If you fancy dining with a difference, how about afternoon tea with City Cruises York? Enjoy a scenic 2- hour cruise down the river Ouse with delicious food. The special cruises sail from King’s Staith Landing on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays in September to really celebrate the summer months in York.

I enjoyed the cruise recently, taking along my Nan and we both loved it. The staff on board were friendly and made sure we were comfortable, even letting us board early as unfortunately we had torrential rain on the day we visited! Despite the rain, it was still wonderful to see the city from the different perspective of the river, and the knowledgeable skipper filled us in with interesting facts about York and its various buildings via his commentary as we sailed along. After viewing the city upriver, we then turned around and sailed downstream all the way to Bishopthorpe Palace, the home of the Archbishop of York which was absolutely stunning.

The backdrop of the river was the perfect setting in which to enjoy the afternoon tea. We began with rounds of dainty finger sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise, Wensleydale cheese and coronation chicken. Following the sandwiches, we had a mini sultana scone with cream and jam, and cakes including carrot cake and almond slices. The desserts were all incredibly light and moreish – very tasty indeed! We had a choice of tea or coffee to accompany the meal, and were even treated to prosecco which was a lovely touch. The afternoon tea was certainly a delicious treat!

City Cruises York also have other cruises without afternoon tea to suit everybody including daytime, early evening and floodlit evening cruises. Some of their boats are accessible for wheelchairs too.

To book a cruise or for more information visit their website www.yorkboat.co.uk

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