Tapas Menu

(Open Tuesday - Sunday)

Lunch 12pm-3pm (any 5 tapas for £20) every day!

Every lunch time a bowl of pasta and glass of house wine only £8

Thursday - Saturday 2 cocktails for £10 available from our groundfloor bar

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 

Light Bites

Small dishes to begin with…..

Marinated Olives – £3.90

Selection of breads with olive oil, balsamic and pesto dipping pots – £3.80

Home -made Humous and tzatsiki dips served with warm pitta bread – £4.20

Taramasalata - Home made with cod roe and fresh lemon served with pitta bread - £4.20

 

 

Meat Dishes

Home -made beef meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce – £5.90

Spicy Chorizo and pepper casserole – £6.30

Chicken Flambe in vodka with a creamy sauce and sweet peppers – £6.50

Slow cooked lamb with Moroccan spices, aubergine and sultanas - £7.50

Slow cooked chicken strips with chorizo, fresh chilli and garlic - £6.30

Beef and pomegranate tagine with pink peppercorns – £6.80

Pork Skewer marinated with lemon, garlic and oregano with cous cous - £5.90

Seafood dishes

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

Tempura prawns with mango chutney - £6.95

Pan fried seabass in champagne and garlic – £7.50

Deep fried whitebait with lemon and chilli mayo - £6.50

Cheese Dishes

Manchego cheese with Serrano ham, honey and thyme dressing - £5.00

Deep fried halloumi (Cypriot cheese) – £4.90

Warm Goats cheese stuffed with sundried tomatoes, paprika and flaked almonds – £5.00

Mozzarella, tomato and basil platter – £4.60

Vegetable Dishes

Spinach and feta filo parcels -£4.80

Stuffed peppers with Moroccan rice topped with mozzarella – £5.90

Pan fried garlic mushrooms in white wine – £4.20 (vegan)

Aubergine and red onion tagine – £5.70 (vegan)

Mixed oven roasted Mediterranean vegetables – £4.80 (vegan)

Cannellini beans with chillis, peppers and basil sauce - £4.60 (vegan)

Stuffed Vine leaves with ground nuts soaked in lemon £5.50 (vegan)

Grazing boards – (serves 2)

Boathouse Grazing Board – Honey roasted ham, Cheddar, Double Worcestershire cheese, Brie Pickled onions, Worcester sauce pickle and bread selection £11.50

Mediterranean Grazing Board – Cured meat selection, Feta cheese, marinated olives, humous, pesto, artichoke hearts and bread selection  £11.50

Vegetarian platter - Stuffed vine leaves, spinach pie, Moroccan cous cous, beetroot salad, artichokes and tzatsiki with bread selection £11.50

Vegan platter - Stuffed vine leaves, Morrocan cous cous, beetroot salad, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, cucumber sticks, toasted pine nuts, hummus and bread selection £12.50

 

Greek platter - Mini Greek salad, halloumi cheese, stuffed vine leaves, hummus, tzatsiki, pitta bread £11.50

Salad Corner

Greek Style - Diced cucumber, tomatoes, olives and feta cheese drizzled in olive oil and vinegar - £6.50

Italian Style - Mixed leaves, croutons, olives, capers, shaved Parmesan and balsamic vinaigrette £5.95

Tuscan Style - Mixed leaves, sun dried tomatoes, dried figs, pine nuts and shredded mozzarella - £6.50

 

Side orders

Hand cut chips – £3.00

Potato bravas, cubed potatoes with paprika and white wine – £3.50

Pitta breads – £2.00

Side salad – £3.20

Parmesan fries - £3.50

Pearl cous cous - £3.00

Breakfast opening hours (winter)

Tuesday - Friday 11am - 12pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 12pm

 

Try our new Sunday Brunch menu served 10am - 3pm

Boathouse breakfast – £6.50

Bacon,pork and sage sausage, vine tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and double scrambled egg

Vegetarian Breakfast  – £6.50

Grilled haloumi, pan fried mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, free range scrambled eggs and toast

Chorizo Hash

Pan fried chorizo, cubed potatoes and mushrooms topped with a fried egg and served with toast £6.50

Haloumi Hash - Pan fried halloumi, cubed potatoes and mushrooms topped with a fried egg £6.50

Crushed avocado - fresh avocado, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese served on farmhouse toast £4.50

On toast – £4.00

Pan fried mushrooms and tarragon

Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs

Bacon and eggs

Scrambled Eggs

Pan fried tomatoes in olive oil

Lunch menu 

A bowl of pasta and glass of house wine £8

Pasta choices - 

Home made beef lasagne 

Tagliatelle Carbonara - Pasta ribbons with a creamy pancetta, onion and garlic sauce served with fresh parmesan and an egg yolk 

