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Folly Island, Hertford SG14 1QD, England
+44 1992 581871
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11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Situated at the head of the river lee navigation in Hertford, The Old...
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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  • 33
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 9
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lovely pub in the middle of Hertford

I enjoy the Old Barge and often visit for lunch when in Hartford. It is so nice to get away from the busy shopping area and the noisier pubs / restaurants. Even when busy the pub has a relaxed atmosphere. The staff are great, friendly and helpful. There is a good selection of beers to choice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2014
James H
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hadn't been for several years and hoped would be as good as before..not disappointed. It was about 4pm on a sunday and they'd sold out of roasts but told us straight away and given the time we weren't surprised and was still plenty of choice. We were starving and the beef burger texan style and veg burger parisian style in... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

the burgers here are so good, i haven't found another place like it that compares! it's like Christmas in your mouth. Meat Christmas! the selection of ales and cider is also good. they have a cosy fire in the winter months and in the summer you can sit by the river with a cold cider and watch the ducks go... More 

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Aw schucks Suzie, thank you!! More 

Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Situated on Folley Island this pub is full of character. It has featured in an episode of Inspector Morse and served Princess Diana when she visited Barnados. An array of ducks and swans swim in the waterways around the pub. The pub is an attractive proposition with good food and a vast array of beverages. We were lucky to have... More 

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Ware, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Visited with my husband and brother in law for a Sunday lunch. We've visited the pub for sandwiches before (which were lovely) so thought we'd try for a bigger meal. The pub overall is warm and the staff friendly. The menu, albeit burger-focused, offered a few main meals. We opted for the roast beef. Unfortunately this was the wrong choice.... More 

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

Hi Kate, Thanks for your many positive comments about the pub. Apologies that your roast dinner was disappointing. I can assure you that this is not normally the case! Please, if you do come by again, make yourself known to me and we will be happy to get you a complimentary meal. I notice that the 2 puddings you opted... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lovely pub, nice warm fire, perfect setting. Staff are friendly but there are never enough, always find that we are waiting a long time to be served. We ordered food (have eaten here a couple of times) and each time we're disappointed. Too much frozen and not enough fresh prepared food. I always feel disappointed when I cook a better... More 

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

Hi, Sorry to read of your disappointment. Our staffing levels are based on how many bookings we have, the weather forecast and a general level of expected custom, all of which are somewhat unpredictable so sometimes we don't get it right! Thank you for the comments on how nice the staff and pub are. I would be interested to know... More 

London, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I enjoy the Old Barge and often visit for lunch when in Hartford. It is so nice to get away from the busy shopping area and the noisier pubs / restaurants. Even when busy the pub has a relaxed atmosphere. The staff are great, friendly and helpful. There is a good selection of beers to choice from and a pretty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The Barge is one of my favorite places in Hertford. Its perfect for when we have a quick pub stop after shopping in town. In winter it had lovely open fires and in summer the new patio area is the perfect place to sit and chat with friends. You can sit by the bar and watch all the ducks too!... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Had a great meal at The Old Barge in Hertford. Plenty of choices for beers with friendly staff. Lovely to sit so close to the river. Thumbs up!

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Southend on Sea
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I have been visiting this great pub for a couple of years now. It has a lovely old feel to it, with roaring fires and guest ales. There is always something going on, whether it's the famous crayfish catching competition for the kids, or Whisky night for the grown ups. The staff are lovely, always there for a little chat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Beautiful setting by the river . Really friendly and helpful waiters and waitresses. Fantastic menu, every choice of beef burger comes with a vegetarian alternative which I've never seen anywhere else . Will definitely go back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Folly Island, Hertford SG14 1QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hertford
  • Phone Number: +44 1992 581871

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 23
  • Cuisine: British

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. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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