The Boat House Deli & Cafe, Streatley, Berkshire
Will Ross, March 1, 2015
Steam rose from our saddles as we huffed through the frozen air in race against a First Great Western train, also heading towards our destination. Cradled in the Goring Gap between the escarpments of the Chilterns and the Berkshire and Marlborough Downs, Streatley is home to the Boat House Deli & Café, an idyllic eatery on the banks of the River Thames. The cafe is part of The Swan at Streatley, a well appointed restaurant, bar and hotel.
Aside from being welcoming to cyclists, with plenty of safe storage space and an amenable decor, the Boat House is dripping with treats to break up a long winter ride. Its menu is loaded with homemade pizzas, quiches, pastries, freshly baked breads and, my highlight, a cheese and marmite toastie. If you fancy picking up some select cheese, salmon or local game meats, these are also vended along with non-perishable treats to stow away for the off-season.
For those looking to base themselves somewhere during a longer training weekend, think to book in at the hotel at The Swan. Their winter deals are outstanding, and just about match the quality of the road cycling to the north and south of the village.
The Boat House is open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm, and Sunday from 9.30am to 5.30pm. If you’ve got a big group or want to reserve some space, call in advance on 01491 878 860.
For more information, head to theboathouse.com.