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No two trips are ever the same and it gives us great satisfaction and pride that we continue to provide what each party strives for and more. Here are a selection of notes from surprise parties, anniversarries, corporate functions, weddings, hen parties etc and a big thank you from the Bath Narrowboats & Gourmet Delicious team to all our guests who take the trouble to give us heartfelt feedback.

JOHN RENNIE TESTIMONIALS & KIND WORDS

April 2013
Dear Victoria and Lionel,
Thank you very much for helping me celebrate my 65th birthday in style. We had a wonderful time with everything ( except the weather ) being perfect. I have today sent the new cancer unit at the Royal United Hospital a cheque for £ 300 so we are very happy.
Best wishes - Mrs Joan Pearce, Bath - wine welcome drink, Buffet A & Dessert

September 2012
Dear Lionel and Victoria
Thank you for making my 60th birthday special.
My family and friends really enjoyed the afternoon and all commented that the food was excellent.
Kind regards, Mrs Helen Day, Bristol - Cava welcome drink, Buffet B & Cake Birthday Celebration

September 2012
Dear Lionel and Victoria,
Can I say how delighted we were with the quality of the service you and your team provided. Although, we had been assured by the John Rennie staff that we should have no worries on that score, there is always an element of taking such assurance s" on trust " until the event takes place. We need not have worried. Everyone, without exception, was impressed by the high quality of the cuisine, and equally impressed with the cheerful, helpful, patient and efficient service that you all provided.
You can rest assured that the family and friends all thoroughly enjoyed their boat trip and to cap it all - the sun shone throughout. What more could we ask for?
Thank you for making our 80th joint birthday celebration such a joyous occasion. Who knows, in ten years time, we might be calling upon your services once again.
Good luck for the continued success of your catering enterprise.
Your very sincerely, Pearl and John Evans, Bitton, Bristol - Pimms, Canapes, Buffet A, Dessert A & Cava Toast

Dear Emily,
I thought you would like to know that our 80th Joint Birthday Party on board the John Rennie last week was a great success. Family and friends throughly enjoyed themselves, and as you indicated beforehand, the catering by Lionel and Victoria was of an exceptionally high quality. While Stuart was out of sight with map and compass for most of the day, his cheerful and helpful welcome set the tone for the day's outing. Of course, the glorious sunshine was a help, but I guess that even had the heavens opened, we would have enjoyed ourselves.
Thanks for all your help. Who knows, you might see us back again for our 90th Joint Birthday in 2022!!!
Best wishes for the remainder of the season.
John and Pearl (Evans)

September 2012
Hi there,
I just wanted to say a quick word of thanks for you and the team at Bath Narrowboats, the experience and change of pace for us to board the boat on such a beautiful evening was a great way to start our night out. The food and hosts on the boat were truly fantastic and whilst i wish it could have lasted longer the timing fitted perfectly with our activities and was just what we wanted. Many of the group were still talking about the experiences on the boat the next morning and for some it was their first taste of a narrow boat, for others a different view of Bath.
All in all a great night and a fantastic set up. Thanks for all your help during the build up and your flexibility to accommodate our requests. I wish you all the best for the future.
Kind regards, Neil Pursell, London - Three course Dinner Stag Party

September 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
We are most grateful for your catering. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and wine and the journey along the Kennet & Avon Canal. Thank you also for your interest in our wishes and making it a most memorable occasion.
Yours sincerely, Mr Michael Pash, Ottery St Mary, Devon - Canapes, Cava welcome drink, Buffet B & Dessert Wedding Anniversary

September 2012
Hi Lionel,
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you both for making my friend, Emily's hen do such a great success on Saturday afternoon. Your boat was perfect for our party, it was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone had such a great time, the feedback I heard from the girls was nothing but exemplary.
The canapes were amazing and I will highly recommend your services to people I know.
Once again, a massive thank you for all your help - Kate Jenkins, London - Canapes & Champagne Hen Party

August 2012
Thankyou for your brilliant service!
Best regards, Sarah Nelson - Cakes, Teas & Scones Hen Party

August 2012
Thank you for helping to make our daughters wedding such a relaxed and enjoyable day.
Many thanks, Carol & Malcolm, Emersons Green, Bristol - Canapes, Pimms & Summer Sandwiches Wedding reception

August 2012
We had a great day so thank you and we hope to do it again in the future.
Thanks once again - Martin Wilcox, Bath White Ensign - John Rennie Platters

August 2012
Dear Claire,
I can not thank you and your staff enough for a truly wonderful experience on Saturday afternoon, everyone had a fabulous time - the staff were perfect & the boat amazing.
Please let me know how much more I owe you, and thanks again.
All the Best
Ben , Dartmouth - Pimms, Champagne & Buffet B Hen Party

August 2012
Thankyou for an absolutely amazing afternoon. Please can you forward the photos from our trip today? You will be highly recommended for future visits!!!!!! Thanks again
Sam ( sailor in the Marley group!), Gloucester - Canapes & Pimms Hen Party

July 2012
Dear Claire, Lionel & Victoria
I have been meaning to email you ever since the hen do on 28th July but have only just found a free lunchtime!
As you can see below, I can't seem to recommend Bath Narrowboats and Gourmet Delicious enough! The other hens have been doing the same, especially on facebook so I've seen...if you should need a quote for your website(s), then "We had the time of our lives!" has been used many times within their status updates and photo comments.
A huge thank you for such a relaxed and easy to organise event (that looked as if I'd worked tirelessly but in fact I'd done near to nothing!)...along with the weather, each of you made for a fantastic event and one which none of us will ever forget.
Hope to see you again soon!
Kind regards Miss Jess Scott, Cardiff - Pimms & Champagne welcome drink & three course meal Hen Party

