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Cherwell Boathouse

Brilliant wines at amazing prices in an Oxfordshire restaurant

Cherwell Boathouse

Image: Jon Stay

October 03 2009
John Stimpfig

Hidden away in leafy North Oxford is the bacchanalian Cherwell Boathouse restaurant, which has become a favourite haunt ever since we moved to the city of dreaming spires. Why does it score so highly? First, the riverside setting is simply idyllic. Second, the food, though not spectacular, is good and fairly priced. But for me, the best reason of all to book a table is its brilliant and absurdly cheap 180-strong carte des vins.

Take, for instance, the 100-point 1982 Mouton Rothschild, selling for just £550 a bottle – cheaper than any merchant’s retail price. Other fine wine bargains include the 1983 Margaux for a mere £240, which I’d heard was being sold in a fabled London hotel for £1,450. If Burgundy is your bag, get stuck into several Comte Lafon Meursaults and Montrachets for similar knock-down prices. But hurry, these prices are only while stocks last.

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