Your guide to eating tapas at the Boathouse
Thinking of visiting The Boathouse this summer? Tapas can be a little confusing and intimidating if you have not experienced eating tapas style before. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions and a few Myths but to bed ….
What is tapas?
Tapas are a selection of hot or cold dishes these dishes are a starter size and often ordered by couples or small groups of people to share, enjoy a variety of flavours based upon your personal food preferences or try something new without the expense of a fully priced main course. Our front of house team are fully trained in explaining our concept to guests and are always on hand and available should you have any queries.
Our menu here at the Boathouse is influenced largely by Mediterranean Cuisine, we have many Italian and Greek influenced dishes as well as staple Spanish dishes and chefs specials which add a British twist to the term ‘tapas’
The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused on eating an entire meal set out before them. We encourage a relaxed way of dining, and we hope you enjoy your experience with us at the Boathouse.
But I’m hungry and tapas dishes are small….
The beauty of tapas is that it satisfies all appetites, if you’re looking for a snack, looking to celebrate with family, want a romantic meal or your simply very hungry tapas will suit all your needs.
We suggest choosing five dishes between two diners this provides adequate food for a meal out at lunch or evening and typically would cost around £25 for the two of you. Another advantage of tapas is that you can place an order, enjoy your food and then add to it if necessary. For those with the lighter appetite we suggest two dishes per person is enough.
For the larger appetite we offer our famous ‘kings tapas’ this is a selection of 11 dishes all of a taster size which include a mixture of our chefs daily specials and most popular items from our regular tapas menu. Once you have been served your 11th dish you will have the opportunity to have a reserve of any dishes you have particularly enjoyed making this option an ‘all you can eat’ offer for just £20 pp
But I don’t like spicy food….
From our 30 dish tapas menu only 2 dishes can be classed as spicy and have chilli amongst its ingredients. These dishes are pan fried chorizo with chilli and red peppers and marinated chicken skewers.
One of our group is a fussy eater …..
We believe there is no such thing! All of our dishes are made to order and so any listed menu item can be adapted to suit all pallets with any ingredients not to your liking replaced or removed. Our menu is designed to suit all ages, food tastes and preferences we have 8 vegetarian dishes, 6 fish, 6 meat dishes, vegan friendly dishes, food for those with conservative tastes and those with the more adventurous tastes.
Do you cater for Celiacs?
Celiac? no problem! 80% of our menu is gluten free, we do not use flour in any of our sauces and with prior notice any fried foods can be made with corn flour. We also always stock gluten free bread.
Are children welcome?
The Boathouse is a family restaurant and children are welcome during the day time and at evenings, they also love tapas by the way! We do however ask that children under 11 leave the restaurant by 9pm unless they are attending a private party.
What drinks are available at The Boathouse?
We are proud of our bar service and in fact boast the largest range of drinks in the town, we serve a range of cocktails which include some old school classics as well as some of our bar staffs creations ! We also have a range of 18 different flavoured and craft Gins, our whisky corner has 8 single malt whiskies and Bourbons. We also serve a selection of 5 rums and have 22 other spirits on offer.
Our wine list consists of New world, European and British wines with 12 Champagnes and sparkling wines to choose from. Not to mention 5 draft beer and cider products and a never ending choice of bottled beers and craft Ales.
The Boathouse is proud to announce a partnership with Casanova Prosecco, we are currently the only venue outside of London to sell this beautiful range of flavoured and vintage prosecco, it’s a must try!
Our most popular dishes…
We regularly ask our diners what their favourite dishes from our tapas menu are, the items that often spring up are calamari, flambe chicken with sweet peppers and vodka, king prawns with chorizo and truffle oil, pork and fennel terrine with a parmesan sauce and of course our deep fried haloumi!
Of our recent spring time specials the poached trout with caramel and braised beef in balsamic sauce have been particularly popular.
