The Milk Float is the latest addition to east London’s Moo Canoe herd.
This time, it’s not cattles of canoes and kayaks splashed with black and white patches that are the talking point.
It’s a bright white barge moored up at the rather apt White Post Lane, on the Lee Navigation at Hackney Wick.
Monochrome cow print has been switched for diner-style signage enticing passer-bys on board with promises of ice creams and hotdogs.
We take a peek inside Alfie Hatt and Katy Hogarth’s latest business venture - and here are our five reasons why it’s a must-visit whether or not you’re fan of the farmyard animal.
Open every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October.
1. The beefy, home-made menu.
Whether you plump for Alfie’s signature beef chili nachos, heaped with guacamole, chili and cheese or a hot dog in a wrap, there’s a bovine buzz around these yummy treats.
“A lot of the products are cow-related,” said Alfie.
“We do beef hot dogs using organic, hand reared meat from Hussey Butchers in Wapping and we make beef chili to our own recipe.
“We’ve got a country theme going on so there’s a West Country element too, with the cream tea.
“It has been very well received and people are pleased it’s slow food - there’s a lot of love in it.
“The cakes are made by myself, Katy or the staff and Katy’s brother is a pastry aficionado.
“I’ve been cooking for years but we have been working on recipes specifically for The Milk Float for the past six months or so.”
2. Dairy-inspired decor
Everything from the milkbottles lining the bar to the dinky plastic cow bathroom light pull means you’ll be in no doubt of the theme of this boat.
Alfie described the on-board eatery as an extension of the fun Moo Canoe brand based in Limehouse.
With this spacious boat you can not only paddle on a canoe then stash it on the roof, you can hire it as an event space too.
So why not make a date to dance to some dairy beats?
3. Grassy roof terrace.
OK, it’s jade green astroturf on the Bow and roof, not real blades but it’s just as nice to sink your toes into.
Especially if you’ve hired out the top of The Milk Float for a BBQ to round off the summer.
Up to 40 can kick back and relax on the roof, beefy hot dog in hand, watching the weekend cyclists, tourists and boaters go by.
Alfie said: “It’s a nice place to be in the summer - on one side you’ve got the Olympic Park and on the other, there’s a music and arts scene.”
4. Diner-style vibe
There are glass milkbottles, candy coloured straws and green high stools pulled up at home-made tables all oozing a laid-back, cool vibe.
The pop-art branded wallpaper in the loo - featuring retro adverts from Heinz and Bird’s custard
Nachos are dished up on trays and guilty canteen pleasures abound with frothy milkshakes and sundaes streaming with home-made sauces.
Try the chocolate brownie version - with hunks of the cake plopped into a pool of thick, chocolatey dairy goodness that will leave you slurping up the very last drop.
“It’s the food we would go and eat,” said Alfie.
“Even if people just stop off for a pot of tea, it’s a spot of refuge.”
5. The views
You’ll find The Moo Canoe moored up on the Lee Navigation with the Olympic Park and ArcelorMittal Orbit as its strikingly modern, architectural backdrop.
Glance from the canal towpath across the water and there’s the urban, edgy feel of Hackney’s graffiti adorned walls and warehouse-turned-bar scene.