Floating bar returning to London from Hull after £1.5m refit

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A floating bar and restaurant that is the flagship of managed bar and pub group TCG is returning to London from Hull where it has undergone a £1.5million refurbishment.

The Tattershall Castle has been at MMS Ship Repair & Dry Dock in Hull since January but is due to return to its usual spot moored next to Embankment station in London’s West End and reopen in mid-May.

It has been given a complete exterior and interior refurbishment, with a new look and improved facilities. There are new areas for private parties including new “cabins” – private booths in the main lounge – which can be pre-booked for drinks and meals.

The club room, Steamers, has been redeveloped, with improved facilities for performers in its popular Comedy Boat Show. There are also plans for a licence for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Tattershall Castle, which gives TCG its name, was built in 1934 as a passenger ferry across the River Humber in Hull and moved to London in 1975 to become a floating art gallery before being converted in 1982 to a bar and restaurant.

It will return by sea tow from Hull to the Thames estuary, where further interior fitting will be carried out at Tillbury Dock, before it is sailed down the river at low tide so it can pass under Tower Bridge

Back at the Embankment, the boat’s funnel will be refitted by crane and power, and beer dispense lines will be reconnected. Training for the 50-strong team will then begin, led by general manager Craig Taylor.

TCG chief operating officer Nigel Wright said: “We are more than delighted with the final result of this development, which has been several years in the planning and execution.

“Refurbishing the Tattershall Castle has been unlike any other development I’ve worked on – you don’t usually have to factor in the quantity of steel required and maritime tidal patterns.

“We brought the Tattershall Castle back to Hull for the work because the city’s shipyards are renowned for their quality of workmanship, and they haven’t disappointed on this project.

“It was also fitting because the boat was originally a ferry across the Humber, and judging by the warm response in Hull to its return, many local people hold fond memories of the ‘Tatts’ from those days.”

TCG is thanking Hull for its welcome by offering anyone from the city a free pint of beer if they come on board the Tattershall Castle between May and August.

Nigel added: “The Tattershall Castle is a London landmark, known and loved not just at home but around the world. We are delighted to have completed this refurbishment and look forward to welcoming the tens of thousands of customers who come on board every year for great food and drink, and one of the finest views of the Thames in the capital.”

Pictured: Nigel Wright (far right) with MMS managing director Rob Langton (left) and shipyard manager Tony Marshall (centre).

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