Bridgewater Cruises

Cruises on the historic Bridgewater canal

Customer Testimonials

Lisa Dale

''Just had the valentines night and it was excellent really liked it..
A must and I'm definitely going again x''

Leagh Bailey

''Fantastic time aboard today for our Christmas shopping trip. The staff were really attentive and lovely with my son who thoroughly enjoyed himself, and has already decided he will be coming back !! Highly recommend bridgewater cruises xxx''

Daniel Henry

"Service was fantastic and the food...wow well lets just talk about the food for just one second...the food desrves another 5☆ and a review all of its own because it was something very special, compliments to the chef!
All in all, an amazing night."

Wendy Langwade

"Just come back from a fantastic Sunday lunch cruise the food was excellent one of the best Sunday lunches I have had. Tracey and Natalie (if they are the correct names) were fantastic and made the cruise even more fun. Thank you for the best day well recommended."


Margaret Boardman

"OMG I loved the barge evening. The staff were so lovely and the food was fab!!! What a chilled night with excellent service, surroundings and company. X"

Tracey Richardson
" Great night , georegous food , brill service ,, all in all great night out would definitely recommend x"

Claire Brewis
'' I recently bought a living social deal for an afternoon tea. I took my dad as a birthday present and have to say we had the best time ever on our voyage. Food was excellent and even better was that they catered extremely well for my dietry needs. Would highly reccommend to other friends and family.''

Jude Hartley 
''Thank you very much the excellent service we received from you all last Friday afternoon. We all had a fantastic evening on board your lovely boat, which was immaculately presented. Everyone agreed the food was beautifully prepared and tasted great. I would highly recommend Bridgewater Cruises for Afternoon Tea, Sunday leisurely sail or private charter. Many thanks once again for an excellent trip. Superb value for money-well done. Look forward to seeing you all again soon.''

Patrick (Age UK Trafford)
''On behalf of Age UK Trafford, please accept our appreciation to yourself and staff for an excellent cruise to Dunham. The feedback has been very good and we will be including an article in our next newsletter.  It was a great afternoon that was very enjoyable to everyone.''

Greame
''Afternoon tea on a wonderful boat in luxurious surroundings with superb food and lovely crew, what more could you want.''

Jean Daly
''Thank You to Mark & crew for our fantastic 50th celebration, it's exceeded our expectation with the new boat and food was exceptional. Staff friendly and bar prices reasonable. If your looking for something different (whatever the occasion) you won't go wrong THANK YOU''

Elaine Plunkett
''This trip was excellent down the bridge water canal 2 August very enjoyable, comfortable, food excellent and the staff couldn't do enough for you. Well worth the price for a 3 hour trip - thank you.''

Christine chamberlain 

"My friend and I really enjoyed our afternoon. The barge was very comfortable and the whole experience was very relaxing. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and the afternoon tea was delicious.''

Peter Sloan
''Had a lovely trip yesterday on your boat. The food was fantastic, The two ladies are ideally suited to their roles, great personalities and interpersonal skills. I wish you all the very best with this business venture- good luck for the future; you are bound  to do well''

  • Gail Sinclair
    ''Nice trips. Given as a birthday present. Very affordable''

  • Teresa Grice 

    "Wonderful day out. Nice leisurely trip along the Bridgewater canal with afternoon tea. Comfortable seating, not crowded and staff and catering couldn't have been better. Would definitely recommend them"

  • Audrey Rennie
    ''Afternoon tea was delicious and surprisingly the scones were still warm even after we'd eaten the sandwiches''

  • Dawn Turnbull
  • "thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend it for anyone to experience " 

    Steve Howard

  • "We went on the cruise today 24/07 and had a great time. The food was lovely and the captain informative along the route. We would highly recommend this trip and will be doing it again soon. Thanks to all for the excellent service. steve and lindsey''

  • Jane Barclay 

  • "It was such a good experience , I am going to recommend it to the retirement group which I'm a member."

  • Dave B

  • ''Afternoon tea on a wonderful boat in luxurious surroundings with superb food and lovely crew, what more could you want.''

  • helen mcnulty 

  • "Good food and great service, highly recommended !"