Rigatoni Campagnola - Pasta tubes with a pink salsa sauce, sundried tomatoes, peppers, olives and parma ham

Penne Arabiata - Garlic, chillis and a rich tomato and basil sauce (v)

Tagliatelle Gamberoni - Shelled king prawns with garlic and white wine in a rich tomato and basil sauce with fresh pasta ribbons 

Rigatoni Giardino - Rigatoni pasta with a pink parmesan sauce, courgettes, sundried tomatoes and sweet peppers (v)

Daily pasta specials also available ask for details

 

(Gluten free bread available)

Baguettes

Feta, cucumber, tomatoes and olive oil

Salami, mozzarella, tomato

Mozzarella, tomato and walnut pesto

Bacon and haloumi

Smoked salmon and salad

Salads –

Goats cheese, sweet balsamic and red onion on a bed of mixed leaves – £6.50

Classic Greek salad – Cube feta with diced tomatoes, onions, cucumber and olives drizzled with olive oil and lemon dressing – £6.50

Italian Salad – Mixed leaves, shaved Parmesan, capers, olives, cracked pepper, croutons and balsamic vinaigrette – £6.50

Smoked salmon – Scottish smoked salmon, cucumber, tomato, lemon dressing £7.25

To share…..

For 2 £ 9.90    For 4 £17.90

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

Worcestershire cheese board - 5 locally made cheeses served with home made fig and apple chutney 

Vegetarian platter - Stuffed vine leaves, spinach pie, Moroccan cous cous, beetroot salad, artichokes, tzatsiki and bread selection

Greek platter - Mini Greek salad, Halloumi cheese, stuffed vine leaves, hummus, tzatsiki and pitta breads 

 

Our tapas menu is also available from 12pm – 4 pm ask your waiter/waitress for details

3 Course Menu Options

For private parties and weddings we offer the 3 menu choices below, in addition to this you could also choose our tapas which is becoming an increasingly popular choice particularly for weddings with you guests served a selection of ten different dishes to share, should they require more additional dishes are served at no extra charge!

Menu 1 – 

Starters

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

Main courses

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)

Dessert

Dark chocolate tart served with red fruits

Homemade white chocolate profiteroles

Amaretto panna cotta

Menu 2 

Starters

Spiced butternut squash & sweet potato soup (v)

Salmon fish cakes with lime wedges and rocket salad

Goats cheese and beetroot filo tart (v)

Main courses

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

Dessert

Mini passion fruit pavalova

Raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake

Chocolate and Cointreau mousse with red berries

Menu 3

Starters

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

Main courses

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)

Desserts

Limoncello cheese cake

Baileys and white chocolate tart

Strawberry and passion fruit panna cotta

Menu 4 

Starters

Baked whole Camembert with rosemary and garlic served with ciatbatta bread (v)

Tuna Carpaccio with beetroot pesto and rocket salad

Classic Greek salad with feta cheese and olives (v)

Pumkin and sweet potato soup (v)

Main courses

Braised rump of lamb with thyme and white wine sauce served with potato gratin and pea and mint puree

Rainbow trout with a butter and almond sauce served with potato gratin

Home made gnocchi with a parmesan, spinach and wild mushrrom sauce (v)

Breast of chicken slow cooked in redwine with a rich basil and chorizo sauce

(All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables)

For private parties and Weddings we also offer a design your own menu service, ask one of our team for more details

Gin , Cocktails and Wine

Gins

Our Gin menu is growing by the week! We now have a selection of over 70 Gins to choose from. Here at The Boathouse we love work with local distillery's and independent suppliers we stock some fantastic local Gins including Piston (Worcester), Siblings (Cheltenham) , Hussingtree (Worcester) Hubbards (Worcester)

We also sell Gins from further afield, here are some of our most popular

Hoxton

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

Chase Rhubarb and Bramley apple

One of our range of 6 Chase Gins this deep flavoured, slightly sweet gin is a winner with all ages particularly suited to Fever Tree light tonic or lemonade 

Elephant 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

Cruxland

A sophisticated South African Gin made with Kalahari truffles, cardamom, Juniper and hints of coriander goes beautifully with

Cocktails                                    

Our recently updated cocktail menu features a selection of classics as well as some of our own creations such as our Boathouse Bellini and Tokyo Martini which is a must try for those with a sweet tooth!