Spring has sprung and here at The Boathouse we have some delicious specials available in April and May. Our ‘kings tapas’ menu features some of our chefs new creations which have been very well received so far this spring –
- Fan fried Seabass in prosecco with pomegranates on a bed of black rice and quinoa
- Pork, fennel and mustard seed terrine with a creamy parmesan sauce (pictured)
- Stuffed baby peppers with Serrano ham and smoked cheese
- Sweet chili pork belly with pearl cous cous
- Pan fried octopus with olive oil and smoked paprika
- Warm feta cheese and chili dip served with garlic flat bread
- Oven baked Camembert with rock salt and rosemary
We also have our new ‘Worcestershire produce Grazing Board’ this is our take on a ploughman’s lunch and has been very popular with lunch time visitors to The Boathouse this consists of – Worcestershire sauce and shallot cheese, Hobson Ale and mustard seed cheese, Horseradish and chive Malvern cheese, honey roasted ham, Worcestershire sauce pickle, handmade mini pork pies all served with home baked bread.
We would love your feedback, which special is your favourite?
We have an exciting month ahead at The Boathouse this March –
Tiki Night – Friday 3rd March
Try our new special cocktails and enjoy our Tiki themed bar with disco and special themed tapas
Entrance – Free
Start time 7pm
An evening with the Blues Brothers – Friday March 17th
The UK’s Number 1 Blues Brother tribute act, one of the best acts to ever appear at The Boathouse. Music starts at 9.30 pm and is followed by a DJ.Meals served 6pm – 8.15pm
Entrance £5 (bookings are advised)
Gin Tasting – Thursday 23rd
Join us for an evening of Gin tasting with 6 craft Gins accompanied by some of our chefs special canapes
Tickets – £15
Start time 7.15pm
The Boathouse will now be open on a Sunday from 10am – 3pm serving breakfast menu and our classic tapas menu.Discounts available for tables reservations
Every Tuesday buy 2 get 1 free on all tapas dishes lunch and evenings
Friday Happy Hour
2 cocktails for £7.50! 6pm – 7.30pm
Tried our pizza yet? home stoned backed pizza available every night to take away or eat in on Thursday and Friday.
As those of you who who have visited The Boathouse recently will know we now have a large range of craft Gins available from our bar with a monthly specials board consisting of 5 different craft Gins also available. Due to its growing popularity and upon the request of some of our customers we are delighted to introduce our new ‘Boathouse Gin Club’
What is the Gin Club?
Members of our Gin club will receive monthly updates on our craft Gin specials along with invitations to our tasting evenings to be held every 6 weeks. These evening will allow members to taste up to 6 different craft Gins along with some chefs special canapes for £15 per person, at the end of the evening members will have the chance to purchase bottles of their favourite Gin to take home at trade prices.
Our first tasting evening will be taking place of Thursday 2nd February starting at 7.30pm
Members will also be issued with a discount card entitling them to 15% off all Gin drinks and Gin based cocktails from our bar at any time.
How to sign up?
To sign up to our Gin club email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the word ‘Gin’ in the subject column and we will add you to our mailing list and issue your discount card at the first tasting evening
Here’s a few fun facts about Gin..
London’s most popular drink in the winter of 1823 was the Hot Gin Twist
British drinkers have been quaffing gin in record amounts during 2016, buying 40m bottles in a spending spree that outstripped sales growth in beer and sparkling wine.
Gin was born around 1689. The earliest known food pairing occurred in 1731: gingerbread. This became quite common and is still traditional in parts of England.
Nearly all juniper used in gin is picked wild. Almost none is cultivated.
Annual gin sales rose 16% to smash through the £1bn barrier for the first time in the UK, leading the drink industry to declare 2016 the “year of gin”.
The juniper berry is actually not a berry at all. It is a female seed cone, a highly evolved pinecone with fleshy and merged scales that give it the appearance of a berry.
At Yalta, President Roosevelt complained that there were no lemons to make twists for his gin martini. Stalin had a lemon tree flown from Georgia that day.
