Our Catering Company

In 2013 we formed our own company Blackwater Catering Ltd to supply locally sourced, high quality food to our barge customers. Our dishes are all homemade, either in the barge’s galley or started in our shoreside kitchen and finished on board by our team. Our onboard galley team excel in providing a friendly yet professional service, many of them have been involved with Topsail for several years, and you’ll find them enthusiastic sources of information about the barge and the food.

Lorna has been sailing on the Topsail fleet since she was 3 years old, as she is the daughter of Topsail owners Paul and Steph. She first started working onboard as part of the galley team aged 15, working her way up to hostess onboard Thistle and Hydrogen, before heading to Australia for a year. Lorna has been running the barge tearooms since October 2013 and now puts her excellent organisational and people skills to good use for our summer seasons.

Love Local, Live Local

We are strong believers in supporting our local shops, and are pleased to continue our long association with Stuart at Buntings Butchers and Barry at Green’s.

Customer Comments :

“Many of our guests commented on the quality of the food and the lovely staff.  We had a delightful day.  Thank you all very much “.  Mr & Mrs Groom, 50th Birthday Party

“We found everything excellent from the initial enquiry to the actual day.  We were delighted with the facilities, the staff were great and the whole day went brilliantly.  Many thanks for making our wedding day so special.”  Lucy & Russell, Wedding Reception.

“The girls had worked very hard to have everything ready for us and the guests were very impressed with the venue and the catering”.  Mrs Kean, 70th Birthday Party.

“..it was the most enjoyable afternoon we have spent in a long time.  The crew were excellent, the catering first class “.  Mrs Clark, Public Lunch Sail.



“It was a memorable experience with amazing weather, great food, good company and very friendly staff.  One team member said it was the best team meeting he has attended in the 15 years he has worked for us”.  Zurich, Team Meeting with Sail and Lunch.

“The attitude of the deck and catering crew was particularly good.  Food very good and in adequate quantities, well presented”  Mr Cooper, 70th Birthday

“The food was much remarked on and how pleasantly it was served by the kind and helpful staff”  Mrs Trawny, Golden Wedding

“Two very good days enjoyed by everyone.  Nice lunch and friendly and helpful crew”  Peacock Travel, Coach Day Out


Lorna Jeffries Managing Director, Blackwater Catering

Lorna Jeffries
Managing Director, Blackwater Catering

Cooks Yard
The Hythe

Tel: 01621 857 567
Fax: 01621 840 567
E-mail: info@top-sail.co.uk