Take a look at some of our cocktails –

Mojito

White rum, spiced rum, fresh mint, lime and Angosturas bitters

Strawberry Daiquiri (also available with peach or passion fruit)

Dark rum, Bacardi, strawberry puree, soda, lime wedges, mint

Romeo and Juliet

Cointreau, champagne , passion fruit syrup

Long Island iced tea  

Our take on a classic

Huckleberry Gin

Prosecco, coconut gin, elderflower

Espresso Martini

Vodka, Kahlua, white creme de cacao, espresso, sugar syrup

English country garden

Hendrix Gin, Midori liquor, sugar syrup, fresh strawberries, mint and cucumber topped with strawberry syrup and soda

 

Pornstar Martini

Vanilla vodka, passoa, passion fruit puree, sugar syrup

Negroni

Every cocktail menu needs a classic Negroni!

Bramble

Gin, fresh lemon, creme de Mure, sugar syrup

Rosemary Blueberry smash

Gin, blueberries, lemon, sparkling water and rosemary

Mocktails

Fairytale 

Strawberry syrup, chocolate syrup, soda and lime

Mango Mule

Honey syrup, mango puree, lime, ginger beer

 

From the whisky cellar….

Oualer 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 –

  • Jamesons
  • Glenmorangie
  • Bells
  • Bullet bourbon
  • Gentleman Jack
  • Makers Mark
  • Jim Beam

Wines

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

HOUSE WINES

1. Paniza Tempranillo/Garnacha, Cariñena, Spain £12.50 Soft, fresh easy juicy red fruits with good character

 per 175ml £3.50 per 250ml £4.75

2. Paniza Macabeo, Cariñena, Spain £12.50 A light, crisp and fresh dry white with attractive lemony fruit.

per 175ml £3.50 per 250ml £4.75

WHITE WINES

3. Blue Ridge Chardonnay, Domaine Boyar, Bulgaria £14.00

A fresh, crisp Chardonnay with lemony fruit from the plains of the Danube in Bulgaria.

4. Paparuda Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Selection, Romania £14.00

An exuberant Sauvignon with attractive, juicy tropical fruit aromas and flavours.

5. Paparuda Pinot Grigio, Estate Selection, Romania £14.00

A great Pinot Grigio packed full of ripe honeyed fruit, and juicy freshness.

6. Wide River Chenin Blanc, Robertson, South Africa £14.50

Aromatic Chenin, with ripe fig and melon aromas and flavours, crisp and refreshing.

7. Sancerre, Les Chataigniers, France £25.00

Elegant with hints of elderflowers on the nose, clean and crisp on the palate with good weight of fruit and a lovely succulent finish.

ROSE WINES

8. Amanti del Vino, Pinot Grigio Rosato, Veneto IGT, Italy £14.50

Soft, easy Pinot Grigio Rosé with juicy red strawberry fruit. From near to Venice and ideal to drink by itself or with a meal.

per 175ml £3.95 per 250ml £4.95 9.

Lovells Vineyard Sonatina Rosé £17.90

From a vineyard that lies beneath the Malvern hills. Refreshing light and fruity.

RED WINES

10. Blue Ridge Merlot, Domaine Boyar, Bulgaria £14.00

A soft, fruity, easy going Merlot, from vineyards on the plains of northern Bulgaria.

11. Select Pampas del Sur Malbec/Shiraz, Mendoza, Argentina £15.00

A full, meaty wine with lots of spicy plum fruit and soft tannins providing the structure. Nice weight.

12. Arjona, Rioja, Spain £18.00

This has lovely cherry fruit flavours and a hint of vanilla.

13. Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, Geografico, Italy £19.90

A nose of cherries and spice. Medium body with gentle tannins.

14. Château Cru Cantemerle, Bordeaux Supérieur, France £22.50

Mellow red and black fruits, followed by an appealing nose of toasted oak.

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING

15. Prosecco, Borgo Frare, Frizzante, Treviso, Italy – 20cl £6.00

A gently sparkling wine with lovely peachy fruit, the palate is deliciously juicy.

16. Prosecco, Vetriano, Italy £18.25

An attractive nose leads onto a bright fruity palate with hints of pears and melon.

17. House Champagne £30.00

18. Ayala Brut Majeur, France £43.00

This has a wonderfully fine mousse, is well balanced, with finesse and complexity.

19. Laurent Perrier Brut, France £55.00

A delicate, fresh style with good citrus fruit and toasty notes.

20. Ayala Rosé Brut Majeur, France £50.00

The nose and palate are full of gentle red fruit character with hints of strawberries.

Salsa night every Thursday first floor!

