5 things to add to your day out in Maidenhead

5 things to add to your day out in Maidenhead

It may be your first time to Maidenhead or a seasoned visitor, but here are five things that you could add to your day out with us.
If you depart from Maidenhead for a cruise, then these are all within five miles and could be fitted into your day out whilst making the most of Maidenhead.

Maidenhead Heritage Centre explores the river, roads and railway to tell the story of Maidenhead and the part it played to the nearby villages and towns.
Important historical figures and many celebrities have called Maidenhead their home, leading to scandalous accounts.

The Air Transport Auxiliary collection is not to be missed and includes a Spitfire simulator which you can experience becoming a pilot during the 1940s for yourself.

Visit maidenheadheritage.org.uk for more details.

Their address is 18 Park Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1SL.

Featured in productions such as Inspector Morse, Poirot and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, this grade 1 listed house and gardens are worth visiting. This 15th century Tudor Manor House has been a family home to the Palmer’s for over 450 years. So when visiting, expect a warm welcome and easy charm about the place. Dorney Court is one of Englands most fabulous stately homes.

The grounds have acres of mature parkland and beautiful gardens. The lawns are divided by Ancient yew hedges and herbaceous borders. Also, St James the Less church is nearby with its Tudor tower and Norman front.

Visit dorneycourt.co.uk for more details.

Their address is Dorney, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 6QP.

Home to over 100 species, many of which are at risk, BCA ZOO is a rare treat. Part of the college’s 400-acre campus, the zoo is primarily used to train students studying various animal management courses. As the zoo is a training venue, public encounters and events must be pre-booked and are only available during term breaks, weekends and bank holidays.

The zoo plays host to Squirrel monkeys, Meerkats and Lemurs, and includes a nocturnal room where you will find Spotted genet and an Armadillo living there.

You can also book a Reptile encounter to get closer to the animals, but the Elongated tortoises and Cuban rock iguana our included in the public displays. 

The amphibian room is not to be missed as it is unique and is home to the bizarre Titicaca water frogs and endangered Lemur leaf frogs.

Visit zoo.bca.ac.uk for more details. 

Their address is Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 6QR.

Stanley Spencer was born in the picturesque village of Cookham, where he spent most of his life painting. The Museum is housed in a building from 1962. Ten years ago, it was transformed into the magnificent modern art museum, home to the world’s most extensive collection of Spencer drawings, paintings, personal letters, press cuttings, photographs, and books.

Spencer’s relationships with Hilda Carline and Patricia Preece dominates most of his works creating a marvellous story. 

Highlights are self-portraits of Hilda Carline’s, Patricia Preece and Dorothy Hepworth.  

Groups are welcome, and guided walks and talks can be arranged, including the countryside and village where Spencer painted.

Visit stanleyspencer.org.uk for more details.

Their address is Cookham High Street, Cookham, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 9SJ.

Cliveden plays host to stunning gardens, peaceful woodlands and majestic Thames riverbank. Miles of walks that will delight all thought the seasons will entertain all ages, especially if you find the giant maze.

Adults, children and families will find fantastic all-year-round events hosted by the National Trust at Cliveden. There are tree-climbing adventures, acres of gardens, open-air theatre and much more to explore on a day out to Cliveden.

Groups are welcome at Cliveden, and you should allow two to three hours to take it all in. Tours are available if pre-booked.

Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden for more details.

Their address is Cliveden, Taplow, Nr Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS.

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Which cruise could we add these too?

Our daily afternoon tea cruise would be a perfect fit for a family after a busy morning sightseeing. 

If you are a group organiser, then one of our day excursion trips would be ideal. Follow the links below to find out more. 

Enjoy A Meal With A View As We Cruise The Thames

Our daily cruise offering departs from Maidenhead but must be booked in advance. You can choose between lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.  This way you are booking a table and not the whole boat. Make the Georgian your new favourite restaurant.

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Quality You Can Trust For Your Event

Get out of the office for your next corporate event and spend the day on the Thames. The Georgian has a versatile layout making her ideal for team building, product launches, and board meetings. We also have a number of packages to help you stick to your budget.

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Create Everlasting Memories On The Thames

The Georgian is a superb venue for your wedding party or celebration, such as birthdays, anniversaries or even a school prom. Above all else we want you to enjoy your special occasion, so we are here to help make your event one to remember.

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Plan Your Perfect Day Trip Out Afloat

Enjoy a premium day out on the Thames with your group. Each trip includes a food element and a live commentary or entertainment—also, the all-important cup of tea or coffee. Minimum group numbers apply; however, you will have full private use of the vessel.

How to make Simple and Tasty, All-Butter Shortbread

How to make Simple and Tasty, All-Butter Shortbread

I started the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company because I wanted to bring my love of food and the river together. It always makes me happy when I am on board, and someone comes back to the buffet for some more saying, “I really shouldn’t, but it’s so tasty!” Well, this shortbread is one that gets them every time. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make. I also find that using the basic shortbread; can lead to even more tasty things, such as millionaire shortbread and raspberry and chantilly shortbread tart. I like to crumble up the shortbread and use it as a topping on ice cream or as part of a plate design for a dessert.

