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Simon and Sally Welcome you to the Old Barge website

Situated at the head of the river lee navigation in Hertford, The Old Barge pub makes an excellent destination for cyclists, walkers and river users.

A proper family local pub in a riverside setting with a beer garden, small car park and sheltered, heated smoking area to the rear.

A delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef's specials, complements an extensive range of real ales, lagers, ciders, perrys, wines and a premium bottled selection.

There are pub quiz nights on Sundays, free jazz club with live jazz every second Thursday of the month, , a music quiz on every last Thursday of the month and beer festivals twice a year.

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The Old Barge is Cask Marque accredited

The Old Barge is now a FREE HOUSE

With real ales from Sharp, Woodforde,Tring, Dark Star and St.Austell.
Plus at least three guest beers.
See our drinks page for more info

Opening Hours

Sunday: - Noon - 11pm - Quiz starts at 9pm
Monday - Thursday:- 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday:- 11am - Midnight

We are in The Good Beer Guide 2012:-  

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In a pleasant location on Folly Island at the head of the lee Navigation you can watch the narrowboats pass by as you enjoy your pint. The pub is renowned for its jazz nights held on every second and last Thursday of the month. Food is available at lunchtime, including the popular Sunday roast, and evening until 9pm (not Sun). There are twice yearly beer festivals and a well-attended quiz on Sunday night. Children are welcome until 7pm in the bar and 9pm outdoors.

The Old Barge is proud to be associated with
Hidden Hertford

Hidden Hertford is an initiative aimed at sharing our beautiful historic town with the rest of the world.

Over the summer months there are a series of river cruises organised by Hidden Hertford which start and finish at The Old Barge.

Surf and slurp at The Barge

We now have wireless broadband free to all our customers so You can hook up to our Wi-Fi network and surf the web whilst enjoying your pint.

The Old Barge wins Hertford in Bloom

The old Barge has won the the cup for for the pub with best floral decoration in the annual contest for businesses, residents and schools.

Rare gem of a pub serving up at least 7 real ales, and all sorts of long forgotton rareties new menu looks good too. This is a pub you can actually sit down and have a chat in as you watch the world go by...(extra thumbs up, it's on the river!) Bar staff were all really polite and friendly.

Nice riverside setting with a great selection of real ales. Although I didn't eat, the food I saw being carried past looked good value. Certainly one of the top two pubs in town, but you have to know about it to go there - you definitely wouldn't just happen upon it by chance.

Pleasantly situated canalside on Folly Island. Watch the narrowboats as you enjoy your pint.
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Riverside on the Lea Navigation; moor your narrowboat outside.
An Inn with 7 real ales, of which 3 or so are guests, the Barge is situated just over the bridge at the entrance to Folly Island with its homely lines of 19th century cottages.
The pub has gained a reputation for its fortnightly jazz evenings held on Thursdays and its well-attended Quizzes held on Sundays. Sport is shown on TV, though not football. Open all day. Small car park - otherwise use Bircherley Court Public Car park and walk across bridge.

A famous former landlord at the Barge was Harry Curtis Garner who at one time held all national walking records between 1 and 30 miles. In 1891, in New York, he established a new World Record for the 1/4 mile - at 1 minute 23 seconds.
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