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The Old Barge

The Folly, Hertford SG14 1QD, England
+44 1992 581871
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (3 reviews)
“burgers” (13 reviews)
“pie” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:45 PMAll hours
British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Folly, Hertford SG14 1QD, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice busy pub with good service and nice wine. Very busy - I suggest booking if you want to eat. Lovely location and a great atmosphere!

Thank Pippoptastic
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a family lunch here during the Christmas week and were all very impressed. The staff were really polite and attentive and the food was delicious. The amount of vegetarian choices was impressive!

Thank Traveller10205
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friendly welcome at this riverside pub that boasts an impressive selection of beer and ciders. We also ate here and the food arrived quickly and was a good size for the price. You can see why this pub is in the good beer guide,...More

Thank Bellylou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent establishment for taking your infants. Plenty of room for prams and buggies. Seating at the bar for your slightly older children (under 10's only please) to while away their time on daddy's iPhone on the latest gaming apps. Apparently, they do serve very...More

2  Thank Colebag01
howmanytimes, General Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Colebag, thanks for your many positive comments. (And happy new year to you) I would like to point to other readers though that Christmas Eve was far from the norm! Nor do we have plenty of room for prams and buggies. We are very...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a works do, but from the outset it was clearly going to be a militant operation! We were told we were not allowed to order drinks at the bar, the manager argued with three members of our group, then tried to charge service...More

Thank Driveress
howmanytimes, Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

10% is standard on all tables of 10 or more, and there were I believe, 17 of you. This has nothing to do with greed and every penny goes directly to the staff. I argued with you because the way you were treating myself and...More

Reviewed 24 November 2017

This is a very friendly pub right on the Lea Navigation. There is a very good selection of beer and this time of year there is usually spiced cider and mulled wine too. The bar was very busy but we were taken to our table...More

1  Thank Paul J
Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Had the good fortune to walk into this lovely pub last evening. Your New Zealand bar man very helpful. Comfy and really nice place. Will come back again. Roy & Jane Cordon. Visiting from Cyrus.

Thank Roylion
Reviewed 13 November 2017

Lovely pub with open fires, great staff and a really good selection of beers and ciders. The food looks good but I have only ever eaten pork scratching's here. Nice location right on the river.

Thank hypnomick
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Good food and varied menu, very friendly and good service. Lovely views of the river. A popular pub always busy.

Thank Marilyn P
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here for lunch on the off chance they had a space. Luckily they managed to fit us in. Lovely spot by the window sadly not over looking the canal but we didn't mind. We were seated quickly but the forgotten about as...More

Thank Suzanne B
howmanytimes, Manager at The Old Barge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Hi Suzanne, thanks so much for your lovely review we're glad you enjoyed you're food! I'm so sorry you had to wait to get someone's attention, Sundays are a very busy day for us, we do try our best to look after everyone as best...More

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18 February 2017|
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Response from howmanytimes | Property representative |
Hi, apologies for the delay in response we have been away. We currently only have three lads that work on the bar and none of them can remember any such exchanges. I am sorry that you feel you have had a bad experience, I... More
10 January 2017|
Response from howmanytimes | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for the enquiry. Unfortunately our license doesn't allow children after 7pm. We do serve food all day Monday to Saturday (12 - 10pm) and until 6pm on a Sunday. We would be happy to accommodate your family if... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$21
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:45 PM
11:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Folly, Hertford SG14 1QD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hertford
  • Phone Number: +44 1992 581871
  • E-mail
Situated at the head of the river lee navigation in Hertford, The Old Barge pub makes an excellent destination for cyclists, walkers and river users. A proper family (Children welcome until 7pm)local pub in a riverside setting with a beer garden, small car park and sheltered, heated smoking area to the rear.A delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef's specials, complements an extensive range of real ales, World beers, lagers, ciders, perrys, wines and a premium bottled selection.There is a pub quiz night every sunday, and a music quiz every last Thursday of the month, & regular beer festivals throughout the year. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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