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First time doing a boating holiday so looking on tips what best food items to take. I was thinking mainly breakfast food like sausage, bacon, eggs and beans , bread as well as stuff to make sandwiches as we are hoping to be able to eat out for tea but a little worried not many places will be open or we have to book in advance ?

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You have most of the facilities that you need to cook a meal so things like spaghetti, shepards pie, roast chicken are all doable, the cold storage may be less than you have at home but even that is becoming less of a problem with modern boats, it's useful to have a few cans of beans/soup that doesn't need to be chilled, they are are handy in an emergency, if you want to eat at a pub/restaurant don't leave it till the last minute to find a mooring, at the popular spots you will be lucky if there is one free.
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I think the simple advice, is keep it simple. Depending on the boat you've booked, the cooker may be smaller than the one at home.
A breakfast of cereals & a bacon butty is ideal, with a sandwich & say a cuppa soup at lunchtime.
Whilst I'm sure many riverside eateries will welcome your trade, with possible reduced capacity, if you are unable to book ahead you may be unlucky. Keep some staples handy, rice, pasta etc are ideal. If your boat has a microwave, then the microwave rice is ideal, done in a couple of minutes. One pot stews etc are quick & easy, don't try to do a full Sunday roast!!!!

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If you go to the home page and scroll down you will find a section called cooking on a boat, some excellent ideas on there. The first few pages are all by a member who does a Vlog but if you go to earlier pages you will find posts by a variety of contributors. I personally think it may be a little harder than usual to find places to eat and even if you book ahead its not always easy to find a mooring spot near where you have booked unless you moor up very early. There are of course a number of very good take away options available and that combined with in board cooking and the odd meal out where you can find it should see you through.
Just a thought, it is often easier to find a table free at lunch time than in the evening so on some days consider having your main meal at lunch and do a simple meal onboard in the evening.

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That's a good idea about the main meal at lunch time in the present circumstances.
When we have tried it in the past though, after a good lunch and a few glasses of wine the will to move on diminishes, especially if you're sitting with the canopy open; the sun is shining and you decide to have just one more glass . . .

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A suggestion I would make is take yourself a cheap, non-stick frying pan that you can dispose of after the holiday!

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Along with the frying pan Trevor can I just add a good sharp knife and a proper tin opener.   I always take a wooden spoon as well.

One quick meal, if eaten in the cooler months it warms the boat.     Large baking spuds,  pop in oven for a couple of hours.   Serve with tins of chilli and some grated cheese.   A cold beer goes down well.   None of that lot needs a fridge.   If its cold outside , bung the beers outside.





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All very helpful comments thank you. I have already packed sharp knife and tin opener but will add some microwave rice and tins of chicken curry and chilli con carne which is a good idea.
I am worried about not being able to find a pub/restaurant so we have been trying to work out an itinerary so I can look at booking a table in advance.


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very helpful comments thank you. I have already packed sharp knife and tin opener but will add some microwave rice and tins of chicken curry and chilli con carne which is a good idea.
I am worried about not being able to find a pub/restaurant so we have been trying to work out an itinerary so I can look at booking a table in advance.

LFC

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Hi Ruth, sorry but there won't be much point in booking a table if you can't get moored up.
The New Inn at Horning allowed you to book a table and a mooring however they are under new ownership and not sure if they still offer this service.

L

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