Review on Beetle and Wedge Boathouse
A magical riverside location worthy of 'The Wind in the Willows' has always been one of the unique attractions of the Beetle and Wedge over the years. Sadly, the hotel is no more, but the original rôtisserie has been transformed into an informal brasserie with a beamed conservatory and a delightful terrace just a few feet from the water.
Many dishes are grilled on the open charcoal fire – everything from kidneys and black pudding (with grain mustard sauce) to veal cutlets, rump steak and fillet of sea bass (accompanied by spinach and béarnaise sauce). There are also salads in abundance (warm goats' cheese with roast beetroot, pine nuts and lardons), plus home-cured gravlax, suprême of Gressingham duck with apple and blackcurrant sauce, and roast cod, tiger prawn and potato chowder.
Alternatively, opt for the 'Basic Beetle' – a fixed-price menu (Mon-Thu) that could take in puff pastry tartlets filled with snails, garlic and parsley, pork chop and buttered cabbage, plus desserts from the main menu. The wine list is small, but almost perfectly formed, with plenty of decent drinking at knockdown prices. The Beetle and Wedge also has one elegantly furnished, double bedroom overlooking the river.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 1.45pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 8.45pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express