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Barge Inn, Battlesbridge

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This pub is based in a complex dominated by a large antiques centre. The River Crouch is just over the road and this weatherboarded pub makes it quite a picturesque scene. There were a number of staff around when we entered. But all of them decided to ignore us for a few minutes. An initial idea to eat here was rejected by the lack of any kind of welcome. Ales were Greene King IPA, Abbot & London Glory & Crouch Vale Brewer's Gold. Drinks were inordinately expensive. Our round for two came to £4.95. On handing the barmaid a £10 note, the barmaid asked if I'd got the 5p. I duly obliged and received just £5 change. Clearly Essex youngsters are not sufficiently skilled in mathematics! £5.05 for half of cider and a soft drink poured from a £1 carton from the fridge is a bit of a rip off. We left this pretentious place behind in search of a decent pub. Incidentally, I later noted that a micropub has opened in the Antiques Centre complex. I'm sure that is a far better option.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Sep 2018 11:19
Been there lots of times was lovely at first but last time not so good.
We a had 1 pint of Stella 1 pint of cider 2 bags of plain crisps and got charged £14
Think that's a bit steep so we won't be going back. Shame I've been going to this
Pub of and on for 20 years
Hamman21 - 18 Jul 2013 08:42
Pleasnatly surprised after reading the recent reviews. First visit here for about a decade, and has clearly changed into a gastropub first, boozer second - though can't blame the owners given the way the world is changing, excessive beer duty etc. Wasn't eating (though food did look good), but was impressed by the range of real ales available and by the friendly staff.

Darren_in_the_City - 18 May 2012 16:35
Booked for 7.30pn 28/09, arrived 7.25 given menus and drinks

Saw noone for HALF AN HOUR!!!-got so fed up decided to leave-tried to pay for drinks -again noone there-a rubbish place. It was not busy at all so I assume the waitress was having a smoke or possibly a nap?

Never go there again
JOHNBOY1066 - 29 Sep 2011 09:12
Good food, very pricey, but work paid for it so im not that bothered!! Nice pint of adnams bitter. Very much of a foodie pub than a good beer establishment. Good staff, Dave was a good lad.
bcy - 15 Nov 2007 21:16
Andy, who used to work there, has now bought the pub from the Spirit Group and turned it into a gastro pub. We walked in on a wet saturday night to find we were the only ones simply drinking. Average main course 15.95.Great shame as the three of us used to pop in for a sandwich or meal depending on how hungry we were. Now I simply can't afford to go there. The beer was always 100% perfect but you have to draw the line somewhere. Great bloke though and good luck to him!
ButchEgg - 12 Oct 2007 13:11
Very overpriced for average food. You get the feeling the new owners are trying to turn a lovely old Essex country pub into a 5 star restaurant. Will not be going back!
Biggerstickers - 3 Oct 2007 14:39
Excellent pub - easily one of the best in the area with good management, regular and honest locals and ale of high quality. Very busy on Bank Holidays with a good atmosphere. Service is usually first rate. Well worth a visit.

Mcloj - 25 Sep 2006 13:56
A weather boarded pub in a village dominated by antique shops. A bit of a foody pub and they have got three or four real ales on tap.The Broadside was in perfect condition.Inside is a bit on the small side but is very cosy.There is a seperate dining area and also an outside drinking/eating area.The staff were friendly enough and they hold a beer festival every year.
apa - 11 Jul 2006 11:47

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