My name is Sam Keay and I originate from Cumbria, I have been living on my narrowboat for 14 years and I travel around the UK canal network trading at festivals, events & pop ups.
My love of the countryside & foraging is rooted in my childhood, we spent many summer days blackberry picking, scrumping apples, and helping my mum make homemade jam, wine, gin and any other scrumptious things we could think of!
As much as possible, the produce used is foraged from the countryside and towpath as we chug around the country. I welcome produce exchange and many customers or passing walkers bring me their fruit and veg in exchange for some of my spirits & preserves .
If neither of these are possible I source produce that is local and organic. For this reason I have a limited stock of some produce until the next season comes around.
I take pride in making tasty and fresh products and I want you to enjoy them and feel fully satisfied.
If you have any questions about us, our products, or where we'll be next, please get in touch! Likewise, if you have any custom requests don't hesitate to let us know.
I am currently moored in Chester, next to the King Charles Tower Gardens, I will be here until the 17th December, and open on Fri 19th Nov, Sat 20th Nov and Sunday 21st Nov 10 til 5pm
Chester Walls, Chester, England CH1 2DY, United Kingdom
DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION, GANGPLANK SPIRITS & PRESERVES WON'T BE ATTENDING ANY EVENTS THIS YEAR, YOU WILL HOWEVER FIND US TRADING ALONG THE TOWPATH MOST WEEKENDS,
PLEASE ALWAYS CHECK OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR UP-TO-DATE OPENING TIMES AND LOCATIONS!
Please make sure to visit our friends!
Katie Miller is also a boat dweller and she created my fabulous logo and labels, to see more of her work or commission her.
Devizes Marina helped me massively in the process of getting my premises licence, they selflessly gave a small business a big hand up, so thank you and folks if you're down that way go and say hello and hire a boat for the day or week.
“Cake on the Cut is run by Sam Keay on a narrowboat called Squox and Botter. Not only is it a fantastic cafe boat selling lots of yummy cakes and treats, she makes and sells Gangplank Spirits and Preserves which are produced with foraged fruit and herbs. Super tasty! A friendly trader with a very unusual paint job on her narrowboat – both sides are different and depict scenes of nature. She always sets up her roaming cafe with lots of cute tables, chairs, flowers and sometimes hammocks.”
Winner of 4 stars at Biaff 2019. (British International Amateur Film Festival), and 3rd in the Southern Counties "Top of the Clubs" competition 2019 (Level 5 award). An insight into the lives of a few of the people who live on canal boats along the Kennet and Avon Canal in Wiltshire.