• The Boathouse Cafe and Bar

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  • White Veg-options

Serves meat, vegan options available. Serves a vegan salad with falafel. Open Mon-Sun 10:30-22:30.

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3 Reviews

First Review by AlexandraRushbrook


Points +27

Mostly Veg
24 Jun 2021

Great Bar/Cafe on the River Roding

Very nice, fairly large, decked area outside, with huge umbrellas to guard against the summer sun or more likely the English rain. And there's sometimes tasty BBQ (with nice veggie options cooked separately on foil) on Saturday and Sunday afternoon / early evening. Check beforehand.

Great views at sunset over the Roding where you can spot the wrecks, or the old barges and try and work out how to cross the river using those two little bridges you can see in the distance.

Frequently changing range of cocktails and mocktails, bottled and now draft beers and stout, wines and lovely fruit-flavoured ciders to maintain your interest.

Veggie-friendly and one or two vegan dishes, overflowing onto the plate. Fabulous, moist, German cheesecake with mandarin orange and other fruit, or maybe feast on some Dutch apple tart - or one of their other terrific cakes.

Pandemic permitting, on Friday and Saturday Nights & perhaps on Bank Holiday Mondays you can enjoy their effortlessly cool DJs on the decks or hear some great musicians.

Entry is always free and with the DJs / bands playing at just the right volume, you can enjoy the music and still chat without shouting.

At other times, owner & music-lover Derrick, plays a tasteful, eclectic choice of classic soul, funk, rare groove, rat pack & jazz thru a top of the range in-house Bose Sound System.

And lastly there's the cocktails. Oh, those cocktails! Will we risk a Mojito, or stick with another Whisky Sour tonight ?

Derrick the boss learned his trade mixing cocktails for 12 years in some of Copenhagen's swishest cocktail bars. Now he is in sunny Barking. It's the only bar/cafe in town that makes a real effort to impress and accommodate its patrons' food and drink preferences.

Pros: Friendliest owner ever, Brilliant cocktails/mocktails & Jackfruit Burgers, Great atmosphere & views especially at sunset

Cons: Bit pricey for Barking but not too bad. Worth it.



Points +13

04 Jun 2021

Friendly cocktail bar serving vegetarian/vegan food

I go to the boathouse a lot as it is a lovely place. The owner has now added 3 vegan dishes to his menu. There is : Jackfruit burger with chips,; Meze: Houmous, falafel, olives, pita and Nachos with guacemole, salsa and chillies. So you can have a nice veggie meal whilst overlooking the river Roding I have tried all three and they are very good. Very friendly staff and lovely atmosphere.

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service


Points +40

04 Aug 2019

Lovely cafe on happy cow app as having vegan food options but unfortunately this

If they were to offer some vegan options eg chips tole salad sandwich etc then I would give 5 star as it really is a beautiful place

Pros: 2 options of Plant milk available , Beautiful setting beautiful cafe, Friendly staff

Cons: No vegan food options , Staff lacked knowledge about vegan food

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