A growing thirst for the spirit has also caused a surge in the number of distilleries, with about 40 opening in 2016.
Here at the Boathouse we always appreciate customer feedback, tripadvisor is the obvious review site that springs to mind but we are also lucky enough to be visited and reviewed by food bloggers from time to time. We had a visit from @eatwithellen over the summer months, here’s what she had to say – If you haven’t been to Upton-upon-Severn, it’s definitely worth a visit. A lovely riverside town that’s home to several annual festivals, the most famous being its Blues Festival. If you can’t make it to the seaside, it’s a great alternative and a fab place to spend a day. Boats cruising up and down, riverside walks, lovely little antique and independent shops (including a great wine merchant), and several pubs and restaurants along the banks of the river. These include The BoatHouse – a bit of a break from the norm of riverside pubs that seem to make up a lot of the eateries in Upton. It’s a cafe, tapas restaurant, and wine bar. Sounds different right? It certainly looks a bit different and its appearance definitely didn’t smack of Spanish tapas. The cafe is downstairs in the perfect spot to grab any passing trade keen for a coffee, ice-cream, sandwich etc. And upstairs is the restaurant along with a large terrace with beautiful views over the river – the perfect place to wile away a few hours and pretend you’re on holiday (providing the good old English weather complies!). Of course, we all know rural Worcestershire isn’t quite one of the Spanish Costas, so Mr M and I were intrigued as to how good tapas could be in a quintessentially English setting. Very good, it turns out, hence the fact The Boathouse managed to knock our socks off. It’s an extensive tapas menu and not strictly Spanish I don’t think. More an appealing mixture of Mediterranean dishes from homemade dips and pitta to meatballs, fish dishes, veggie options, and some huge grazing boards. They also do an option called the ‘Kings Tapas’ where, for £20 a head, the chef basically picks you 11 dishes that might be from the menu, plus whatever specials he happens to have on that day. Not just that, if there are any you absolutely love you can just ask for more – for free! Now, I know this might sound like a bit of an ‘all you can eat’ gimmick that might put you off, but trust me, it’s the way to go. The perfect way to try lots of dishes, including those you might not ordinarily pick, and it also means you can enjoy them coming out as and when they’re ready, in a steady flow of food just like it would be if you’re abroad. Perfecto. Our foodie fun in someone else’s hands, we sat back and let the party begin. First up was homemade humous and tzatziki served with warm pitta bread. Ironically, I’m writing this sat in Kefalonia where the tzatziki and pitta are plentiful and oh-so-good. But I can safely say The Boathouse’s offering can easily hold its own against any I’ve had in Greece. Forget bland supermarket-style yoghurt with a bit of cucumber suspended in it. This was deliciously flavoured and delicately seasoned to allow the yoghurty cucumber-y ness to sing. Decent seasoning proved to be an ongoing theme throughout our meal at The Boathouse. You see it all the time on things like Masterchef, don’t you? Chefs banging on about seasoning and taste, and it makes you realise that inadequately seasoning a meal can make or break it. Not so here – even the simplest of dishes were made delicious by a careful use of seasoning and spice, and filled you with faith that you’re in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing with food. Next up was deep-fried halloumi, something I always enjoy though rarely order as I’m always on a quest for new and exciting things. As I look on this dish with the benefit of hindsight, with such an indulgent party of flavours on their way it was nice to have something so simple as one of the dishes. Third on the list were these pan-fried garlic mushrooms in champagne. Sounds simple, looks simple, right? Yes, but do not underestimate how good this can be. The texture was just right, still a bit meaty without a hint of slime and again, beautifully seasoned in their buttery sauce. Never before have I so underestimated a dish as I