Food afloat

Our canals are lined with great places to eat and drink but did you realise you can grab a bite to eat on the water too?

From boats selling cheese and ice cream to bars onboard barges, there are plenty of places you can refuel. Here are just a few of the foodie businesses that you can find by the water:

Butty & Sweet, Llangollen Canal

Mandi and Dave run a traditional café from their boat moored in Trevor Basin next to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake before marvelling at the awesome aqueduct.

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Mandi & Dave at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Home Brew Boat

No canal-related food and drink feature is complete without beer! The home brew boat travels around the Midlands selling everything you need to make your own cider, beer, spirits and wine at home. Visit them on the towpath and then forage for some fruit on the way home and you could enjoy a thoroughly canal-based beverage.

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The Candy Boat

Sticking with a sweet theme, the Candy Boat sells every kind of sweet you could possibly hanker after. Black Jacks, Bon Bons and toffees of every flavour can be found floating up and down our canals and rivers.

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The Jam Butty, various locations

If you’re after a sweet treat with amazing provenance then hunt down the Jam Butty. They sell preserves made from foraged foods, many found along our towpaths. You’ll often find them at canalside festivals, although they are happy to be flagged down if you spot them on the move.

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Flavoursafloat Coffee Emporium

If you’re after a caffeine fix then hunt down this floating coffee shop. Their products make wonderful gifts or the perfect treat. You can follow their progress on facebook. Keep an eye out for them in a town near you soon.

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Last date edited: 10 November 2017