England > Cambridgeshire > Peterborough
Fin (700) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 11, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
We (me, Loz, Ferret and Dena) visited here on Friday 9th January 2015 on Whittlesey Straw Bear weekend. I had been here before perhaps even a couple of times but we are talking maybe 8-10 years ago or even longer when we used to regularly attend Peterborough Beer Festival. This Dutch barge reputedly the largest in the UK is moored on the far bank adjacent to the Town bridge. Up top is a Thai or Asian cuisine restaurant with the large bar/drinking area downstairs in what once would have been the hold. I understand this boat transported grain and sand. Beer choice and beer quality were both excellent with 10 handpumps offering about 7 Oakham 3 guest beers as I recall. We (me, Loz & Dena) started with Green Devil and rarely deviated, it was excellent, though I did try one other. The boat is on a slight list with the bar side sitting lower in the water than the seating opposite. As you might expect it is mostly decked out in wood with information about the history of the barge scattered about. There were quite a few people in here but I wouldn’t say it was anywhere near full. Staff were very efficient and chatty, prices were excellent and beer very good. Glad that I have got back here after so many years, really enjoyed it.
WingmanWillis (218) , England | April 7, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited for a late lunch on Sunday 6th April. 10 minute walk from Railway station and is a old dutch barge moored on the river.
Good range of beer with 4 from Oakham plus 8 guests with local and beers from further afar. Oakham’s stab at Craft beer also on tap too.
Food is from the Thai restaurant upstairs and was really good.
Definitely worth a visit.
lada66 (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 28, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A nice river boat with ten real ales on tap. Oakham beers rule (2011).
FatPhil (337) Tallinn, Estonia | September 25, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
2007: Looks like it would only hold a few dozen people from the outside, but my goodness - it’s huge inside! Always 10 beers on, constantly turned over, and from interesting and novel (to me) breweries. Not all brillianty served, and the end of the barge near the loos smells like loos. Friendly staff and clients too, it appears. (I lost my wallet there, and had it returned to me very swiftly). Very convenient for the Peterborough beer festival when they split the day into 2 sessions.
2012: Beer quality has to be called into question. Nothing was actually in good form. Would be better to have 6 good beers than 10 dead ones. Was a bit narked that they didn’t do food during the afternoon break of the beer festival. Even more narked that the Thai restaurant upstairs was also closed at that time. Love the atmosphere of being on a barge, but everything else starts to fall far short of ideal.
Benjii (63) Edinburgh, Scotland | December 2, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
My favourite (floating) pub in Edinburgh. 10 constantly changing casks, a Thai restaurant upstairs and the added challenge of trying to play darts on a boat. My idea of a day well spent.
imdownthepub (564) Banbury, England | June 12, 2004| Updated August 5, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Beautifully converted Dutch Barge into 2 main decks with a patio seating area too. The bowels of the barge are the main drinking areas with the upper deck for eating. A vast number of beers have found there way aboard and there is always plenty of choice with a back up of Belgian bottled beers. Relaxing atmosphere at most times livening up on Fridays and Saturdays when you may be asked to pay to enter.
Update for Jul ’12 - The Beer Range is no longer as comprehensive as in the past so reduced rating, plus no Belgian Beer range any longer.
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