What: The Grand Duchess
In a nutshell: London's cruiseboat restaurant gets a permanent spot at Paddington Central
Summing it all up: This sister restaurant to the London Shell Co.'s cruising restaurant will be a permanently moored barge by Paddington Central serving up seafood and sparkling wine.
Almost two and a half years after they first set sail on the Regent's Canal, the London Shell Co. are expanding. That's right, they needed a bigger boat. But their newest acquisition, The Grand Duchess, won't be going anywhere. She'll be moored right next to their existing boat as a permanent restaurant on the canal.
"We have always dreamt of opening a static restaurant," said co-founders, siblings Harry & Leah Lobek, “where you can have your Hake and eat it”. Yes, they went there. The new barge will have room for 40 diners and will serve up a menu specialising in British food - expect plenty of Cornish seafood - with sparkling wine. Come summer, they'll also have seating outside too and there's also room for a private banqueting table, The Captain's Table, at the bow of boat for parties from six to thirteen.
On the menu they're promising dishes like:
- Beer Battered Lobster & Fried Curry Leaves with Chip Shop Curry Sauce
- Monkfish & Wild Garlic Kiev with New Season Lettuce, Croutons & Anchovies
- Surf’n’Turf 500g Dexter Rib and grilled Langoustines in garlic butter
And, if you're just after a glass of English fizz and some seafood snacks, those will be on offer too.
Photo by Nic Crilly-Hargrave
More about The Grand Duchess
Where is it? Sheldon Square, Paddington, London W2 6EP. If you walk along the canal, The Grand Duchess is moored alongside Sheldon Square in the direction of Little Venice
When does it open? 10 June 2019
How to book: Bookings open 14 May
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