Reader’s blog: my gourmet river tour

Published June 27, 2012

Great Food subscriber Richard Cleaver (@RichardStamford on Twitter) emailed to tell us about a sublime – and unexpected – gourmet boat tour he discovered. He explains..

You might be interested in something I unexpectedly experienced two years ago. My wife and I and another couple hired a 50’s narrowboat on the River Nene from @NeneValleyBoats near Oundle for a long weekend cruise in the middle of the summer – and it turned unexpectedly into a gourmet tour!

Friday night: The Crown at Elton
Sat lunch: cooked on board and dined on the river bank – but could have gone to The Haycock in Wansford instead
Sat night: Orton Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Peterborough (beautiful high-ceilinged Victorian gothic revival dining-room).
Sunday lunch: Ate brunch on the move – but could have stopped off at either The Queen’s Head at Nassington or The Falcon at Fotheringhay.
Sunday night: Oundle Mill (fantastic!)
Monday lunchtime: The King’s Head at Wadenhoe (garden of the King’s Head is pictured above left).

Inside the King’s Head at Wadenhoe

It required us to work about 20 locks, but that helped build up our appetites! What was also amazing was to find places in such rural locations that served food on Sunday evening and Monday lunchtime.

Anyway, I thought I’d mention it to you as it was such a brilliant experience and I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
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Richard raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support with his devilishly hard quizzes. Look out for them in Great Food Magazine from the Christmas 2012 issue.

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Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.