The Boathouse Inn, Saltaire

The Boathouse Inn , is beautifully tucked away in a secluded spot down by the River Aire at the lower end of Saltaire village.  When the sun is shining, it couldn’t be more pleasantly positioned for an evening sun downer and bite to eat.  The Inn has large patio window doors overlooking the river and Robert’s Park providing a pleasant vista.  On warm summer days and evenings, the doors are rolled back providing a more al fresco atmosphere.  On such evenings, the venue can be extremely busy and not the place to go if you had a quiet, romantic evening in mind!

Food is served in either the bar area or in the dedicated restaurant area.  Bookings are not taken so it’s a first come first served basis.   We were fortunate enough to grab a table right next to the window and therefore had a clear view of the river and the evening activities taking place in Robert’s Park.

I think the menu is nicely varied with standard pub fayre such as fish pie, burgers, sausages and mash and such like.  The homemade curries are very traditional and
authentic; not your standard chicken tikka masala.  There is also a specials board.

There were just two of us for dinner and both chose the same thing off the specials board – calves liver & bacon, with mash and gravy.  We ordered a side of veg as extra because this wasn’t included.  It was all excellent.  Maybe the liver I had was slightly overdone for me but it wasn’t really an issue.  The gravy was plentiful with a full, rich flavour.  The side of veg was steamed green peas and beans and had been cooked to perfection.  Being a fuss pot and not liking anything covered in lashings of butter I had asked for no butter on mine.  We were obliged with one large portion of veg  between us without butter but a little
butter dish was provided for my fellow diner.

I wouldn’t normally go for dessert and coffee but in the interests of this review I decided to be tempted.  I have been to The Boathouse on a number of occasions but never had any sweets or coffee so thought it an opportune moment to give it a go.

It was unfortunate there was no decaff coffee available – there was some excuse about suppliers having let them down.  Anyway, I decided to go for a plain filter coffee and pudding was a chocolate tart with ice cream.  I had asked for the pudding to be warmed (I
don’t like cold pastry) – and believe that was a mistake because I think it had been put in the microwave, the pastry being soggy and the filling had melted into a gloopy chocolate consistency.  All a bit disappointing in the end.  At least the coffee was OK!

The service was excellent – pleasant, helpful and friendly.

I would certainly keep going back to this little corner of Saltaire because it is good value – my bill being approximately £16 for the main, side of veg, sweet indulgence and coffee – but perhaps may pass on the desserts next time.

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