Country Pub & Gastro Dining
The Boathouse incorporates a magnificently refurbished pub and restaurant with intimate dining areas as well as areas for larger groups. The interior is finished to the highest standard using natural finishes with subtle lighting for a warm ambiance.
Inside is a long bar with several large bay windows offering lovely views of the broads. Exposed brickwork, two open fireplaces, pine floorboards and oak beams make for a welcoming spot.
The light and airy main restaurant has a wonderful vaulted ceiling and offers a contemporary dining space with classic touches
Please Note: We do not serve food on a Monday
Food is served:
Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm
Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm
Sorry we do not serve food on Monday.
Booking is strongly recommended from 17th May 2021 onwards.
Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. Our chefs would be happy to offer a range of alternative options
A warm welcome awaits you at The Boathouse, we look forward to serving you
A History of The Boathouse
The Eels Foot pub dates back to at least 1854 when it was listed as a ‘beer house and pleasure garden’. The name may come from Eel’s Boot, a type of woven read basket used in eel fishing. However, Scandinavian Names In Norfolk (Rye 1920) say ‘there is an Eels Foot in the South side of Nordfjord in Norway’’ suggesting the origin of the name may date back to pre-Roman Scandinavian settlement in Norfolk. More recently, The Eel’s Foot closed its doors in 2012 has become run down, a sign of a difficult economic trading environment.
The pub, associated buildings and land were purchased by Norfolk couple Michael and Belinda Minors and just two years later the renamed Boathouse is now re-launched. The restoration is truly magnificent – sleek and modern with a traditional outlook, wonderful views and a contemporary wedding and function venue. The pub/restaurant specialises in traditional British cuisine and there is a large mural of images which pays homage to the pub’s former existence as the Eel’s Foot which acts as a backdrop for diners. The upstairs rooms have been tastefully refurbished to provide luxury accommodation
We are perfectly placed for a relaxing break in Norfolk. There are plenty of opportunities for you to soak up all there is to see and do in the area – exploring the Broads, enjoying the buzz of the city, the tranquil coast and visiting the many award-winning beaches and attractions right on our doorstep. We’re surrounded by rich countryside and heritage to make your visit to us a memorable one. We think you’ll want to keep on coming back.
Wroxham is the bustling capital of the Broads with an abundance of cafes and shops as well as numerous options to get on the water whether it is canoeing or on one of the many hire boats. The seaside resort of Great Yarmouth is in easy reach for good old fashioned family fun or go off the beaten track to enjoy vast expanses of sand-dunes, golden beaches and important nature reserves teeming with wildlife.
For families looking for day trips and fun days out there are a host of attractions within easy reach from theme parks to wildlife parks and steam trains
Unique Wildlife of The Broads
The Broads is renowned for many species of birds. Teal and wigeon spend the winter on the open broads, and you can see birds such as reed and sedge warblers, and the rarer Cetti’s warbler in the reedbeds. Numbers of bitterns (pictured) have also increased in recent years following the restoration of fen habitat and improvements to water quality