Review Summary

8.9 based on 70 reviews
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    Came here on Travelzoo deal which made it very good value. Declined starter. Had cottage pie which we thought could have been spicier but still very nice. Desserts were excellent. Will come again.

    Excellent venue, good food, very busy, the only criticism is there was not enough staff on particularly behind the bar.

    Food excellent well presented and beautifully cooked.
    Service was good and we had several waitresses looking after us. The main young lady was charming and couldn’t do enough for us.
    It is overly expensive but I guess you get what you pay for and our food was lovely.

    Once again we all enjoyed our meals at the Farndon Boathouse, excellent food as always & first class service!!

    Had the bread whilst we waited for starters...a very big portion it was too. Starters came pretty much straight away. Myself having ham and my partner having salmon of which both were very nice. Mains include Thai fish bowl and chicken in ham. Plenty of food as was very rich. No room for pudding.
    Overall food was very nice.
    On.the downside and I maybe sounding picky but candle had gone out and was told it would be re-lit which wasn't and also cutlery was not replaced after starters and bread. I couldn't really eat a fish bowl which included noodles with just a spoon.

    Superb food and service, this is our favourite restaurant.


    Both my husband and I enjoyed our meals; this is our second visit the last time with a voucher. Hadn't realised there was a Sunday menu; fortunately for me, the chef had monkfish in and was prepared to go out of his way for me and cooked it specially.

    Excellent service and very good food

    Fantastic meal, prompt service and an extensive menu to choose from
    Would return and recommend to others.

    The meal service and staff were excellent. Highly recommended.

    Fabulous meal and generally a lovely place to eat.
    thank you I shall return

    Fab night & food for my husbands 50th birthday. Really easy booking process. Thank you x

    We all enjoyed our Sunday lunch, the food was excellent & combined with the service a venue we will certainly come back to.

    The food was delicious and using a Travel Zoo voucher outstanding value.

    Food and ambiance to the usual high standard. Thought the service very slow this time despite not many customers.

    Beaytiful meal and very good service

    Food & Riverside views excellent!

    Starter was excellent. Main course noodles overcooked, starchy and inedible. Medium steak was overdone. Bar staff excellent. Person who took our order needs lessons in people skills argued that I did not know the difference between boiled and crispy noodles. Also overheard her argue with next table who had waited over an hour for their food.

    A lovely dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the Prosecco Afternoon tea experience with my neighbour sitting outside in the sun! We both love it!

    A lovely dining experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the Prosecco Afternoon tea experience with my neighbour sitting outside in the sun! We both love it!

    Didn’t pour our wine or clear glasses. Plus never got a steak knife and chips weren’t cooked properly. Apart from that was good ??

    Excellent service. Lovely setting. Will recommend

    We weren’t placed in the main dining room bit, so the ambience wasn’t as nice. There was a wedding party in so we were late being shown to our table. Booked for 8.30pm, sat down at 9pm. The overall service was very slow.

    Good food and well presented. The main restaurant faces west and it was a hot evening with the sun blinding so we had to keep on shuffling our chairs. We asked if they could open the patio door but since they were serving on the terrace this was not possible. They did turn on the air conditioner.

    Lovely setting and great value lunch.

    Excellent service and food, nothing was too much trouble and staff were friendly and polite. I highly recommend the Farndon Boathouse.

    Excellent as usual!

    We had a great night with excellent service and 3 of our party had specific food needs which were easily catered for, will be going again soon!

    Absolutely fab meal definitely revisit

    Delicious meal for 6 of us on Easter Sunday. 4 roast beef, a burger and sausage and mash were very well cooked and served with a smile by the excellent staff. A bit disappointed to be sitting next to a very large, noisy family of around 16 people.

    Brought my parents for a birthday treat and they had a great time. Lots of choice on the reasonably priced menu and the service was excellent too.

    Very nice meal and brilliant service.

    Very enjoyable meal in a lovely location watching the River flow past

    Really nice place and the staff was excellent, will go again!

    Excellent service and food was amazing!

    All good will be seeing you again very soon.

    Excellent meal in lovely surroundings. Good value for money and great service. Thank you.

    Excellent venue with food and service to match. The Boathouse turned out to be a perfect place to meet up with friends that we hadn't seen for some time. Would recommend and will definitely visit again.

    Really good food, nice setting and attentive friendly staff. Will be coming back. Thank you

    Great quality food and lovely ambience!

    Great steaks.

    Everything was great apart from my main course, I had the Venison.

    Lovely food and good service. Reasonably priced.