did these mushrooms. Alongside them came calamari – one of Mr M’s firm favourites and something we’ve ordered more times than I can possibly say. Jamie considers himself a bit of an expert on decent calamari and was prepared to be unimpressed. Not so here. Wide-eyes, he declared The Boathouse’s to be some of the best he’s ever tasted. Light, delicate batter, with meaty yet not rubbery squid inside. Again, brilliantly seasoned and a delight to eat. Four dishes in, we were wondering if our meal had peaked early. Perhaps it was fluke they’d managed to hit the spot with the early deliveries? Surely they couldn’t keep it up for seven more dishes? Oh how I love to be proved wrong. The next plate raised the bar yet again. Artistically-presented, it held two dishes – one from the menu and one a creation purely for that day. Pan-fried king prawns cooked in truffle oil and perched on chorizo were rich and reminded me a bit of the pintxos mum and I enjoyed in Bilbao. But it was the special – salmon cooked in caramel on a bed of lime-infused courgette spaghetti that stole the show for me. The generous portion of salmon was sweet and sticky on the outside and flaked apart beautifully, its richness perfectly counter-balanced by the citrus freshness of the courgetti. I’ve never had these flavours together and they’re not anything an amateur like me could ever dream up, but they just worked. If that had been the end of the meal, I can safely say I’d have been happy. But there was more, far more to come. Chicken flambeed in vodka with a creamy sauce and sweet peppers was another different one, and I loved the spicy creamy sauce, though Jamie wasn’t quite so enamoured by it as some of the other dishes. And homemade meatballs – something you see on pretty much every tapas menu anywhere, ever – were another perfectly-executed classic. The meatballs were, again, perfectly seasoned to allow their own taste to shine through, while the sweet tomato sauce provided the perfect co-star. Two courses to go. And we were pretty excited. Even more so when the beef and pomegranate tagine with pink peppercorns was put down in front of us. Simple in appearance but complex in taste, it stole the show for Jamie as he declared it his favourite of the day. The beef was tender and set in a sauce with a slight warmth punctuated by starbursts of heat from the pink peppercorns. The pomegranate seeds, in contrast, added little pops of sweetness that brought that stereotypical fruity flavour to the tagine. And finally. Patatas bravas. Something I never want to order because it’s so often a few lumps of underdone potatoes with a nondescript tomato sauce on top. Not so here. Crispy little cubes of potato, crunchy on the outside and soft inside, salted and spices with paprika, and served in a sweet, deep sauce. Not a hint of greasiness and probably a dish that has changed my view of patatas bravas forever. It was one of those meals where we sat for a few minutes in stunned silence afterwards, trying to compute how this low-key spot in a little Worcestershire town could have just served up such a feast. Are you wondering whether they were expecting me and so pulled something amazing out of the bag? Yeah, I did too. Sounds crazy in hindsight – I mean, if a chef’s crap they’re not exactly going to be able to suddenly come up with the goods for one occasion. And having met Kyle, the chef, after a meal, I can safely say he seems like the kind of guy who would rather go out of business than lower his standards. Even so, I did my due diligence and checked, and it seems it’s not just me whose been impressed. “Exceptionally good”, “fantastic”, “delicious” – all descriptions from different people – and I’ve got to agree with them. On top of this, the setting’s great and the staff are helpful – both things you know I value in a place. As we sat digesting our little banquet, both physically and mentally, we both started planning our return when we could show off our little find to friends with the same love of food as us. The term ‘hidden gem’ is one of those overused phrases – including in this blog I imagine. But The Boathouse really does fit that description. I’m just glad I’ve been lucky enough to try it. And not just once, because we’re definitely going back!
A unique experience….
