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Sunday lunch at the Old Boathouse Pub, Cotswold Water Park

There are not many English pubs which can boast sumptuous lunches coupled with views of tranquil lakes, swans and ducks. The Old Boathouse Pub at South Cerney, sits in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Water Park. Within walking distance of the De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel, this smart pub and restaurant is a perfect spot for lunch with the family. In fact, as food is served all day long, you can grab a bite and gaze out at the tranquil views whenever you like.

Sunday lunch at the Old Boathouse Pub, Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

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We visited The Old Boathouse for Sunday lunch and were pleased to find plenty of choices for all the family. From traditional roasts to tasty vegetarian dishes.

Situated right next to wonderful lake views, we started with delicious marinated olives, houmous, breads and steaming bowls of soup.

Sunday lunch at the Old Boathouse Pub, Cotswold Water Park, Gloucestershire

The traditional roasts came complete with sharing plates piled high with delightfully plump yorkshire puddings and all the traditional vegetables.

Traditional roast

We were pleased to see that many of the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. And the staff were on hand to help with selecting dishes.

There is a good selection of main courses available on the Sunday lunch menu alongside the roasts, including salmon fillets.

Salmon fillets

There were also a number of vegetarian options. We really liked the roasted butternut squash & spinach tart.

roasted butternut squash & spinach tart

Then on the regular full lunch menu there was a mushroom filled with ratatouille and cheese.

mushroom filled with ratatouille and cheese

Families are well looked after at the Old Boathouse with coloring sheets for little ones, an outdoor play area, and a separate children’s menu.

Coloring and houmus

We finished off our meal with Marshfield ice creams, sorbets and I couldn’t resist the lemon tart with berry compote which was delicious.

lemon tart with berry compote

The restaurant is big and airy and while it lacks a bit of charm and character inside the building, the views of lakes and wildlife are really special.

It’s a great place to relax and enjoy some of the best of the Cotswolds.

You can find out more at their website here. Don’t forget to check out our guide to the best things to do with kids in the Cotswolds.

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