July 2012
Lionel, Victoria & Staff
Just a note to say a big thank you.
The boat, food and the trip was like the icing on the cake, after a well organized ceremony, brilliant photographer, unique transport and finally the reception. SUPERB !!
Jeff & Alma Shelton, Leicester ( Brides parents ) - Pimms, Buffet BBQ & Cake Wedding reception

July 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
We wanted to say THANK YOU so much for helping make our wedding reception on board the John Rennie such a wonderful success.
The food was fantastic and there seemed to be an endless supply coming from somewhere.
We wanted to thank you personally for your part in the day because you were so attentive and really went the extra mile to make our time on board so very special.
We had an amazing day & so did our guests. We have some wonderful memories to treasure forever.
Thank you again for all your help & support in making this possible.
Warmest regards, Sarah & Gareth Watson, Humberstone, Leicester - Pimms, Buffet BBQ & Cake Wedding reception

July 2012
Dear Lionel, Thank you again for the excellent meal. The whole trip and the whole day was brilliant and hugely enjoyed by us all. Thank you, thank you !!!!!
All best wishes, Susan Bolam, Bath - Pimms, Buffet B & Dessert Special birthday party

July 2012
Hi Lionel
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you both for making my friend, Emily’s hen do such a great success on Saturday afternoon. Your boat was perfect for our party, it was a relaxed atmosphere and everyone had such a great time, the feedback I heard from the girls was nothing but exemplary.
The canapés were amazing and I will higher recommend your services to people I know
I know you were kind enough to take a couple of photos and I wondered if they could please be forwarded over to this email address so I am able to share with the rest of the girls
Once again a massive thank for all your help
Kate J, London - Canapes & Champagne Hen Party

July 2012
Dear Lionel and Victoria,
We all had a brilliant time and the staff of the school enjoyed themselves as a team. The food was delicious and we loved the different salads that accompanied the BBQ.
Mrs Sophie Book, Corsham Primary School, Corsham - BBQ Buffet School Retirement Party

July 2012
Great night, thoroughly recommend to friends.
Sallie, Culverhill school, Yate - Hot buffet & Dessert - School leaving party

July 2012
Once again, many thanks for your splendid service.
Mr Webster, Mudford Sock, Yeovil - Cava welcome drink & three course meal- Family celebration party.

July 2012
Dear Lionel, Victoria & Francesca
Thank you so much for hosting our 25th wedding anniversary party on 1st July. We had a fantastic time even though it went so quickly. Although we were on the boat for 6 hours it seemed much, much shorter which obviously shows how much fun we were having!!
We have had so many letters and emails from guests saying how they enjoyed the day.
Victoria - The service was so attentive it was so special.
Lionel - Our guests could not believe you were able to produce such high quality food in such a small space ( my dad still doesn't believe it!! )
As you know two of our guests were unable to attend due to serious illness. We have decided to do it all again once she is better :-) Just a fab day!!
Nicola & Lee Fineman, Wooton under edge, Glos.- Pimms welcome drink, three course anniversary lunch party.

June 2012
Hello Lionel & Vicky
Firstly we would like to say again what a fantastic day we had aboard the John Rennie. Our expectations were well and truly exceeded. The food and service was simply superb and will be talked about for years to come. We lost count of the guests that commented on the buffet being the best they’d had – ever!! The canapés, well what can we say – not only were they utterlydelicious but they just kept coming and coming and coming. Our guests really were bowled over with the whole event and we can’t wait to have another occasion when we can do it all over again.

Our wedding day and party day were simply perfect and thanks go to you and your team for the part you played in making it so. Well done all of you and thank you!
Kind regards, Coleen and Steve Taylor, Chippenham - Canapes, Pimms, Hot buffet, Dessert, Champagne toast & Dave Dean entertainment.

June 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Everyone enjoyed the cruise immensely. I'm only sorry I wasn't well enough to be there but we will definitely come again !
Thank you very much, Best Wishes Dorothy Jones, Porthcawl - Ploughmans & Cream Tea for 55

June 2012
Many thanks for a delightful day!
Great food and kindly attention
Regards Mrs Stella Dymock, Bath - Canapes, Pimms, Hot buffet, Dessert & Band -25th Wedding Anniversary Party

June 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Thank you for helping us to have such a happy anniversary. Both groups of friends and family really did enjoy themselves. Thank you so much.
Mr & Mrs Raiss, Malmesbury - Two boat trips - Buffet B Diamond Wedding Anniversary Party

May 2012
Dear Lionel and Victoria,
Thank you both, and your team for the wonderful trip. Without exception, our guests have all expressed their enjoyment and appreciation of the food.
Teresa and I would also like to thank you for the chaperone service back to our boat!
Thank you once again.
Mr & Mrs Hutchins, Gillingham, Dorset - Buffet B & Dessert Wedding Party

April 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Thank you so much for a very enjoyable evening, that I will never forget !!!!!!
With kind regards
Mrs Piper, Corsham - Pimms, Buffet B & Dessert Birthday Party

April 2012
Thank you so much for a lovely day
Mrs Gray, Warminster - Buffet B Birthday Party

April 2012
Dear Sir / Madam
I must congratulate you for providing us with a memorable day
yours sincerely
Mrs K.Small, Isle of Man - Welcome drinks, Hot buffet & Cake Birthday Party