Sue Castle
''I would like to thank Mark, Tracy and crew for a wonderful trip on Saturday from Sale to Dunham Massey.There were 13 female members of our family having fun and celebrating my daughter's forthcoming marriage. We had an excellent afternoon tea and the boat was really amazing. We will definitely be doing more trips in the future. Thanks for a brilliant afternoon''

Lynne Pollard
'' A super couple of hours just relaxing. The afternoon tea was delicious. We will be retunring in the future''

Romy Eyre
''We have just cruised from Worsley. The whole experience was fantastic! Food and service top end .I would have liked a canal map and a little more commentary, however we loved it all. Thankyou!(oh and very reasonable too)'''

alexander murphy 

"apart from a wonderful afternoon with tea and wine and the crew were very helpful and the running commentary from the skipper he was very informative we enjoyed it very much "

S & D Hurst
''My wife and I did the Sunday lunch. We had a brilliant afternoon. Our 2 cabin staff, the chef and the crew all did a fantastic job. The meal was superb. We would highly recommend it and we will be doing more trips in the future. Thanks.''

Phil Brierley
''I was looking for something a little different for my 60th birthday. I couldn't have chosen better. 29 of us including seven children had a fantastic Saturday afternoon cruise. The service was very good and staff very friendly..The Buffet was excellent and plenty of it and everyone comented on how good it was. I would highly recommend for any occasion.'''

Lynda Henshaw

"This is a wonderful trip, the afternoon tea is delicious and the staff are warm and friendly, I would highly recommend.''

Joanne Brookes
''A fantastic night. Boat is amazing and the buffet was spectacular.''

Mark Craddock
''Myself and Klaudia have just been for the Sunday lunch (12th July) and I highly recommend it. The food was lovely, the service very friendly and it was a very relaxing time. Thank you to everyone at Bridgewater Cruises for a lovely Sunday afternoon.''

Melanie
''My partner had arranged for us to spend the afternoon on board this lovely, newly renovated canal boat as part of a surprise treat for my birthday. We enjoyed a tasty and plentiful afternoon tea, served by friendly staff in a comfortable atmosphere. This is the second time we have experience there hospitality and we're already looking forward to another trip to try out their Sunday lunch. I would definitely recommend them to friends and family for any occasion.'' 

Karen Press

"Bought as a gift for my mum. She said it was brilliant! The afternoon tea was fresh and delicious and the glorious sunshine only added to the experience! "

Doris L
''An excellent experience. I booked the cruise for afternoon tea for a social group I have set up after losing my husband. Everyone said how much they enjoyed it, food and service was first class and great value for money. I am holding a charity event soon and was going to purchase vouchers as a prize as I thought this would be a great prize.''

Frances S
''We went on the Bridgewater cruise with friends, what a wonderful experience it was,the weather was beautiful,the staff could not of been more helpful and we would advice anyone to go on it, it is 2 and a half hours and we just relaxed, ate and had a few drinks what a lovely way to spend a Thursday afternoon Thanks''

Jon Mossman
''I booked a cruise from Sale to Dunham Park for my 60th birthday party and could not have made a better choice. Mark was really helpful through the booking process to sitting "on deck" in the drizzle for hours! The food provided by Rob, the chef , was magnificent and all the guests commented on the choice and quality of dishes. The carved rump beef was the best I have tasted. All the staff were very attentive and the rain stopped just as we arrived at Dunham to allow us a walk round the park too. We will be back to try some of the other cruises offered. Highly recommended'' 

Jean Hayton 

"Great afternoon out - comfy boat with friendly and knowledgeable staff with a very good afternoon tea. Very relaxing and would recommend it to others."

Malcolm Nugent
''Saw your van last year and thought it would be ideal for our Golden Wedding binge.
Contact with  you was most helpful and the whole booking experience followed this. Thanks.
That Sunday afternoon was beautiful and made it a very memorable day, not only for our 30+ elderly and young friends & relatives, but also from the staff who were so helpful and enthusiastic throughout. Nothing was too much trouble.
The food that Rob conjured up could not have been bettered, bearing in mind Diabetics, Veggies and Coeliacs, it really topped the experience. The Stroganoff was certainly the best I have tasted, and some of our “foodie” friends were impressed. What a choice - enough for any party. Everyone agreed it was so very relaxing, and we had time to talk to everyone. Not only that - several Golden Balloons adorned the cabin - now that was very thoughtful and made the day.

Well done to all - We will be back. Thank You All for making it such a wonderful day for us.''

Yvonne Ferguson
''just wanted to drop you a line to say we had a great time on Saturday 30 May 2015 on your barge everyone loved it and want to do it again!. Everyone said the whole event was great and something different. You got 10/10 for the food. It was divine. Very tasty! Thanks Sarah. A huge success. Thanks to everyone for their hospitality.''

