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Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
01865 374 279
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Greene King Public House
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 63
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice place but average experience

This is a gorgeous pub, lovely location, beautiful interior and great garden space. But with limited parking. We went for a pub lunch on a Sunday with friends, but were only told when ordering that it was a limited sunday lunch menu. Staff were friendly and didnt mind the dogs but drinks were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Mrmatthewandsarah
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Southampton, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Oxford, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We booked a Sunday Lunch for a party of six at the Boat Inn last Sunday and were looking forward to a nice lunch and catching up with friends. Our introduction to the Boat was not a good one. One of our party was knocked over by a waiter who came rushing through without looking, the person was very shaken... More 

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SpainHarty1, Owner at The Boat Inn, responded to this review

I've stopped responding to reviews but given the content of this one I feel I must. Firstly let me apologise unreservedly for the accident when you arrived, I have spoken to the waiter concerned and he was mortified by the incident. However in your review you mentioned that the lady was knocked over and this was not the case, she... More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a gorgeous pub, lovely location, beautiful interior and great garden space. But with limited parking. We went for a pub lunch on a Sunday with friends, but were only told when ordering that it was a limited sunday lunch menu. Staff were friendly and didnt mind the dogs but drinks were missed. We going for the carvery it... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We met our son here for lunch on a Monday and I picked this restaurant from reviews. The menu was very good and I chose the steak which was delicious and my husband and son also enjoyed their meals but what made this stand out was the standard of service we received from the barman on duty that day. He... More 

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Abingdon, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The carvery was very nice and very reasonably priced, they made a special kids sandwich for my son who has food intolerances, good baby change facilities and 2 very polite and helpful gents who served us making it an excellent Sunday lunch out. Will be back for sure.

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Reading
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

I stopped in The Boat on the way back from a business meeting, in search of a bite and somewhere for a conference call. I struck lucky on both counts, good wifi and good atmosphere (no phone signal though, so good job on VoIP). But the major triumph was the venison and puy lentil pie, which was just fantastic. Great... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Unfortunately when booking we were not told the Sunday menu is different from in the week so somewhat limited. However they allowed most of us (a party of 7) to customise our dishes to suit either dietary needs or personal taste. The service was perfectly acceptable but a little slow, the food was excellent and very well presented however the... More 

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witney
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is the second time we have had a group gathering at The Boat. On both experiences we all had a great experience. The waiter is very friendly and helpful. The food is excellent with good portion sizes.

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Oxford, England
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Providing a "traditional Sunday lunch" as a vegetarian shouldn't really be difficult. (It isn't as though there aren't quite a lot of us.) All you need to do is not roast the tatties in animal fat, and provide a little nut roast or cutlet to go with all those lovely vegetables, plus some vegetarian gravy (honestly, it can be Bisto,... More 

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Oxfordshire
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We visited for Sunday lunch in November, having never been before. Initial Impressions were good but these rapidly deteriorated. The beer served was clearly off, although the "barman" didn't notice or really understand. The "waiter" who took our order didn't seem to know anything and took several attempts to get it right. The soup arrived cold, not a word of... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Excellent place for a team lunch, great food served by very good staff in a lovely atmosphere. Prices for drinks and food very good. Will have to get the wife to take me back so I can try there good selection of real ales.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Canal Road | Thrupp, Kidlington OX5 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Kidlington
  • Phone Number: 01865 374 279

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Greene King Public House

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