Every lunch time a bowl of pasta and small glass of wine only £8

Lunch time any 5 tapas £20 (every day)

All you can eat 'kings tapas' £23 pp every evening

2 cocktails for £10 every Thursday - Saturday (ground floor cocktail bar only)

 Gin Club –

Join us for our monthly Gin tasting evenings for just £20 pp including 5 Gins and a 5 dish tapas

Whats On

Salsa Nights every Thursday

Beginners & experienced dancers welcome or  just come and be a spectator.Amazing music and a fantastically fun evening.Tapas and drinks are available as usual

 

Acoustic Nights - Last Sunday of the month,ground floor bar

 

Friday 29th November - Pre Christmas Party with live music from Sarah Warren and Nick Lyndon playing all the party covers

 

December 12th Gin Tasting - Join us for our Christmas craft Gin tasting £15 pp group bookings welcome

December 14th - The Boathouse Christmas show! live music from Knights and Hodgetts followed by a Christmas Disco

 

December 22nd Gin Tatsing - 4 local Gins including our very own new creation 'Upton Gin' with a botanical break down and fun quiz £15 pp

 

Chrismast Eve - Acoustic night with music from the amazing Kiel Wilkinson 7pm start groundfloor bar

 

NEW YEARS EVE 'Great Gatsby party' - 1920s themed champagne party with canapes, buffet, live music and late night Disco £30 pp open until 2am last entrance 9pm

 

We will have live music every weekend throughout December as well as our famous Gin tasting evenings and cocktail master classes . Contact one of our team for details 

 

Hire with The Boathouse

The Boathouse is available for private hire, we offer tailor made packages to suit all budgets and provide unique events to give that ‘wow factor’ to any occasion

Last year we hosted 12 weddings and over 30 private functions as well as several organisations breakfast and networking events making The Boathouse a diverse, flexible and professional venue to suit any occasion. 

We have two rooms for hire over looking the River Severn each with its own bar and outside River terrace our first floor has a capacity of 110 and our ground floor a capacity of 35, for larger events and weddings both floors can be included in your package. Contact one of our team now for pricing and menu options.

Our recently refurbished ground floor cocktail bar is also available for private Gin tastings and cocktail masterclasses for groups of 10 and above. Contact one of our team for more details, prices start from £20 pp

We offer free room hire for day time events provided guest numbers are above 40 and catering is purchased from The Boathouse 

To request our function and private hire brochure contact us now 01684438161 or email info@theboathouseupton.co.uk

Catering options

For private parties we offer a free consultation with our Head chef who will guide you on menu options and tailor make a menu to suite your event but more importantly fit in with expectations and personal tastes catering your event can come in one of the following formats –

  • Buffets
  • Canape receptions
  • Tapas
  • 2 or 3 course meal

Packages - In addition to our bespoke packages we do have the following three set packages to give you an idea of costs and to make life easier 

Lieutenant package

£850 based on 50 guests (£10 pp for additional guests)

Exclusive use of our top deck and bar

Tapas or traditional style buffet

Captain 

£1,550 based on 50 guests (£18 pp for additional guests)

Room dressing

Welcome drinks

Exclusive use of top deck and bar

Canapes

Tapas or traditional buffet 

Disco

Licenced late night bar 

 

Admiral

£2,000 based on 50 guests (£25 pp for additional guests) 

Room dressing 

Fizz and canapes on arrival 

Exclusive use of top Deck, lower deck and riverside seating area 

Seat down tapas feast or 3 course meal

Half a bottle of wine per person

Disco

Late night bar 

 

 

 

Gin tastings – Worcestershire

Gin tastings – Worcestershire

Introducing the ‘Gin Cave’ at The Boathouse

 

For many people, springtime is the season that brings regeneration to mind. In the autumn and winter months, thoughts of renewal are as common as an outdoor family picnic in mid-November! Still, here at The Boathouse we’ve never played by the rules. Whatever the weather, we’re constantly pushing to expand and improve, and because of this we’re very excited to give you a preview of our next project – The Boathouse ‘Gin Cave’ and Wine Shop!

 

Throughout October, our ground-floor cafe will undergo transformation into an outlet where customers can browse an extensive selection of wines and spirits, many of which will be locally produced. From November onwards, we will also be hosting regular gin tasting evenings. For £15 per person, customers can sample four of the finest locally-produced craft gins, all whilst being talked through the history and distillation process of each! Tasters will also get to try a variety of mixers with their gins, and botanical breakdowns of each gin will be provided to help demonstrate the different flavour combinations. You’ll be chasing down that mixology doctorate in no time!

 

Upcoming gin tastings can be found on these dates:

 

  • 27th September 2019

 

  • 12th December 2019

 

  • 22nd December 2019

 

If you’re looking to attend a tasting, the ‘Gin Cave’ will also be available for private hire (for parties of eight or above). Packages for private parties start at £20 per person, and more information can be found either on our website or by contacting a member of our team.