The Boathouses focuses on breaking the mould of the traditional tapas bar in Spain where so often dishes are thrown together using a mixture of cured ham and cold cheeses. Our aim at the Boathouse is to bring our own slant and style of cooking to the world of Tapas. Head chef Kyle Hassall has put together a menu inspired by dishes from Greece, Spain, Italy and Morocco with particular attention paid to the authenticity of each dish. In addition to the more well-known Mediterranean cuisine on offer Kyle has incorporated some of his own creations to add a more modern twist to the menu, such dishes include –
- Oven baked filet of salmon with a caramel glaze served on a bed of courgette spaghetti
- Beef and pomegranate tagine with pearl cous cous
- Poached cod with saffron cream and green pepper salsa
- Deep fried feta goujons coated in sesame seeds with an orange and pumpkin dip
- Mini pistachio, Goats cheese and cranberry wellington
The Boathouse is also the first of its kind to be able to offer its regular tapas menu to those diners on a gluten free diet without the need to adapt any of its recipes. ‘Tapas is all about sharing and so it was decided when we created the menu to use natural stocks and prepare dishes without using flour so that we were able to cater for coeliac guests and they could share dishes with friends in peace of mind, after all tapas is about sharing!’ Kyle, chef.
The Boathouse is fast becoming a popular venue for large groups and private parties including weddings with the Bride and Groom deciding to stray away from traditional fayre and instead treat their guests to an array of tapas in the form of the now famous ‘kings tapas’
The kings tapas is another of The Boathouses unique offerings, very much following the format of a traditional ‘mezze’ style meal the Kings tapas provides guests with the opportunity to try 11 different and varied tapas dishes which includes the most popular items from the menu alongside weekly specials this offering changes on a daily basis and is a great way for those new to tapas to be introduced. But wait it gets better! Upon the completion of your kings tapas if you would like a repeat of any dish/dishes there is no extra charge making the kings tapas an all you can eat offer! It’s a treat and a challenge!
Visiting a restaurant is no longer about simply eating and drinking. Customers should be given an experience, be pampered and entertained here at The Boathouse we aim to do just that.
Are you looking to celebrate Christmas in style ? The Boathouse is the perfect venue for works party, family get together or a catch up with friends. Our events team have put together some fantastic Christmas party nights throughout December along with our mouth watering Christmas Kings tapas and set 3 course meals, here’s a taste of what we have to come during the month of December –
Sat 3rd December – Diamonds in December Christmas Ball ( canape and cocktail event all for charity) raffle and xmas disco
Sat 10th December – Tapas meal followed by Christmas disco and cocktail bar – £20 per person
Friday 16th December -70’s night with entertainment £20 per person
Sat 17th December – Tapas meal followed by Christmas disco and cocktail bar – £20 per person
Sat 23rd December – An evening with The Blues Brothers the UK’s number 1 Blues Brother tribute band £5 per person
Christmas Eve – 2 course Christmas meal served 12pm – 7pm
Book your Christmas party with us before 15th November and receive 10% off your food bill. We will also be open for lunch time bookings Tuesday – Sunday
Take a look at our 2 menu options, as well as the menus below groups of 8 or less will have the option to choose from our regular tapas menu
The Boathouse Christmas Menu
A choice of our set tapas feast or 2 course traditional menu
The Boathouse party tapas menu £20pp
(A true feast for your party to share, you will receive each of the following dishes)
Selection of dips and bread
King prawns on a bed of chorizo drizzled with truffle oil
Pan fried mushrooms in champagne
Homemade meatballs in tomato and basil sauce
Chicken flambe with vodka in a creamy sauce with sweet peppers
Deep fried halloumi cheese
Piri Piri chicken and sweet chilli pork with cool cucumber dip
Oven baked salmon in caramel on a bed of courgette spaghetti
Oven roasted potatoes
Oven roasted Mediterranean vegetables
(Vegetarian tapas also available, ask a member of staff for details)
The Boathouse 2 Course Christmas menu
£17pp (Lunch time)
Pistachio and creamed leek stuffed mushrooms
Homemade smoked salmon fish cakes with beetroot tartare sauce
Carpaccio of Beef topped with rocket and parmesan with olive oil and lemon
Leek and Potato soup served with a drizzle of cream and crusty bread
Beef stroganoff – made with fillet of beef, onions, mushroom, mustard, tarragon and cream
Lamb shank – Slow roasted with a red wine and rosemary gravy
Seabass – Pan fried fillets of seabass in champagne, garlic and lemon sauce
Vegetarian Wellington – Homemade pastry Wellington with Brie, cranberry ,spinach and hazelnuts
(All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables and potato Gratin)
A dessert selection is also available on the night
Upton’s premier Christmas party venue
Looking for a function room or private venue in Worcestershire ? The Boathouse in Upton Upon severn may be just for you…
We have two rooms available for private hire both of which have their own bar. Our first floor room is our beautiful lounge and restaurant which seats up to 120 guests, we have various options for this room including round wedding style tables or longer banqueting tables. We can provide a three-course meal, buffet or canapé and champagne reception for this room. This room also has an outside balcony with views of the river and river bank.
