Where can I shop for food?

We’ll get you started with tea and coffee but shopping for groceries while holidaying afloat is easy.
The UK’s major supermarket chains have local equivalents in a larger convenience store format so the small villages you pass through are well catered for. And several farms you pass advertise fresh vegetables, eggs and even meats in a few cases.

Tesco home delivery
Supplying Kodran’s galley with groceries from Tesco

Larger towns have out-of-town supermarkets often within walking distance of the canal. Rugeley (Morrisons, Aldi, Tesco) and Kidsgrove (Tesco) on the Trent and Mersey and Tamworth (Asda, M&S) on the Coventry canal are good examples in our cruising area. Check the local canal map guides we provide onboard.
Additionally, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons and Waitrose will deliver to a cruising narrowboat – just supply a postcode and tell them you’re on the canal. The popular blog ‘Retirement with No Problem’ has a detailed section on how this works.

And online grocery service Ocado has a great Staycation campaign at the moment, check them out here.

Better still, read our blog post for detailed information on dining on a canal boat holiday.