decamped to the crowded but satisfactory bar area to continue our order. Over the next fifteen minutes whilst we waited for our food we watched with astonishment as we noticed the bar staff proceed to treat anyone who looked remotely like a canoeist with nothing short of open contempt. For context, this pub is next door to a kayakking centre, puts up parties of kayakkers in its camp ground and seems to derive a significant proportion of its revenue their custom, yet seems to go out of its way to treat them like second class citizens. So ingrained is this prejudice that merely having slightly damp hair is enough for them to treat you shoddily. I can say that the food served was of a decent quality and portion size and the beer good, so it's a shame that my experience of this pub was marred by the staffs hostile attitude to the majority of its clientele, myself and my friend included.
DannyPo - 30 Aug 2011 13:40
Liked the story about the bins.... Driving back from the brecons, I looked for somewhere for a post hike pint. This is labelled as Herefordshire Pub of the Year. Liked the entrance, where you are directed to the lounge to the left or the bar (and for cannoists) to the right. Had a decent Doom Bar in the garden at the front... food smelled lovely!
Mappiman - 21 Jun 2011 10:49
This weekend we canoed from Hay and we booked a table at the boat for lunch for 12 of us...On arrival we had a small carrier bag of rubbish from the morning on the river. As their was a bin outside the boat we naturally deposited it in the bin outside. The bar staff were very friendly and showed us to our table and we ordered our food and a few of us went outside to have a cigarrette. What happened next can only be described as a scene out of night of the living dead... This mad woman ( who had obviously broken off her leash) came running out of the adjoining house and flew to the bin screeching " who has put this rubbish in the bin Who has done this?" Myself and my friends sat in shock at the picnic table not daring to catch her eye in case we were turned to stone.. The next thing the mad woman dives into the bin retrieves the small bag of rubbish and launches herself at me, shoving the carrier bag of rubbish in my face asking "is it you is it you". By now there were quiet a few people outside the pub and we explained that we had put the rubbish in the bin so as not to take it into the pub littering the inside and how we did not think it was unreasonable to put the rubbish in the bin. Mad woman yelled "i'm sick of you lot coming here eating your own food and putting rubbish in the bin" we explained we were not eating our own food and booked a table but she made us take the carrier bag of rubbish back into the pub. When we stumbled back to the table embarrassed we complained as the mad woman was that rude we considered cancelling our meal. We all agreed she must be the landlady and if that is how she is running a business we would leave. We spoke to the waitress who apologised extensively stating that the mad woman is not the landlady but the CLEANER!!!! Myself and my party found this extremely hysterical given the fact it is her job to er.. um clean.. and our only crime was putting rubbish in yes you've guessed it the bin!!!!
we had a fantastic meal and the food was second to none but my advice to the owners of the boat is ...GET A NEW CLEANER!..... I would of given a higher rating had I not encounterd this ridiculously rude individual.
lizchick - 20 Jun 2011 11:10
most of the reviews i read on trip advisor are true, but we still enjoyed ourselves. massive menu which is always a put off, but the food was good. obviously reheated but still tasty. Landlord thinks the world of himself and his food, but then you dont have to talk to him, real ale was good, but limited, they had doombar on on tap. tasted good but had nothing else on. was looking forwards to something more local possibly brains but no such luck. we arrived via canoe on a two day trip. the steep stairs that you have to lug your canoe up are an absolute joke
jamietravel - 28 Jul 2010 21:35

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