Despite having been to Dedham many times through the years to visit friends we have never eaten at The Boathouse. What a pity we have been missing out so heavily. As its name suggests it is on the riverside and I am sure even more special and enjoyable in the summer months. So, on this our first visit, we were welcomed very warmly and immediately shown to our table, the ladies were grateful to be near the radiator as the day was clearly beginning to chill off. We were quickly settled and given menus and asked about "drinks". As I prefer not to review a menu without a glass in my hand I was delighted when the chosen wine was soon brought to our table. We were certainly not rushed to make our selection from what is a relatively short menu but very adequately provides a good variety of dishes to give sufficient choice. The portions are a very good size and smaller appetites could easily be satisfied with two starters. I am increasing reluctant to order steak these days as I have been disappointed so often but my choice last evening was very tender, extremely flavoursome and for once was actually served rare as I had ordered. My wife's lamb dish was to a similar high standard. The wine list provided a good choice and are not over priced for a restaurant of this standard but there are more expensive top end ones should you wish to "splash out". It is a high standard restaurant with a relaxing and non stuffy service. Whilst cost was not a problem I was very pleasantly surprised at what I considered a modest total for such an enjoyable evening. We look forward to visiting our friends again!
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