April 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Many thanks for looking after us so well on the 7th
Kindest regards
Mrs S. Jackson, Bristol - Hog Roast & Dessert Birthday Party

March 2012
Many thanks for a wonderful party
Regards
Mrs D.Smith, Bath - Buffet B Office Celebration Party

February 2012
Dear Lionel,
We all very much enjoyed the trip and the food
Yours Mr G. Harman, Inland Waterways Association, Chesham - Buffet B AGM Meeting

January 2012
Dear Lionel & Victoria - The WHOLE day was fantastic because of your food, your lovely welcoming ways and the birthday treat could not have been better in any way. We will definitely be revisiting you and soon we all hope. Fantastic experience from you all. THANKS hugely !!
Mrs Caroline Luckham, Hot buffet & Dessert, 80th Birthday Party

December 2011
Dear Gourmet Delicious,
Many thanks for catering for us for the boat trip. The quiche was delicious !! Yours sincerely Miss Melissa Crook, Trowbridge - Canapes Hen Party

December 2011
Dear Claire,
Please can you pass on my thanks to Lionel and the captain of the John Rennie.
I organised a hen party for my friend who came all the way home from Australia to get married. Right from the booking I found the staff so helpful.
It was on the 23rd Dec 2011.
We arrived an hour late for our departure time due to transport issues, however, after several frantic phone calls on route - Lionel put me at ease and said not to worry about being late.
We had the most amazing time. Lionel was fantastic and he couldn't do enough for us. He was so welcoming and friendly.
The trip was fantastic. I will definitely be booking again!
They even let us stay on afterwards to listen to some music as we were having such a good time.
Both the captain and Lionel helped us all safely off the boat, they were both so polite, friendly, and professional.
Fantastic food and outstanding service. Thank you. Miss Melissa Crook, Trowbridge - Canapes Hen Party

December 2011
Claire - We all had a fantastic time on Friday. Thank you so much for organising it. We were so impressed with the staff. They worked like Trojans.
Please pass on our thanks.
Kind regards Mrs Ann Morris, Cross Manufacturing, Bath - 3 Course Christmas Party

December 2011
Morning Tim,
Hope you enjoyed your day off!! Please pass on our thanks to Lionel, Victoria and the other kind waitress for yesterday and Stuart for his smooth driving of the boat.
We all had a fabulous meal and time on the boat. Looking forward to coming back and seeing you all in the summer, will give you a ring about February/March time to see what’s on offer.

Festive Regards to you all. Mrs T. Millidge, BATH MOD - 3 Course Christmas Party

November 2011
Dear Victoria & Lionel
Thank you so much for a brilliant evening on the 26th - the food was really delicious and everything was so well organised. We will have to think up an excuse for another party!
Best wishes Mrs H.Crawford, Kingsdown, Bath - Hot Buffet , Daughters Birthday Party

November 2011
To All Concerned,
Many, many thanks for making my husband's special birthday event such a memorable occasion. The boat was beautifully presented and the food was truly scrumptious! Special thanks to all members of staff who helped, both beforehand and on the day, to ensure that our family occasion remained secret from the 'birthday boy' until the very last minute and who made our guests, many of whom were on their first visit to Bath, so very welcome.
The John Rennie is very much Bath's hidden 'Jewel in the Crown' and I wish you all every success for the future.
Mrs M. Pickering , Bath - Hot Buffet & Dessert Secret Birthday Party

October 2011
Thankyou for all your help
Mr Messer, Bath - Birthday Buffet B Party

October 2011
We had a lovely day - food great too!
Mz N.Swann, Harpenden, Hertfordshire - Champagne & Ploughmans Hen Party

October 2011
Lionel, Victoria
Please find enclosed a cheque for the catering on the John Rennie floating restaurant.
A great day was had by all and your hospitality and food was outstanding and presented very professionally.
On behalf of the Westerleigh Royal Antediluvian order of Buffaloes thank you for a very pleasant afternoon,
regards Mr R.Packer, Westerleigh, Bristol - 3 Course Roast Meal

September 2001
Dear Lionel and Victoria
What a lovely evening and the food was superb!
Thank you to all the staff and especially yourselves!
Best wishes Mrs P.Fisher, Saltford, Bristol - Champagne, Buffet & Desserts Celebration Party
We also sent over £ 200 to R.N.L.I. as Tony didn't want presents and asked for donations instead

September 2011
Dear Sirs,
We are in receipt of your invoice. We thank you for your attention to all the food and drink part of the trip.
yours sincerely with thanks, Mr K. Book, Bath - Ploughmans & Dessert Celebration Party

September 2011
Dear Vicky and Lionel
Thank you so much for your outstanding catering and service during our canal boat trip. All our guests and especially my husband enjoyed the event very much. Meeting you again after so many years was an additional, very special treat.
Kind regards, Mrs S.Purshouse, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire - Champagne, Hot buffet & Dessert Wedding Anniversary Party

September 2011
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Please find enclosed cheque to cover your invoice. Everyone had such a fantastic time on the 24th - especially Geoff. We have never felt so relaxed and well taken care of.
The food was out of this world as was the service & the people!
The day will certainly never be forgotten!
Thank you once again for making it so special!
We will be back!
Take care, have fun! Mrs P.Plumstead, Bristol - Canapes, Platter & Dessert Birthday Party

