Enjoy fish and chips aboard The Matthew in Bristol

Enjoy fish and chips aboard The Matthew in Bristol

Posted on: 11 Aug 2017

This authentic maritime experience, taking place on Thursday 31st August, will allow you to enjoy sea shanties and a fish supper on the deck of The Matthew, Bristol’s favourite tall ship.

THe Matthew

Calling all sirens and salty, salty sea dogs!


The Matthew is offering sea-farers young and old the chance to clamber aboard its decks for an evening of traditional ship-shape activity. On the 31st August, the tall ship will take on a crew of passengers for a sail around Bristol’s Harbour, set to the dulcet tones of a fine array of sea shanties.


These will come courtesy of one of The Matthew’s resident groups, whose vast repertoire includes the saltiest set of sea-worthy songs this side of Davy Jones’ Locker. Expect to hear your favourites and time-tested classics interspersed with more modern arrangements in this live set which has drawn amounts of praise from previous sailors.

The Matthew crew

That’s not all though… Which naval voyage worth its salt would be complete without sampling some of the fruits of the sea? Once the harbour has been successfully navigated, The Matthew will drop anchor outside the Pump House, where passengers will enjoy a portion of fish and chips.


The Matthew itself is a perfect scale recreation of John Cabot’s ship, which became the first vessel to cross the Atlantic when it sailed for America in 1497. Built to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of this landmark, The Matthew has been moored in Bristol’s floating harbour ever since.


When the ship is in dock, visits are free of charge. You can explore the ship and chat to the knowledgeable staff about the history of both the original and new ship, the building of it and much more. The staff - all of whom are volunteers - are experienced in dealing with groups of all ages and also with special educational needs or disabilities – the ship is wheelchair accessible.



Tickets to sea shanty fish and chips evening are £38 or £33 for concessions, and can be bought here.

Article by:

Sam Mason-Jones

An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at sam@365bristol.com.