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The Old Boathouse

4.2
4.2
58 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub

The Old Boat House is nestled in the heart of Astley village and provides the perfect setting to get together and have a great time. Our canal side, traditional pub offers plenty for the whole family. It’s more than just a fleeting visit with us, it’s an experience. With great, honest pub classics on the menu, there is something for everyone, even the little ones! Oh, and don’t forget our amazing Sunday Roast and our range of local ales & Gin, you’ll be sure to feel indulged.

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Booked 7 times today

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What 58 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Great for Lunch

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Outdoor Dining

  • Manchester/Greater Manchester

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Nipped in for Saturday tea very nice welcome on arrival. Both had one of the specials....great decision as the food was really good and nothing was too much trouble for the staff ...thank you

  2. PM

    PaulM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & service , good value for money , great range of gins on offer & non alcoholic beer for the driver in the group

  3. KC

    KarenC

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, atmosphere and service we will be back

  4. DO

    DanO

    Lancashire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Food was good. Setting was nice. Lovely beer garden on side of canal. Service was rubbish. 2 hours 2 courses family of 4. No explanation or apology for slow service. Sat down for 10mins without menus. Wasn’t overly busy

  5. N

    Nettie

    Cheshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had a lovely lunch at the Boathouse on Monday. They were short staffed due to Covid so we had a little wait but it didn’t matter we were in no rush. Food was good and excellent value for money it was a shame that people were having to be turned away. Even though they were very busy the staff were very efficient and our waitress was so pleasant too

  6. JS

    JohnS

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family Festive meal. You couldn't get four more fussy people all on one table. However, the food was brilliant, the service was friendly and unrushed. All four of us enjoyed the evening and will definitely be back. I would certainly recommend the steak (and I'm really fussy about how my steak is cooked). Veg that actually tasted of veg and not the usual slurry you get in pubs.

  7. NM

    NatashaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was lovely and the service was excellent and very friendly

  8. JH

    JulieH

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Waited 1 1/4 hours for food. Booked set meals. Some specified items missing on meals. No dessert on one choice despite pre ordering? The staff did accommodate this eventually and made one which would have been better to offer rather than just state no dessert!! Food was hot and good despite the hiccups

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Nice Pub grub in good surroundings

  10. JH

    JeanetteH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, lovely atmosphere. Great service.

  11. j

    jenniferk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Excellent Sunday dinner. I only gave it 4 stars because it could have done with being a little hotter

  12. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great atmosphere because the restaurant was much busier than it has been recently. Really good service but meals still a little overpriced .

  13. L

    Louise

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic, and the food was lovely too. Very acclimating and also dog friendly.

  14. SC

    SueC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really lovely Sunday lunch with our granddaughter and dog. Really friendly staff and great food. We're booked in again next Sunday.

  15. MS

    MaddySue

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Not been to the boat house for a couple of years and last time it wasn’t as good but this time we found it back to its usual standard. I had the famous steak and ale pie my husband hunters chicken and it was delicious, only thing I would say is you don’t get as much veg only served with peas. They do a very good Zinfandel at a reasonable price. Toilets extremely clean and we look forward to another visit in the summer.

  16. G

    Gazza

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    have eaten here a lot over the years but was disappointed by the food this time the menu is very small also ! I ordered ribeye steak which was very poor and full of gristle my son had the pizza and it looked like it had been microwaved as it was sloppy and very greasy and he didn't enjoy it at all .also the pricing seems to have increased

  17. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    We love to eat at the boathouse but on the last few visits it’s disappointing to be told on arrival that there are several items from the already limited menu that are not available. The pub is unusually quiet these days which reduces the overall atmosphere. The prices of quite a few items are approx £2 overpriced for the portion size. Hopefully we might see some improvements in the near future and we will absolutely continue to support The Old Boathouse

  18. M

    Mini

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice food for reasonable prices. Had a Sunday roast which was lovely!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Last minute decision to go out … really pleasant place good service good food.

  20. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Out with family. Quite busy and took a while to get drinks and food but absolutely worth waiting for...excellent

  21. SI

    SueIb

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Despite the pub being fairly quiet the service was slow and the staff needed prompting to take drinks orders etc. The staff were pleasant and helpful when asked but needed some stronger leadership in front of house. We were advised 2 meals (50%) off the November specials board were not available which is a little disappointing. When the food did arrive it was hot and tasty and there was a good choice in the menu. There is also a nice choice of drinks which do however seem a little pricey for a local pub. Overall a nice evening.

