The City Barge

4.2
309 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£25 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Waterfront
  • Sunday Lunch
  • 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
What 309 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Mississippi
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My and my partners parents met for the first time here. Was the perfect place! Watch out the the high tide...

Report
Helpful
SN
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had fish and Chips here and it was fabulous. The fish was cooked perfectly and the batter was lovely and crispy. The chips to be honest were probably the best chips i've ever eaten in my life. The waitresses were attentive and friendly. Would definitely eat here again. It was very busy so very noisy

Report
Helpful
KP
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are always welcoming and attentive and the menu really unusual. The food is never a disappointment.

Report
Helpful
RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is the best pub on Strand on the Green. It has a lovely buzz, great river views, lovely food and good, friendly service.

Report
Helpful
LB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I are regular visitors of the City Barge and it always the first place we take friends/family when they come to see us. We love the river location, the airy and spacious feel, the food is always delicious and the staff friendly and charming. Thank you.

Report
Helpful
AD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was OK the glass noodle starter with lime and coriander was very tasty, but the softshell crab 'burger' was disappointing there are better ways to serve softshell crab (which I love) , in a bun is not one of them. However what really put me off on entering the restaurant was the smell , old deep frying oil smell?

Report
Helpful
HJ
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was dining with a friend from Canada

Report
Helpful
DB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great atmosphere and service - very friendly pub with a fab menu.

Report
Helpful
LH
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very busy - was a hot Bank Holiday but most people were outside and we had table in. Food took a while to come but otherwise service was attentive, didn't have to wait ages when asked for the bill.

Toilets not particulalry clean, evidence maybe of the number of kids around - not all supervised.

Food was very nice, the menu has a few non standard pub grub dishes - but a bit more of a description on the menu as to what they actually are would help.

Report
Helpful
A
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great location and space but food was disappointing. Service was ok

Report
Helpful
RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique pub by the Thames, nice layout with lots of books and crannies and lovely staff serving us. The food was lovely (roasties a bit dry for me) and fantastic wine list. Definitely recommended for a lazy sunny weekend drink or meal

Report
Helpful
s
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Slow service. Way too much smoke coming from kitchen they should have open the windows or doors! Sticky toffee pudding sauce was separated and oily and not sticky. Have loved this place before but on this occasion it was just ok.

Report
Helpful
K
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant great staff .
We’re a bit slow getting my bill but overall a great meal & evening

Report
Helpful
PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Haddock and chips and the cod chowder good. Smoked trout ok.

Report
Helpful
R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The servers should have dedicated sections. No one knew what was going on and we didn’t feel well looked after. It was hectic and our bill had several mistakes on it. We didn’t see the same face twice.
Food was excellent though

Report
Helpful
PJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday Lunch in London

Report
Helpful
B
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The restaurant was extremely noisy as they were showing the rugby in the bar area. We found the service to be very slow and disjointed throughout. The restaurant also used an app for diners with allergies, so the staff were unable to say what was present in the food. The app did not list our friend’s allergy which is quite common. It also didn’t acknowledge the presence of dairy in cheese.

Report
Helpful
F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How do they do it? We've never had a bad meal at the City Barge and it's always a good time. Don't miss the fish and chips

Report
Helpful
A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a perfect table, excellent service and good atmosphere without being too noisy. However, my lamb was so tough I could only eat a bit of it. Really, really tough to the point of being inedible. Smoked salmon starter was perfect and my guests enjoyed the soup and the pork.

Report
Helpful
KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

All was excellent until a very noisy drill was used and we couldn’t hear each other speak. I asked them to wait until we were finished. They stopped work immediately.

Report
Helpful
RL
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Just a lovely, warm atmosphere and all the waiters were very helpful and friendly. Good for allegies too.

Report
Helpful
D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely riverside pub, serves good quality food and good range of wines and beers - not the cheapest, but good value for the quality of food and service. It also has associations with the Beatles, a scene in HELP was filmed in the immediate vicinity and a bit inside.

Report
Helpful
O
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Disappointedly the service has gone down. Had to wait for drinks for ages, were served with ice, while asking without, were offered to exchange however remembering it took them so long to bring these two glasses, didn’t want to waste more time. On top of everything, were charged extra cover. Unfortunately, we realised it after we left, while checking the bill and the prices, and didn’t bother coming back. Let’s consider it as a good-will waiver, as we are not going to come back there any more. Very sad, as we have been regulars there for last 3,5 years.