A Short-Shortbread History 

Shortbread was invented by the Scots and is called shortbread because of its crumbly texture. Made from around the 12th century, it was only until the 16th century when Mary, Queen of Scots, had the recipe refind to the shortbread we know and love today. 

Mrs McLintock is credited with the first printed recipe in 1736.

Christmas, Hogmanay, weddings and other special occasions would usually be the only time shortbread was served as it uses expensive ingredients, so it was viewed as a luxury. 

A fun how-to video

Here is a video of when my son and I made a batch.

The Shortbread Recipe  

The Ingredients

Prep time – 30 mins + 30 mins chilling / Cooking time – 10 to 30 minutes – shape depending / Yield – 20 – shape depending

125g Butter – soft 

55g Caster sugar, plus extra to finish

180g Plain flour

Tip – This is an all-butter shortbread, meaning that the flavour will be coming from the butter you choose. Not all butter is made equal but more expensive does not always make it better. It is worth trying different kinds of butter to see the impact. 

Tip – I like to keep my caster and granulated sugars in a jar with some Vanilla pods, which give the sugar a beautifully subtle vanilla flavour. The pods are expensive as they are challenging to grow and have to be hand-pollinated. They are the second most expensive spice after saffron. However, you can refill the jar numerous times, and the pods will keep giving off their flavour. It is definitely worth the investment. 

Remember 

It is essential to remember two things when cooking. 

The first is HOT – Hands, Oven, Tray. Wash your hands, set your oven temp (if the recipe is quick) and prepare your tray. 

The second is to clean as you go and leave the kitchen as you find it. It is not always that easy. However, it will make a huge difference and is part of the job. You are not done till the kitchen is clean! 

The Method   

HOT exception! The shortbread will need 30 minutes to rest in the fridge, so delay setting your oven, leaving enough time to preheat before you are ready to put the shortbread in the oven. My oven takes about 20 minutes to heat, so if I am cutting the shortbread into shaps, I will turn the oven on 10 minutes before taking the shortbread out of the fridge. It is crucial not to waste energy.  

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together – This should be smooth.
  2. Add the flour and stir to a paste – you can use your clean hands for this. 
  3. Roll out the shortbread to 1/2cm thick between two sheets of greaseproof paper (This stops you from adding extra flour) and rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. 
  4. Good time to wash up 
  5. Preheat your oven to 190C
  6. Take the shortbread from the fridge, and after 2-3 minutes, cut out your shapes and arrange on lined baking sheets – You can use the greaseproof that you used to roll it out.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar to finish (if you want to ice or dip your shortbread, skip this step) and then bake until pale golden brown. Depending on your shapes, this can take anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and once cold, store in an airtight container. They can keep well for 2-3 days; however, they are usually eaten way before then!

Tip – the more you re-roll the paste, the tougher the shortbread will become. However, cook any of your offcuts as you can add this to a crumble topping or ice cream. Please do not waste it!

Tip – if you have thick parts to your shapes, then cover with foil to stop them burning whist the rest is cooking. I find this with my reindeer cutter for the antlers.

Shortbread Variation 

Once you have tried the basic recipe, you can start to add things and experiment. 

Variations include;

  • Adding 100g of Chocolate chips with the flour 
  • Adding Orange zest with the butter and sugar 
  • Replace 40g of the flour with 50g of ground rice flour for a different texter 
  • Add 1tbs cocoa powder to make chocolate shortbread, be careful when cooking as its challenging to see the colour change. 
  • Add 100g of Rasions or Saultarners with the flour. 
  • Skip, sprinkling then with sugar and dip in chocolate instead. You could decoratively ice the tops too. 

If you add something with the flour, you can slit your batch and make several different variations at once. 

Raw shortbread will keep well in the freezer for up to three months, shaped or in logs. Allow thawing enough to cut the logs into disks and bake for an extra minute or two.  

I hope you enjoyed this simple shortbread recipe.

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Your Event On The Thames

Here at the Windsor & Maidenhead Boat Company, we like to make sure your event on the Thames is one to remember.

As a family-based business, we like bringing people together. Be it for a social occasion or corporate functions.

We hope you find our website useful. We have four main areas below to help guide your general enquiry.  Further on you will find direct links to information regarding The Georgian, our menus, entertainment and our beverages.

Enjoy A Meal With A View As We Cruise The Thames

Our daily cruise offering departs from Maidenhead but must be booked in advance. You can choose between lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.  This way you are booking a table and not the whole boat. Make the Georgian your new favourite restaurant.

blue wave

Quality You Can Trust For Your Event

Get out of the office for your next corporate event and spend the day on the Thames. The Georgian has a versatile layout making her ideal for team building, product launches, and board meetings. We also have a number of packages to help you stick to your budget.

salmon wave

Create Everlasting Memories On The Thames

The Georgian is a superb venue for your wedding party or celebration, such as birthdays, anniversaries or even a school prom. Above all else we want you to enjoy your special occasion, so we are here to help make your event one to remember.

green wave

Plan Your Perfect Day Trip Out Afloat

Enjoy a premium day out on the Thames with your group. Each trip includes a food element and a live commentary or entertainment—also, the all-important cup of tea or coffee. Minimum group numbers apply; however, you will have full private use of the vessel.