Bateaux London, at Victoria Embankment, is the only cruise operator on the river to offer a full fine dining service on its vessels, Harmony and Symphony.
And its menus have been specially created by head chef Joanna Bell who took the helm earlier this year, having catered for HM The Queen, the royal family, BRITs ceremonies and a string of prestigious events.
The dishes have been designed to showcase British ingredients, from asparagus and English lamb to wild flower honey and watercress and are prepared from scratch in the vessels’ galley kitchens.
Evening diners will be offered a five-course meal, starting with artisan bread, farmhouse butter, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, followed by Somerset brie, with panna cotta, brioche crumb and spears of English asparagus.
They can then choose either smoked mackerel rillettes with horseradish mousse and textures of beetroot and radish or a vegetarian option of pickled and salt baked baby vegetables with fromage blanc, wild flower honey and new season leaves.
Main course choices are English lamb rump with aged Parmesan risotto, wild mushrooms, watercress purée and pan jus, or pumpkin tortellini, with sage butter, pine nuts and parmesan crackling.
Dinner will be rounded off with pistachio and apricot torte with apricot coulis, crème anglaise and mint poached apricots, followed by Fairtrade coffee, teas or Infusions and petit fours.
Those stepping aboard Harmony or Symphony for a lunchtime cruise past sights such as the Palace of Westminster, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, will be served the lamb or pumpkin main courses followed by the torte, tea, coffee and petit fours.
“One of the reasons I joined Bateaux London was the challenge of creating superb fresh food in the confined – and floating - space of a galley kitchen” said Joanna.
“I’m a firm believer that the best dishes are those that rely on just a few, key ingredients, cooked well – and that has stood me in good stead.
“And, because a Bateaux London Thames cruise is such a quintessentially British experience, it was a no-brainer to showcase seasonal British ingredients.
“I am incredibly proud of these dishes and hope visitors to the city will enjoy eating them as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them.”
Along with the lunch and dinner cruises, Bateaux London also operates afternoon tea and Sunday supper cruises and the vessels can also be privately hired for events such as networking receptions, gala dinners and award ceremonies.
Dinner cruises, including live entertainment, board at 19.00hrs and return at 22.30hrs and cost from £82 per person.
Lunch cruises, including audio commentary about the capital's famous landmarks and rich history, board at 11.30hrs and return at 13.30hrs and cost £36 per person.