The Ark serves food, coffee and other drinks. All food and drinks are vegan. Set in a converted ship. Available for hire for private events such as birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, celebrations and more. Open for outdoor dining and take-out as of Apr 2021. Open Sat-Sun 11:00-15:00.

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29 Reviews

First Review by veganian


Points +13

09 Jul 2023

A lovely place held by lovely people

A lovely place held by lovely people, I really enjoyed my lunch here. Lots of choices. The food is quite good, not exceptional, but you will definitely enjoy your meal.

Updated from previous review on 2023-07-09

Pros: Location, Kind people, Cheap



Points +45

15 May 2023

Love it love it love it

Coolest place in Northampton to chill in!
Great food and drinks with the best staff :)
Beautiful surrounding walks and you can take your doggo in here too 🤩

Pros: Fully vegan!, The best staff, Beautiful location


Points +77

20 Mar 2023

Sunday brunch

Went for Sunday brunch, service was bit slow but it’s lovely atmosphere plus the novelty of eating on a boat which is great. It’s all vegan, plus the GF options if you require. Loved the food and will be back.

I would like to see English breakfast but nevertheless the burgers are great as are the cakes, coffee and shakes.

Updated from previous review on 2023-03-20

Pros: Lots of options , Great coffee and shakes , Gluten free options

Cons: Little Expensive, Slow service


Points +162

07 Feb 2023

Different location

A limited menu and only open very limited days
For gluten free unfortunately did not fancy any of the meals.
Tried onion bhaji.
Also only gluten free option anytime visited is a brownie which was ok once.
Would like to see a better menu and will be a frequent visitor


Points +18

10 Oct 2022

Mixed experience

Great for a party but need to improve food offering, quantity for afternoon tea did not match the price tag, especially compared to Delapre Abbey

Pros: Unique setting , Great bar selection , Good coffee

Cons: Afternoon tea was disappointing , Lacks atmosphere in the day, Limited options


Points +77

12 Jul 2022

It is okay

Nice views around, but the food is just ok only unfortunately


Points +32

05 Mar 2022

Really good food!

The food was delicious and place is really nice!


19 Mar 2023

But few time I found in food, stuff like hair or little piece of plastic :((


Points +216

10 Oct 2021

So lovely

I've lived in Northamptonshire for over twenty years and this is our first visit. So pretty and food is amazing. Hosts are lovely as we.

Pros: Lots of Vegan choices, Lots of Gluten free options, Beautiful setting


Points +20

25 Aug 2020

Friendly vegan cafe with a stunning view

Absolutely beautiful cafe, the staff are so friendly and welcoming and the food and drink is unbelievable. Every time I am up in Northampton I make sure to visit and grab a coffee at The Ark.
The atmosphere is delightful and the view from the top deck is breathtaking. It's lovely to feel so connected to nature on The Ark!
I don't think I could find a single thing to fault. I honestly recommend this cafe to everyone, vegan or not!

Pros: Friendly staff, Amazing food, Beautiful atmosphere and stunning view


Points +30

31 Jul 2020

Just Awsome

Onion bhaji tostise and cake are the best. A must visit if your in the area. You won't be disappointed.

Pros: Its all Vegan


Points +21

07 May 2020

Amazing vegan cafe!

Really tasty food and run by the loveliest people, super welcoming and great location. :)


Points +18

23 Mar 2020

Hidden Gem

Found via the Happy Cow App, visited last week for a coffee and some light bites and ended up trying out half the menu! 😊 Will visit again when Covid-19 is less of a threat. Glad the "Curry Night" is not completely cancelled and they are doing a takeaway. I will be placing an order for sure. 💚🌱

Pros: Full vegan menu, staff very courteous and engaging

Cons: None


Points +77

Mostly Veg
09 Jan 2020

Stellar 😊

Had breakfast here, and it was amazing! Friendly staff, good food


Points +38

27 Dec 2019

The Ark

First visit this morning with the family. Lovely peaceful location on the river, the kids loved exploring the top deck and looking for birds. Great coffee and cake, look forward to coming back soon to try out their breakfast menu or maybe afternoon tea 😊

Pros: It's on a boat!, All vegan


Points +48

22 Dec 2019

Excellent party venue

We held my wife's 40th birthday party here. The organisation and communication were brilliant, from booking through to the event. The food was delicious, all of it vegan and even though all but the of the guests weren't vegan, the food still went. There is a full bar and it is well priced too. I would definitely recommend having a party here.


