ABOUT
THE TATTERSHALL CASTLE

The newly refurbished Tattershall Castle is a unique floating bar on the River Thames. She has various rooms each with its own individual character that adds to the overall charm of our famous home on the river.
 
Each of our bars is fully air-conditioned making your time on board most pleasant, whatever the season. Throughout the Summer we make the most of the warm weather by enjoying drinks on deck. In winter to venture 'below decks' to enjoy a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

Out in the open or snug down below we offer you a superb range of cocktails and an exceptional range of specialist gins or rums.
 
Whatever time of year you choose to visit us, you are guaranteed to enjoy our unique location which offers a truly unique view of the Thames and its many sights and attractions.
 
Our Skipper and the team look forward to welcoming you aboard

Opening Times:

Monday    11am - 11pm
Tuesday    11am 11pm
Wednesday    11am 11pm
Thursday    11am 11pm
Friday    11am 3am
Saturday    10am 3am
Sunday    11am 10:30pm

THE TATTERSHALL CASTLE...
THROUGH THE AGES

1934

Officially launched on 24 September. Built by London & North Eastern Railway Company to ferry passengers across the Humber estuary and named after Tattershall Castle in Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

Makes the four mile, 40-minute journey eight times a day, as well as Sunday excursions from Hull to Read’s Island and Grimsby.

1939-44

World War Two. Commandeered to ferry troops and supplies along the Humber to wherever they were needed.

1948

Due to the heavy fogs often encountered on the Humber, the Tattershall Castle is fitted with radar in 1948, becoming one of the first civilian ships to have this facility.

1973

Urgent work needed on the ship’s boilers is deemed too costly, and the Tattershall Castle is retired from service. The opening of the Humber Road Bridge in 1981 seals the fate of the Humber ferries. During its 39 years of service, the Tattershall Castle had carried more than a million passengers.

1975

Leaving the Humber for the first time, the Tattershall Castle is towed to the berth on London’s Embankment it occupies today. Opened by the then Lord Mayor of London as the capital’s first floating Art Gallery and Conference Centre.

1982

Sold to the Chef & Brewer pub restaurant group, the Tattershall Castle reopens as a bar and restaurant and quickly becomes a popular destination for both Londoners and tourists.

2000

Launch of the Boat Show Comedy Club, which has staged performances from top comedians including Micky Flanagan, Eddie Izzard, James Corden, Jack Whitehall, Michael McIntyre and Sarah Millican.

2003

Taken to Great Yarmouth for a refit, which includes enlarging the windows in the forward lounge to give a better view of the London Eye.

2005

Bought by a newly-formed pub group, which named itself the Tattershall Castle Group. The company has since changed its name to TCG, but its logo still incorporates a boat design and the ‘The Tattershall Castle’ is one of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of their nationwide estate of pubs and bars.

2014

On New Year’s Eve, the gangplank is pulled up ahead of a journey back to Hull, where it receives a major refurbishment, including reinforcing its hull.

2015

Back in London, the ‘The Tattershall Castle’ is back with a brand new look, ready to offer many more years of great food, drink and entertainment and one of the finest Thamesside views in the capital.

STEAMBOAT STOMP

1050 PASSENGERS

SISTERS, SISTERS...

The Tattershall Castle was one of three paddle steamers working the Hull to New Holland route. The PS Lincoln Castle was scrapped in 2010, while the PS Wingfield Castle is on display in Hartlepool Historic Quay.

STEAMBOAT STOMPS

Live music, dancing, and beers by the crate... for around two decades, Humberside’s party crowd enjoyed weekly ‘Steamboat Stomps’ on board the Tattershall Castle. A ‘stomper’ recalls: “The boat was filled to capacity as she sailed down the Humber, music playing. The bar was crowded, so it saved time to buy beer for your friends by the crate which then doubled as a seat when it was empty!”

BLAME IT ON THE SANDBANKS

Is this the best excuse ever for arriving at work late AND slightly merry? The Humber estuary is known for its hard-to-navigate sandbanks, which regularly grounded the Tattershall Castle and other ferries taking people to work, meaning long delays to their commute. The answer: open the on-board bar, of course!

A STAR IS BORN

After the first ever performance of hit musical ‘Evita’ in June 1978, the cast and crew celebrated on board the Tattershall Castle. Elaine Paige, whose stunning performance as Eva Peron catapulted her to global fame, recalled, “We had the most fantastic party. There was champagne and all the glitterati from the industry came. At 1am, someone went to buy the next day’s papers, and there was my face splashed all over the front pages. Heady times.”

POPPING CORKS - AND THE QUESTION

The Tattershall Castle’s views of the London Eye and the firework display on the Thames make it one of the top spots to spend New Year’s Eve. Revellers on board see in the new year in style, drinking around 150 bottles of fizz and in most years, at least one couple get engaged as nearby Big Ben strikes midnight.

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