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Boathouse Inn, Saltaire

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I paid £8.80 for 2 pints of ale and a single packet of pork scratchings! Pretty much sums up the place which is barren and empty unless it is sunny. Seriously average and seriously expensive
parmantom - 25 Mar 2014 06:21
There are many worse places in riverside/park settings than this so I count my blessings! The strong Saltaire US IPA I had was not cold enough but the Blonde was absolutely fine. The place is comfy enough and a very nice place to orient yourself on arrival in saltaire. Only 6/10 though, cos it could be so much more given the custom that must come its way. Inoffensive.

dry_riser_inlet - 25 Aug 2013 22:07
Great setting - just a weird concept. Better ale and atmosphere elsewhere. This is a safe choice to take the ladies though.
parmantom - 24 Nov 2012 07:41
Smart place serving well kept ale with a great view of the river. Downside is that it's very expensive. Often seems that whenever I'm there the choice of ale is restricted and they're down to one for some reason - but that may not be all the time. Take plenty of cash!
Bagsy - 13 Sep 2012 10:53
Fantastic riverside setting nestled in the heart of Saltaire. Good pint of Saltaire Blonde served in a traditional handled glass. Well worth a visit even just for the location and views across the river alone!!! Cracking up and coming place!
coiner - 5 Apr 2012 00:12
Lovely setting by the river but gets packed outside during summer. Some decent beers on but no real surprises, Taylors, Saltaire, Theaktsons etc. Could be great but for the big prices. Food is alright too but again a bit pricey.
Bagsy - 28 Jul 2011 17:51

The Boathouse is a convenient place to relax and unwind after visiting the nearby Saltís Mill. There are pleasant views from the windows across the River Aire to Roberts Park with Shipley Glen in the background.

We called in on Wednesday afternoon when it was very quiet and totally lacking in atmosphere. The Saltaire Blonde was OK, but I have drunk much better (and cheaper) pints of this brew elsewhere.

steve2905 - 29 May 2011 04:08
Agree with the last reviewer. Totally revamped in the last couple of years. Really nice location, pretty nice crowd and good beer. The prices are more Leeds than nearby Shipley, but overall a good night is had here.
Seve1974 - 24 Aug 2010 19:58
Ignore any reviews written before 2009, this place has been totally refurbished since then!

The best part about The Boathouse is definitely it's location, especially in the summer time. Decent range of lagers, not as many real ales as some people would like though, doesn't bother me as i'm a lager drinker.

Food is pretty good here, eaten here a few times in the past 6 months, usually on a Sunday, reasonably priced, and the waiting staff are lovely.

only thing is it's a bit pricey, wouldn't recommend a session here unless you've deep pockets
tamsyndrome - 17 Aug 2010 16:33
Enjoyed a decent sunday roast here after a walk along the canal - benefits from a lovely location overlooking both the river Aire and the nearby Roberts Park and Salts Cricket Club. The roast was fine and Saltaire Blonde was in good condition. It was a little dark inside but I imagine in winter this is a cosy, warm place to retreat to, and the fire in the dining area looked quite impressive.
ChrisP87 - 16 Jun 2010 11:38
After a fire killed it off it has reopened August 2009. Postmodern interior with lots of clashing colours and brutalist furniture. Not cosy, though may improve in winter with open fires. Floor is stripped wood, leaving dusty trailmarks across the bar. A great aspect overlooking the river Aire. Does mass produced Brake Brothers style food. Usual Euro lagers, cloudy scrumpy, limited real ales (Pedigree and Tetleys when visited)
nogginthenogg - 20 Aug 2009 10:35
I echo footballcrazy247's comments - the place seems to have benefitted from complete refurbishment, if the crowds I saw there on Saturday 15/8 were any indication.
apchilcott - 17 Aug 2009 21:48
This place has just been refurbished and I went last Friday night - it was heaving and great terrace out onto the river. I have also eaten there and I would give the food 8/10 - same owners as Don't Tell Titus up the road so really good quality.
Well worth a visit!
footballcrazy247 - 17 Aug 2009 21:44
This pub was eventually abandoned by it's owners and subsequently attacked by vandals! Ridiculous as only a moron could not make money in Saltaire. Hopefully a new owner will sort it out
Ginsoakedboy - 4 Jan 2009 23:29
Went here for a quiz night that was a bit strange and complicated drinks were expensive and the place seemed a bit dour but this was early last year so may have improved
porshacat - 6 Jan 2007 14:59
This pub has just been taken over by two new managers. Since they been in the pub it is a much nicer place and the beer has improved.

I havn't eaten there yet but they have a new chef and menu etc. I just go for a good drink and the social thing.

Think it will get much better in the future as a refurb is on the way.
richyt - 14 Nov 2006 17:17
with out a doubt the worst place i have ever eaten. the people who run the place will be bankrupt before long. the food was rubbish, the service not much better & the music was so loud also the staff had a very unclean appearence about them & smelt of body oder!!!
Puppy_Power - 27 Oct 2006 18:36
I would advise you not to eat food here. A group of friends and I ate there yesterday (30/9/06) and we waited over an hour to get our food - soup and sandwiches. Once the food arrived, we tucked in, until one person noticed a maggot on her plate. On inspection, we discovered that the salad was covered with maggots, both alive and dead.
The staff tried to convince us that the salad had been washed, but it obviously hadn't. If they cannot meet such a basic hygiene requirement, you have to wonder what else they are not doing...

anonymous - 1 Oct 2006 17:27
This pub has now finalised its transition to restaurant. The food and service when I went were both terrible: the wrong main course was brought out, and then corrected with something that was manifestly microwaved. Unluxurious on the inside, and a little unkempt by the river. THe beer is so-so.
thedts - 5 Sep 2006 03:29
Very pleasant Sunday lunch by the river.
anonymous - 26 May 2006 14:47

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