Hospitality on Board
We are very proud of the standard of hospitality we offer guests on board Irene. Unlike many tall ships, we don't expect guests to bunk down in the saloon and all share the same bathroom (or heads as it's referred to on board!). On Irene, we have four cabins, all with en-suite showers and toilets. A large double berth and a single bunk make up the sleeping arrangements in each cabin meaning that we can take up to three people in each, although we prefer to have a couple or two single people, per cabin.
We are also extremely proud of our on-board catering. Rachel Perham, our cook, is a fantastic chef with experience of running her own seafood restaurant for many years. She works tirelessly in the galley producing fantastic meals as well as fresh bread, cakes and other goodies to keep guests and crew happy on long passages. Our skipper, Charlie Robertson, is no stranger in the galley, either. He can regularly be found acting as Rachel's sous chef in producing the 50 meals a day that are required on a busy ship.
We are used to catering for specific food and dietary requirements on board Irene, be these for religious, health or preference reasons. It is always helpful to know these in advance, though, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. We provide a specific section on our booking forms for you to fill in, that gives Rachel the relevant information. Please also let us know of any special anniversaries, birthdays or other events. We do like to help you celebrate with something special from the Galley!
When not at sea, we regularly host events for larger groups and have a particular reputation for the freshest sea food and local produce. Rachel is from a family of fishermen and really knows what she's looking for when it comes to fresh fish. Wherever possible, we support local food producers and businesses whether these be fishermen, local markets or farm shops.
An example menu for a day aboard Irene is here - please click the link to have a look! (On a day sail, the meals provided do not include the full breakfast or evening dinner.)
Our saloon is spacious and plenty of room for guests and crew to enjoy meals and relaxing after a hard day's sailing. We can also accommodate much larger parties when we are not at sea for events and functions. Catering for groups of more than 40 people is not uncommon.