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Fine Dining with Canal Experience

Annie Assheton. BBC Master Chef Finalist 

Since appearing on Master Chef early in 2011 Annie’s life has changed considerably. 

“The whole experience was amazing and inspiring and finally gave me the confidence to do what I have wanted to do for years; make food central to my life by spending time cooking for others and teaching them how to do it for themselves.” 

Annie has continued to develop her skills working at the Michelin starred restaurant L’Ortolan, near Reading. 

For our Canal Experience Fine Dining Cruise, delicious, freshly prepared and beautiful food using good quality, responsibly produced and locally sourced products and ingredients are central to Annie’s cooking. 

Annie will be your private chef for the evening, cooking in front of you as she entertains with her experiences as a Chef and stories about her BBC TV appearance on Master Chef. 

Canal Experience Ltd 

Nick Harborne and Paul Roberts have been running Canal Experience since 2007 offering canal boat holidays, breaks and day hire.  

“We are very excited about working with Annie.  Our first customers were delighted with their trip. It can get quite difficult for us to concentrate on steering though with the aromas drifting up from the galley” said Paul. 

The Canal Experience Fine Dining cruise is unique in that as well as having a private chef, Paul and Nick are on hand as your personal crew and will offer hands on instruction in the handling and steering of a canal boat and how to safely navigate through the locks on route.
Canal Experience in the press

Canal Experience Fine Dining Cruises 

1.  Masterchef’s Annie Assheton launches floating restaurant

Sunday, 30th Dec 2012  Newbury Today view

2. Dining Out on the River

January 2013.  Out and About Newbury  view  
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Canal Experience Fine Dining

Canal Experience would like to cordially invite you to a unique dining experience on board Halcyon Days as she cruises the Kennet and Avon Canal.  You will be joined by BBC Master Chef finalist Annie Assheton for this exciting venture.

For any occasion…

Celebrating?  Romantic meal?  Something different?  Something unforgettable and unique.

Where else could you sip Champagne whilst your own private chef cooks you your personally devised menu in front of you, as the world goes by your window cruising the renown and beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal.

And if you fancy your hand at steering a 57ft narrow boat, your personal crew will be on hand to show you how to handle and navigate a boat and take her through a lock, stepping back in time to the industrial revolution:  fine dining, boat handling and time travel.  Unique.

Sample Menu



Home smoked mackerel with root vegetable carpaccio and sour cherry dressing


Woodpigeon breast with herbed spelt and watercress


 Dark chocolate ganache with blackberry puree and basil





Burghfield Bridge
Kennet and Avon Canal


3 – 4 hours


We will provide a range of original and exciting menus devised by Master Chef Annie Assheton, or you can discuss with Annie any requests you may have.  The meal consists of canapés, starter, main and dessert, Champagne, wine, local beers, cider and coffee.

Boat Handling Instruction

You are welcome to join in with crewing the boat, steering and navigating through the locks for as much or as little as you wish.  Life jackets provided.


We can cater for parties of 2 – 4 people.


2 people  £699 inc VAT
4 people  £799 inc VAT

Other Options

The above price represents our high end dining experience.  We are working on a range of options to suit everyone.

High end dining without a private chef?  Annie will arrange with you and prepare your meal, and leave you with instructions on how to finish it. The rest is over to you!  

Bring you own!  The ultimate self catering cruise experience.

We also have Rosina, a day boat equipped for 12 passengers.  We can arrange for hot or cold buffets for your entertaining, party or celebration.  If you want a private chef,we can organise that too.  Just let us know what you need.

Please contact us using the form if you would like to enquire about what other options may be available and we will do our best to accommodate you.

How to Book

Should you wish to book or check availability, please complete the contact us form and let us know what date you are interested in, lunch time or evening, and the number of people in your party.  Please supply a contact telephone number.