September 2011
Dear Lionel, Victoria & the wonderful crew on board the John Rennie. Please find enclosed a cheque in respect of your invoice.
Can I just thank you once again for the fabulous day on the 18th to celebrate Jonathan's 50th birthday.
We have received so many thankyou cards from our guests saying what an unusual and wonderful time they had - I think Jonathan is still shell shocked !!
The food was outstanding and again we have received many wonderful comments about the food.
All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I would recomend it to anyone.
Jonathan & I would certainly love to hire one of the smaller boats ( with beds ) for the weekend.
Once again, thank you very much for a good afternoon and Victoria my mum loved you!!!
Best wishes Mrs D. Needham, Brinkworth, Wiltshire - Canapes, Champagne, Hot buffet & Cake Birthday Party

September 2011
Dear Friends,
Many thanks for a lovely afternoon out which everyone really enjoyed. The food was excellent as was the hospitality.
Yours sincerely, Mr M.Roberts, Portishead, Bristol - Platters & Desserts Celebration Party

September 2011
Dear "Gourmet Delicious"
Thank you so much for catering for us for our Ruby wedding anniversary.
We had a wonderful time - the food was delicious !
Thank you Mrs S.Ashton, Bristol - Pimms & 3 course Ruby Wedding Anniversary Party

September 2011
Many thanks for a wonderful party
Mr K.Russell - Champagne & 3 course Meal Celebration Party

September 2011
Hi Tim,
Just writing to say a big thank you to all of you for making saturday evening so enjoyable - everyone had such a fab time and couldnt stop telling me how good it was !!
Your staff were brilliant and everything went well - we didn't want to get off the boat !!
A couple of my friends will be calling in the few weeks to also book meals/parties as they enjoyed it all so much.
Many thanks Miss K. Howard , Bath Somer Housing - Private 3 Course Dinner Party

September 2011
Hi Tim
Just wanted to say thank you so much for all your help setting up on Saturday, everybody loved the day and it went really well! I'm sure Sharyn will be in touch with you (once all the family have gone home!) but I wanted to say, you and the girls were a great help when we came down in the morning! Please thank them for me! Many thanks L. Schuster, Bath - Wedding anniversary Party

September 2011
Thanks very much everyone,
we really enjoyed the meal - will recommend it. Dorchester Wine Society, Mr B.White, Dorchester, Dorset - 3 Course Meal Celebration Party

August 2011
Dear Lionel & Victoria
Thank you for making our time on board the " John Rennie" such a happy and memorable occasion and for the wonderful buffet lunch. Your pleasant manner and gifted hosting made for an excellent experience.
Our family enjoyed the cruise especially when the sun came out later.
Here are a few quotes from their thank you cards to us:
"....the children loved it, we were able to relax ( & not worry that they were disturbing other diners!) "
" The canal boat was so much fun and really pretty when the sun cameout : -)"
" ....awesome boat ride......the boat was brilliant and especially the food and the lush pudding!"
"....the best part was feeding the ducks and catching the branches! I loved the sticky toffee pudding too - but not the champagne ! Yuk ! ( 8 year old )
We have told many friends how successful our event was and have not hesitated to recommend you
Thanks, Lionel for the photos you took of all 18 of us on the deck, after we had moored at the end of our trip. Some definitely for the special album
Thank you, yours sincerely, Mrs G.Balhetchets, Frome, Somerset - Pimms, Buffet & Dessert Golden Wedding Anniversary Party

August 2011
Dear Lionel & Victoria
We and our guests thoroughly enjoyed our lunch party on the John Rennie.
Good food, well presented was much enhanced by your friendly, helpful & efficient service.
Best wishes - Mrs C.McCann, Bath - Champagne, Buffet & Dessert Birthday Party

August 2011
Thank you so much for a lovely day
Mrs N.Keen, Bristol, Royal Bank of Scotland - Champagne, Buffet Celebration Party

August 2011
Dear Tim and Crew /Catering
We have a wonderful wedding party on the John Rennie and we wanted to thank you and your crew for all the hard work you put in to make our afternoon cruise a special one.
Everyone had a fabulous time and we will be sending you some photographs once we have received our official picutres from my brother.
I have mentioned Bath Narrowboats on my facebook page with a link to your website.
With very best wishes Sally and Tony Nares, Bristol - Wedding Party

August 2011
Dear Lionel & Victoria,
Thankyou so much for giving us all such a wonderful day - everyone enjoyed it so much.
We really appreciated all you did, thank you - Mrs M.Coslett, Bath - Birthday party

July 2011
A fantastic evening was had by all! Thankyou so much from MrsT Smith, Bath - Birthday Party

July 2011
Dear Lionel, Vicky
Thankyou so much for looking after us so well on the "John Rennie" for my "big birthday ! "
Everyone had a fantastic time, several of them say they are looking for an excuse to have a party on the narrowboat themselves!
Thank you both for giving up your wedding anniversary for us - we are very grateful ( very glad ! ) that you did. LLoyd & I have looked up your restaurant on the website and are planning to try it out soon!
Thanks also to Kerry for all her hard work that night. Regards Mrs M. Green, Glastonbury, Somerset - Birthday Party

July 2011
Lionel, Tim, Claire and everybody else
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
very much for a wonderful day on Wednesday. Everybody really enjoyed the boat trip along with barbecue at the restaurant. All your staff were so helpful and organised which certainly made the day.
We will all certainly recommend your companies. You may even see some of us down there again.
Have a great summer Kind regards
Mrs J. Simpson Facilities Manager
Office EHS 4D Group, Cirencester, Gloucestershire - Works Party

