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, 22nd September, 27th October and 17th November.

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)



Prawns & Avo with Pink Mayo Sourdough Farmhouse Sandwich


Egg & Roasted Red Pepper Cream Cheese Rye Sourdough Sandwich


Chorizo & Halloumi Roll


Chocolate With Toasted Coconut Mini Tart


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


Coffee Sables With Mocha Cream


Lime, Rasberry & Poppy Seeds Petit Four


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



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 15.30  (14.30 for the sailing in November) and 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



 Our 2019 timetable includes Sunday 31st March (Mothers Day), 28th April, 19th May, 23rd June, 21st July, 11th August, 22nd September, 27th October and 17th November

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.