 

But that’s not all…

 

No, we’re not putting our feet up just yet. With rum making to be the next popular spirit on the market, we’ll be introducing a series of rum tastings in the new year! Watch this space!

2019 – Another Win for Gin?

2019 – Another Win for Gin?

2019 – Another Win for Gin?

Ten years ago, two men by the names of Fairfax Hall and Sam Galsworthy opened London’s first traditional copper distillery since 1820. This endeavour was the result of a successful legal battle, in which the two men were granted the first small-scale distilling license in 200 years. It was this quaint distillery which brought Sipsmith gin into the world, an independent brand which would lead the charge in a gin revolution. Within a decade, most of the UK had raided Granny’s drinks cabinet in search of their new favourite spirit.

Gin’s popularity really bloomed in 2018 – sales of the drink had tripled since Sipsmith’s debut in 2009, with more gin sold last year than in 2014 and 2015 combined! The Morning Advertiser reported a total of more than 66 million bottles sold, whilst pubs, bars and restaurants saw a 56% increase in gin sales. The growth hasn’t stopped there, however! Once an underdog of the alcohol trade, gin has fought to become the UK’s second most popular spirit (behind vodka). In recent months, the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have recorded total gin sales surpassing £2 billion.

So, what is it about gin that’s fuelling its enduring popularity? Traders have attributed the recent boom in sales to 2018’s infamous summer heatwave, with many folks searching for a cooling, refreshing beverage that’s light on the calories. Another reason for its success leads us back to Sipsmith’s launch in 2009. The endearing story of the founders fighting to produce craft gin on a small scale contributes to the character of the brand, separating it from mass-produced corporate brands. Many independent distilleries would follow the path paved by Sam and Fairfax, with the UK seeing its number of distilleries increasing from 152 to 315 between 2012 and 2017. Many of the brands that emerged from this increase began experimenting with their gins, using a wide range of botanicals and flavourings to keep their market contributions varied and exciting.

Here at the Boathouse, we really couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get ‘gin’ on the action. The instillation of our downstairs bar in 2017 brought with it a range of over 65 craft gins. Whilst that may seem like an intimidating number to any casual gin drinker, our team have created a handy ‘Gin Passport’ to lead customers through our assortment of dry, pink and flavoured gins. The passport contains a page for 30 of our most popular gins, and when you try one we’ll stamp that page for you. Once you’ve collected 30 stamps, you’ll receive a bottle of your favourite gin for free! For more information on how to sign up for a passport, ask at our bar or contact us as info@theboathouseupton.co.uk. For now, here are five of our favourite craft gins from the passport.

  1. Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle (40.4% abv)

It seems only right to begin with the brand that started it all. Sipsmith’s Lemon Drizzle uses fresh lemon for a zesty, warming zing with an underlying hint of vanilla.

  1. Malfy Blood Orange (41% abv)

Malfy’s Blood Orange uses a twist of bitter-sweet Sicilian blood oranges to provide an intense, refreshing sweetness, which is balanced by hints of vanilla and tart grapefruit.

  1. Chase Sloe and Mulberry (29.1% abv)

Chase hand-picks sloe and mulberries and ages them in oak for a year to gain a sweet and syrupy liqueur with notes of figs, dates, prunes and redcurrants.

 

  1. J. J. Whitley Elderflower (38.6% abv)

This handcrafted gin is dominated by the essence of elderflower, aided by orange blossom, honey and fresh green grass.

  1. Gin Mare (42.7%)

This Mediterranean blend is distilled from olives, thyme, rosemary and basil. A perfect compliment to our extensive tapas menu… if we do say so ourselves!

With such an extensive and ever-growing collection of gins just waiting to be tried, there’s no time like the present to call in and join us for a glass… or three! Let’s drink to another great summer for gin!

