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“Struggling with bank holiday trade” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Rowbarge

The Rowbarge
Station Road, Reading RG7 5SH, England
01189 712213
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Ranked #67 of 502 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: $11 - $28
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Ashford, United Kingdom
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“Struggling with bank holiday trade”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Called in for a drink on August bank holiday, Monday early evening. Located in a good spot right next to the Kennet & Avon canal. Looked like the place had had a very busy day. Only one of the advertised six real ales was available. No change left for the till. Staff looking a little tired - half were still with it, other half needed a new vocation. Identified it as a Brunning and Price establishment as soon as we walked through the front door. With this in mind we suspect that the food could be OK when they are less busy, but we chose not to eat on this occasion. There are two other pubs in Woolhampton but we did not try these D&S 26/8

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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English first
Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Superb food, friendly helpful staff and wonderful surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We have just had lunch for two at this lovely pub, we last visited it over 20 years ago - what a transformation. We sat outside in lovely surroundings by the canal, the staff were friendly and helpful and the service very efficient. We had two main courses (large but just right portions) from a wide and varied menu, which were excellent, drinks and a bottle of a nice quality House White wine for a very reasonable £45.00.The lunch time outdoor service was casual but believe there is more formal sit down service available in what looked a very nice indoor restaurant, food is available all day. Will highly recommend this to all our friends and are returning next week with the rest of the family.
Well worth a visit

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good food and quaint location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Arrived at 11.30 on a tuesday and had a drink outside by the river while we read the extensive menu.
Great choice we had a ploughmans and the fish cakes, see pic. Excellent taste and variety. We Would return and recommend to friends and family.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Liked the food and the setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I had never visited The Rowbarge before but was persuaded it would be a good venue for three friends to meet for an evening meal. The gardens are lovely and roll down to the Kennet and Avon canal. It was too chilly to sit out so we decided on an inside meal. I was surprised how quiet it was but assume the place picks up at weekends/warmer evenings. We visited on a Tuesday night.
The menu is quite comprehensive and I agree a little bit pricey but portions are very good. We tried a vegetarian, fish and duck meal and all were pronounced good. My shredded duck and salad was lovely but it meant I still had room for sticky toffee pudding!! Coffee was also good so 2 courses and 2 drinks was around £20. Not too bad for such a pleasant evening. I would certainly visit again when I am back in the area

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cambridgeshire
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“Great location so expect to pay a bit more.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Called in here on a cycle ride today. Great location just of the A4 at Woolhampton on the Kennet and Avon Canal. As it is such a good location prices are a little more than average but food is only a tad above average but nicely presented.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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