Fenland Food and Dining: The Ultimate Boater’s Guide

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Are you a food and dining enthusiast?

Do you love cooking at home?

Are you a follower of TV chefs?

Whether you are eating in or dining out on your narrowboat holiday there are plenty of ways to enjoy good food in the Fenlands of Cambridgeshire.


You may like to bring some basic food supplies with you when you arrive at our narrowboat hire base to begin your holiday. However you could also do a food shop here in March at nearby Sainsbury’s or Iceland. If you’re hiring a day-boat you could stop to shop in Upwell Village stores on the riverside, or at Outwell village shop, which is a two minute walk from the river. On a longer holiday cruise you will find Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s in Ely, or Asda in Peterborough, conveniently beside the river.

If you like to shop local, seeking out organic produce and browsing farmers markets then you’ll love this article about British Food Fortnight. How to #LoveBritishFood While You Hire a Narrowboat


Our holiday boats are equipped with a fridge with a small freezer compartment, and a gas cooker, which has a four ring hob, oven and a grill. So you should be able to cook most things that you would normally cook at home. Here are six of the best suggestions, tried and tested by real boaters. The 6 Best Narrowboat Summer Holiday Recipes

There are also some great ideas in the Narrowboat Recipes Facebook group.  You may also like this selection of recipes ‘From the Galley’ written by the team at Boatshed. I enjoyed the Camembert and Spinach Tortilla!

During National Picnic Week in June, our blog offered three simple steps to the perfect waterside picnic. How to Use Your Canal Boat Holiday to Plan the Perfect Picnic

Eating Out

We asked the Fox Narrowboats team about some of the best pubs on the Fenland waterways and they suggested these three riverside pubs Our Top 3 Pubs for Your Fenland Narrowboat Holiday

Gerald and Paula also visited The Ship Inn at Brandon Creek.  They sat at a table looking down The Great Ouse river towards Denver and watched the early evening boats travel downstream towards Denver Lock. Read more: Review of The Ship.

There’s nothing quite like visiting a succession of traditional English pubs on your narrowboat holiday. If you decide to cruise towards Cambridge here are 5 Places to Stop for a Drink When Cruising on the Cam. Cambridge also has a wonderful selection of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as a guided tour of Kings College you could also book yourself a wine tasting day with champagne and lunch in the beautiful college of Gonville and Caius.

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