From The King’s Head to the Donkey House to The Boatman…the best British pub by the river in Windsor
The Boatman is one of the oldest pubs in Windsor and it has been part of the waterfront scene in Windsor since at least 1829. It was originally called The King’s Head but has always been known locally as The Donkey House as it used to stable the donkeys which worked by the river, and the name stuck. It spent a couple of years as a fine dining restaurant called The Riverhouse, but in 2015 under new ownership it was turned back into the British pub by the river everyone knows and loves.
Having been completely refurbished and re-branded as The Boatman, the pub offers a fresh and relaxed atmosphere to the area and is renowned for its friendly staff and great food.
The Boatman is Windsor’s only proper pub by the river
The pub can be found directly on the River Thames overlooking Eton Bridge, and is in one of the best locations in town for soaking up the incredible waterfront views and for watching the world go by.
It is the only pub in central Windsor which offers seating right by the river and its extensive outside terrace provides tables for up to 100 people. The British pub recently added an all-weather conservatory with a retractable roof so come rain or shine, Winter or Summer, people can enjoy the glorious river views.
The conservatory is available for exclusive hire making it perfect for al fresco celebrations as well as for both private and corporate events.
Nautical but Nice!
Head inside and you’ll discover a stylish bar that combines a charming olde worlde atmosphere with a modern nautical theme. Check out the fishing nets on the ceiling which light up when it gets dark.
The Boatman has a separate restaurant area with space for up to 80 people for more sophisticated socialising, so whatever the occasion you’ll find a relaxed place to eat, drink and be merry. This chic space is perfect for private events and menus can be specially created to fit any event.
The team at The Boatman has created a menu and bar offering that’s filled to the brim with classic, freshly cooked food, great wine and a fantastic selection of cider and beer, all served with a warm welcome and friendly smile. Come down and say hi!
We have disabled access, a kids menu and we’re dog-friendly