Originally converted to create extra dining space during COVID, this ex-office barge is now the location of Caravel - a moorside restaurant that takes inspiration from Britain and the Med with a pared-back menu. The front and back of house teams are respectively led by brothers Fin and Lorcan Spiteri, who are the sons of St John founding partner Jon Spiteri and Rochelle Canteen co-founder Melanie Arnold.
With that in mind, you may already have a good idea of what to expect on the menu here. Lorcan oversees the kitchen at Caravel and turns out menus of rustic, classic British cooking, with a few nods further afield, whilst Fin - once manager of the member's bar at Quo Vadis - looks after drinks and front of house.
The menu at the time of writing features a selection of snacks, small plates, mains and desserts, and changes relatively often as produce comes in and out of season. Things kick off with snacks like little potato rostis with sour cream and caviar, then small starter plates such as duck croquettes with wild garlic aioli, salsify, gribiche and hazelnuts and winter tomato salad.
The mains are an echo of food that the brothers grew up around at restaurants like St John, Rochelle Canteen and Quo Vadis. There's pressed lamb, sprouting broccoli and anchovy, for example, and a warming dish of mussels, chips and veloute. The menu rounds out with simple but heartwarming puddings like rhubarb jelly with chantilly and honeycomb, and caramelised banana and almond tart.
On the drinks front, Fin has assembled a compact list of drinks that focuses on independent, organic wine producers, as well as as including a handful of cocktails.