Private parties at The Boathouse

Private parties at The Boathouse

A Bash at the Boathouse
A Quick Look at Functions & Room Hire in 2019
By Will Hewlett (food blogger and commis chef)
February was a good month for weather in Upton-upon-Severn. With early spring temperatures reaching record highs in the UK, many are glad to have the worst of winter behind them. Some folks are already ditching their coats and taking their first steps into the beer gardens. Not wanting to feel left out, I headed up to our balcony with a bottle of Abbot Ale in hand and soaked in the first of the spring rays. In the distance, the evening sun was reluctantly slipping behind the Malvern hills, tinting the landscape a rich marmalade colour. Across the river, I spotted a lone tree. Pink blossom was fluttering away from its branches like confetti…
If good weather wasn’t enough of a reason to celebrate, the coming months also bring the Boathouse team into one of our favourite periods – wedding season! Our bespoke wedding packages have attracted guests from all over, and the Boathouse team is always working to expand upon our current features and services. If you’d like more information on how we can help craft your dream wedding, a detailed walk-through of our wedding packages can be found in our December blog. However, if you’d like to experience our venue first hand, why not come along to our wedding fayre on 24th March? Here you’ll be introduced to our events team, who will talk you through our range of layouts, table settings and schedules. You will also be able to meet an incredible range of local suppliers including florists, jewellers, photographers, cake makers and musicians!
Weddings aren’t the only spice in the Boathouse’s cupboard, however! We’re also keen on hosting a variety of functions and themed events. With winter’s back finally turning on us, there hasn’t been a better time to visit the Boathouse – party-goers can make the most of our balcony and river terrace! Our venue has been home to all manner of celebrations – including birthdays, work parties, christenings and anniversaries – which we cater for with a varied selection of party packages. These packages include tapas or carvery-style buffets, grazing board selections and our popular King’s Tapas, a mezze-style set menu that can be personalised to suite your tastes.
Our themed events have ranged from masquerade balls, tiki nights, Rat-Pack themed outings and evenings with the Blues Brothers. We encourage live entertainment during these events, as there’s no better way to enhance the atmosphere! We’ve had well-reputed tribute acts bantering with the crowd whilst playing party favourites, been roasted by comedians and have even hosted Warble’s Mariachi Mexteca Band (famous for appearing as the face of Doritos in the UK)! After the encore, our in-house DJ will take the reigns and keep you moving into the late hours of the night.
If you’re interested in booking a function with us, or if you’ve got any questions on venue hire that you’d like to send our way, then feel free to get in touch via the contact details provided at www.theboathouseupton.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!
The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

By Will Hewlett (Food blogger and commis chef at The Boathouse)

Can you believe it? The curtain’s only just risen on 2019 and the January blues band is already in full swing. As the new year fires up, I’m still clinging to the Christmas season. My January routine goes something like this – I stare into my empty fridge a couple of times a day, wondering what happened to the turkey, cheeses, mince pies and chipotle sausages. It seems like just yesterday I couldn’t shut the fridge door properly because of the lorry-load of food that was crammed in there. Sure, it may seem like a mystery, but let’s be honest here. It wouldn’t take Columbo to figure out where all that food went!

The New Year is a time where many see fit to make changes to their lifestyle. If, like me, you are searching for a way to re-adjust your eating habits after some Christmas feasting, the thought of wading through diet plans may seem a little intimidating. However, the team here at The Boathouse Upton may have a solution for those January blues! Why not consider a Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet’s positive impact on health is well documented across the internet, so I won’t rattle on for too long about it here. If this blog entry attracts you to the idea of a Mediterranean diet, I’ll throw in a few useful links at the end that you can explore at your leisure. For now, I’ll just gloss over a few reasons why many people are taking to these lifestyle habits.

Many people promote the Mediterranean diet for the simple reason that there is no real Mediterranean diet. Rather than forcing you to stick to a rigorous day-by-day plan, the diet operates from a food pyramid with basic ingredients that can be adjusted to suit you and your palate. Here is a list of these components, provided by the BBC Good Food website:

* Fruit and vegetables

* Wholegrain food variants (including pasta, bread and brown rice)

* Beans

* Fish

* White meats

* Dairy (in small amounts to be enjoyed once or twice weekly)

The Mediterranean food pyramid limits red meats, sugary and processed foods to special occasions only. This allows for potentially harmful saturated and trans-fats to be substituted with healthy fats such as mono-unsaturated fat (found in olive oil) and poly-unsaturated fats (found in assorted nuts, seeds and oily fish).

The Mediterranean diet’s fresh, non-processed components bring with them a variety of proven health benefits for both body and mind. In 2008, the NHS reported that diets rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and fish offer protection against conditions such as heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. These findings were the result of several studies conducted by Dr Francesco Sofi and the University of Florence, examining over 1.5 million subjects worldwide. The Health website reported a separate study, finding that women who followed a Mediterranean diet were 25% less likely to develop heart disease.

These health benefits are partially down to the diet’s inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help moderate blood pressure and prevent blood clots. However, I would regret not mentioning the importance of olive oil in a Mediterranean diet! Antioxidants contained within olive oil have been known to prevent mental decline, and its anti-inflammatory effects are thought to help fight oxidative damage linked to ageing. The University Health News website reported that those who followed a similar diet had a 40% reduced risk of cognitive impairment, and suggested that

compounds found in olive oil may even help to preserve bone density.