July 2011
Dear Gourmet Delicious
A very big thank you to you and your staff. We had the most amazing day and you all added to it to make it perfect.
The food was very delicious, the boat is very beautiful and you were great hosts.
We have already recommended you to everyone we know and we'll be back to use you again and again.
I've enclosed a CD of the wedding pic's, there are lots and lots so you'll have to pick out the one's you like.
Thank you all very much, yours sincerely ,The new Mr & Mrs House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset - Champagne, Buffet & Dessert Wedding Party

July 2011
Many thanks to all involved for making our party such a memorable event - much appreciated.
Best Wishes Mr John Stuart-Smith, South of France- Private farewell party

June 2011
Dear Gourmet Delicious
Thank you for looking after us so well on the 5th June.
Despite the rain / uncertainty to begin with, we did eventually get moving and were pleased to get on board and enjoy the delicious canapes, buffet, cake etc - Thank you
Best wishes Mrs C. Wynne Hughes, Bath - Birthday Party

June 2011
Hi Lionel, the cheque will be posted in the morning.
A big thank you for making it an evening to remember, both yourself and Claire did me proud and I hope that you receive a few more bookings from my guests.
The food was excellent and perhaps one day in the future, I will be able to spend an evening aboard The Lady Victoria.
Best wishes Mrs R Corcoran, Chippenham, Wiltshire- Birthday party

June 2011
Claire - thank you very much for your expertise and organisation with regard to our recent Hen Party booking on the John Rennie. Your helpfulness and patience in dealing with our queries - from timings to table layout - was superb! The crew members were extremely friendly and obliging, as was the catering team and the buffet was of excellent quality and well-presented. I am very grateful to everyone for making our party such a success - we will definitely be booking the John Rennie for further events.
Best wishes Mrs P , Department of Human Resources University of Bath BATH - Private Hen Party

June 2011
Dear Gourmet Delicious
A very big thank you to you and your staff. We had the most amazing day and you all added to it to make it perfect. The food was very delicious, the boat is very beautiful and you were great hosts. We have already recommended you to everyone we know and we'll be back to use you again and again.
I've enclosed a CD of the wedding pictures.
Thank you all very much - Mr & Mrs S. House, Shepton Mallet, Somerset - Wedding Party

June 2011
Thankyou for an enjoyable evening - West View Surgery, Keynsham - Hog Roast Summer Party

May 2011
Good afternoon Claire,
Would you please pass on to all concerned my thanks and congratulations for the brilliant cruise on Sunday evening.
All my guests were over the moon about the evening, & how enjoyable it was. Especially, can you please thank the caterers for the fantastic buffet they provided, & for the warmth of their welcome.
Sincerely Mr S, Bath, Somerset - Private Birthday Party

May 2011
Lionel and Victoria, Gourmet Delicious
We and our friends are still marvelling about the"John Rennie"experience - Your delicious buffet and desserts, amazing presentation, wines excellent, the white chilled - perfect.
I would like to board the John Rennie - right at the moment and have the same experience all over again.
You have all had so many compliments by everyone. I now understand why Claire always seemed so calm, she knows how professional you are and are able to create the right ambiance for, I am sure, whatever the occasion.
A great, great day. Thank you so, so much on behalf of our friends and us.
Mr & Mrs W., Shaftesbury, Somerset - Private entertaining party

May 2011
To Lionel and staff
Thank you very much for the wonderful day our family and friends had on Saturday.
Both the service and food were excellent.
A memorable day, Thank you all.
Mrs I.Yates, Blandford - Champagne & 3 Course Roast Meal Birthday Party

May 2011
Dear Lionel,
On behalf of Bitton WI, I would like to thank you for making our summer outing on the John Rennie so special last Wednesday.
The wonderful ambiance on board indeed which was enjoyed by all, the delicious food, the well stocked bar and yourself as our very gracious and humorous host made for a very memorable occasion indeed which was enjoyed by all!
Kindest regards Mrs W, Outings organiser, Bitton W.I.

May 2011
Dear Lionel,
Thanks so much to you and your team for the fantastic food and service that you provided for our sons celebration.
All of our guests commented on what a wonderful spread it was...... truly a day to remember.
Many thanks and best wishes,
Mr & Mrs J, Bath, Somerset - Christening celebration

April 2011
Dear Gourmet Delicious
A very big thank you to you and your staff. We had the most amazing day and you all added to it to make it perfect.
The food was very delicious, the boat is very beautiful and you were great hosts.
We have already recommended you to everyone we know and we'll be back to use you again and again.
I've enclosed a CD of the wedding pic's. there are lots and lots so you'' have to pick out the one's you like.
Thank you all very much
Mr & Mrs H, Yeovil, Somerset

April 2011
Dear Lionel & team
Thank you all very much for a great fun evening aboard the John Rennie. It really was the highlight of a brilliant hen weekend and we can't recommend you highly enough. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was great, and everyone really enjoyed themselves.
We're looking forward to joining you again when many of our friends hire the boat for various parties, birthdays etc in the future!
Phillippa, Rosemary & Ali, Bath - Hen Party

March 2011
Dear Lionel,
Thank you for a lovely trip down the canal
Mz S, London

Feb 2011
Dear Lionel & Victoria,
Thank you very much for making my mother and fathers 50th Anniversary a special day ( Feb 19th ).
What fantastic food!! What a day !!
Everyone has been thanking me for a lovely day but it was really down to you guys.
I wish you every success in your business, I have been spreading the word and everyone says what a lovely idea to do!
I hope to see you in your restaurant sometime, with love
Mrs H, Street, Somerset

Dear Claire and her team @ Bath narrowboats.
Just a note to say thank you so much for what you did for us on Feb 19th 2011.
My mother and her family and friends had a wonderful day.
Thoroughly recommend you, with love Mrs H,Street, Somerset

Feb 2011
Many thanks for our event
Mrs D-W, London

Feb 2011
Many thanks for giving our customers on Valentine's Day a super day out.
Mrs S, Trumans Coaches, Hampshire.

