Reviewer: Clare Rogerson Boreland
We pulled up into a nice large carpark with spectacular views over Criffel and Knockendoch and right across the shoreline. It was a perfect Spring morning with the stillness of the Nith Estuary reflecting the white fluffy clouds in the deep blue sky.
Access to the Boathouse is via a ramp, which means it’s very easy to get in. We were promptly shown to our seats, next to a glass wall which allowed us to take in more of those incredible views.
We had made a reservation for lunchtime and I’m glad we booked, as shortly after we arrived every seat was full. The staff were friendly, the interior was clean, fresh and in keeping with its historical and nautical roots. Food was well presented and quick to arrive. The staff checked in with us a couple of times and we weren’t rushed despite the busy spell.
It’s a very well-priced and varied menu. The All-Day Brunch Menu looked mouth-watering with delights such as ‘Huevos Barqueros toasted bloomer topped with crushed avocado, feta, harissa, lime, rocket and poached egg,’ but as it was lunchtime, we opted for the Boathouse favourites sections on the menu.
To begin with we selected the Big Boathouse Sharing Board which included mini tuna melt, lemon aioli, prawn & chilli pate, potato salad with tarragon and smoked salmon crusty bread and butter, beetroot, pear, celery and orange salad. We considered this good value for money at £15.75 for the 3 of us. There’s also a Farmhouse Sharing Board which includes sausage roll and black pudding plus pigs in blankets, and a Greenhouse vegetarian version with such tasty delights as beetroot falafel, smoky aubergine dip and roasted carrot and harissa hummus.
For our main courses we chose the Black pudding frittata, the goats cheese baguette with red onion marmalade and crispy sage with salad and the fish cakes.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the food, such a variety with good quality ingredients and all perfectly presented.
There is also a lovely wee shop which caters for local convenience goods as well as more specialist gifts from local crafts people.
I will certainly go back.
My top tip would be to book your table before you go.