Take a breath and relax as you board the ferry, reassured that now you have started your holiday. You may still have a long way to travel, but once on board you can relax, get a bite to eat, enjoy a refreshing drink and sample some of the gastronomic delights of the destination you are heading to.
Food on ferries has been transformed over the last few years with a focus on quality, locally sourced ingredients and meeting all dietary preferences. On longer sailings there’s a choice of restaurants and cafes and many on board restaurants boast panoramic windows providing spectacular sea views – that’s not something you get every day!
From full service restaurants focused on delivering old favourites and regional specialities all with locally sourced ingredients, bars and lounges for you to unwind and socialise, to cafe bars that provide quick snacks and a caffeine boost, ferries provide for all your culinary needs.
For those of you who like to bring home the gastromonic treats of the place you’ve visited then ferries provide the perfect form of transport, often with no luggage constraints and no restrictions on liquids.
Locally sourced products that can be found on board ferry services by region include:
- Channel Islands: Sark Chocolates, Wheadons Gin (Guernsey), Ten degrees Gin (Guernsey), La Mare confectionery (Jersey), Rocquette cider (Guernsey), Liberation craft beer
- East England: Stokes sauces
- France: Carrots, onions, artichokes from Prince de Bretagne; Moustache Ice Cream; wine and champagne
- Ireland: Beef from Waterford, award winning sausages from Mitchelstown County Cork, bacon from County Kilkenny, and black and white pudding from West Cork. Dublin roasted Java Republic coffee and Barry’s Tea from Cork. AndyCorn popcorn produced in Navan, Co. Meath
- Isle of Man: Manx Kippers, Isle of Man Creamery Cheese, Manx Ice Cream Tubs, Davison’s chocolates, Manx Spirit and gin and vodka from Fynoderee and Seven Kingdoms distilleries.
- Isle of Wight: Isle of Wight Tomatoes, Piper’s Arreton Tomato Crisps, Grace’s Bakery sandwiches, Briddlesford Farm’s milk from Guernsey herd, Island Roasted coffee, Wight Crystal water, Calbourne Classics cakes, products from The Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight Biscuit Company, Wight Salt from Ventnor and The Tomato Stall’s juice and ketchup, drinks from Goddard’s Brewery, Island Ales and Isle of Wight Distillery.
- London: The London Beer Factory, Gipsy Hill; Meantime London Pale Ale, brewed in Greenwich; Sipsmith London Dry Gin distilled in Chiswick; Soho Sandwiches (Tottenham). Cakes, shortbread dips and muffins by Tiptree Patisserie in Essex (Greater London). Pastries from Paul Rhodes Bakery in Greenwich.
- Netherlands: bitterballen, heineken
- Scotland: Cheese, milk, oak cakes, preserves and bakery products from the Isle of Arran; ale, cakes and hot pastries from Bute; gin from Colonsay; ale from Eigg; Harris gin; Islay wine and ale; gin from Jura; black pudding and biscuits from the Isle of Lewis; shortbread, biscuits and gin from the Isle of Mull; jams and preserves from North Uist; Oban chocolate and sandwiches; Isle of Skye Tablet (fudge) and ales; over 20 single malt whiskies
- South East England: ‘Kent Crisps’, Traditional Hand Cooked British Crisps. Shepherd Neame ‘Spitfire Ale’ Britain’s oldest brewer based in Kent.
- South West England: Marshfield Farm Ice cream