The Boathouse, Instow

The Boathouse, Instow

The Boathouse at Instow is a charming seafront pub and restaurant, located in the coastal village of Instow near Bideford, North Devon

Formerly a small fishing port, Instow overlooks kitesurfing beaches and a beautiful tidal river, making it an ideal spot for exploring the South West region of England

The Boathouse has been part of the local community for more than 25 years, serving classic dishes such as mussels, Devon crab seafood platters, and locally sourced fish

There is seating for up to 100 people indoors and further seating outdoors in the terraced beer garden, where you can enjoy a pint of local ale and stunning views across the estuary

Guests are also invited to take part in regular live music and quiz nights on certain evenings

Whether you are seeking a memorable night out or simply want to take in the fresh sea air while enjoying a relaxed coastal meal, The Boathouse is not to be missed


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The Boathouse, Instow Reviews

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Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Phone: 01271 861292
Address: Marine Parade, Instow, Bideford EX39 4JJ, UK

Delivery: No
Dine In: Yes
Price Level: 2
Reservable: Yes
Serves Beer: Yes
Serves Wine: Yes
Takeout: No

Lydia Goodfield avatarLydia Goodfield
3 months ago
My family and I had lunch at The Boathouse Inn whilst on holiday in the area. We all agreed it was out favourite place to eat, as the food was amazing. The mussels were huge and very tasty, fish finger sandwich and fish & chips were very light and not greasy at all, as well as the cheese burger very nice. Service was great, helping to seat us with our 4 dogs. The atmosphere was lovely, we sat on the balcony overlooking the beach which was stunning. We cannot wait to come back and enjoy more fantastic food.
Ali Akhtar avatarAli Akhtar
a month ago
We had such a wonderful Saturday lunch here. The weather was looking like rain and we'd booked on the deck without cover. They were kind enough to book us a back up table indoors as well for that instance. Fortunately this wasn't needed in the end as the sun came out! Really top customer service from that perspective.The food was delicious. I ate crab thermidor, which was perfectly prepared and cooked. The view is tremendous, the food is fantastic and the staff are lovely, i couldn't recommend this highly enough.An FYI, you can still get a view of the estuary from downstairs inside.
Sam E avatarSam E
11 months ago
Had a lovely lunch there. It is dog friendly (they even had some treats!) – We sat inside near the bar. The view overlooking the beach is beautiful from the upstairs terrace.Photo: Seafood Linguine.
Dave Coxon avatarDave Coxon
6 months ago
Have always enjoyed everything about this place over the years, and coming back this time was no differentWe’d enjoyed a Memorial and Celebration for my Mum the day before, with lunch at The Boathouse, and had a lovely meal (20 people), with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly serviceThis visit was a sunny day, and we were meeting family for a dog walk after lunch, so Instow seemed the perfect choice. Sarah was in again, and greeted us warmly, asking how the Memorial had beenWe were seated quickly, ordered drinks promptly, as well as a shared Starter and a couple of sausages for our dogThe food was incredible, as I’ve always found it to be. We shared a Dessert alsoA welcoming, warm, comfortable establishment, with great views, fresh, well-crafted menu items, good quality drinks, and friendly service2 adults (and a dog) – Thursday lunchtime – no reservation – beginning March 2023
Debbie W avatarDebbie W
a month ago
We had three visits during our stay in Instow, two for dining. Fantastic atmosphere (sitting looking out to the sea in the open space upstairs if weather permits is just wonderful) and excellent food. Staff lovely too. Highly recommended.
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