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“A nice crab sandwich...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Fishing Boat Inn

The Fishing Boat Inn
14-15 Beach View | Boulmer Village, Boulmer, Alnwick NE66 3BP, England
+44(0)166 557 7750
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Boulmer
Cuisines: Seafood, British
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
North East Coast
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“A nice crab sandwich...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This pub is fairly local for us, and we visited several times during the summer of 2013. On each occasion we sat outside on a terrace that literally overhangs the beach, the beer was good and the crab sandwiches were well made and served with a smile. So if you take as you find, we have no complaints.
But those awful reviews! Either I have not met the surly character, or he wasn't surly with me. Even so, the management needs to address this problem with some urgency if they are not to have a very quiet 2014! Northumberland is full of nice places to eat staffed by nice people who are trying very hard indeed - people will vote with their feet as well as on Trip Advisor.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
“Food with a view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant couldn't get any closer to the shore without falling in! From the front this looks a small pub with a reasonable size car park. Once inside the bar and restaurant area lead to decking overlooking the sea. Great location.
The food we had, crab baguettes and crab cakes all served with chips and salad were fine but nothing special. Service was a mixture of fantastic (young lady) to disinterested (male owner?). Salad can be made a little more interesting.
Great location could do better.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Most comfy bed ever! really..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have just stayed at the Fishing Boat Inn at Boulmer. The apartment was very well appointed and the bed was probably the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The views across the sea are stunning and with bacon sandwich in hand, ate my breakfast overlooking the sunny beach....perfect.
The restaurant has great sea views and my food was of a high standard. The service and greeting I received were exemplary. I was made to feel very welcome.
I would have no hesitation in recommending the pub and the apartment to all my friends.
Can't wait to get back up to this wonderful part of the country and sample some more welcoming Northumberland hospitality.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Da Nang, Vietnam
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not bad, worth a visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Cosy seaside pub, the food is good, staff are pleasant, owner is a bit grumpy though. Would visit again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Stunning views, poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We have been twice this summer to the Fishing Boat Inn for lunches. The first time was a disappointment but thought we would try again for lunch.. We arrived on a on a warm sunny day. On entering the pub the atmosphere was far less warm, the owner had very poor manner, with no greeting on arrival. His attitude was not at all friendly with dreadful customer service which made us feel a nuisance to him! This is a great shame because the pub is in a stunning setting with dining area overlooking the beautiful beach and sea. Although our lunch was good it was not enough to cancel out the overall atmosphere of the place which was not good, making us unlikely to return.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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