Feb 2011
Dear Lionel,
We all had such a good time last Sunday for my Dad's 65th Birthday and the food was superb, so thank you very much.
We will definitely be returning for any more family celebrations in the future!
Thank you once again
Mrs M, Glastonbury

Dec 2010
Dear Lionel,
I would like to thank you and your team for a superb lunch on board the “ John Rennie “ on Dec. 29th 2010. Ernie enjoyed his “ surprise “ and each guest were complimentary about your exce
llent food.
Please find cheque enclosed and we look forward to eating with you again .
Regards Mrs H, Westbury

Dec 2010
Hi Claire
Thankyou so much for your help in organizing my 60th birthday lunch, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves,the food was superb and beautifully presented, it's amazing how Lionel could present it from the confines of his kitchen !The mulled wine was very much appreciated by all on a chilly day,and the boat was nice and cozy,no doubt it will be well recommended by all my friends. A pity my birthday's not in the summer months as it would be even better to see all in the light, but I'll have to blame my parents for that ! I hope someone else decides to have a similar party in the future.
Mrs B, Bath

Dec 2010
Thank you so much for the catering and arranging on the boat trip. It was so good for us that my colleagues were still talking about it over a week later. They didn’t expect the variety of dishes on offer and I certainly thought we were only to expect ham as the meat dish. So when there were so many vegetables and chicken as well, we all agreed it was a splendid buffet. I am currently providing some positive comments to people I know and on web forums as I wish every success for the future.
Mr N, MOD, Bath

Oct 2010
Dear Lionel, I would like to thank you for helping to make our day unforgettable. Both my husband and I and all our guests were so impressed with everything – your staff were delightful, the food excellent. Thank you once again from both of us
Mrs J, Bath

Sep 2010
Hi Lionel,everybody had a great day and loved your food. All your guys worked really hard and gave us all a memorable trip.
Mr K, Derbyshire

Sep 2010
Hi Claire, Des and I just wanted to say a great big thank you to you all at Bath Narrowboats for helping to make Saturday such a memorable day for us. We all had a wonderful time. Miles and the rest of the crew were absolutely fantastic. Could you please also pass our thanks onto the catering manager and the Jazz band who were also great. I am sure that we will do it again
Newly married Mrs C, Swindon

Sep 2010
On behalf of the ladies luncheon club, I would like to thank you all for making our day so enjoyable in addition to which, of course the weather was perfect.
Mrs P, Chandlers Ford Ladies Luncheon Club

Sep 2010
It was excellent service and great to have you on the boat
Ms W, Bath

Sep 2010
Many thanks for a lovely meal
Mr I, Chippenham

Sep 2010
Thank you for looking after our party
Mrs A, U3A, Swindon

Aug 2010
Thank you again for the day
Karakal, Bristol

Aug 2010
Lionel, Thank you for the service and hospitality that you and your staff gave us on Sunday evening.
Mrs H, Marlborough

Aug 2010
Many thanks for your help
The Stag and Hen Company, Bath

Aug 2010
Thank you for your services
Bluefin Insurance, North Yorkshire

Aug 2010
Dear Lionel, many thanks for making our day so enjoyable. The food was fantastic & everyone enjoyed themselves.
Mrs S, Midsommer Norton,Bath

Aug 2010
Thank you to you and your team for helping to make our wedding day perfect. Mrs. C, Swindon

Aug 2010
Dear Lionel, Once again a big thank you for a wonderful meal provided in a great setting onboard the John Rennie. All our guests thought it was an unforgettable experience
Mr M, Bathford, Bath

July 2010
Thank you for looking after us. Everyone enjoyed it very much.
Mrs J, U3A Porthcawl

July 2010
Thank you so much for the wonderful buffet you made for our parents Golden wedding. Everyone commented on how great it was. All your help on the day was much appreciated.
Mrs S, Trowbridge

July 2010
Hi Claire, On behalf of the Chepstow Stroke Group we would like to extend our grateful thanks to all concerned for a very enjoyable canal trip. I trust you will pass this message on especially to Lionel and the Skipper and all crew members.
Mr R, Chepstow

July 2010
Excellent trip
British Waterways

July 2010
Claire, Just a short courtesy thank you for your efforts last week for the Bristow & Sutor sponsored BPA meeting / luncheon on the John Rennie. All feedback has been extremely positive and the food was scrumptious.
Bristow & Sutor, Worcs.

July 2010
Many thanks for a pleasant trip
Mr B, Widcombe Association, Bath

July 2010
We all thoroughly enjoyed our day and the lunches were delicious.
Mrs M, Dorset Blind Society

June 2010
What a great evening! My husband was overwhelmed and had a super evening. Your staff were excellent, food was delicious and we couldn’t have had better weather.
Thank you for all your help.
Mrs W, Queensferry

June 2010
Hi Claire,
I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your help in last weeks very successful company outing. We all had a brilliant time and everything was perfect ( even the weather ) the hog roast was perfect for the sunny temperatures and was delicious and lionel, Kerry and danny the driver all made things very easy. The Jazz band are very talented and topped the evening off nicely. I would not hesitate in recommending the John Rennie for a great evening out.
Coombe Castle International Ltd

