Reading party venueReading party venue – If you are looking for a venue with a difference, why not hire Whittington’s?

Looking for a unique, unusual, quirky place to have a wedding reception, birthday party, anniversary celebration or a family gathering? Then look no further than Whittington’s Tea Barge. We can seat up to 27 people on board in the tranquil setting of the Thames, providing anything from a vintage high tea to a 3 course meal with live music. A great Reading party venue.

Maybe you’d like to take a relaxing cruise up the river and enjoy a high tea as the beautiful Berkshire countryside slips by.

All our packages include exclusive use of the barge.

With Whittington’s being on the Thames we are very much governed by the rate of flow of the river; therefore if for any reason we can not fulfil any booking we will let you know ASAP and either offer you a new date or a full refund.

Parties of 6+ will need to pay a deposit on booking (£5 per head) and any change in numbers from those booked will be charge full price unless notification is given more than 24 hours in advance of the date booked.


Cruise the Thames through beautiful countryside up to Mapeldurham whilst we serve a vintage high tea consisting of a selection of sandwiches, cake, scones with jam & cream and a selection of high quality tea or coffee (all other drinks will be charged for). Each cruise lasts for 2 hours with a maximum number of 12 people. Cost £350 (50% to be paid at the time of booking) . You may bring your own alcohol for an additional £25  (to be arranged at the time of the booking).  Cruises can usually be booked from 4pm.  Please note that if the river is running dangerously fast then we will be unable to cruise; in which case we can either hold your party/booking on the mooring on the original booked date, or re-book the cruise for a new date. A great Reading party venue.

Parties, wedding receptions etc

Vintage high tea, which consists of a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam & cream and a selection of quality teas or coffee, cost per person from £25 for 2.5 hours (Under 5 free, U12 half price). Minimum 22 (we will cater for less but there will be a surcharge for smaller numbers), maximum 27 people.

If you are looking for an evening event then we can provide a 3 course meal for you and your guests with live entertainment to enhance your evening, £55 per head, bring your own alcohol.    Min 24, max 27  people.

Final payment for parties have to be made as a single transaction.

Live acts:

We are happy for you to decorate the barge 10 mins before your party booking, please note we do not allow table confetti/sprinkles to be used.


Cruises and afternoon tea parties require 50% to be paid  at the time of booking, whilst a non refundable deposit of £300 will be required at the time of booking for any evening  functions, with all balance payable on the day.  Cancellations made less than 7 working days before the event will be liable for the full payment.

For more information please fill out the form on the Contact Us page or call Lesley on 07786 288 374