Advantages Really great meal and music.
Disadvantages Not guaranteed a window table.
|Is it worth visiting?|
Why I Chose This Experience
In a word, I didn’t. This experience day was bought as a gift for me through the online store – buyagift.co.uk (similar company to the more famous redletterdays.co.uk). As I’m sure most of you are aware, the company works by sending out an attractive gift pack with details of the experience, contact details and an activation code. Everything is paid for when the package is bought, so this means I didn’t have to pay for anything, great!
Dining On Board Naticia
The boat, which is one of two from Bateaux London is named Naticia, it has a wooden and mirrored interior which looks very clean and modern. The dress code on board the vessel is smart casual and we were pleased to see most diners followed this well. Our table was elegantly laid, with a smart beige tablecloth and crisp white linen napkins. Cutlery and glassware were all set out well. My partner and I were showed to our table and were offered a drinks menu; this included four wines by the glass and bottle, including rather expensive champagnes, a selection of bottled beers and a soft drinks list. I chose a large glass of red and my partner a large glass of white, these were delivered promptly and we paid for them after our meal, they were of average price. The package included a three course meal, from a set menu along with tea or coffee and chocolates. A menu was placed on each table and before lunch was served we were asked if we had any dietary requirements, we were happy with the menu. We did see other diners during the meal eating alternative dishes to the set menu; so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re not a fan of something. Lunch is served banqueting style i.e. everybody is served and cleared at more or less the same rate, this does not mean you are rushed or that it is too slow. The starter was traditionally garnished smoked salmon, served with buttered brown bread. This was a light, enjoyable starter and even better with a touch of black pepper and bit of fresh lemon juice. I would have preferred the butter to be on the side, so I could use only a small amount. Main course was a whole roasted chicken breast served alongside three vegetables – cabbage, carrots and broccoli along with roasted new potatoes and a touch of gravy. The chicken was extremely delicious, the skin was browned well and the meat was tender and moist, I thought it was cooked nicely. The gravy that accompanied the meat was full of flavour; it did not drown the food but didn’t leave it dry. The broccoli was just right, it was a whole floret and not a mush like some places prepare, it had a small crunch just as I like. The cabbage was good and the carrots were tasty. The roasted new potatoes were perfectly seasoned; the skins had a nice texture with soft potato inside. I thought this course was perfect, it was a very good size, satisfying both my partner’s appetite and mine. After main course we were served a slice of chocolate tart, with mixed berries. This was very chocolaty; it was dark chocolate and quite rich. The berries on top made a nice contrast. We were served coffee and tea with plenty of time before docking, this came with a chocolate each, they were wrapped in foil and as we were full from lunch we took them with us to enjoy later. The coffee was not piping hot and really very strong, I must admit I didn’t enjoy my cup and refused a refill. Overall we both thoroughly enjoyed our roast lunch, each course was attractively presented, decent sized portions, main course was piping hot and everything was served at just the right pace.
Overall, we both thoroughly enjoyed our day out, I would recommend combining the lunch with other London attractions, i.e. visiting a museum or riding the Eye. We plan to take another cruise, this time for an evening meal to see London's river landmarks all lit up.
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