The City Barge


SquareMeal Review of The City Barge

Although it’s named after the Lord Mayor’s Barge – moored alongside in Victorian times – there’s been a tavern on this site since the 1500s. Following a timely refurb, the pub now boasts heritage decor, a recycled 19th-century bar, open fires and alfresco seating, plus a boozy line-up of reasonably priced wines, cocktails and hand-pulled London craft ales such as Twickenham Naked Ladies and Truman’s Runner. With a chef’s table and upstairs dining room for hire, the Barge is also serious about food, offering set lunches, brunch and dinner: anticipate beef tartare with anchovy mayo; Thai-style broths; lamb cutlets with puréed white beans, spinach and borage flowers; ‘crabacado’ burgers, steaks, pies, sorbets, ices and rich puddings. Fans of The Beatles’ movie Help! will already know that Ringo Starr fell through a trapdoor to face a Bengal tiger in this very pub’s cellar.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Lively, Traditional
Food Occasions
Late night dining, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Waterside
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27 Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, London, W4 3PH

020 8994 2148 020 8994 2148


Opening Times

Mon-Fri 12N-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 10am-12M (Sun -11pm)


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2 Reviews 

Lesley O

24 November 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely riverside pub/ restaurant with good food and service

Lovely late lunch by the river . Good service , lovely hot food . Great experience 


24 May 2021  
Food & Drink 4
Service 1
Atmosphere 3
Value 3
Let down by poor service

We try to like this place, we really do - but every time we’ve booked for dinner (after forgetting we said never again the last time) we are left disappointed. The food - when it turns up - is actually pretty good, but the service is just awful. Expect messed up and forgotten drink orders, food arriving 20-30 minutes after everyone else had finished, extras missing so what has arrived is cold - it’s just a disaster. It’s now known locally as the ‘Shitty Barge’ - such a wasted opportunity…

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