  22. JG

    JulieG

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    We hadn't visited for a while so we were very much looking forward to going. The decor and ambience were relaxed and inviting and instantly made you relax. We had starters and mains which were both really tasty although could have been a little hotter. There were only two of us so the service was very good and we didn't have to wait too long- just the right amount. We did notice a larger party of 8 who asked 3 times how long their food was going to be.

  23. RS

    RebeccaS

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely experience but as a vegetarian there isn’t many options and it would have been nice to be able to have a Sunday roast

  24. C

    Caro

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good tasty food. . Excellent service. Nice atmosphere

  25. SL

    SandraL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Overall what was expected very limited choice for vegetarian so it limits our visits. Service was good nice quiet table not to close to others.

  26. SR

    SimonR

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Easy booking system. The food was really good. The service was good. It wasn't very busy so I would expect all of the above. Overall we really enjoyed our night.

  27. RS

    RaymondS

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A lovely family friendly restaurant. Will definitely be going back with family and friends.

  28. LG

    LadyGlencoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Been here many times. Think it's recently changed hands. I love the decor and relaxed dining. I enjoyed the food, a little strange in some of the new ideas, but they're getting there. I had flat iron steak medium/well done which was really tasty but my hubby had rib eye, medium but it was rare and tough as old boots he said. He still ate it though. He wasn't impressed by the skin on chips either and there wasn't another chip option. Men! The card machine didn't work so they wanted us to check our bank account whilst we were there but couldn't get any signal. The machine worked after 3 attempts and 15 mins later, there was no option for a tip on the machine and we had no cash on us. They've done the outside up lovely now and that makes for a great outdoor dining experience, right next to the canal too, but if you're driving you need to be aware that at busy times you might not be able to park. We went on Bonfire night but it was full of people who had come to watch the local display at the museum and not necessarily for the pub, we got the last place. On the whole I really like it, they often have acts on too. Could do with a few more ladies toilets!!

  29. JR

    JanetR

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was easy to book the table online. The service was excellent and the food was extremely good quality - just like a home cooked roast dinner. Nice to have different options with the roast dinners, and the belly pork was delicious.

  30. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent from arrival to departure. Food was great

  31. DM

    DebbieM

    Manchester

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Visited with elderly parents for their 68th anniversary . Pub was bright and warm , was welcomed warmly by a lovely man who seated us and brought us a glass of Prosecco, nice touch . Pub was busy , and the waiting staff seemed very young but they were so friendly and efficient, well done . We had a long wait for food , but it was ok as it was relaxed. Food was ok , not amazing so I suggest a bit of work to make the food wow ! If you do that , it would be a great place to eat

  32. DW

    DebraW

    Staffordshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Travelled here from Staffordshire as been before and was excellent. On arrival noticed menu choice had massively shrunk. It appears that Punch Pubs have taken over the venue, shrunk the menu and increased the prices. No longer a winner for me and definitely not worth the journey! Pub was empty.

  33. v

    victoriap

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice food and good value for money. Good service and comfortable surroundings.

  34. MB

    MarkB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a lovely time with my partner. Food was lovely, staff very friendly, very good service. Would definitely recommend 👌 👍 🙂

  35. J

    Jimmy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    The menu was poor, the price was quite high for the food served. Most draught beers were off. Previous menu,s were far better. Specials were poor and there were not many of them

  36. PA

    PaulA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Not much atmosphere service pleasant food very good poor selection of beers but would go again as we have been before for a perfect Sunday dinner. Everyone has an off night

  37. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Had (again) the amazing duck on a bun starter. Then we both had fish and chips which as enormous portion and the thickest whitest fish I have had in ages. No room for dessert !! Much better atmosphere as there were quite a few in that night. Menu still limited and pricey but enjoyed the visit 👍👍

  38. MT

    MartinT

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Have been a few times, previous visits were really good but last time the food and service was disappointing.

  39. KR

    KenR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Will go back and thoroughly recommend. One small criticism is that drink service was quite slow. Other than that, everything was excellent. Waiting staff very young but obviously well trained. Attentive and good eye contact

  40. BN

    BobN

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience2

    Unusually quiet for evening time and therefore no atmosphere. Customer service ok but one member of staff never spoke?? 2 others were spot on. Menu remains limited. Main meal ok but overcooked. We will still go back though.

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The Old Boathouse is rated 4.2 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Old Boathouse

Higher Green Lane Astley Manchester, ENG M29 7JB

  • Neighborhood

    Wigan

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
    Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

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