An episode of Channel 4’s Devon and Cornwall starring a pair of Penryn restaurateurs who feed diners while offering them cruises has hit the airwaves again.
Charlotte White and Jess Harris – who have known each other since they were six – worked for months converting a traditional Looe fishing boat, Tethra, into a full-on floating restaurant called the Blue River Table.
They launched in 2018 and the business’ maiden voyage was featured in episode three of the show’s first series, which proved to be a hit with viewers.
And those who were not able to catch the episode the first time round got a second chance to do so tonight (July 20) as it was repeated on Channel 4.
The unique dining experience that Charlotte and Jess run allows customers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and/or dinner on board as they cruise for up to three hours from Mylor Harbour along Cornish creeks as far as Ruan Lanihorne and the Percuil river on the Roseland peninsula.
The women, who both live in Penryn, take turns cooking and skippering, having both worked on yachts and in catering.
You can expect dishes that are seafood-based and summery – Mediterranean feasts, tapas, big salads; a table ‘laden with food’ as Charlotte puts it.
The first customers seemed pleased with the food as well, with one guest saying: “I don’t know how they’ve achieved what they have in such a small space, it’s fantastic.”
Also in the show, Dartmoor sheep farmers Russ and Jess were seen preparing for the Widecombe Fair and the cameras also following a farmer called Cyril who spends his days giving back to nature on the edge of Exmoor.
The hit Channel 4 programme – which recently aired its second series – sets out to reveal life in this beautiful corner of England, and to showcase that enjoyed by the millions of tourists and holidaymakers that visit each year.