Both rooms are also available for corporate hire with various packages available
The charge for this room is £250 Friday & Saturday and free for midweek functions Sunday – Thursday for functions of 40 people of more
Room hire for day time functions is free provided there are 40 guests or more with the room available 11am -4pm ,we also have an in house DJ available for £100. The first floor lends itself beautifully to all occasions and themes with a selection of furniture available as well as multiple room layouts. The Boathouse has a late license of 2am as well as a license for all kinds of live music and entertainment
Our lounge is also available for business and lunch meetings with free Wi-fi and lunchtime buffet for £7.95 per person.
Our ground floor room seats 30 guests and is suitable for smaller more intimate parties who wish to dine in private, there is no hire charge for this room and it is available 7 nights a week. The hire of these rooms also includes use of our outdoor areas including river bank seating with an outside bar (seats 20) and use of our River terrace which has views overlooking the river and Malvern hills.
Our food –
All our buffet and canape menus are bespoke and can be designed to suit any theme or budgets with free tastings offered to all our private hire organisers. Our three course menus can also be sampled and range from £20 – £25 per person with either traditional fayre or a more fine dining menu being available. All our ingredients are locally sourced and dishes are freshly prepared with tender love and care from our owner and head chef Kyle! Here are a few of our sample menus –
Menu A – (£23 pp)
Chicken liver pate with caramelised onion marmalade and home baked bread
Roasted tomato and basil soup (v)
Sweet melon and Parma ham served with Rocket and balsamic
Roasted chicken breast with a creamy dolcelatte cheese and pancetta sauce served with baby new potatoes
Blade of beef slow cooked with gratin potatoes and horseradish jus
Scottish filet of salmon with a lemon and dill sauce scattered with baby prawns
Stuffed peppers with Moroccan cous cous and a pea and feta sauce (v)
Mushroom, Cranberry and brie wellington (v)
Dark chocolate tart served with red fruits
Homemade white chocolate profiteroles
Amaretto panna cotta
Menu B (£25 pp)
Spiced butternut squash & sweet potato soup (v)
Salmon fish cakes with lime wedges and rocket salad
Goats cheese and beetroot filo tart (v)
Roast rump of lamb served with thyme and white wine sauce and saffron infused potatoes
Breast of chicken with a wild mushroom and tarragon sauce served with potato Gratin
Sea bream filets served with a champagne and lemon sauce with fresh roasted vegetables
Stuffed Aubergine with baby artichokes and baby new potatoes
Mini passion fruit pavalova
Raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake
Chocolate and Cointreau mousse with red berries
Menu C (£26 pp)
Pea and mint soup with Crème fraiche (v)
Cornish crab and dill mousse with samphire and tomato concasse
Goats cheese and asparagus bruschetta with sweet balsamic
Slow roasted sirloin of beef with braised red cabbage, sweet roasted garlic and potato Gratin
Lamb shoulder with roasted vine tomatoes and red wine jus served with sweet potato Gratin
Grilled seabass with lemon and garlic served with samphire and pan fried Mediterranean vegetables
Stuffed Portobello mushrooms with pistachios and creamed leeks (v)
Limoncello cheese cake
Baileys and white chocolate tart
Strawberry and passion fruit panna cotta
For private parties and Weddings we also offer a design your own menu service, ask one of our team for more details
For a free viewing or to book a food tasting contact one of our team now – email@example.com or call 01684438161
Tapas is the perfect choice of dining, whether you are looking for a lunch with family and friends, an afternoon snack, or an evening meal, as you can order as much or as little as you like. In addition to our beautiful first floor restaurant, we have two stunning outdoor seating areas with views of the Severn River and the Malvern Hills.
