Created: 09 Dec 2019 17:28
Updated: 18 Mar 2020 16:09

‘A Foodie Afloat’ is the story of a cook’s journey through France on a barge. Di Murrell takes us on a gentle journey across the French landscape, by way of the lesser-known waterways of the north and centre and shows, through her recipes, how the cuisine of the country changes with the landscape.

But this book is about much more than that. A life spent on the waterways of Europe means she is completely at home in her milieu. She talks to lock-keepers, skippers of working barges and others, who, like her, find their sustenance on or near the canal. The boating life, though rarely sensational, is full of small events and chance encounters. This is an enticing story of slow boats and slow food. Di makes it come alive, tempting us to give up everything and join her.


About Di Murrell

Di has spent all of her adult life working and living on inland waterways. Once we carried lime pulp in canal boats for Roses Lime Juice, coal for the Cadbury's Chocolate factory and later, grain, loaded at Tilbury Docks on the River Thames, bound for Coxes flour mill on the River Wey. She came to writing a little late in the day but was spurred on when she won the highly esteemed Sophie Coe Prize for Food Writing in 2012. She has also written a blog for many years. It was said by ‘The Times’ of London to be the best one ever written about life on the waterways of Europe.

Her first, 'Barges and Bread' published by Prospect Books in 2017 was the winner of the Best UK Culinary History Book in the 2018 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards’. Now she is to publish her second book, ‘A Foodie Afloat’, in the spring of 2020, and this time with Matador.

We are also hosting an open evening tonight to welcome potential new members to the Club.

Please feel free to attend the talk - no obligation to stay for supper

Tickets for Club Supper are available at the discounted rate of £14.50 until noon on Friday 20th March.  Thereafter, tickets are £17.50.  Online booking at this rate closes at 4pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.  Tickets for the published menu may be available at the bar after this deadline (£17.50). 



Main: Coq au vin, ratatouille vegetables, dauphinoise potatoes​

Vegetarian (please let staff know by 7pm)Roasted aubergine, stuffed with ratatouille and cheese, and salad​

Dessert: Lemon posset with berries and shortbread crumb

Date and time

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:30
 Members and guests only