Although many health outlets praise olive oil for its benefits, the Dr Axe website suggests that those looking to pursue a Mediterranean diet should seek out ‘extra virgin’ olive oil in shops. This is due to some olive oil products being harvested in such a way that removes many of their nutrients. The article’s author Jillian Levy also suggests that a person should consume one-to-four tablespoons of olive oil a day within the diet in order to fully experience its benefits.

Well, adopting a Mediterranean diet certainly seems fruitful. It’s a relaxed diet plan that inspires creativity whilst promoting good health, and the benefits don’t stop there! According to the Harvard Health Publishing blog, getting into the Mediterranean diet later in life isn’t a problem. The blog reported a 2013 study, showing that middle-aged women who adopted the diet were 40% more likely to reach later life without severe health issues. I’d like to point out that the blog’s author, Heidi Godman, includes a number of useful DIY tips for those looking to ease themselves into the diet.

If you think that adopting a Mediterranean diet seems like an appealing way to improve your 2019, or even if you’d like a taster before you dive in, then we at The Boathouse Upton invite you to take a look at our extensive tapas menu. Our menu is heavily inspired by the Mediterranean diet and can be found on our website. In many Mediterranean countries, it’s common for meals to be enjoyed with family, friends and a glass of red wine. That being said, why not call in to our restaurant with some good company and experience a slice of the Mediterranean diet for yourself?

Below are some of the links I used whilst researching for this blog. Happy eating, and I hope you have a great 2019!

* Why are Mediterranean Diets So Healthy? by Victoria Taylor – BBC Good Food

* Benefits of Mediterranean Diet – NHS

* 7 Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet – Health

* 6 Major Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet – University Health News * 9 Major Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet (+ the Retracted Study Controversy) by Jillian Levy – Dr Axe * Adopt a Mediterranean Diet Now for Better Health Later by Heidi Godman – Harvard Health Publishing

Boathouse Weddings 2019

Boathouse Weddings 2019

We are excited to introduce our new wedding brochure for 2019 including packages and menu options for unique, bespoke weddings at our stunning riverside venue. Here is a sneak peak at what we have to offer here at The Boathouse.

We believe a congratulations is in order!  Now it’s time to plan your perfect day.

Host a wedding alongside us, at our unique, stunning venue situated on the River Severn.

We can help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Our venue is a family run business who already own a well established wedding and function caterers and been involved in hospitality for over 15 years, the dedication and professionalism of our friendly and well trained team who take complete pride in making sure your special day will be one to remember and  ensure that every requirement will be fulfilled with a high standard of service.

Our events manager will be at hand 24 hours a day prior to the big day, and could answer any questions you may have whilst also taking the pressure off you during the busy build up.

We have 2 floors of space to offer each with their own unique style, our ground floor has a gin and cocktail bar with a cosy lounge area and  its own river terrace,

Our first floor dining room  has 2 balcony areas with stunning views of the River Severn and the malvern hills (seats up to 22). Both floors have easy access toilets,

with two spacious bars both fully stocked with delicious craft ales, the best wine around, a wide range of spirits, well known draft lager and cider and over 60 gins to taste!

Your privacy is important to us which is why the Boathouse is only available to hire on an exclusive-use basis.

THE PERFECT VENUE FOR EVERY SEASON: WITH EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS OF THE RIVER SEVERN AND THE MALVERN HILLS

WEDDING PACKAGES

Standard Package

FULL USE OF BOTH FLOORS AND RIVER TERRACE

WELCOME DRINKS

A CHOICE FROM A 3 COURSE MEAL OR 11 DISH TAPAS

A GLASS OF SPARKLING WINE PER GUEST

1 BOTTLE OF WINE PER 4 GUEST

ROOM DECORATING

LINEN AND CHAIR COVER HIRE

EVENING RECEPTION BUFFET

DJ HIRE

CAKE KNIFE

50 GUESTS £3425

ADDITIONAL GUESTS £40.00 PER PERSON

 

Premium package

FULL USE OF BOTH FLOORS AND RIVER TERRACE

WELCOME DRINKS AND  CANAPES

A CHOICE FROM A 4 COURSE MEAL OR 11 DISH TAPAS

A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE  PER GUEST FOR TOAST

HALF BOTTLE  OF WINE PER GUEST

ROOM DECORATING

TABLE LINEN, NAPKIN LINEN AND  CHAIR COVER HIRE

EVENING RECEPTION BUFFET

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND DJ HIRE

CAKE KNIFE

RED CARPET

50 GUESTS £4450

ADDITIONAL GUEST £50.00 PER PERSON

WEDDING BREAKFAST

Menu one

 

Starters

 

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

 

Main courses

 