Susan Jeffreys
''We would just like to say a big thank you to Mark, Andrew, Tracy and Nicola, who made our day cruise with them so great it was our kurling group 30 strong people who really enjoyed themselves this is the third one we have been on and would recommend it to anyone , we have booked again for September, really good value for money.''

Nadine Robertson
''I would like to thank all the crew for a fantastic trip today. I had a thoroughly brilliant time with plenty of laughs along the way. I would definitely recommend Bridgewater Cruises to everyone the crew are lovely and really look after you. See you all in September. Thankyou xx''

Paul and Jessica Brown
''My partner and I really want to express how much we really enjoyed our Sunday lunch cruise, we found it to be extremely good value for money. The trip consisted of a 3 hour cruise over the aqueduct with fantastic commentary that we found very entertaining, however, this was nothing compared to the fantastic food that came out of such a small kitchen. The whole afternoon was very enjoyable and we can't wait to get back on board with other family members and do it again. The boat and crew are a great testament to the hard work that has been put in by both  Sarah and Mark, very well done, we can't recommend it enough!''

Kim Maden
''Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon on Sunday 10 May. We could not find fault with anything and are still amazed how you managed to produce such excellent food, beautifully presented and served, in such a small space. The trip represented tremendous value for money and all 4 of you should be congratulated. We will be recommending you to people we know and thanks once again''. 

Ray Houldsworth
''Many thanks for trip today (sunday 10th May). lovely food and good service we all really enjoyed it.''

Christopher Jones

"Thank you to Mark, Sarah and crew for a fabulous time on your Sunday lunch cruise on the 26th April. I am a Chef myself and I must say the food was absolutely stunning and beautifully presented. The great quality ingredients really show and for anybody reading this review the sticky toffee pudding is to die for. The service and the cruise its self was brilliant and the commentary just added to whole experience. A superb day which we will definitely be repeating i cant wait to try the Crème brulee :). Thank you once again guys, Chris"

Sandra Bunker
"Afternoon tea with my husband for his birthday today (April 2nd 2015) turned out to be a wonderful experience! Much better than I could have wished for. Beautiful freshly prepared food served and made by extremely friendly and attentive ladies. Mark steered the boat through the canal and brought it to life for us with his knowledgeable commentary. Have lived in the area all my life but did not know half of what he told us!! Even the weather was kind to us after such a blustery and wet start to the week. A first for us, but will definitely be back, along with friends and family we've already told about it!! Thanks for such a wonderful, and different, experience. Good Luck in your future ventures.

Vivian Jeffries
"I would just like to say how much all the ladies from 'Charlestown Square' enjoyed the cruise. The afternoon tea was gorgeous and your staff were very kind and attentive. Thank you also for providing money for our morning coffee, due to the short delay. A lovely day which we will certainly be repeating"

Anne Aspey 
"Thank you Mark and the 2 ladies for a fabulous time on our evening cruise celebrating our Dads 85th birthday 25 of our family had a truly lovely time The food was gorgeous and plentiful and the well stocked bar added to a very memorable occasion A relaxing evening with great service Thanks again for making it such a great way to celebrate a special day"

Lorraine Stewart
"Thank you Mark & crew. I wanted to treat my sister with something different, we had a lovely afternoon. The afternoon tea was delicious, I will be coming back soon & would highly recommend your cruise to others"

John Fennah 
"Afternoon tea with our two grandchildren Friday 25th July. A present from daughter and husband. A bad start - we missed the boat due to a broken sat.nav and poor navigation. I managed to contact Mark on the boat and he agreed to pick us up at Barton Square Trafford Centre ( half way turn around point .) Once on board and settled we were presented with a freshly made afternoon tea which was excellent in every respect. Not only did we enjoy it but the young ones did as well. The trip itself was different but most informative and enjoyable. Upon arrival at Worsley Mark kindly arranged transport back to the car at Barton Square. I cannot speak highly enough of the efforts made by Mark and his 'crew' to rescue us from what could have been an embarrassing disaster. My sincere thanks to you all. This is an afternoon tea with a difference and is one I would highly recommend. Best wishes for continued success with this venture"

Steve Rayson 
"Thanks to Mark & Tracy another great day. This is our fourth year and they always provide excellent service. See you all soon"