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about us

unique atmosphere

great food

With panoramic views of the quay, Boathouse has the most unique location in Christchurch. Extensive outdoor and indoor seating and our own crazy golf course, the Boathouse is the ideal place for the whole family.

Eat alfresco or relax indoors and enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and cake, dinner, delicious pizza, a glass of wine and watch as the world passes by.


our location

The Boathouse Cafe and Restaurant is uniquely positioned in a superb location overlooking Christchurch Quay. Situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the River Stour, the Boathouse is just two minutes’ walk from Christchurch Priory and Christchurch town centre.

Christchurch quay is a beautiful place to visit and for the kids there is a play ground and playing field. From the quay you can find a ferry that will take you over to Hengistbury Head or over to the Beach House (our sister restaurant) at Mudeford Sandspit. Also a little further along the Quay there is a ferry boat that will take you across the river to the pretty village of Wick or even onto Tuckton.


open 7 days a week.

9am – late.

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.


full menu is served 12-3 & 6-late weekdays.

12-late on weekends.


quayside kiosk on the quay

open 7 days a week

8am – 7pm

view our menus

booking your table

Things are a little different right now, so until we get back to normal this is how you can book a table.

The boathouse offers a range of areas, to eat, drink and relax in, all of which can be booked in advance of your visit.

For indoor restaurant dining, please use our online booking system.

To book a table on our sheltered veranda, please also use the online booking system. This area is by request in the notes and are not guaranteed tables.

book a table online

Our jetty, and front outdoor dining areas are only bookable on the day, over the phone, due to being weather dependent. To book these areas please call us directly on 01202 480033.

You are welcome to turn up without a booking, but will only be seated if we have available space.

We highly recommend advance booking.