The Anderton Boat Lift, near Northwich, in Cheshire has expanded and refurbished its coffee shop meaning there’s now more room for groups to enjoy the views from the tree-top café.

The Anderton Boat Lift's coffee shop%E2%80%99s menu has also undergone a transformation following the arrival of new chef Matthew Rutter.

The newly refurbished coffee shop will be able to seat up to a third more visitors than previously, and groups will be able to tuck in to locally-sourced food for everything from breakfast through to afternoon tea.

From the coffee shop visitors can see along the River Weaver and across to the Anderton Boat Lift, which was restored in 2002 after a £7 million restoration that was made possible due to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The lift sits between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal and is believed to be the world’s first ever successful boat lift.

New menu

The coffee shop’s menu has also undergone a transformation following the arrival of new chef Matthew Rutter who has brought new options, including steak in red wine and pancetta pie to complement the old favourites on the menu, such as the cafe’s paninis.

Visiting the Anderton Boat Lift

It is said that the Anderton Boat Lift attracts more than 120,000 visitors each year.

Groups can enjoy boat trips, lift trips or the Top of the World tour, an hour-long tour, available on specific dates, which allows visitors to go to the very top of the boat lift itself, as well as to the control room and machine deck.

The Top of the World tour is not suitable for those unable to climb steps, or those with a fear of heights.

An interactive exhibition in the visitor centre, a gift shop and a play area for groups with young children are also available to complete a day out at the Anderton Boat Lift.

For more information contact 01606-786 777 or visit