Floating restaurant and bar barges, Darcie and May Green, now officially open in Paddington

Award-winning Australian restaurant group Daisy Green Collection is excited to announce that its two dazzling city barges, Darcie and May Green, are now officially open to the public. Situated directly outside Paddington station, in an unparalleled west London water-top setting on the Grand Union Canal, the two gigantic boats boast an eye-catching exterior, designed by legendary British pop artist Peter Blake.

The all-day menu available at the site features the fresh and distinctive Antipodean-inspired food for which the group is renowned. By night, the boats transform into a buzzing evening restaurant and bar, offering Aussie dinner favourites, contemporary cocktails and an array of natural New World wines and local craft beers. Brunch-goers looking for a long and lazy meal will relish a menu that includes vegan coconut French toast, a very fancy bacon roll, an award-winning banana bread sandwich, and a lot of smashed avo on charcoal sourdough with house-made labne.

Dishes are comforting, laid back, fresh and beautiful. Plates such as halloumi fries, sticky beef short ribs, Szechuan Soft Shell Crab and the Giant Chicken Parmigiana can be enjoyed alongside lighter options, such as the vegan Celeriac Steak, the seared sashimi-grade tuna and the Asian Chicken Salad.

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Open for private hire too, the 50-metre boats, set over two levels, may well be London’s coolest new event space and Christmas venue. The exclusively-created pop culture artwork that decorates the two barges exhibits Peter Blake’s distinctive style and signature bold colour palette, making the top decks unrivalled destinations for balmy-weather drinking.

With a cocktail in hand—the drinks menu includes a raspberry sour, an innovative take on an espresso martini, an array of house-made festive cocktails and warmers and nine dedicated craft beer taps—visitors can admire the latest designs from the 88-year-old artist famous for designing the Beatles’ bestselling album sleeve 50 years ago this year.

Open for all-day dining from 7.30am to 11pm (Monday-Friday), 9am to 11pm (Saturday), 9am to 10pm (Sunday).
Darcie & May Green, Grand Union Canal, Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, W2 6DS; www.daisygreenfood.com/venues/darcie-mayreservations@daisygreenfood.com

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