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)


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 – 


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)


Dark chocolate tart served with red fruits

Homemade white chocolate profiteroles

Amaretto panna cotta

Menu 2 


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


Mini passion fruit pavalova

Raspberry and white chocolate cheese cake

Chocolate and Cointreau mousse with red berries

Menu 3


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)


Limoncello cheese cake

Baileys and white chocolate tart

Strawberry and passion fruit panna cotta

Menu 4 


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


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


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


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 Tokyo Martini 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, 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


Every cocktail menu needs a classic Negroni!


Gin, fresh lemon, creme de Mure, sugar syrup

Rosemary Blueberry smash

Gin, blueberries, lemon, sparkling water and rosemary



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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

Room dressing

Welcome drinks

Exclusive use of top deck and bar


Tapas or traditional buffet 


Licenced late night bar 



£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


Late night bar 




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!