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Chefs at the helm of a new floating restaurant on the Thames have unveiled a series of early summer menus – and a famous local dish takes a starring role.

Bateaux Windsor’s vessel, The Melody, which launched in April, operates lunch, dinner and Sunday lunch cruises along the Thames at Royal Windsor.

And among the first dishes chosen to impress diners is Eton Mess, named in honour of the Berkshire town’s famous Eton College.

The traditional British dessert, of meringue, cream and fresh strawberries, rounds off the three-course Sunday lunch menu, which begins with asparagus velouté, followed by roasted free range chicken.

Asparagus – sourced from neighbouring Oxfordshire and in season for just a short period – also features on the dinner menu, where it accompanies a smoked salmon cannelloni starter.

The four-course dinner menu begins with an amuse bouche and also features a main course of roasted rump of new season lamb, followed by a white chocolate and raspberry ingot dessert with soused strawberries, basil jelly and honeycomb and Cornish brie with truffle honey and crisp sourdough.

Diners on a lunch cruise will be served a ham hock and pea pressé, with a main course of chicken, leek and chestnut mushroom puff pastry pie and a dessert of lemon and ginger cheesecake – and Fairtrade tea and coffee are served at the end of all meals.

Gemma Amor, head chef at Bateaux Windsor, said: “Planning these menus has been an absolute joy as there is so much superb produce within Berkshire and its environs for us to choose from.

“Our menus will be changing in line with what’s available and seasonal to make the most of the local ingredients but I have a feeling Eton Mess – which is not only one of the UK’s best loved and most popular desserts but has such obvious local significance – will become a fairly regular feature. I just hope our Sunday lunch diners feel we’ve done it justice.”

Bateaux Windsor prices start at £35 per person for the afternoon tea and lunch cruises, £45 for the Sunday lunch cruises and £75 for the dinner cruises and diners are asked to adhere to a smart casual dress code.

Children aged under three are not allowed on board the day time cruises while the dinner cruise carries a minimum age requirement of 12 years.

Cruise packages are available to buy online at and can also be purchased as gift vouchers.


For further information, or to book, call 01753 202302 or email Card payment only.

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