Saturday night found Claire and I visiting ‘The Summerhouse at The Waterway’.

It’s a small restaurant in Little Venice, on Blomfield Road (which runs parallel to the canal, opposite the visitor moorings that spread from Ha’Penny Bridge down to the old Toll House on the entrance to Browning’s Pool).

We’d spotted the restaurant months ago and promised ourselves we’d return. And, though we couldn’t quite conjour up a dry evening, a fine rain fell pretty much the whole time we were there, we were able to get a canalside table and with a glass or two of wine, good food, great company and the gas heaters warming the damp evening air, we had a wonderful evening.

In fact, it felt a little bit like being away (despite the fact that we were only a couple of miles from home!). The Summerhouse has that kind of ambience about it… as if it’s somewhere else – somewhere sunny.

The view from our table, a ‘privet hedge’ away from the Cut.
Watching the party boats pass. This is Canal & Rivers Cruisers ‘Lady A’…
Even a little nature passed our way… this family of swans was leading ‘The Prince Regent’ down the canal…
‘The Prince Regent’ floating restaurant passes…
According to the blurb on their website, “The Prince Regent” was built especially for entertaining in Edwardian style and she was launched in 1990. Her lines are reminiscent of the steam powered Inspection Launches used for the Directors of the private canal companies, circa 1910. Her interior is richly finished with mahogany and ash paneling and oak flooring. An original Edwardian bar leads to a large saloon and spacious foredeck. Full central heating provides comfortable use at all times of year. Yours for just £220.00 per hour!
One beautiful wife. One fabulous evening out.
Oh, and her other half…
This is a promotional photo of the restaurant, it’s actually much friendlier than this, and much busier. Despite being a little pricey, we felt it was a treat and well worth the visit…
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