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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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

Amanda Gale avatarAmanda Gale
a month ago
We had a lovely family lunch at The Boathouse. All having the roasts which were delicious. Being able to take our dog in was one of the reasons for going there.
Amanda Gardner avatarAmanda Gardner
4 months ago
Recommend the seafood platter was amazing. Visited twice and both times staff have been attentive and the view is beautiful. Absolutely lovely dining experience. Dog friendly too!
Came here for our Anniversary Meal. The food was amazing. We sat out on the balcony overlooking the water. As the sun set, we enjoyed the beautiful meal. The air was warm, and the atmosphere was perfect. If you want a great place to enjoy the evening, this is your spot.
Ali Akhtar avatarAli Akhtar
6 months 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.
Mark Wardle avatarMark Wardle
5 months ago
Always a pleasure to come back here. The food is always beautifully prepared and full of flavour, the service warm and friendly! Perfect!
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