The City Barge
Best Sunday Lunch in London
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.
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
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.
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.
Just a lovely, warm atmosphere and all the waiters were very helpful and friendly. Good for allegies too.
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.
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.
Great Sunday lunch. Highly recommended if you are looking for a riverside friendly neighbourhood.
Very nice environment and food. Slightly disappointed for not finding our booking on their system
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.
Very nice place with great food. Amazing spot near the river
Nice venue. Had the beef roast dinner. Veg was amazing but the beef was dry. Sticky toffee pudding was fab!
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!
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.
Great location, very good food. Cosy, warm and modern atmosphere. My favourite in the neighbourhood.
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
Excellent duck. Didn’t care for shrapnel on the fumble.
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.
Nice pub fayre at reasonable prices. Decor a bit tired but wholesome tasty portions a d wide selection on menu.
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
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!!
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...
Very good evening dinner before a walk around Kew Gardens
Really pleasantly surprised and impressed: very pleasant experience coupled with great food 🥘
Two of our party had the brunch but bread was quite tough to eat.
Music level was very noisy:
Feel this restaurant needs more air conditioning due to smells out of open kitchen especially affecting tables near the service hatch.
We asked to move tables and were moved nearer to window which was much better.
Always great. Excellent service and food. Lovely pub!
We enjoyed a most pleasant Christmas Eve supper at The City Barge, where the food and service were both much more than satisfactory - our waitress was most attentive and efficient and we all enjoyed the dishes we had chosen. If we had a complaint it was the level of noise - it seems odd that when a restaurant is already pretty lively and vibrant, it is thought necessary to play background music quite loudly, especially when all that can be heard of the music is the baseline.
went for Sunday lunch with friends, first time here on a Sunday - we arrived just about on time but were told we had to wait 10 minutes for our table even though we could see 2 free. Felt like it wasn't a good start, but once we were seated we were very happy with the food and the service.
We had lamb, chicken and pork in our party, and all were very nice. Roasties felt like they were "old" potatoes cooked a few times, but were edible (for most of us) Oh and forgot the apple sauce on the pork; delivered when not much left! We asked for extra gravy but as the pots were SO small we had to ask a few times for more. They place was busy and I can imagine it was hectic for the staff but they coped really well and we felt did a great job! Considering it was quite busy we did not feel rushed at all and were able to relax after our food with coffee and finishing wine before we felt able to move after such a lovely Sunday roast and beautiful dessert! Will definitely come back for Sunday dinner.
City Barge always delivers. Helpful and efficient staff. Food excellent. Another great time out. Thank you!
Fabulous team looked after us, nothing was too much trouble. Sunday roast was excellent, as good as home made. Nice, buzzy atmosphere but relaxed at the same time. Prices reasonable. Good wine list.
A pleasant lunchtime gathering, we were especially pleased with the service. Food was ok but a bit pricey for the quality.
I’ve always enjoyed dinner at the City Barge, the atmosphere, wine and quality of the food are a delight. The setting in summer by the river is wonderful too.
However, I tried the spinach cannelloni this time and it was rather greasy and cheesy with too much spinach. Very unlike the usual standard of food. My meat eating friends all enjoyed their meals though.
Bring back the pumpkin ravioli!
Very good food with great sauces, couldn't fault it in any way
Best chips ever!!
I was very happy with our experience the food was very good and the staff were very helpful and frendley overall we enjoyed our visit.
We have been several times to the City Barge now - great location and ambience - always very good food and sometimes excellent (as this time) - service can be the part that can let them down so an area to focus on and ensure staff trained.
But overall one of our favourites in the area and we will return.
Love this place so nice to have an independent pub with such a wonderful setting and delicious food!
We normally go for a drink to this pub in the summer and they work well with crowds. But we went for dinner on a quiet evening and it so long to order. We ended up going to bar to order drinks, 20 mins later still no drinks. 35 mins later still no drinks and they hadn’t taken our order yet. We ended up leaving and headed to a fullers pub which was 100% better.
We have loved the City Barge in the past. Location is great. On this occasion the food (Sunday roast) was disappointing for the price but the wine was excellent, as was the service. We discussed our issues with the manager on duty who was very helpful and understanding. Everywhere has off days. We will go back and we definitely felt our feedback was listened to.