TCG announces £1.5m refurbishment of floating flagship bar

Tattershall Castle

Managed pub and bar operator TCG has announced a £1.5million refurbishment of its flagship floating bar, the Tattershall Castle.

After tonight’s New Year’s Eve party, the venue on the Thames at Embankment will be taken to a dry dock in Hull for a six-week project to give it a new look both inside and out before reopening in April.

TCG, which is carrying out a strategic review of the development opportunities within its estate, has also announced a £100,000 investment in the Golden Fleece in Chelmsford, Essex.

The Tattershall Castle – after which TCG is named – will feature new bookable private booths, or “cabins”, in the main lounge.

The improved Club Room will continue to host the popular live stand-up Comedy Boat Show, with improved facilities for performers, more areas for private parties, and plans to apply for a licence to perform weddings and civil ceremonies.

The popular on-deck barbecue will be enhanced to reflect the latest menu trends.

The upgrade is the latest chapter in an 80-year story which has seen “the Tatts” employed as a passenger ferry on the Humber, a wartime troop ship, and a floating art gallery. It was built in West Hartlepool in 1934 by William Gray & Company for the London & North Eastern Railway Company.

It will leave its berth by Embankment station in mid-January and be towed down the Thames to Gravesend and then by sea to the Humber. Its progress will be reported online and via social media using the “Tatts on Tour” logo and a hashtag.

A special VIP party to mark its return to the Embankment will celebrate every stage of its history.

Nigel Wright, chief operating officer of TCG, said: “The Tatts is a London landmark, known around the world, and we’re delighted that this upgrade will improve and extend the facilities on-board and further enhance its place at the heart of the London social scene.”

The investment at the Golden Fleece will see improvements to the pub’s live music offer with an extended stage area, as well as new informal seating to support a revamped food and drink range.

Nigel said: “The Golden Fleece is a great, broad-based community pub. We invested a significant sum in 2013 in improving the outdoor area to make it the best beer garden in Chelmsford, and improved the toilet facilities in 2014. This final stage of the project will further expand the offer for regulars as well as extending the pub’s appeal to more customers.

“We are currently undertaking a strategic review of the development opportunities within the TCG estate as part of our continuing goal of making our pubs and bars the best in their localities.”

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