Wine Cruises on the Thames with Tasting House

Launching this year in partnership with The Tasting House in Reading and Bench Rest Dining – A selection of tasting and dining events with paired wines. You can choose from a wine tasting cruise with an onboard expert who will take you on a journey through the wines of a region, or, join us for a 6-course tasting menu from Benchrest matched to a tasting menu of wines.

Wine Tasting Cruises – with nibbles

June 13th, June 27th, July 25th, and August 29th

Tasting Menu from Bench Rest paired with wine

July 11th and August 15th

Tasting House Tasting Cruises
Bench Rest Bakery Afternoon Tea on the Thames

Wine Tasting  Cruises

Enjoy the pick of a region and taste the highlights with an expert to guide you through the wines and learn from those in the know. Each cruise will depart at 19.30 and we will spend two hours following the twists and turns of the river as the sun starts to set. Nibbles and canapes will be served by Bench Rest.

Tickets £40 per person.

June 13th – Ryan’s Best of Aus 

Aussie Expert Ryan will guide you through some of his favourite wines, focussing on the best of what this fabulous country can offer.  He’ll be looking at a top-class selection of white and red, showing the diversity Australia can offer and its amazing focus on quality.

June 27th – The Diversity of Pinot Noir

Our good friend Tomek joins us on the river to taste through a wonderful selection of Pinots from key regions across the globe.  This is a great chance to taste and compare undoubtedly one of the most interesting grapes, showing how diverse this variety can be and how it truly reflects the terroir where it is grown.

July 25th – A Taste of Summer

Celebrating the great British Summer, Pierre will showcase a selected group of wines that best represents summer.  Think light reds (possibly chilled), crisp and zesty whites with a few tropical notes along the way and you won’t be far off.  He’ll also look at the best sparkles to serve at your summer party and how to impress your friends at your next BBQ.

August 29th – Birthday Celebrations with Hattingley Valley

What a great way to close the summer tasting season and celebrate our 6th birthday!  We are joined on the river by Gareth, the Commercial Director for Hattingley Valley in Hampshire, to talk through and taste their award-winning portfolio.  Hattingley Valley represents everything that is truly fantastic about English wine and this is a great opportunity to understand why some of the top houses in Champagne are sitting up and taking notice of what is happening this side of the channel.


Tasting Menu  Cruises

If you are a foodie and wine lover there can be little better than spending two hours on the river and enjoying a 6 course themed tasting menu from Laura at Bench Rest whilst being served matched and considered wines from The Tasting House. Cruises will depart promptly at 19.30 and we ask you to leave notes about dietary requirements when booking if at all possible. We advise you book early as spaces are limited.

Tickets are £45 per person

July 11th – Summer Tapas Dinner 

Join us for a relaxed and creative tapas evening on the Thames.  Laura from Bench Rest will be showcasing some delicious dishes with lots of international influences.  Wine will be hosted by Suzy from Tasting House and will be carefully matched to each dish. 

August 15th – Portuguese Dinner 

For this dinner event, Laura from Bench Rest will focus on some of her favourite dishes from Portugal.  She will look at the various influences this wonderful country has to offer and once again we will be carefully matching wines to each dish. 

The Schedule

We will slip our mooring lines in Caversham and cruise up the river* in the early evening (departure at 19.30 for all cruises) there are open decks on all our vessels as well as good views and seating areas. A full bar is onboard with soft and alcoholic drinks. Cruises will return to the pier at 21.30 and there will be time to discuss wines and places any orders you would like to with Tasting House after we return.

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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Wine Tasting £40 Tasting Menu £45


Wine Tasting cruises – June 13th, July 25th and August 29th. Tapas and tasting cruises – June 11th  and August 15th

Departure Point

All tasting 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 nearby 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.