Behind the Bar at the Boathouse
As well as serving delicious tapas the Boathouse is open 6 nights a week as a bar, we have a range of wines, Beers and spirits but the stars of our bar are our selection of Gins, Whiskies and cocktails. Here are a few of our Barman’s favourites –
Our Gin menu is growing by the week! We now have a menu of 20 Gins to choose from, here are our top 5 sellers –
Ultra-smooth distillate, which is blended with natural coconut and pink grapefruit. Best served with Fever tree tonic or try it as part of our ‘Huckleberry gin’ cocktail
Eden Mill Love Gin
Taste of strong warming spirit, juniper and rhubarb spice with hints of vanilla and strawberry
Number 3 Gin
An ‘old school’ London dry Gin with strong botanicals and a zesty finish
Koval Dry Gin
This is a small-batch, organic gin from Chicago’s first distillery since Prohibition, hints of lime and vanilla
A sophisticated South African Gin made with Kalahari truffles, cardamom, Juniper and hints of coriander goes beautifully with
Our recently updated cocktail menu features a selection of classics as well as some of our own creations such as our Boathouse Bellini and Liquid Biscuit which is a must try for those with a sweet tooth!
Take a look at some of our cocktails –
White rum, spiced rum, fresh mint and limes topped up with cloudy lemonade
Bombay sapphire, vodka, Elderflower and wedges of lemon
Dark rum, Bacardi, strawberry puree, soda, lime wedges, mint
Romeo and Juliet
Cointreau, champagne , passion fruit syrup
Vodka, spiced rum, White rum, orange juice, cranberry, grenadine, passion fruit
Long Island iced tea
Our take on a classic
Baileys, Frangelico, amaretto, dark chocolate shavings
Prosecco, peach puree, grapefruit, gin
Prosecco, coconut gin, elderflower
From the whisky cellar….
Our whisky cellar is something we here at The Boathouse are most proud of, we now have on offer a selection of bourbons and whiskies to suit all tastes. Amongst these are some of our personal favorites –
Nikka – Japan 51.4%
A double matured blended whisky. Smokey and sweet
Bushmills single Malt Reserve – Ireland 40%
Aged for 12 years, this whisky can only be purchased directly from Bushmills distillery, Ireland. The full range of Bushmills is also available from our bar
Haig club, clubman – Scotland 40%
A single grain Scotch whisky matured in a bourbon cask, a light taste with hints of vanilla
Hibiki – Japan 43%
A lighter and more fragrant whisky to the Nikka with just as much elegance
Also on offer at the Boathouse are –
Happy hour –
Every Friday evening join us for Happy hour from 6.30pm – 7.30 pm any 2 cocktails for £7.50 or any 2 bottles beers for just £5
Sparkling Sunday –
Every Sunday a bottle of our Casanova range prosecco for just £10!
Gin Club –
Join us for our monthly Gin tasting evenings for just £15 pp including 5 Gins and a 5 dish tapas
Our wine list features a range of New world and European wines with a choice of 3 Rose, 15 white wines, 12 red wines and 8 Champagne and sparkling wines. We also have a range of Casanova prosecco for the fizz lover
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!