London Shell Co. will launch its second permanent floating restaurant on the Regent’s Canal at Paddington Central on 10 June.
The Grand Duchess will be moored adjacent to the company’s cruising restaurant boat The Prince Regent, and will be a 40-cover barge specialising in British fish with a drinks menu that focuses on sparkling wine. Outside seating will be available in the summer.
It will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and will be permanently docked on the canal, offering guests the chance to sit with a glass of wine with bar snacks, or book the private Captain’s Table with space for six to 13.
Fish will be delivered daily from independent Cornish fishermen, accompanied by 50 different sparkling wines to choose from, as well as cocktails, beers and soft drinks.
Dishes include beer battered lobster, monkfish and wild garlic kiev, and crisp mangaliza belly with cockles and laverbread.
“We are so excited to open this boat,” say co-founder siblings Harry and Leah Lobek. “It has been three years in the planning. In our opinion, there is no more romantic or exciting setting to eat fish than on a boat. We have always dreamt of opening a static restaurant where you can have your hake and eat it.”