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 couscous and a pea and feta sauce (v)

 

Mushroom, Cranberry and brie wellington (v)

 

Dessert

Dark chocolate tart served with red fruits

Homemade white chocolate profiteroles

Amaretto panna cotta

(All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables)

For private parties and Weddings we also offer a design your own menu service, ask one of our team for more details

WEDDING BREAKFAST

Menu Two

Starters

Spiced butternut squash & sweet potato soup (v)

Salmon fish cakes with lime wedges and rocket salad

Goats cheese and beetroot filo tart (v)

Main courses

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 fillets served with a champagne and lemon sauce with fresh roasted vegetables

Stuffed Aubergine with baby artichokes and baby new potatoes

Dessert

 

Mini passion fruit pavlova

Raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake

Chocolate and Cointreau mousse with red berries

(All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables)

For private parties and Weddings we also offer a design your own menu service, Ask one of our team for more details

WEDDING BREAKFAST

Menu Three

Starters

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

Main courses

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)

Desserts

Limoncello cheesecake

Baileys and white chocolate tart

Strawberry and passion fruit panna cotta

(All main courses are served with seasonal vegetables)

WEDDING BREAKFAST

Menu Four

Starters

Baked whole Camembert with rosemary and garlic served with ciabatta bread (v)

Tuna Carpaccio with beetroot pesto and rocket salad

Classic Greek salad with feta cheese and olives (v)

Pumpkin and sweet potato soup (v)

Main courses

Braised rump of lamb with thyme and white wine sauce served with potato gratin and pea and mint puree

Rainbow trout with a butter and almond sauce served with potato gratin

Homemade gnocchi with a parmesan, spinach and wild mushroom sauce (v)

Breast of chicken slow cooked in red wine with a rich basil and chorizo sauce

Why not go for Tapas?

Tapas Menu One

Each guest will receive their share of each of the following dishes

 

Hummus and Tzatziki with freshly baked bread

Pan fried mushrooms in lemon and garlic

Classic Greek salad

Oven baked halloumi with roasted peppers and sundried tomatoes

Kings prawns saute with truffle oil and chorizo

Meatballs with tomato and basil salsa

Piri Piri chicken

Chicken strips flambe in vodka and smoked paprika in a creamy tarragon sauce

Dessert

A selection of mini pastries, individual cheesecake, chocolate truffles and fresh fruits served on slate platters

Tapas Menu Two

Beetroot hummus and pesto served with olives and freshly baked bread

Shredded parmesan and sun dried tomato mixed leaf salad

BBQ feta cheese with oregano and thyme

Baby chorizo with roasted vegetables

Pan fried mushrooms in garlic and lemon

Deep fried Calamari with chilli mayo dip

Pan seared cod cheeks with chilli and grapefruit salsa

Pork Gyros skewers with quinoa salad

Patatas Bravas

Chicken strips flambe in vodka

Desserts tapas available for extra £5pp

 

Vegetarian Tapas

Selection of dips and freshly baked bread

Deep fried halloumi

Greek salad

Pan fried mushrooms in garlic and lemon

Vegetable dumplings with chilli jam

Spinach and feta filo parcels

Pearl couscous

Stuffed vine leaves with pine nuts  

Aubergine and red onion tagine

Pearl couscous

where to find us?

The Boathouse is situated in the small town of Upton Upon Severn outside the border of Worcestershire, surrounding areas such as Cotswolds, Malvern and Hereford.

With access of the M5 and M50 nearby makes  it that little bit easier to travel to from all directions.

Contact us

The Boathouse, waterside, Upton Upon Severn Worcestershire, WR8 0HG

Email us directly to info@theboathouseupton.co.uk

Call us on 01684438161

Thank you for considering the BoatHouse as a  venue for your special day.

 

Christmas Parties

Christmas Parties

For a Christmas party with a difference look no further than The Boathouse, with live music every Friday and Saturday, an 11 dish tapas taster menu, festive cocktail menu and a range of 65 Gins the Boathouse is the ultimate party venue.

Looking for a midweek Christmas meal? we offer a discount on our midweek meals as well as private Gin tastings, cocktail masterclasses and themed food nights all from £20 pp.

Look out for some of our music nights in December including our tribute evening on 15th December, Soul and Motown night and our famous ‘ Evening with The Blues Brother’ on 22nd December .

Christmas Eve

Festive buffet menu, Christmas disco until midnight – £10 pp

New Years eve

Canapes and champagne on arrival, live music from ‘Aimee’ , buffet served from 9pm followed by a late night Disco until 1am all for only £20 pp

Ask a member of our team to receive our Christmas party menu and line up of live music events