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The Barge, Woolstone - pub details

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

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 34723) - 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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Went to this pub again for the first time in a few years and quite like it. still very food orientated as you'd expect, but decent real ale (I had Doom Bar which was very good) and there are tables you can sit at if you don't want to eat - not always the case in MK!

It's popular - so busy - with diners, and the food looked pretty decent.

Friendly service. Will probably go back...
Grumpy_Old_Man - 6 Jul 2013 18:54
A decent enough old pub, and a pleasant find being only a mile or two away from MK town centre. These days its surrounded by modern housing, but at least the pub building itself has kept a little of its historic charm. Staff all seemed friendly and helpful, although they could have done with more than one barmaid trying to cope with the drinkers as well as the diners. To be fair to them though, the place was packed at 5:30pm on a Tuesday evening, so they may well have been caught off guard. There is a small garden to the side of the pub, and it looks as though there is probably usually something at the rear, but this was fenced off on my visit due to some work going on.

Inside the main bar area is an L-shape with old flag stones at the front and red tiling on the floor around the side. Its a low ceilinged pub and there are plenty of old beams on the ceiling. To the right is a brick fire-place, although Im not sure if this is still in use. A TV was up in the corner showing a news programme, but the volume was off and so it wasnt too intrusive and there were various black and white photos dotted around the walls. The rest of the pub is more geared up for dining, and this probably represents a good three quarters of the available seating, if not more. But then, seeing as at least three quarters of the punters were dining, thats fair enough. At the rear is a conservatory, and off to the left a carpeted area split in to two by a freestanding brick built chimney with a wood burning stove, although again Im not sure if this was in use.

The menu was extensive and offered a good selection of pub grub dishes as well as a few more adventurous options. Most of the mains were in the 8 - 10 range, although some of the seasonal specials were nearer 15. My Smoked Haddock Risotto was a pleasant and tasty dish, although perhaps a little on the small side for something priced at 9.95. A blackboard behind the bar detailed the Soup of the Day, Vegetables of the Day and even the Beer Batter of the Day Doom Bar in case you were wondering.

Beers on tap were Ubu Purity, Adnams Sole Star and Doom Bar. A notice above the bar invited customers to suggest options for the forthcoming Spring ales range. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. Overall, I quite liked this pub. OK, its a bit food orientated and its part of a chain, so might not have quite the character of a genuine old free house, but as chains go I reckon its pretty good.
Blackthorn - 17 Apr 2012 22:04
I used to enjoy this pub but stopped using at as the service was lousy at best. Went back on Tuesday evening and waited at the bar for at least 20 minutes before walking out and taking my business elsewhere. The pub wasn't even busy, but with one person serving drinks and taking food orders the bar was 4 deep and the bar person wasn't able to serve people in order. I will never step foot in this pub again.
lupus - 22 Apr 2011 09:14
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 09:22

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