Our aim at the Boathouse is to add a touch of class and finesse to tapas. Our Head Chef as created unique specials to the Boathouse such as:
- ‘Pan fried Salmon in caramel with courgettes spaghetti’
- Beef and pomegranate tagine
- Red snapper on a bed of chorizo and pineapple salsa
- Slow cooked lamb in saffron with sliced peaches
- Manchego cheese with thyme and honey
Here at the Boathouse we have a choice of over 30 tapas dishes as well as weekly specials and our famous Grazing Boards full of a choice of local or Continental produce.
For the hungry amongst you, try our ‘Kings Tapas’, which includes 11 of our chefs dishes of the day served over 5 courses — a wide variety of textures and flavours, which is a real journey around the Med. What’s more, is if you would like a repeat serving of any dish it’s all included free of charge — Its a tapas all-you-can-eat, for only £20 pp! (Vegetarian and Vegan alternatives to all our dishes are also available).
Celiac? no problem! 80% of our menu is gluten free. We do not use flour in any of our sauces and with prior notice, any fried foods can be made with corn flour. We also always stock gluten free bread . Our Kings tapas are also completely 100% gluten free!
Look out also for our themed evenings and live music nights throughout the summer.
Come and give The Boathouse a try this summer and don’t just take our word for it — here’s what some of our customers have to say –
‘A wonderful tapas cafe overlooking the River Severn. Beautifully presented food served on blocks of walnut. Cocktails to die for and the food was great. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We will certainly go again especially if the sun shines.’
Sarah M, Tunbridge Wells
‘A spur of the moment dinner in the town where my father lived prompted us to walk around the corner to The Boat House. My father had received recommendations from local townsfolk that this tapas restaurant was serving delicious food and we weren’t disappointed. Chicken skewers with tsatsiki, chorizo and red pepper casserole, patatas bravas, chicken cooked with vodka and cream, grilled and battered Halloumi (delicious), King prawns with lemon and garlic, a grazing meat and cheese board, delicious bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and olives. A delicious bottle of sauvignon blanc washed it down. We were advised to go for the “King Tapas’ menu – 11 mystery dishes for £20 per head with unlimited dishes afterwards if hunger had not been kept at bay – but we chose not to do this and the 6 dishes and grazing board were enough for the 4 of us. Good coffee and extensive dessert menu’
Richard , Tamworth
‘A birthday treat on a warm Sunday, so where to go? The answer was easy, make the hour drive from Warwick to one of the best restaurants we visit, The Boat Yard at Upton.
On a warm day, the balcony overlooking the river is such a special place. I really cannot think of a restaurant table with a better view.
We really love this place but for our 16 year old this was his first visit. Needless to say, he left as delighted with the place as the rest of us are.
Four of the famous King Tapas, this is not a meal, more of a feast. The food just keeps coming and coming. And this is no pile it high and sell it cheap buffet restaurant, this is serving after serving of high quality tapas food.
And the attention to customer care is a delight to see. We (well me!) loved the meatballs, so we asked for a second serving. Instead of getting meatballs we got salmon. Plus an apology, the kitchen was out of meatballs, but suggested we might like to try the salmon. I thought that was a nice gesture and yes, we did like the salmon!
The staff are lovely and well trained. They really want to serve you and make sure you have a nice time.
Please do give this place go, I know you will not be disappointed.’
A staggering 6 % of the UK population suffer from coeliacs disease or choose a Gluten free diet due to health reasons. Tapas is all about sharing and here at the Boathouse we decided to create a menu that is accessible for all with this in mind our Tapas menu is now 95% Gluten free!
