Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford

About Cherwell Boathouse, Oxford


The restaurant was started in an authentic Victorian working Boathouse, alongside the punt station (established in 1904) on the banks of the River Cherwell by Anthony Verdin, a local entrepreneur and connoisseur of fine wine and food. It is still family owned and run today by John Verdin, Anthony’s eldest son, and his team of hard-working, friendly waiting staff who enjoy delivering a professional and special service.


Punting is a truly timeless, slightly eccentric, quintessentially oxford, idyllic pleasure: sailing leisurely upstream or down the river, trailing fingers in the silky water, admiring the wildlife, picnicking on a river bank, dropping in at the Vicky Arms or drifting downstream past the University. Visiting students, corporate parties, and groups of friends can all experience the quintessential Oxford experience of punting on the river Cherwell. With over 80 punts available, you are more than likely to get a punt easily in the week or come early at the weekend so as not have to wait.

Weddings & Events

The Marquee on the terrace overlooking the river as well as the Restaurant, Conservatory and Lower Boathouse are wonderful spaces to celebrate all types of occasion. They can cater for weddings, private parties, corporate days, functions, christenings, reunions and more. All year round these spaces (except for the Lower Boathouse which is only open from mid-April to October), can accommodate groups from 20-130 guests in a variety of formats, catering for informal canapé events to 3-course meals. They can incorporate music & dancing as well as punting for your event. Underfloor heating can be used if necessary as well as additional heaters for those cold months.

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