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about us

unique atmosphere

great food

With panoramic views of the quay, the 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.


outside space re-opening 12th April.

resturant re-opening 17th May.


open 7 days a week.

9am – 11pm.

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.


full menu is served 12-3pm & 6-10pm weekdays.

12-10pm on weekends.


takeaway kiosk on the quay

open 7 days a week, from 8.30am

view our menus

planning your visit

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

Our jetty & outside spaces are re-opening 12th April*
From the 12th April until the 17th May your reservation will be on our covered outside veranda area. Reservations will be taken for dining only. Our largest booking until 21st June is a maximum of 6 people. We do not book multiple tables.

Restaurant & bar spaces are re-opening 17th May*

Currently, we are only accepting advance bookings for dining reservations.

We highly recommend advance booking.
Please call us directly on 01202 480033.

book a table online

From 21st June* our largest booking size is a maximum of up to 10 people (limited tables of this size available). We do not book multiple tables. To book a table for more than 6 people please call 01202 480033 to speak to a member of our front of house team.

You are welcome to turn up without a booking, for our restaurant and outdoor areas, but will only be seated if we have available space.

Please note we welcome dogs on our veranda and outside areas, but unfortunately not inside.

*subject to government guidelines