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The Old Barge

Folly Island, Hertford, England
01992581871
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Ranked #38 of 79 Restaurants in Hertford
Price range: $6 - $24
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Situated at the head of the river lee navigation in Hertford, The Old Barge pub makes an excellent destination for cyclists, walkers and river users. A proper family (Children welcome until 7pm)local pub in a riverside setting with a beer garden, small car park and sheltered, heated smoking area to the rear.A delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef's specials, complements an extensive range of real ales, World beers, lagers, ciders, perrys, wines and a premium bottled selection.There is a pub quiz night every sunday, and a music quiz every last Thursday of the month, free jazz club with live jazz on the second Thursday of the month & regular beer festivals throughout the year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Situated at the head of the river lee navigation in Hertford, The Old Barge pub makes an excellent destination for cyclists, walkers and river users. A proper family (Children welcome until 7pm)local pub in a riverside setting with a beer garden, small car park and sheltered, heated smoking area to the rear.A delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef's specials, complements an extensive range of real ales, World beers, lagers, ciders, perrys, wines and a premium bottled selection.There is a pub quiz night every sunday, and a music quiz every last Thursday of the month, free jazz club with live jazz on the second Thursday of the month & regular beer festivals throughout the year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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English first
Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Stumbled across this little Gem of a pub today by chance whilst walking along the river, The inviting welcome we got by the lovely landlady was much appreciated as was the ice cold lager! We wasnt planning on staying for lunch but was so relaxed sitting outside in the sun watching the world go by soon enough 2 hours had... More

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Lovely weather but sitting outside with building works both to the side and the back of the seating area was noisy. Paella at £10.95 contained 1 ring of squid, 3 tiny limp pale prawns and 2 squares of chicken with a scattering of peas - starter size with a mains price tag! A pint of lager and a lemonade &... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Over the years we have taken many guests to The Old Barge but the overall quality of the food keeps going down whilst the prices are extortionate. I paid £5.75 today for an awful tasting fruit beer as they have just about run out of everything else. Extremely poor planning knowing that it is going to be weekend and sunny.... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Been there a couple of times recently including a Sunday when there was a quiz in progress. It was quite lively which is unusual these days for a pub on Sunday evening. Have also eaten there on a Wednesday evening and thought the food was good. Nothing exceptional on the menu but well cooked and well presented. Bad point -... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Good points: Great location and selection of beers. Bad points: Unimpressive, bland, overpriced food. No real atmosphere on a Friday and Saturday night anymore - where have all the customers gone? Car park recently removed in drive to make money at all costs, and residents parking all round the area so if you're not from the town you might as... More

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howmanytimes, Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this review

Hi Chris, Sorry to read your review, it would be helpful to know what food you found bland, tho obviously I am surprised to read this. I do feel our food is reasonably priced within the market place. Thanks for mentioning our great selection of beers, we do work hard to ensure a well kept and interesting range. As to... More

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Went in here with some great pals this weekend and as always was impressed. A gem of a pub, providing board games, and the like for us to play with. The staff are always up for a laugh. Outside area has very effective heaters keeping you dry and warm even on cold, wet days. Genuine pub for genuine people. Love... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Have your drinks gone up even more to pay for your mini refurb ?...................£2.60 for a lemonade ?!?! Shocking!

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howmanytimes, Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this review

No, we haven't put our prices up. We try to price competitively, and only increase our prices when the budget/ our suppliers deem it necessary. Sorry if you feel it's expensive. We are independent and don't have the buying power of the bigger chains. It's a shame that's the only thing you have commented on, and a little harsh to... More

Doddington, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Excellent choice of great beer, friendly helpful staff, good and interesting grub at reasonable prices (with some tasty veggie options when I was there). On the river so you can watch the ducks whilst sipping the beer. Landlord favours rugby so you can watch it on the telly (thankfully no tolerance for soccer). I would go again without question.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Expensive but well kept craft beers.Friendly staff, but 9.60 for two pints and a packet of scampi fries is too much. Nice walk along the canal to Ware. Clientele very mixed, families, bikers in full leather,couples Towie types.

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howmanytimes, Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this review

Hi Joss, Thanks for your review. We are running a month of CAMRA award winning ales, which are expensive for us to buy in, we are a freehouse and don't have the buying power of some. Apologies for the chipped paintwork, but we are bang in the middle of a full refurb and had only opened for the weekend as... More

hertfordshire
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Iv just moved to Hertford, I had Sunday lunch in the barge with my family, the roast was very rustic and it was ok! One thing I noticed, (and it was very clear to see) the carrots and the new potatos had not been washed. There was clearly dirt on them, especially the carrots. Unfortunately this sort of thing would... More

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