Brew with a view at White Mills Marina

Published: Friday, 08 December 2017

THE Boathouse at White Mills Marina is now complete and open for business both for its moorers and visitors.

Boathouse threeThe  marina at Earls Barton on the Nene opened the new Boathouse last week-end, that has been described as a 'hit' by those using the facilities.


In addition to the café, it is complete with ladies and gents showers and toilets, together with disabled facilities, and is open for boaters, cyclists, walkers and other visitors who are out and about enjoying the Nene and surrounding Nene Valley.

With stunning views of the countryside and looking out over the 141 berths marina, the Boathouse is a good location for guests to enjoy teas, coffees and fresh food, all of which are prepared by boathouse manager Carrie Hewitt. In the picture are: John and Debbie Skinner with Carrie Hewitt the Manager of White Mills Marina’s new Boathouse.

Commenting on the opening, John Skinner enthused:

“We are absolutely thrilled with the new Boathouse as we can now offer the quality of services that discerning boaters expect from a modern bespoke marina. Carrie is a fully trained barista and has been helping to run the office for the past nine months so it is great to have her at the helm; she is now able to put her real passion for food and baking into practice.

“The opening of the Boathouse comes at a time when the number of boats on the river is definitely increasing. It is good news for boaters venturing onto the Nene to know that there are some accessible modern facilities available for them to enjoy. We of course are now looking forward to welcoming them to White Mills in 2018.”

Inside boathouseThe facilities at the boathouse are accessible to boaters 24/7, though refreshments are only being served on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Easter, after which it is hoped to extend the opening hours to seven days a week.

White Mills Marina first opened on 1st April 2016, and already over half the berths have been reserved, with John telling:

“The completion of Phase ll now means that we are a fully operational marina, which is what we have been working towards since we first opened 20 months ago. None of this would have been achieved quite so quickly if we had not been lucky enough to secure part funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development at the beginning of the year. Knowing that they believed in our project has given us a real boost.”