June 2010
Everyone enjoyed the trip and thought the ploughman’s lunches, coffees etc. were excellent – our thanks to you and your team.
Mrs M, East Coker W.I., Yeovil

June 2010
Many thanks! Everyone commented on how nice the food was and the fact that there was plenty of it! Cheers!
Mrs G, Swindon

June 2010
Thanks so much for a wonderful evening – the canapés were great and the buffet a perfect ending.
Mr C, Bath

May 2010
Everyone on the trip thought the food was wonderful. Many thanks for your excellent service
Mrs D, Bridgend

May 2010
Thank you once again for the food and all your help on the day. I look forward to using your services again
Mr T, RAF Lyneham

May 2010 As last year, great fun, lovely food & good atmosphere
Jacqui, 49 Club, Weston super mare

May 2010
Thank you so much for making our day with your wonderful food and fun personality
Jane, Zurich Insurance

May 2010
Dear Lionel and Victoria,
Thank you so much for giving us all such a wonderful day – everyone enjoyed it so much. We really appreciated all you did, thank you.
Mr C, Plymouth

May 2010
Thanks Lionel
Monkton Combe W.I., Bath

April 2010
Dear Claire, Thank you very much for your help with parking today - it was a great relief to my passengers to know we could park nearby. We all enjoyed the afternoon tremendously and will certainly recommend Bath Narrowboats and their caterers.
Mrs McF, Hampshire.

The entire party thoroughly enjoyed the trip and all passed comment on how good the catering was. There was only one criticism and that was that you were too generous with the portions as only one person managed to eat it all. Not a bad criticism to have really. Thank you for your help.
Mr C, Bristol

April 2010
Many thanks for our lovely trip
Mrs G, Surrey

Mar 2010
Many thanks, once more for a fun trip and very tasty buffet.
Mrs S, East Sussex
Mar 2010
Many thanks, once more for a fun trip and very tasty buffet.
Mrs S, East Sussex

Dec 2009
Thanks, we’ll be back – fab Christmas party
Miss B, Bath University

Nov 2009
Many thanks – It was all a great success
Mrs E, MOD – Bath

Oct 2009
We had such a lovely day on Saturday.
Just can't tell you...- but you know how gorgeous the Limpley Stoke Valley is. Gliding thro' it on such a sunny October day was very special. All the family felt relaxed and at ease and Ted whose birthday we were celebrating was happy at the heart of it all.

The crew were lovely. Everyone commented on the food, and there was certainly plenty of it. The puddings were great and all of them went! The wine situation was handled just right, altho' I was so late in requesting it!
Thanks so much to everyone - you have a great outfit there!
Mrs A, Bristol

Oct 2009
Many thanks for your excellent services.
Mrs J, Devon

Sept 2009
Hi Claire, we would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at Bath Narrowboats, everyone really enjoyed our wedding reception abord the John Rennie. The food was lovely and it was a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon.
Mrs R, Bristol

Sept 2009
We had a lovely time on Saturday.Thank you for looking after us so well. Everyone loved the food.
Mrs K, Hampshire

Sept 2009
I am writing to tell you how well pleased we were with the cooked meal you produced for the celebration of our daughter and son in laws Silver wedding anniversary. The feedback from guests was also very favourable in that some phoned our daughter and son in law to make it known. Everyone enjoyed the trip along the canal and said how nice it was and the weather was favourable too.
Thank you again for helping towards a very enjoyable afternoon.
Mrs C, Somerset

Sept 2009
Thank you for your contribution to a most enjoyable evening.
Mrs L. Worcestershire

Sept 2009
Once again thank you for your efforts on the day.
Mr T, Somerset

Sept 2009
Dear Lionel, It was a brilliant day and the food / service was excellent. Our family and friends are still talking about the trip
Mr K, Salisbury

Sept 2009
Hi Lionel
Just to say what a wonderful time we had on Saturday. The food was great, as usual, and all the staff were so patient and helpful.
Mrs R, Somerset

Sept 2009
Dear Claire, We had a brilliant time on Saturday , please convey my thanks to all involved
Mrs R, Wiltshire

Sept 2009
Thank you Victoria, we were all very impressed with the standards of all the meals served, the presentation, and especially the courteous and friendly staff. But the star of the day was definitely the wonderful desserts!
It was amazing how 3 course meals for 34 were prepared and presented so professionally from the tiny kitchen of the boat, everyone worked so hard.
We had a wonderful anniversary, thanks to you and your team.
Thank you again.
Mr & Mrs L, Somerset

August 2009
Many thanks, we had a great time.
Miss V, Berkshire

August 2009
Many thanks, once again for the excellence of service.
Mrs B, Somerset

August 2009
Thank you once again for a very enjoyable evening and the lovely food. Everyone really enjoyed themselves.
Mrs V, Gloucestershire

August 2009
Hello Lionel, thank you once again for your excellent catering service on the John Rennie last week. Several of my guests commented on the high quality of the food and wine which of course made me very happy. I will write to Claire and tell her so.
Mrs J, Germany

August 2009
Thank you for the excellent refreshments ( & service ) which helped to make our Golden Wedding celebrations a most memorable day, enjoyed by all.
Mrs W, Wiltshire

August 2009
I just wanted to say again how impressed I was with both the quality of your food and the friendliness of your service. I was anxious to organise the best possible hen night for my dear friend and your attention to detail made it all the more perfect. We all had a fantastic evening and I will recommend your fine food to all I know.
Miss J, Wiltshire

July 2009
Hi there. I just wanted to thank you for helping make Dad's party fun. The food was delicious (hence your name I suppose!!) and service great. Thank you. Once again, many thanks and have a good successful summer.
Mrs J, Dorset

