Back In Time To 1900

I am very pleased to announce our new partnership with the renowned Waterfront landmark (or should that be watermark?) Mariners - soon to be re-named “1900”, in tribute to the original launch date of this boat-turned-restaurant.  Under brand new management, chef/owner Julien Jourdain jumped at the chance to take over the beloved vessel, having first worked onboard in 2000. 

For many years, Julien had his heart set on taking over Mariners one day and the wait paid off in November last year when he approached the previous owners and discussed his plans. Now Julien’s vision is becoming reality and he strongly believes that fate has brought him to this historic vessel.

Julien trained in catering college in Calais and has experience in venues in Paris as well as head chef for 10 years at the Waterfront Bar Bistro. These experiences set very high standards but also offered perhaps a slightly more unusual team-management approach, which is the whole atmosphere Julien is now trying to achieve at Mariners (1900).   

Restaurant manager - Barbara - originally from France, was an existing team member whom Julien asked to become manager straight away.  Barbara moved to the UK 5 years ago to experience training in catering and loved being here so much she decided to stay. By chance there was a vacancy going at Mariners and she has been there ever since. She too fell in love with the vessel and sees the potential it has. 

It has been quite the adventure for the pair already, bringing the boat ‘back to life’, including a total revamp of the inside. Early next year will see changes to the outside, with Julien wanting ‘1900’ to look more inviting, by opening up the rear deck and featuring music and new seating.  All of this to be enjoyed not only overlooking the water, but being the only place on the Marina to sit ON the water. Julien prides himself at not being expensive; the menu will offer value for money, including the wine list.  The venue will work very hard with local producers and in the near future Julien is planning on opening up on Sundays, to serve his take on roast dinners, alongside the usual menu.  

I look forward to seeing the changes throughout the months and seeing the love and dedication the vessel deserves.  We will feature more news and history on ‘1900’ next month.

Food & DrinkLouise Shadbolt