Canal cruise catering

Food can be served by prior arrangement for charter groups or parties of 25 or more if not chartering the entire boat. We’ve created four standard catering menus and two celebration menus for you to choose from. They are served buffet-style and are for a maximum of 53 passengers.

Due to the restricted galley space on board we are unfortunately unable to provide a mixed selection, so you will need to order the same menu for all members of your party.

Standard menus

Menu 1
Tea & Cake £3.95 per head
One slice of handmade sponge cake and a cup of tea

Menu 2
Afternoon Tea £7.50 per head
One locally baked fruit scone with homemade jam and clotted cream, one slice of handmade sponge cake and a cup of tea

Menu 3
Sandwiches, Tea & Cake £7.75 per head

A selection of sandwiches, freshly made with fillings including ham, cheese and free-range egg, one slice of handmade sponge cake and a cup of tea

Menu 4
Ploughman’s £7.75 per head
French bread with a selection of cheeses, pickled onions, cherry tomatoes and pickle

Celebration menus

Menu 5
Finger Buffet £13.00 per head
Cocktail sandwiches, cherry tomatoes, a selection of quiches, cocktail sausages, chicken pieces with dip, mini pork pies/scotch eggs, crudités and dips, crisps and nuts.

Menu 6
Buffet £15.00 per head
Sliced local ham, a selection of quiches, onion and tomato salad with Kalamata olives, hot new potatoes, hard-boiled free-range eggs, couscous salad, mixed leaf salad, three bean salad, bread rolls and butter, pickle and condiments.

Desserts £5.00 per head
Desserts are available with menus 5 and 6. Fresh cream is served with all desserts if required. Please select two of the following dessert options, so that members of your party will have a choice: apple pie, cheesecake, chocolate gateaux or fresh fruit salad.

Beverages

Beverages

Beer, spirits and soft drinks are available from our bar, and our wine list is available on request. As we are licensed premises, customers are not normally allowed to bring their own alcohol. The only exception to this is that by prior arrangement, charter trip customers may bring their own wine or champagne, subject to £5 per bottle corkage. We will provide glasses and serve the drinks.

Outside caterers
You are welcome to use your own outside caterers, subject to a surcharge of £1.50 per head.

  • We were a couple on the Kevendy's coach that visited you on Tuesday. We would just like to say how much we enjoyed the trip on your horse drawn barge and the lovely afternoon tea you provided. You certainly worked hard in getting the lovely Monty to keep going in the darker parts of the tow path! Again thank you for a lovely relaxing afternoon.

    Kind regards John and Sarah Sarling.

    I should like to thank you all at Kennet Horse Boat Company, including of course the magnificent Freddy, for the lovely trip we had on the canal last Tuesday. Our members had a wonderful time and we are grateful for the kindness and consideration shown to those needing a steadying hand getting on and off the barge. We appreciated being able to get off at the lock and watch proceedings from the lovely old bridge, and were much impressed by the nonchalant manner Steve and his assistant leapt between the barge and the bank - do they ever fall in?

    We were lucky in it being a lovely afternoon but the welcome and friendliness shown to us made the afternoon very special - thank you.

    With best wishes, Ann Ireland

    On behalf of 'Downton Good Companions' I should like to thank you all at Kennet Horse Boat Company, including of course the magnificent Freddy, for the lovely trip we had on the canal last Tuesday. Our members had a wonderful time and we are grateful for the kindness and consideration shown to those needing a steadying hand getting on and off the barge. We appreciated being able to get off at the lock and watch proceedings from the lovely old bridge, and were much impressed by the nonchalant manner Steve and his assistant leapt between the barge and the bank - do they ever fall in?

    We were lucky in it being a lovely afternoon but the welcome and friendliness shown to us made the afternoon very special - thank you.

    With best wishes, Ann Ireland

    I would like to thank you, Steve and the other colleagues who gave us such a very pleasant trip on the canal on Saturday. All the guests enjoyed it very much and some are intending to return again when they have the opportunity. I will certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a "different" trip.

    Please pass on my thanks to Steve with whom I caught a few words at the beginning and end. I think most of my guests would have been very happy to have returned on the boat! Thanks again.

    John Hicks, Russet Lodge, Brimpton

    I just wanted to say my husband and I really enjoyed our trip along the canal yesterday, made more interesting by the difficulties caused by the wind, making us more aware of the problems faced years ago by the early canal users. The young man leaping on and off other barges seemed to have an enviable amount of energy!! He certainly needed it for the return trip, oh to be young again. The scones and cake were beautiful.

    It was our first trip out for a few weeks, my hubby is terminally ill, and had been very ill with a chest infection which had bowled him over, making us pretty well housebound for a period of time, I was so pleased when he said he felt able to do the trip yesterday, and even more pleased that we both enjoyed it so much. Thank you so much, and big hugs to Freddie too!

    Marion Kemp

    Thank you to the whole team. It was the most pleasurable experience through from booking to going on the trip and to coming back and discussing it. We’ve had the most fabulous time and it is thanks to your wonderful team that it is so smoothly run and such a successful day out.

    Many many thanks and hopefully we will do it next year and the year after and for many years to come.

    Esther Redhouse

    On July 21st we had the great pleasure of being aboard your horse drawn boat...what an amazing day for us. We wish to thank you all for a memorable time celebrating my husbands' 80th birthday with friends and family. You even had a word with the "Man upstairs and got the weather right!! Without exception all said what a great experience it was for them.

    I would like to say a big THANK YOU to you all..Steve, Shirley and the young man "steering" at the back...sorry but your name eludes me at the moment.

    We really had the most wonderful time and please give and extra pat for Freddie who was indeed a STAR!

    Thank you very much all of you from the Young family and friends