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The Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon - pub details

Address: 17 Frome Rd, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2EA [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 22694) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bradford-on-avon (0.4 miles), Avoncliff (1.3 miles), Freshford (2.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.9/10 (rated by 21 users)
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user reviews of the Barge Inn, Bradford on Avon

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Nice location with tables on the canalside as well as a separate, slightly untidy garden. But the Box Steam's Tunnel Vision wasn't very good (fortunately I had only ordered a half); didn't try the Otter Bright or Sharps Atlantic.
paul_d102 - 20 Aug 2018 19:11
Great position - right on the canal by the basin and the lock so you can watch the comings-and-goings as you sup your beer. We had Ringwood Boondoggle which was very good,but they also had another 3 beers available including Bath Ales Bellringer and Jennings Cumberland Ale (beers change regularly). Food available but we didn't eat but many others were. Car Park; patio and canalside garden - all very pleasant.
mcroyal - 2 Jul 2014 16:13
Fantastic food and friendly staff. This occasionally results in it being extremely busy. Well worth a visit
Trowman - 28 May 2013 16:43
A pleasant canal-side pub which rather demands to be investigated when one arrives and (eventually) moors at Bradford with a view to an overnight stay. We discovered, if we didn't already know, that there are far more engrossing offerings elsewhere in town that the Barge, but nevertheless it served its purpose for providing a quick starter-of-ten at the evening's outset.

A traditional-looking building from the outside, once indoors one is led through a series of large white-washed rooms with various configurations of seating witj a peculiarly contemporary feel. It doesn't jar as such, though the wisdom of adopting the modern minimal route is questionable. In any event, it clearly had an appeal - and not just amongst itinerant boating types - there seemed to be a variety of locals who observations suggested were regulars, so the pub would appear to enjoy a consistent trade from town and needn't rely on water-borne passers-through.

We didn't try the food, nor did I see any of it being delivered to others, so no comment there. Beer-wise, what I had was passable (EPA - the entire range was Marston's which may suit some but far from all who love the diversity of modern cask beer), though I was warned by a frined of mine who'd arrived earlier to "avoid the Crag Rat" - it seems the most interesting guest ale had been found in appalling condition, and all the more worryingly, the clip was still facing outwards when I arrived to make my choice. I fear only inside prior knowledge led me to eschew opting for it and having the awkwardness of returning it. If something's off, folks, it's OFF - don't allow denial to creep in and keep it on (and the clip facing customer-wards) until 10 people correct the error of your ways!

Saying that, this was a perfectly pleasant little venue on a late summer evening, and I should say that whilst it wasn't the most engaged, the service I received from the young lady (wo)manning the bar was efficient.

I'd have to visit more frequently to know whether complacency is an issue here - so often it can be with canalside locations where there is a perceived captive audience (Bradford is immensely popular as an overnight mooring site). I do hope it isn't. Other more-informed reviewers may eventually enlighten us.
TWG - 21 Sep 2012 17:43
a must for the braying classes - if you are not it will get on your neely listening to them
beerman6 - 21 Jan 2012 23:49

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