Thames Tea Prepared By An Artisan Baker

Two hours cruising through Wind in the Willows country with us on the Thames from Reading, enjoy a mouth-watering afternoon tea menu served to you and your guests that has been baked with passion and flair. Laura and her team at Bench Rest, serve tea with a twist, tradition with a zing and something to excite the taste buds. We are offering two menus, one of which is vegan, please select when purchasing your tickets which you require.

Afternoon Tea Cruise 2019 Sailings

31st March (Mothers Day), 28th April, 19th May, 23rd June, 21st July, 11th August, and 22nd September

Sunday Afternoon Tea Cruises

Bench Rest Bakery Afternoon Tea on the Thames

Tea with a twist – served in style

Afternoon tea will be served to your table on classic crockery, a great English tradition and complimented by the backdrop of the stunning middle reaches of the Thames. Tea prepared by an artisan baker using fresh local ingredients is a real treat and includes homemade cakes and scones, clotted cream, the best of jams, exciting savories and selection of fair trade teas. We offer two menus, one of which is vegan-friendly. As you checkout please let us know which menu you would like.

A choice of seating is offered   – The Upper Deck Seating gives a great viewing platform over the river and surrounding areas whilst the Saloon Seating with big windows is a little cosier and has good access to the bar. We will arrange the tables to suit your party size. (please note rarely for operational reasons we may use a single deck boat in which case all tables will be on one deck with access to the bar and toilet facilities)

AFTERNOON TEA MENU


 

Prawns & Avo with Pink Mayo Sourdough Farmhouse Sandwich

 

Egg & Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Rye Sourdough Sandwich

 

Chorizo & Halloumi Roll

 

Salted Caramel Mini Tart

 

Scones With Clotted Cream & Jam from the Jam Lady Artisan Preserves

 

Lemon Viennese Whirl

 

Lime & Strawberry Petit Four

 

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to substitute items on the menu.

AFTERNOON TEA MENU (Plant Based)


 

Fried tofu & Avo Sourdough Farmhouse Sandwich

 

Vegan Greek Style Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Rye Sourdough Sandwich

 

Sun-dried Tomato & Mushroom Roll

 

Toasted Coconut Cream Mini Tart

 

Coconut Cream Scones & Jam

 

Lemon Viennese Whirl

 

Double Chocolate Petit Four

This menu is vegan-friendly.

 

On rare occasions, it may be necessary to substitute items on the menu.

The Schedule

We will slip our mooring lines in Caversham and cruise up the river*. Spot birds and wildlife as the boat follows the twist and turns of the river to Mapledurham Lock and Weir before heading back downstream to Reading. Departure is at 1530and the cruise will be around 2 hours, boarding commences 15 minutes prior to departure.

Dietary Requests

When booking your tickets please alert us to any special dietary requirements please enter them in the free text field. The chef and her team will also be able to assist you on the day of a cruise as to specific ingredients and provide alternatives where possible.

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Adult tickets £28.50 Children 3-10 yrs £24.00

 

Timetable

 Our 2019 timetable includes Sunday 31st March (Mothers Day), 28th April, 19th May, 23rd June, 21st July, 11th August and 22nd September


Departure Point

All tea cruises will depart from our boarding point at Caversham Promenade or Caversham Pier (they are next to each other) by Reading Rowing club beside Caversham Bridge Reading. There are car parks near by which are often free at the weekend.


Wheelchair Access

Our boats are multi deck, access is via a ramp and we do have a few limitations with door widths. We recommend giving the office a quick call on 01189 481088 to discuss your requirements and we can advise on the best options for you or your guests.

Need some help?

If you would like more information about a cruise, boat trip or wish to discuss a party or private charter booking, please call Theresa in our planning office on 0118 948 1088 or email us using the contact form below.