July 2009
Thank you, for the meal, much appreciated by all
A, Wiltshire

July 2009
With many thanks. The ploughmans were delicious!
Mrs C, Wiltshire

July 2009
Many thanks again for the feast provided
Mrs I, Wiltshire

July 2009
I would like to thank you for the wonderful food you managed to present out of the little kitchen. I heard nothing but praise from all our guests.
Mrs N, Somerset

July 2009
Many thanks for your help. People are still talking about how much they enjoyed it!
Miss L, Wiltshire

July 2009
Dear Claire, Staff, Crew & Chef,
Sending a big ‘ thank you ‘ to you all. Everyone enjoyed the trip very much and lunch was fantastic ! Best wishes from
The I family, Somerset

June 2009
Thank you for all your hard work on the day - we will certainly be recommending you to other people. We hope to visit your restaurant soon.
Mrs T, Somerset

June 2009
I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful evening on Tuesday. All my colleagues had a fantastic evening although there was some very sore heads the next day including myself!
Please thank Lionel for the food – it was really
good quality and everyone really enjoyed it.
Avon Protection,Wiltshire

June 2009
Hi 'Gourmet Delicious', Thank you for all your hard work. We all had a lovely time and all the guests seemed to think it was a great idea and are looking forward to next time! Thank you again, it was lovely.
Mrs P, Wiltshire

June 2009
We were all very impressed with the food - delicious indeed!
Mrs A, Wiltshire

June 2009
Please find enclosed a cheque for our lovely trip. Everyone enjoyed the food and the whole event, so thank you again.
Mrs L, Somerset

June 2009
We had a wonderful time - your food was enjoyed and praised by us all. There was variety, good quality and more than ample. Many thanks.
Mrs S, Wiltshire

May 2009
The bbq buffet was great and enjoyed by all.
Mr B, Dorset

May 2009
Many thanks for a memorable afternoon.
Mrs F, Wiltshire

May 2009
Hi Claire, What a fabulous evening we all had yesterday!The weather was
brilliant (especially compared to today), the company good fun and the food FANTASTIC!
The caterers did an absolutely wonderful job, especially since at the end when I went to thank them all, I discovered that all the hot food had been cooked from scratch in that tiny galley! I just don't know how they did it.
All the dishes for each course looked delicious and came out piping hot and on hot plates too! Everyone was delighted and thoroughly enjoyed their meal. The wines too were excellent and the two people on board who were celebrating their birthday were very touched at being given a complimentary drink from the caterers - or was that from you, Claire? Either way, it was a lovely thought and much appreciated by them. And they both loved their dessert complete with sparklers and the Happy Birthday chorus from all their friends!
Thank you again for that as well.
So, to sum up, it was a really great evening and we were beautifully looked after by the lovely staff. One of the girls had even made some little truffles, chocolates and strawberries dipped in chocolate, which she brought out on a plate for each table when our coffee was served. That was a lovely touch as well to end an excellent evening.
Thank you, Claire, for your part in the organisation; thanks to our dual teamwork it all went very smoothly! I am most grateful to you.
I hope the rest of your season goes really well.
Mrs M,SGU3A Travel & Outings Group Leader, Hampshire

May 2009
Hi Claire, Just to say thanks very much for both the meal and trip – they were great – thoroughly enjoyed it.
Miss L, London

May 2009
Thanks so much for contributing to such a great day. Everyone commented on how much they enjoyed both the food and service. I shall definitely recommend your service in the future.
Once again, thanks very much for playing such an important part in a great day.
Mrs R, Somerset

April 2009
Dear Sirs, I would be grateful if you could forward your brochure to me at the below address. I recently enjoyed one of your evening corporate cruises and I am considering whether we can use the boat for future business activities.
Mr H, Cambridge

April 2009
Thank you for the superb offering of food that you made for my 60th birthday party on board the John Rennie. The food was plentiful, varied and delicious - it provoked much praise from my guests and I would have no hesitation in recommending your service to any person.
Mr L, Somerset

April 2009
I must say how much we enjoyed the evening and how excellent the food and the staff were. Our delegates had a great evening and were still talking about it the following day!
Mrs B, Wiltshire

April 2009
The food was very good and it was a delight that a lot of it was freshly cooked on the boat on the day.
Mrs W, Somerset

March 2009
Just a quick note to thank you and crew for a great afternoon yesterday.The whole show was professionally run and the food was excellent. Everyone remarked on what an enjoyable afternoon they had and I have no doubt they will be recommending it to others. Please pass on our thanks
Mr W.B, Somerset

Jan 2009
We had a really good time, can’t quite believe that so many people fitted on the boat, but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.Thanks for all your help
Miss R, Wiltshire

Dec 2008
Can I say thank you all very much, we all had a really good time the food was excellent and the chap that was steering the boat had us all laughing trying to manoeuvre the boat through the thick fog
Mrs H, Somerset

Nov 2008
Dear Claire,
Just a note to say Thank You very much to you and your team for providing a most enjoyable evening last Thursday for our DBA students and guests.

Everything was great and I have to say that the desserts were particularly commented on! What a choice and what presentation!

The feedback was extremely positive and they really seemed to enjoy experiencing something different to their usual routine during their residential periods in Bath. We were also so lucky with the fine weather that evening... Thank you very much and we hope to use your services again the future. Miss L, Bath University

Oct 2008
Hi Claire, just to say that we had a lovely time on saturday, the trip was fantastic and we didn't want it to end! Mrs V, Bath

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