The Old Boat Café


Fairmeadow Tow Path, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XG

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Happy customers aboard The Old Boat cafe on the River Medway


The Old Boat offers the most fantastic range of coffees and locally sourced, organic food. Uber child-friendly too! The original boatman's cabin offers a tantalising glimpse into the fascinating life of the family who once worked this horse-drawn boat. Kids will love it! 

As you sit, gazing out onto the Medway, on a floating piece of our industrial heritage, you can feel the river breeze on your face and the gentle rocking from the wake of small craft and be surrounded by waterfowl. It doesn't get much better than this as you feel yourself relax and slow to the gentle ebb and flow of river life.

About 80% of the products served in this cafe are locally sourced and there a lots of options for gluten free, vegan and vegetarians alongside food which can be enjoyed by everyone.


Book Tickets


Sunday, 2nd June 2024 - Sunday, 2nd June 2024

nature-walk-and-journaling-zabby-allenNature Journalling With Zabby AllenJoin us for a fun-filled morning of nature journalling & zine-making with talented illustrator/nature doodler Zabby Allen! We'll meet at The Old Boat Cafe before heading off to explore a nature trail through Maidstone River Park.
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  • Al Fresco Dining

Provider Preferences

  • Al fresco dining - This cafe enjoys a delightful position on the river with chairs and tables next to the tow path in the garden.
  • Dining afloat - You can have your refreshments on board the boat.
  • In town/city centre - This is in the heart of the town centre but on the River Medway.
  • Waterfront


Map & Directions

Road Directions

This boat is not on a road but on the tow path of the River Medway, right in the heart of town.  It is moored between the two main road bridges where there is a garden.  Access can be gained via the pedestrian crossing close to the Kentish Lady moorings and the Archbishop's Palace or via the underpass from Fairmeadow or the lower High Street.

As it is on a cycle route, this is a particularly good way to arrive.

The closest parking can be found in Medway Street, just walk along Fairmeadow under the underpass and you are on the River Path.

Public Transport Directions

This is really easy to reach by bike or boat.

Closest station is Maidstone West.

Alight buses in the High Street or Pudding Lane.

Opening Times

Open Seasonally (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Seasonal opening Spring to Autumn

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