There are a few simple things that I look for in a restaurant – food that is full of flavour and unpretentious, a relaxed atmosphere and great decor! When I popped to The Boathouse in Chichester Harbour for a Friday night supper, I found all three and it has definitely made it onto our list of go-to restaurants.
As P was away with work, I enlisted the help of one of my good friends because an experience is always better shared! Katie also happens to be a blogger (Katie Kirk Loves) so I knew she wouldn’t mind me photographing the food or chatting about the interior design. In fact, she’d encourage it!
It had been a busy week and I headed to the restaurant straight from work in time for our 7pm booking. There were already people enjoying the sunset with a glass of wine and I could instantly feel myself begin to wind down. The restaurant is located at the marina in Chichester Harbour so the views straight onto the water are beautiful and you don’t have to battle the Chichester centre traffic to reach it, it even has plenty of free parking to boot.
The Boathouse has a lovely outside terrace but inside is ideal for when the Great British Weather isn’t quite playing ball. There has been real care and attention lavished on the interior design, it’s a little Scandi with its log burner, neutral fabrics and naked woods. It’s an instagrammers dream but comfortable with it, you don’t feel like you’re standing on ceremony – this could be your own home.
We were greeted by the friendly staff who couldn’t do more to look after us. Al, Mark and the rest of the team were bubbly and were quick to make recommendations from the menu as well as answer questions that we had. They happily found us a table that suited as well as talked me through the gluten free options (plenty of choice, another tick!).
It was nice to see a menu that didn’t have so many options that you are left questioning the quality but that had a mix of dishes that provided carefully picked local ingredients resulting in a tasty seasonal menu.
We both went for the same starters, juicy prawns with garlic and fresh herbs. I followed up with a delicious chicken with stir fried vegetables, Katie picked the burger which looked immense. We were probably full enough at that point but of course our eyes were bigger than our tummies and so we dived into the pudding menu swiftly encouraged by our waiter, Mark.
Katie picked a delicious Banoffee Eton Mess which was meringue, toffee and bananas piled high with whipped cream – indulgent and a nice twist on a classic. Whereas I was tempted into the Salted Caramel Chocolate pot. Little did I know that it was a monster! A kilner jar chocka with thick chocolate ganache topped with a layer of salted caramel. I admit I only managed about a third before I had to admit defeat although Katie soon dived in to help finish some more.
Safe to say we thoroughly enjoyed our meal at The Boathouse, it was lovely to not feel rushed and to have time to really enjoy our food. Any evening out with Katie is always brilliant fun as we natter about life, the universe and everything!
I’m now planning some of my favourite Chi Harbour walks to stop at The Boathouse at least once, if not twice, a walk. You know, for re-fuelling purposes.
Huge thanks to The Boathouse for looking after us and to Katie for being my date for the night. Oh and letting me use her camera when I realised I had forgotten mine!
If you want to book in to The Boathouse then head over to their website. You won’t regret it!
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