Report
Helpful
SN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday lunch. Highly recommended if you are looking for a riverside friendly neighbourhood.

Report
Helpful
M
London
30 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice environment and food. Slightly disappointed for not finding our booking on their system

Report
Helpful
HJ
London
21 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent evening - served by Daisy who was as knowledgeable about the wines as she was about the food. We all felt the meals we had were excellent. It was a quieter than usual night and that worked well for us too.

Report
Helpful
MV
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with great food. Amazing spot near the river

Report
Helpful
SK
London
35 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice venue. Had the beef roast dinner. Veg was amazing but the beef was dry. Sticky toffee pudding was fab!

Report
Helpful
OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place. The food was probably even better this time. I had fish and sag aloo and it was delicious. Staff are lovely. They were very busy with a table of 25, but in our eyes this added to the atmosphere.

One of our favourite places in Chiswick.

Just need to do expresso martinis now!

Thanks everyone.

Report
Helpful
AM
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Very slow service, it took over an hour for the cheque to arrive. The atmosphere is also terrible; there were children crawling on the floor and screaming. The food wasn't special and overpriced for what it. I would never recommend dining here.

Report
Helpful
SC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location, very good food. Cosy, warm and modern atmosphere. My favourite in the neighbourhood.

Report
Helpful
M
London
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Was looking forward to my booking here as I've been trying Sunday lunch all over London trying to find the best. The food here is good. The starters nice, the sunday roast was a bit hit on miss on the meat side. My roast beef was lovely, one other roast lamb was lovely and then 2 others had not so nice versions of both where the meat was nearly all fat and was overcooked. The service was decent, the comfort though was very poor. the seats are super low and uncomfortable chairs. and the heat... we were right by the entrance and it was like being in a sauna the heat made it too uncomfortable for us all. I asked about it and the servers said the heat was not on which was strange as you could feel it was definitely on. we kept hoping more people would open and close the door so we could get a small bit of relief from the heat. i would still recommend as i'm sure there are parts of the pub that are more comfortable and the food can be improved. Sunday lunch with drinks for 6 people was £320

Report
Helpful
KK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent duck. Didn’t care for shrapnel on the fumble.

Report
Helpful
FL
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Fabulous on a sunny day when you can grab one of the tables outside (if you are quick) and wile away the afternoon watching the river and eating great food. This was our first time there in the evening. Service was a bit slow and we were advised there had been a bit of a run on the kitchen (even though the place was not full). The truffle mushroom soup was delicious but was a little tepid when it arrived. The steak and the fish and chips were excellent. Thick cut chips were crispy and fluffy - just how I like them. Desserts all round were scoffed. We will go back.

Report
Helpful
E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice pub fayre at reasonable prices. Decor a bit tired but wholesome tasty portions a d wide selection on menu.

Report
Helpful
MT
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great drinks service rather slow although they did apologise we may have been overlooked we both had the roast beef which was superb I also had the Japanese salmon again excellent I would reccomend for a lunch or an evening meal would imagine it's a great spot in the summer months

Report
Helpful
OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was sporadic at best the WINE was the worst bit. Tried loads of different ones before settling on a pretty nasty s African Chardonnay. Everything tasted cheap and nasty. Why doesn’t a pub like that realise it needs to serve decent good value wine. Loads of wine drinkers. It’s Chiswick!!

Report
Helpful
AH
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I booked a last minute lunch on New Year's Day at the City Barge, and although their computer systems were down when we arrived, they quickly organised seating and menus. Service was prompt and staff were friendly and fun. We ordered the lamb and duck roasts and the pan fried cod. The roasts were huge and delicious, the lamb was perfectly cooked and the fresh mint was a lovely touch. There was plenty of roasted veg and gravy and a ginormous yorkshire pudding. The duck was succulent and tasty and the cod was very flavoursome. I would definitely recommend eating here and plan to come again soon. Sadly we had no room for desserts but they certainly looked tempting...

Report
Helpful
MH
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good evening dinner before a walk around Kew Gardens

Report
Helpful
m
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really pleasantly surprised and impressed: very pleasant experience coupled with great food 🥘

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
8