Review on Farndon Boathouse
Out of the same stable as Tom Brown's Brasserie in Gunthorpe, this extensive conversion of an old boathouse site recently re-launched as a contemporary 'gastro bar & kitchen' in a delightful setting by the banks of the River Trent - the place has its own private moorings, so you can arrive by boat and tie up for the night if you wish.
The interior has been cleverly renovated using natural materials, with chunky exposed roof trusses, stone floors, warehouse-style lighting and timbers reclaimed from the original boathouse. There's also an abundance of glass, with fold-back doors providing great views of the water.
Local produce figures strongly on the menu, and the kitchen is especially proud of its bespoke sausages (developed with award-winning butcher Johnny Pusztai). The 'to-be-famous' burgers also live up to their billing, but the repertoire extends into the realms of slow-braised pork shoulder with homemade black pudding, bowls of bouillabaisse or duck breast with sweet-and-sour red cabbage. For afters, perhaps lemon tart or apple and rhubarb pie. On Sundays, there's live music and free tapas at the bar - otherwise, you can take advantage of the nearby nature walks.
Steve Munn and Dan Garner
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Sat (12.00 - 9.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card