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The Barge Inn, Woolstone - pub details

Address: 15 Newport Road, Woolstone, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK15 0AE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 25358) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Milton Keynes Central (2.3 miles), Bow Brickhill (3.4 miles), Fenny Stratford (3.4 miles)

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I've eaten here twice in the last month and have no complaints. The food is very good for a chain pub. Portion sizes can vary (Fish Cobb salad is huge; shepherd's pie less than generous) but generally seems good value for money, especially if you eat off the fixed price menu. The selection of veggie meals is impressive too (once you find it on a blackboard -- it's not with the other menus on the table). There have been three ales available on each of my visits: Doom Bar; Ubu; and a guest ale. First time I've tried Ubu and it went down very well. The staff were very attentive and cheerful so all in all I was pleasantly surprised. I might even go again.
priestleysj - 13 Sep 2012 21:54
I visited The Barge Inn at Woolstone on Saturday 25 July with my partner we enjoyed a drink in the beer garden as we have done on many occasions in the past.

We then ordered two Ribeye Steak meals and the only way I can describe them was very inferior quality the peas were dried the chips had some vile coating on them and the onion rings were burnt when I spoke to the Manager I was given the impresson that he couldn't care less. The meal wasn't cheap £15 for a main course. We have eaten in the Barge at Woolstone several times and if I had cause for concern the Manager always looked at least interested in this case he certainly wasn't he just said take it up with Vintage Inns. My partner paid for this meal under protest sadly this lovely pub has lost a customer!
HFITZGE - 27 Jun 2011 11:02
It may not be a tacky theme/chain pub but this is still a chain pub and is one of the Vintage Inn pub chain group. And in the usual Vintage Inn way it has been thoroughly restored and made over internally to be a very clean and almost sterile environment focussing on the food trade with the wet trade secondary. Internally it is very pleasant with lots of exposed beams and brickwork and several carpeted areas laid for dining. However, except for a few original remaining wooden beams nearly all of the original early 19th Century pub which was built to service the workers on the nearby canal has gone and although I agree it does have some character, it is larhgely manufactured.
One big plus is the outside eaqting and drinking areas and there are three pleasant garden areas around the pub with plenty of bench seating.
The food menu is the same as Iíve seen and experienced in other members of the chain around Beds and Herts, so Iíve no reason to believe this one will not be up to scratch, but I didnít take the opportunity to try it as I was here for the beer.
And on that front I was surprised not to find the usual Pride/CW Bombardier or Wadsworth 6X, which are the Vintage Inn house ales, but instead on the three pumps were Marstons Pedigree, Doombar (off) and Thornbridge Kipling and the Kipling was a very nice pint when I finally got it.
And thus we come to the recurring problem with this type of chain pub focussed on food sales, the emphasis is on serving the tables and they never have enough staff managing the bar. When I first arrived there was one guy on the bar and as there is no separate food ordering area, a large queue was forming whilst he struggled to enter the food orders into his electronic POS system. Finally a second lad turned up, which improved things, but it still took me over 10 minutes just to get a beer.
Thus I would say this is a decent enough place for a pub meal and I may well return for that purpose, but for a beer I will be giving this place a miss as there are plenty of more traditional beer focussed pubs hidden in the lanes of MK and surrounds
Gann - 22 Apr 2011 22:01
Having spent several evenings in The Barge (due to staying in a B&B very close by) I have eaten there several times and consumed many a pint of the local popular Bombardier. Food prices are average, as is quality. Although nothing to shout home about, it seems to be quite popular as a feeding venue and have a local crowd gathering regularly for a few pints. Even though the food is average, the good price on the Bombardier will see me returning many more times.
alcapone69 - 29 Sep 2009 09:23
Good pub with good, reasonably priced food. Very welcoming to non regulars too.
drib - 11 May 2009 11:17

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