Points +49

01 Dec 2019

Fantastic Cafe!

It’s so good to have a cafe in such great surroundings, is totally vegan and the staff are utterly amazing. We always get a warm welcome and the food and drink are delicious!

Pros: Totally vegan, Gluten free options, Fantastic staff

Cons: Not open 24hrs🤣


Points +818

23 Nov 2019

Afternoon tea

Great quirky venue with easy access from the car park onto the boat. We’d pre-booked an afternoon tea for 2 and it didn’t disappoint. A choice of teas and coffees to start, then a platter of treats was brought out: sandwiches,crisps, brownies, scones,tiramisu, tarts. Too much to eat in one go, so they kindly popped things in a bag for us. Really lovely service, and really nice atmosphere.

Pros: Friendly service, Quirky location, Dog friendly

Cons: Hard to find initally-look for skate park


Points +750

03 Oct 2019

Great location, good food!

Always a friendly welcome, lovely location, and a good selection of simple but great tasting food. My favourite vegan establishment in the area.
Can be tricky to find as the turning is hidden so be aware if coming for the first time.


Points +31

Mostly Veg
23 Sep 2019

Excellent coffee and cake

Lovely cake and coffee and such a beautiful location.


Points +302

16 Sep 2019

Hidden gem!!

The cafe is open thurs - Sunday (I think) and they do light lunch with more food on the weekend.

I got aubergine curry and biscoff cake and it was delicious. The view is amazing and the woman who owns it was very helpful and friendly too. Really recommend!

Pros: Great food, Great view , Great staff


Points +2562

13 Sep 2019

Fabulous place and service

Amazing place! A moored boat overlooking a nature reserve, a lovely location. I expected the boat to be quite small and dark, however it was light, airy and had plenty of space. The service here is spot on, very friendly and a family business. I had the scrambled tofu and mushrooms on toast for breakfast, which was delicious and a great start to the day. They are able to provide a vegan afternoon tea and I’m very much looking forward to booking on to that soon. Car parking available on site.


Points +36

08 Aug 2019

Superb location, super friendly and all vegan.

First visit today and had sandwiches, coffee and cake. All delicious and nothing is too much trouble: only serve sourdough, which my husband doesn’t like - suggested that we ring ahead and they will get in some different bread for him! Definitely worth a visit and dog friendly.

Pros: All vegan, Freshly made, Super friendly

Cons: Limited menu


Points +106

18 Jul 2019

Very nice and lovely place

Such a lovely place! The food was realy good and people were realy kind and friendly. Had a very nice time with friends there. Definitely will go again😄Thank you. We loved it!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, lovely people, So good and yummy food, Amazing and lovely place, so cozy


Points +58

22 Jun 2019

Brilliant place to get good coffee and food

Really clean and tidy and welcoming . Had cake and coffee one visit and the breakfast another. Good location. Easy parking and nice ambience with outdoor and Upper deck seating for good weather .

Pros: All.vegan plus a bar

Cons: full breakfast little bit expense


Points +82

28 May 2019

Such a lovely setting

This is a lovely cafe set on a moored boat. The decor is beautiful and the staff are genuinely lovely. Great coffee and homemade food make this worth a visit!


Points +1110

10 May 2019

Lovely lovely place.

Great setting, beautiful people. Go visit!


Points +52

27 Feb 2019


Always a warm welcome. Loyalty card for a free coffee. Go on the weekend for amazing samosas.

Pros: Cake , Oat milk standard, All vegan

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