    Definately visit again. Food was delicious. Although I did check the menu online and there was a vegetarian burger but when I got there it had been removed from the menu.

    Service excellent and food very good as always

    The food was excellent.

    Excellent food, professional friendly service

    The meal was lovely, good sized portions and a good choice from the party menu. Was quite expensive but food of good quality. Service was pleasant and not rushed. The dining room was very busy so not a quiet evening but then it was Christmas so was expected. Overall a very enjoyable experience.


    Food was good.

    Busy restaurant, but staff were always available and very helpful. Pleasant atmosphere. Sunday roasts were all very tasty.

    Really lovely restaurant, excellent food. Service was good but not very attentive after food was served.

    Fabulous meal, well presented by very courteous and knowledgeable staff. The wine list is very good, as is the menu.

    Amazing food and fantastic stuff as always!

    Food was really well presented and tasty. Service was friendly and efficient. Overall a dining experience I will be repeating in the near future.

    Really enjoyable evening, great service, great food, great value.

    We visited the Boathouse a year ago and decided this would be a lovely venue for another special birthday. We were not disappointed- in fact everything exceeded our expectations. Lovely friendly staff who were very attentive and went that extra mile to make this a meal to remember. Beautiful food in a lovely relaxing atmosphere. Very much looking forward to our next visit. Thank you to you all

    Once again a lovely setting to meet up with friends & enjoy Sunday lunch.
    The service & food were excellent, we look forward to returning in the near future.

    Service/help at Bar very good. Food well-presented and tasty. The dessert however, a de-constructed Eton Mess, was disappointing: far too much cream piped onto a PLATE, with too few strawberries (why, when they are so cheap and plentiful now?), and meringue shards that were too thick and un-meringue-y. £25 per head with all drinks and food was good value, but more than one vegetarian dish on the main course would be good. The pasta I had was delicious though.

    Was talking to friends at work and looking for a nice restaurant for a special birthday meal the Fardon Boathouse Resturant was recommended and as we were travelling from Leicester they all told me that it was a lovely place for that special meal and I can only say that they were right a lovely place by the river with excellent food.staff and service no complaints at all as you can see I gave it 5 stars and can only say if it could be given more I would have.

    Nice meal, quality food nicely presented. Paid more than expected as restaurant did not honour offer for Mondays on their website because it was a bank holiday. But nothing mentioned on the website so misleading offer.
    Staff could handled it better. After that though service was good

    Beautiful food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere

    The food was disappointing, however staff were very friendly and the atmoshpere was very good.

    Great stylish atmosphere, good service with very polite, attentive staff without being too intrusive and very nice tasty food.

    Great food. Great setting.

    Enjoyed our meal service was good had a slightly long wait between the starter and main course however it was very busy at the time cleaniness of the resturant was excellent and the toilets were spotless atmosphere was also good will go there again.

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  • Ranked #75 of 505
  • Avg. main course: £15
  • 2.1 miles from Newark-on-Trent
  • British

We say…

Formerly known as The Farndon Boathouse, The Farndon Ferry is situated on the outskirts of Newark-on-Trent, just off the A46, it boasts tranquil views across the River Trent and the accompanying rolling countryside.

Built using as many natural materials as possible. The entire restaurant is clad in wood and features chunky exposed roof trusses, stone floors, quirky bar and wall décor and enough floor-to-ceiling windows and folding doors to make it feel like you're outside, without feeling the chill. With a rustic charm that is kept contemporary through the use of warehouse-style light fixtures and simple furnishings and fittings, The Farndon Ferry could quite happily sit side by side with a London eatery and not look out of place.

Offering a variety of inside and outside space including a riverside terrace, relaxed bar area and picturesque restaurant this makes the perfect venue for a casual drink or a 3 course meal. It is also a great party venue with the capacity for holding corporate events, meetings, wedding receptions, anniversary and birthday party celebrations. 

Champions of local produce, dishes are freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients where possible. you can choose from the menu in the bar, restaurant or outside on the terrace. Food is served every day from 12pm - 8:30pm. 

With a fantastic a la carte menu as well a brilliant lunch menu, you really can’t go wrong with the delicious British cuisine on offer. If that doesn't get your mouth watering, then the homemade desserts most definitely will!

If you are looking for incredible food and a stunning venue, you can rest assured that The Farndon Ferry will deliver.

last updated: 27 Feb 2020

last updated: 27 Feb 2020

last updated: 27 Feb 2020
Off Wyke Lane, Farndon, Newark, NG24 3SX
01636 551 217