On a hot summer’s evening what could be better than hitting the decks of river-bourne venue Tattershall Castle and imagining you’re on a sea cruise off the Mediterranean. It may be moored, but with the river lapping gently against the sides of the barge, drinks tastes all the sweeter – and don’t forget the nightclub on board!
Moored on the River Thames, not far from Embankment Tube station is the Tattershall Castle barge. The interior is reminiscent of a 1980s cruise liner, but to be honest the decor isn’t the main draw of this floating pub. This vast vessel has five bars and an upper deck where you can enjoy a glass of chilled wine and watch the river traffic cruise by. There are breathtaking sights of the city with the London Eye located opposite alongside Big Ben and panoramic views of the London skyline. There’s even a nightclub available for hire (capacity 250 people) with regular club nights each week.
People always seem to get excited when they go on a boat, and Tattershall Castle is no exception, with a definite holiday atmosphere reflecting this illusion. The lunch hours tend to get very loud as it’s frequented by local office professionals all in pinstripe suits probably discussing last week's rugger at Twickenham. This changes at the weekends when groups of out of towners visit to let their hair down and party.
Club Tattershall is open for business midweek and at weekends and makes for an interesting twist on the usual club experience. If you want to dance to all the club classics come on a Friday from 9pm–3am and Saturday is the Boat Party night – ideal for hen parties and stag nights.
The food at Tattershall Castle is pretty decent with a nice choice of pub grub. Starters range from £4.50 for a black pudding, with main courses consisting of chicken caesar salad for £6.75, or burger and chips at £8.25 – so it’s hardly going to break the bank. If you’re just after a sandwich, prices start at £4.75 and sharers from £7.45 for a mix of bruschetta and olives. Desserts are also available from £4.65 with tea and coffee if you fancy something warm to drink.
There are all the usual beers, wines and spirits available and the prices are reasonable, but there isn’t anything you couldn’t get from your local pub. Let’s face it, you’ve not come here for the variety of booze, and don’t worry, there’s plenty of it!
The Last Word
Tattershall Castle comes highly recommended, especially during the summer months. What could be nicer than spending balmy evenings on the river?