Our previous passengers give their feedback about the Edward Elgar
Our tour video is a great way to discover the boat.
Discover the largest Hotel Boat on the UK's inland waterways
- 4 Star Comfort The Edward Elgar offers a standard of accommodation, meals, facilities and crew service which is rated as 4-star by the Visit Britain Quality in Tourism Hotel Boat scheme. Guaranteed comfort independently assessed.
- Convenient Layout The vessel is a substantial inland Riverboat hotel with a convenient layout, warm atmosphere and commanding views over the countryside. Suitable for people with reduced mobility who can still manage stairs un-aided.
- Delicious Meals We serve up traditional English cooking prepared by our chef for three meal occasions each day and can cater for special diets.
- Warm Hospitality- The live-in crew make passenger safety, attentive service and warm hospitality their highest priorities. We offer a licensed bar and live entertainment. Special needs & diets catered for.
As a result of this years’ assessment, the MV Edward Elgar comfortably retains the Four Star VisitEngland rating under the hotel boat category, being at the upper end of this rating.
This family business continues to invest heavily in the physical quality and provision onboard, thus ensuring both returning guests and people new to the experience will be delighted with the provision on board.Annette Visit England
Visit England Full Report including Access Guidance
Read Visit England's full report after their visit in May 2016.
If you have reduced mobility or a disability and would like further information on access, please go to our access guidance page.
Drinks on the top deck
The vessel has three decks. The passenger cabins are located on the lower deck served by two staircases up to the main deck. The main deck has restaurant seating with panoramic views and a licensed bar. The open top deck offers further seating with superb views over the surrounding countryside. All inboard areas are climate-controlled. The vessel carries just 22 passengers, so the atmosphere aboard is informal and friendly and the dress ‘code’ is relaxed.
The main saloon is elevated above the water for great views whatever the weather. The top roof deck is great for those sunny days and your comfortable cabins are below.
The 11 passenger cabins are all cosy outside twin cabins. Each one has a window, twin beds, storage space for clothing and suitcases, a 240V socket for low power appliances and new en-suite facilities with a shower, washbasin, shaver socket and WC. We supply towels, shower gel, hand soap, tissues and a hairdryer. You can also request extra pillows, blankets and an iron – just ask the crew! Our fresh air circulation and separate air-conditioning help you to get a good rest at night. We clean your cabin every day, make up the beds and replace any towels you may wish to have laundered.
Prawn Cocktail with Avocado Puree and Marie Rose Sauce
Gloucester Old Spot Slow roasted Pork Belly stuufed with apricots and served with braised red cabbage and crackling
Passenger food review video
Summer Berry Terrine with Chantilly Cream
We serve up traditional English cooking. Breakfast includes a range of juices, cereals and fruit, toast, jams and marmalade and a cooked dish on most days. Lunch is normally two set courses such as a Ploughman’s lunch with a Raspberry Fool, or Jacket Potatoes with a selection of toppings followed by an Ice Cream Sundae.Dinner is a set four-course meal. Start with a home-made soup or maybe smoked Mackerel pate, and move onto a main course of slow-braised Pork with cider and crème fraiche or perhaps poached Hake with lemon butter sauce. This is followed by a home made dessert such as fruit crumble or cheese cake and then we offer a cheese board and freshly-brewed tea or coffee.
Vegetarian options are always available and we can also cater for special needs, with advance warning.
The Captain and crew make passenger safety, attentive service and warm hospitality their highest priorities. Besides providing mealtime and cabin services, they porter your baggage; tell you about the local sights, ‘shepherd’ you onto guided tours and help the less mobile to get around.
The bar carries a variety of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits. We also offer complimentary self-serve tea, coffee and chilled drinking water all day and wine with evening meals.
Live music is staged after dinner on one evening during your holiday. You may also like to join a game of Deck Quoits in the daytime or a table quiz after dinner.
Click to watch passengers talk about our crew.