Our eureka moment which formed the concept for placing a barge restaurant in residence upon Bude canal, came from seeing a Schooner Restaurant boat for sale. We thought “This is what Bude needs”!

We soon had a meeting with the Harbour Master taking our floor plans, business plan and artist impressions by local artist Harry Maconville. The length of this project has shown us just how dedicated you have to be to make something a reality. The early stages of creating The Barge included:

  • Creating our first plan -The plan can be seen on the left of this page and clearly defines the kitchen (galley), dinning and private dinning areas.
  • Choosing a Boat Builder – After much research we decided to choose Colecraft boats  based in Warwickshire
  • Choosing a location of residence for The Barge