Northampton's First and Only Floating Events Venue
Vegan Coffee Shop and Food
Available for Private Hire
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The Ark is Northampton’s first and only floating bar restaurant. It is the realisation of Northampton local Jack Patel’s dream. He looked at the River Nene and thought it would be the perfect location for a boat to bring people together. After eight long years of planning and gruelling year in build, The Ark was finally finished in 2014. The result is a beautiful white barge consisting of the dining area, bar, decking and the open air top deck.
Whilst Jack was busy developing The Ark, his daughter Hema was graduating from the University of Northampton with a degree in Events Management. After gaining experience and knowledge working in the events industry, and helping her father build the boat, she has now taken up the role of event manager at The Ark.
Since October 2018 The Ark has gone vegan to reflect the family's values.