Multi-award winning Yorkshire Hotel by the Canal and Skipton Boat Trips has introduced a new evening ‘Dinner Cruise’ option for groups as an alternative to dining in the hotel’s own restaurant every night. It makes a pleasant change to have a three hour dinner cruise for at least one evening during your stay.
Due to the canal having several turning points, your guests experience different view during the whole duration of the trip.
It includes a three-course dinner cooked and served by the Rendezvous Hotel’s own staff, starts and finishes at the hotel.
Guests board the purpose-built restaurant narrowboat from the hotel’s canal terrace. The boat has it’s own bar and toilets, it also caries very good roof floodlights for superb night time vision during winter evenings.
Supplement starts from only £5 per hour, per person.
Enjoying a 3-hour dinner cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal
It’s time for dinner, but this is no ordinary meal. We’re standing on the towpath of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, about a mile south of the Yorkshire market town of Skipton. Behind us is the Rendezvous Hotel. In front of us is ‘Dalesman’, a magnificent canal barge belonging to Skipton Boat Trips.
During the day, ‘Dalesman’ takes visitors for gentle cruises along the canal. But this evening she’s about to host one of the Rendezvous Hotel’s popular dinner cruises.
We’re invited aboard, the crew showing us to our reserved seats. It’s a beautiful, calm August evening. The passing swans and ducks look up, and paddle on. They’re used to unusual things happening at the Rendezvous.
Soon we’re all aboard and seated, and Malcolm Weaving, the owner of the Rendezvous, and Yorkshire through and through, is on the microphone, welcoming us and telling us a little of what we can expect.
Without us realising it, ‘Dalesman’ has gently left its moorings and the cruise has begun.
Our starter arrives, delivered expertly to our tables of four by smiling members of the Rendezvous’ own restaurant team. The onboard bar keeps the wine, beer and soft drinks flowing.
We arrive in the centre of Skipton where Malcolm recounts stories of the town’s remarkable history and points out the many converted mills. The boat turns and retraces its route back to the hotel. No, it’s not the end of the cruise, but the wonderful moment when the hotel team bring the freshly cooked main course aboard. It’s all done with smiles, and a fair amount of speed. Hotplates on the boat keep everything hot and tasty.
Soon we’re off again, gently gliding along the canal, and enjoying our dinner in a unique and tranquil setting. A heron watches us pass from his canal-side perch. Around every bend in the canal, delightful views of the Yorkshire countryside open up before us, with ancient woodlands, open fields and dry stone walls passing by our windows.
There are lifting bridges and swing bridges to negotiate, and more fascinating stories from Malcolm. Night has descended now, and spotlights on the roof of the boat pick out the features of the canal bank.
Another turn and we start our return journey to the hotel, this time enjoying our dessert.
Three hours after we left, we’re back, and disembarking in front of the hotel. We’re fed and watered, relaxed and happy, and heading to the bar for a nightcap.
Back on the canal, ‘Dalesman’ and her crew quietly depart back to Skipton Boat Trips. It’s been another successful dinner cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Our group had a most enjoyable and relaxing evening cruise with an excellent three course meal being served by the Rendezvous staff on board the Pennine cruise followed by Tea coffee , can’t believe how quickly the scenic journey went with an excellent commentary given by Malcom along the way.
Well done to all involved, a definite ten out of ten.
Darren @ Swann Tours
My husband and I stayed with you recently, having received your e mail about the evening dinner canal cruise we decided to give it a try. We were not disappointed in any way, we had a lovely evening.
We just wanted to contact you and say a big Thank you to everyone involved, both on the boat and in the hotel. The food was lovely and the girls on board….plus the barman and gate runner lol…had everything under control, they did a fantastic job looking after everyone’s needs. The hotel staff who prepared and got everything on board during the trip also deserve a thank you too, excellent.
We stayed overnight in a comfortable room and enjoyed a “yummy” breakfast before leaving for home.
Could not fault our trip, would recommend and hopefully will be back soon.
Joyce and George Smith