While on-land dining rooms can make for great festive meals, a barge offers more extensive decorating opportunities, with bows for holly and halls for decking. Push the boat out with today's Groupon at Barge Louisa. Choose from the following options.• £60 for a four course Christmas dinner for one on board a 5* luxury barge (£120 value)
• £549 for a four course Christmas dinner for ten on board a 5* luxury barge (£1,200 value)
Refurbished in 2010, this luxurious 5* hotel boat resides on the gentle waters of the upper Thames, offering out-of-this-deck dining and plush bedrooms for up to four guests. The neatly decorated Dutch barge, which also offers day cruises along the river, houses a fabulous lounge and on-board bar with drinks a-plenty to satisfy the needs of spirit-lovers, wine connoisseurs and beer imbibers alike. Meanwhile, the barge’s chef creates exciting and flavoursome menus of the international variety, with a more than a nod to the flavours of French cuisine.
Festive diners can enjoy views of River Thames while feasting on four suitably Christmassy courses, starting with the likes of smooth Brussels liver pate, served with caramelized onion relish, cucumber and melba toast. Filling up with the main event is the chicken breast with mushrooms, bacon, brandy and white wine and finished with thick cream and fresh parsley, while vegetarians can be feast on a deep short crust pastry quiche filled with goats cheese, red roasted peppers and extra mature cheddar. As long as there is enough room on-board for desert, stomachs can be fulfilled with Christmas pudding, and for a final appetising flourish, a fine selection of cheeses is offered with a choice of coffee, teas and mints.
To see the full Christmas menu click here.