It’s easy to see why Mercia Marina has become an established visitor destination when you see the swans gliding between the colourful narrowboats watched by coffee drinkers on the shop-lined boardwalk. Some people love it so much that they buy a narrowboat or lodge and move in for a permanent change of lifestyle. Others take a walk along the canalside, a pleasure boat trip or simply eat, drink and do a bit of shopping. The Beetroot Tree Deli and 
The Willow Tree Tearooms both offer outdoor seating with views across the marina basin from opposite sides. Other shops, such as Zing, Blue Water, White Finn, Merchant’s and Twigg Home, offer contemporary and designer homeware, fashion brands, jewellery and quality gifts. Meanwhile, The Boardwalk Bar and Dining offers traditional dishes with a twist and The Lotus Indian Kitchen serves street food, grills and curries with an authentic taste of the sub-continent. The lotus is the national flower of India, and as a water plant, is the perfect symbol for this marina restaurant. For its tenth anniversary last year a new sculpture was commissioned for the marina which now sits proudly by the water just in front of the excellent Bl...