Unique floating Lincoln restaurant up for sale as owner retires

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Lincoln’s floating restaurant The Barge is looking for a new helmsman.

Its current owner Catherine Kirk-Keverne is set to retire due to struggling with her health.

The unusual boat restaurant is currently up for sale with Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co and is anchored on a pitch leased from The Brayford Trust.

It features a fully fitted restaurant, which extends to about 1,608 sq ft and can seat 170 people, including outdoor areas.

The business is asking for offers in the region of £300,000.

‘Captain Catherine’ as she is affectionately known, has been supported by her three children and wonderful crew, along with other family, friends and loyal customers, but, reluctantly decided to close The Barge after the Christmas rush, due to her ongoing health issues.

Catherine said: “Deciding to let The Barge go has been a heart-wrenching decision. I have owned it for more than 20 years, built-up a loyal following of regulars and witnessed massive changes along the city’s popular waterfront.

“My children have been encouraging me to retire for the last few years, but The Barge has been a huge part of my life.  However, after struggling with my health over the past few months, I decided I needed to take time for myself.”

The restaurant suffered a fire in 2014, which damaged a third of the upper decks and contents of the static boat used as a restaurant. However Catherine rebuilt the business and continued to trade after repairs were made.

“Over the past few years, I have survived cancer, a fire on The Barge, the sad loss of a long-standing chef last year, and now I also need to look after my heart,” Catherine added.

Her daughter Zona Keverne-Gamble said: “I know closing The Barge has been difficult for her, but I feel that she needed to detach herself from the responsibility involved and enjoy her retirement.”