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The City Barge

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
Following an extensive refurbishment, this historic 14th century public house re-opened late May 2014. The City Barge aims to be the ultimate Thames-side pub, featuring a welcoming bar, stunning dining room, large open kitchen and considerable outside space, all right on the river

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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HanW
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So nice to get out for lunch for the 1st time since lockdown. Although it was quiet (as a result of distancing) the staff were very helpful, the food really nice and in terms of distancing they had gone to a lot of trouble to ensure that there was space around everyone and proper procedures in place. Really enjoyed our lunch

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tal202
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really lovely food and a nicely decorated pub. But the service wasn’t as expected - chips didn’t show up with main and had to chase twice, ran out of wine but needed to reprint menu so took lots of time, slightly stroppy/stressed waitress, and we were accused of not paying. I put it down to everyone adjusting to the new post-lockdown set-up but it was a tad disappointing.

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CarolineL
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The City Barge has just reopened after the 4 months of Covid lockdown and it was great to have dinner at our local pub again. Food was great, very tasty as usual.
My only grudge is the system the pub uses for allergies. I’m gluten free & dairy free and there was only one dish I could choose from (good thing I was vegetarian or Hindu as it was steak!), because it gives no flexibility to adapt a dish (usually easily done). As food allergies become more common, I would think a more flexible approach would go a long way!

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KahlilE
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit back to pub since lockdown has been eased. Thoroughly enjoyed Great food, excellent service and cosy ambiance. Highly recommend

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StephenW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, great, great, great, great, great and great!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

City Barge is my local and in these difficult times, it is nice to get a great welcome, a wonderful steak and a few beers. Current staff in City Barge do make and effort and so will continue to bring me back! Thanks 😊

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vipAmanda
London
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good choices on menu, friendly staff and great river view.

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ChrisT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food, good friendly staff. Will visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Multiple items we ordered—bread and espresso—never made it to our table.

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surreygirl
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch!! Fab atmosphere and service!

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AdamL
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent food, unfortunately we had to eat in the bar which was a little noisy, we will book earlier in the restaurant next time.

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TulipH
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Went on a Sat for lunch so not too busy. Citrus and ginger smoked salmon is delicious. Fish was served with crushed potatoes and spinach so no need to order additional sides. We have been at least 5 times before and it is always good. Sunday lunch service is bit slower because its busy then.

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LyneV
London
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great evening to be had at the City Barge. Food is delicious and plentiful very good value for money, best pub on the river !

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NBamf
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Disappointed this week. We occasionally come for
Sunday dinner so through we’d invite my son and his partner.

The service was very slow again and not enough waiting staff. Kept having to attract their attention or ask.

The food was particularly disappointing this week. Roast potatoes seemed as if they’d been sat around for a while. Beef was quite fatty and gravy not great.

Not sure why this week was poor, if we based future visits on that we wouldn’t be back.

Sorry, thank you

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Nbm32
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Roast lunch the potatoes were awfully dry...and tasted stale. The service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We booked a table for Sunday lunch and turned up to find we had been allocated 3 armchairs around a wooden chest to eat off. The arrangement would be fine if we were just drinking, but not to eat a meal off.

We asked to be moved to an actual table and the staff were accommodating and sorted us a high table next to the bar after about half an hour.

For such a busy place there needed to be more staff as they were rushed off their feet. It took a long time to order and then there was a a fair wait for the food to come out. We waited ages for the plates to be cleared so we just gave up on dessert, paid and left.

The food was alright and arrived hot.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The setting is INCREDIBLE - lovely London pub with wonderful river-side views. The food we chose was pretty average (though in fairness we only tried the burger, which was probably the most basic thing on the menu). The service was ok, but the staff never cracked a smile. I would definitely go back, but only to sit upstairs in the bar area and enjoy the amazing setting.

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EmmanueleA
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good service and good food. Lovely setting on the river path. Dogs are always happy in there too.

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vipFundador21
London
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never let's you down. My only plea is 'bring back the chunky chips '.

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PaoloZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food in a nice location by the river. A very good spot also for a drink

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KathyA
London
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great meal, good and efficient service, lovely setting and atmosphere.

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AnneR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent. The only reason for giving 4 stars for overall instead of 5 was because it was a quiet lunchtime so there wasn't the ambience of a busy evening.

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NBamf
London
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food always fantastic, just slow service sometimes.

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vipHillie
London
61 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good as usual

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We ate on a Monday so possibly not reflective of more busier days in the week. The food was very good, we ordered steak and it was tasty and well cooked. Odd not to have the choice of bearnaise sauce. However, the service was very poor. Probably due to the fact that only two people were working. We ordered some bread to start which didn’t arrive at all, drinks were slow to arrive and it took forever to receive and finally pay the bill. The ambience was also not great but probably due to eating on a Monday night in December. I have eaten here in summer and the experience was a lot better with the appeal of walking along the river afterwards.

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Susie
Surrey
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was good. Thought the portion size of the roast beef was a little small for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually go the barge every so often, and it’s always very good, but everything about this visit was outstanding, roasts, fish and chips, desserts... all 5*

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PaulL
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It catered for 10 people children and adults with differing diet requirements but food always served together, hot, and Delicious. Excellent service too, nothing too much trouble.

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susanj
London
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favourite eaterie for Boxing Day. The staff are very friendly

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Stupot
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in cosy surrounds but with warmest and friendliest service I’ve ever had. My overseas guests were made to feel welcome and special. The perfect evening.

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GinaZ
London
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great friendly service despite being Christmas and full and a family with unruly children they had to clear up after
good food and I would recommend without hesitation

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great attention to detail, efficient service, but not in your face, a lovely stroll along the Thames, great experience all round!

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StephD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely buzzing pub on a Sunday afternoon - food nice, not outstanding, but good.

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JoBT
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always a wonderful evening, amazing food and lovely ambience at the friendly City Barge. Only disappointment was that there were only 2 vegetarian options, very disappointing for me, my meat eating friend was very happy with the menu.

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KatieF
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting. Great, interesting food and very friendly staff. Would recommend to anyone

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NBamf
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food quite pricey here but is of good quality. Beef was quite fatty today.
What let’s this place down is the service. Staff should have dedicated tables for accountability so they can then follow through the whole service with efficiency.

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Trish
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had fish which was good and others had chicken roast, no rave reviews so think it was good. Bread and butter pudding was very nice and so was the sticky toffee. Lot of young children there being Sunday lunchtime but noise level reasonable with the odd squad from time to time. Staff were good. Reasonable value. All in all a good lunch, affordable but not cheap.

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Toaly
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday lunch with the family. Friendly staff as always.

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LauraC
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Best meal I have eaten out in a long time.

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AmandaD
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous pub for a Christmas lunch. Lovely food, great ambience, good service. What more do you need. And when it got dark it was festive and cosy.

FAQs

The City Barge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8994 2148.

The City Barge is rated 4.4 stars by 410 OpenTable diners.

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