On the Thames Restaurant
Review added 11/01/2014 23:10 by GarySuch a shame it has closed..
Review added 08/01/2014 13:21 by anonIt has closed.
Review added 06/01/2014 14:58 by anonI thought this restaurant had closed? When did it reopen?
Review added 04/01/2014 19:48 by JosieI have visited OTT many times and eaten fromn the special menu. It is one of my favourite restaurants because of the wonderful food, lovely ambience, superb River Thames views and excellent value for money. One of the bestlocally.
Review added 23/07/2013 01:21 by Sarah BAfter a pretty dreadful earlier visit when we left feeling disappointed and quite despondent, we had vowed we would never return, but some friends wanted to go there to celebrate so we decided to give it a second chance.
Review added 20/07/2013 21:23 by anonThe Waitress was brilliant and really help, the food was substandard, but the bill at the end of the meal was another matter- we decide to have the set menu £13.95 but the pudding we wanted was not included so we decide to pay the extra, however they still charge you for two courses plus the desert so you effectively your paying for two puddings - when we questioned this the manager was unhelpful and really very rude. I WILL NOT BE GOING BACK THERE AGAIN.
Review added 11/03/2013 11:47 by MarkI said it before and will say it again, if you are not sure of a place read the reviews, once you get past the 10 reviews mark you will start to see a correct pattern. Once over the 30 reviews mark you will get a very good cross section view of the place. The OTT has 14 reviews and only scores 2.5 stars out of a possible 5, so the general opinion is this probably is not the place to go.
Review added 11/03/2013 09:57 by anonMothers day Nightmare! Fish starter tasteless, beef main full of fat & gristle. My daughters meal of chicken was tough and inedible. Desserts OK but took three attempts to serve one without custard! We did mention our concerns to our waitress but nothing was done. My mother suffered overnight with possible food poisoning. Total waste of money, should be reported to the Food Standards Agency. Disgusting!
Review added 12/06/2012 10:17 by anonI went to OTT with my husband yesterday. The welcome was cold and impersonal, as was the restaurant and the waitress. Like the other reviewer I was seated at the table at the end of the stairs to the toilet and the draught was extreme, despite other tables being unoccupied. I asked to be moved and was given another nearby, but no choice, no apology, no smile. Although the menu is well priced, the range is very limited and all the starters had cheese except for the soup. For the very first time in our lives we got up and left the restaurant, nobody seemed to care or comment, although we apologised courteously for doing so. Do all the staff have a charm, smile and courtesy bypass?? We went to the Chequers in Wooburn Green, received a warm welcome, excellent service and far better food for not a lot more. We have been many times to OTT, so we are very disappointed and hope the management will take note of all the comments made in reviews.
Review added 25/02/2012 18:54 by anonFood – Very good. Not a great choice on the very reasonably priced (£9.95 for two courses) special menu. A la carte a bit expensive and still not a huge choice.
Review added 21/02/2012 17:18 by Mr EmeryI agree with the last post. They have ridiculous seating management, I have been three times and am alaways offered the seat by the stairs to the toliet, even when there are spare seats by the windows! They state on the phone message that you can't request a table over the phone, but contradict themselves when you get to the restaurant as they alaways say the window table is reserved! A lot of people on here say it is good value for money, so is McDonalds! The food is incredibly bland as is the owner who has the charm of wet night in Bognor Regis! I'm never going back.
Review added 28/07/2011 19:33 by JudyI was also very disappointed on my visit here a few months ago. It was my birthday. A friend had heard that you could have lunch overlooking the river and, being a fine day, it sounded just right for a treat.
Review added 26/07/2011 12:40 by artyDONT BOTHER ON MONDAY!
Review added 14/03/2011 14:02 by Robert HarrisAfter a gap of a several years I went to OTT yesterday the 13th with some friends yesterday for their Sunday Lunch. It was a happy experience, the three course lunch for £18.95 (I think) was excellent. The starters were excellent as were the sweets for those of us who had them. Most of us had the beef which was tasty, tender and done as we requested. The service was slick and friendly and of course the view is stunning.
Review added 21/01/2011 12:28 by anonI have just eaten at OTT again after a previous poor experience. Well done OTT, you obviously listen. Service, food and welcome were excellent. Congratulations!
Review added 05/09/2010 15:43 by anonnice lunch, good portion sizes, will return
Review added 14/06/2010 11:41 by anonI used to be a great fan of OTT but my visit last week was a real dissapointment. It was a special occasion and my husband and I took two guests. I agree with the other reviewer that the food has gone downhill and that OTT is taking advantage of the location and giving less emphasis to the food. Two courses at lunchtime will now cost you £11.95. I strayed off the menu for my starter and took my other course from the daily menu and they STILL charged me £11.95 plus the full cost of my starter. The food was very mediocre and the staff have now reverted to being rather sullen. I felt they considered they were doing us a real favour serving us. I remember being very impressed with the service before, friendly and efficient with that special ingredient, a smile. I don't think I will venture there again. I was especially dissapointed with the puddings. I could have done far better staying at home, at least I offer a choice of flavours and textures, not ersartz cheesecake.
Review added 04/01/2010 15:24 by anonWe held our daughter's wedding reception at OTT; it was perfect. The food was excellent and well-served. Even the cost was reasonable and within budget. OTT is an excellent venue.
Review added 20/02/2009 22:50 by Her upstairsEnjoyed a tasty and unhurried lunch from the set menu last Friday which is excellent value at £9.95 for two courses. The service was satisfactory, the food fresh, tasty and reasonably well presented - and of course there is a good view across the river. We thought it had pitched itself about right in terms of prices (we also added a couple of dishes from the a la carte). It doesn't seem pretentious or self-conscious and the staff were friendly and attentive enough. I wasn't completely wowed but it had a relaxed atmosphere and the food certainly beat my last two meals at The Ferry. Will be back to try their Sunday lunch, which is apparently very good.
Review added 20/02/2009 17:40 by Cookham ResidentOh dear, hate to disagree with the last reviewer! Food OK, no better. Staff were friendly enough, but very amateur. An otherwise excellent day out was spoiled by having to continually ask staff why drinks/food/water hadn't arrived. Our impression was that the owners were trying to exploit their A1 position on the river. Certainly not as good as other local alternatives.
Review added 18/10/2008 09:44 by anonI really don't think On The Thames at Bourne End can be beaten in terms of good food and amazing value for money. At the moment (October/November) you can have a two course lunch for £9.95 and a three course set dinner for £16.95 (and the second person eats for half price Monday to Thursdays)Our bill the other night for four people - with three courses each and a bottle of wine - came to £18 a head!.