8 ways you can dine on the river in Berkshire

PUBLISHED: 16:02 17 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:26 17 July 2019

Willow Room, Windsor

Willow Room, Windsor


With both the Thames and Kennet and Avon Canal running through Berkshire, you’re never too far from the riverside. We round up eight ways you can dine on the water; from restaurants to private hire

Cliveden Flotilla, near Maidenhead

A jaunt down one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames and in one of Cliveden's classy boats is a must-do this summer. Whether it's for afternoon tea, a picnic lunch or a champagne cruise to Henley, it will be a day out you won't forget.


French Brothers, Windsor

A unique alternative to a land- based lunch, board the boat at the Runnymede Boathouse for a three-hour cruise through Old Windsor Lock, past Datchet and through the grounds of Windsor Castle. The boat turns at Romney Lock for the journey back. Alternatively, enjoy the finest traditional cream tea on a genuine Victorian steam vessel as you cruise through the grounds of Windsor Castle.


Private Boat Hires in Marlow, Windsor and Maidenhead

Private Boat Hire operates a fleet of five luxury charter boats for up to 12 people in Berkshire. With boats in Marlow, Maidenhead and Windsor, they are able to show you some of the most beautiful reaches of the River Thames. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or days out with family and friends.


Hobbs of Henley

This family-owned firm offers a whole host of boat trips and cruises. We rather like the sound of their gin-tasting cruise!


Monkey Island Estate, Bray

Enjoy a private boat trip along the Thames. You'll be taken from the Estate's jetty, past the marinas, islands, hotels and beautiful scenery through Boveney Lock, around Windsor Racecourse to see Windsor Castle, and back to the Estate. Alternatively, you can be taken through Bray Lock to see The Waterside Inn, a mile of beautiful riverside houses to Bray and Maidenhead, and then back to the Estate.


Thames River Cruise Boat Trips, Caversham

Join a cruise on the Thames from Caversham, Pangbourne and Goring. On Sundays, take a three-hour cruise on the Thames and enjoy a two-course Sunday roast, plus there's a full bar on-board.


Whittington's Tea Barge, Reading

Whittington's Tea Barge gives afternoon tea a new outlook. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or available for private hire cruises along the Thames, this is a great Reading party venue. It's moored on the north bank of the River Thames by Hills Meadows, George Street, Reading, RG4 8DH.


Willow Room, Windsor

Ditch dry land and hop aboard Willow Room, Bateaux Windsor's newly refurbished boat. Featuring super-stylish interiors and great food, Willow Room hoists its anchor for lunchtime, afternoon tea, dinner and Sunday lunch cruises, and is also available to hire exclusively for private events. The impressive glass structure, with floor-to-ceiling windows, offers fantastic views of the Royal Borough's most iconic landmarks, including Windsor Castle, Eton College and Royal Windsor Racecourse.



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