We also have a selection of home made Gluten free desserts, cakes and gluten free ice creams. Gluten free pitta bread and bread selection are available upon request.
Non of our dishes are thickened with or contain flour and our fried dishes are dusted with corn flour making our menu gluten free friendly!
Our weekly specials are also always Gluten free, for those guests with Coeliacs disease we ask that a member of staff is informed to prevent any cross contamination
Take a look at our menu below –
WHAT IS TAPAS?
Tapas are a wide variety of small dishes, appetisers or snacks and is a great way to enjoy a variety of tastes and flavours you may order as few or as many dishes as you like. All our taps dishes are freshly prepared with love from our experienced kitchen team. After placing your order if you wish to add dishes or try anything else please feel free to ask.
The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation, because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them. We encourage a relaxed way of dinning, we hope you enjoy your experience with us at the Boat House and if you require anything at all please feel free to and if it is ask however big or small your request we are here to help.
Enter a customer, leave as a friend!
Tapas Served Tuesday – Sunday
Lunch 12pm-3pm (any 5 tapas for £20)
Evening 6pm – 10pm
Celiac? no problem! 80% of our menu is gluten free, we do not use flour in any of our sauces and with prior notice any fried foods can be made with corn flour. We also always stock gluten free bread
Small dishes to begin with…..
Marinated Olives – £3.50
Selection of breads with olive oil, balsamic and pesto dipping pots – £3.40
Home -made Humous and tzatsiki dips served with warm pitta bread – £3.90
Home -made beef meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce – £5.60
Spicy Chorizo and pepper casserole – £5.70
Chicken Flambe in vodka with a creamy sauce and sweet peppers – £6.10
Slow cooked chicken strips in tomato cinnamon and red wine- £5.60
Marinated chicken and peppers on a skewers served with Yogurt and mint dip – £5.90
Beef and pomegranate tagine with pink peppercorns – £6.80
King prawns – Pan fried in garlic butter and lemon – £6.50
Calamari – Deep fried squid rings served with a lemon wedge and parsley – £5.90
King prawns pan fried in truffle oil served on roasted chorizo £6.95
Pan fried seabass in champagne and garlic – £7.50
Mussels in garlic, white wine and tomato – £5.90
Anchovies marinated in vinegar – £4.60
Oven baked feta cheese in oregano and olive oil – £4.70
Deep fried halloumi (Cypriot cheese) – £4.90
Warm Goats cheese on a ciabatta crouton – £4.50
Mozzarella, tomato and basil platter – £3.90
Spinach and feta filo parcels -£4.80
Stuffed peppers with Moroccan rice topped with mozzarella – £5.50
Pan fried garlic mushrooms in white wine – £3.80
Aubergine and red onion tagine – £5.70
Mixed oven roasted Mediterranean vegetables – £4.60
Marinated baby artichokes £3.90
Filled Focaccia Breads
(served with salad garnish and dipping oils)
Parma ham, goats cheese and sundried tomatoes £5.50
Rocket, ricotta and mozzarella £4.75
Grazing boards – (serves 2)
Boat house Grazing Board – Honey roasted ham, Cheddar, Double Worcestershire cheese, Brie Pickled onions, Worcester sauce pickle and bread selection
Mediterranean Grazing Board – Cured meat selection, Feta cheese, marinated olives, humous, pesto, artichoke hearts and bread selection
Seafood platter – Marinated seafood salad, King prawns in garlic, calamari, pan fried seabass served with lemon wedges and garlic mayo
Cheese board – A selection of local and continental cheeses consisting of brie, double Worcester, Malvern blue, feta and mozzarella served with a bread and cracker selection
Vegetarian platter – Haloumi, spinach and feta parcels, marinated olives, tzatsiki, humous, stuffed peppers
Hand cut chips – £2.90
Potato bravas, cubed potatoes with paprika and white wine – £2.90
Pitta breads – £2.00
Side salad – £3.20
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