Welcome - The Ferry Restaurant based in the historic Elephant Boatyard, Bursledon, Southampton is a real hidden gem set right on the Hamble river.
Outside seating lets you take full advantage of the beautiful views in peaceful surroundings on these lovely summer evenings. French head chef Anthony prepares and cooks everything from fresh and sources local produce wherever possible. Our lunch time menu is ideal for those wanting a quick bite to eat - from platters to share, ciabatta's to fresh fish, steaks, shellfish and salads. If you are looking for something more substantial our evening menu offers just as much choice. We specialise in celebration parties where we can organise a menu to suit your budget, including entertainment and decorations. We can also hire out our on site marquee for meeting and training....So make a bookingtoday and join us down at the Elephant boat yard.
Nelson's flagship H.M.S Elephant serves the name for this boatyard which was founded in 1952. The Elephant Boatyard was founded by Michael Richardson in 1952 at Bursledon - the site of the old ship building.
The Ferry Restaurant was originally a chain link ferry that carried passengers between Southampton and Woolston up until 1977. However the ferry was too expensive for some people to travel on, those wishing to travel cheaper would use the Northam bridge - this cheaper diversion would take them over three miles !
The Ferry has now been converted to a superb dining restaurant that seats around 90 and now has a permanent home afloat in the Elephant Boatyard.
Why not dine alfresco on the deck, a perfect way to eat in the Summer overlooking the marina and Hamble River.