The City Barge

4.1
799 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Following an extensive refurbishment, this historic 15th century public house re-opened late May 2014. The City Barge is the ultimate Thames-side pub, featuring a welcoming bar, stunning dining room, large open kitchen and considerable outside space, all right on the river

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 799 people are saying
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FrancescaB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely anniversary lunch & the staff were so kind.

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EmilyO
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I have eaten at the City Barge many times, pre-pandemic and the food was always excellent. However the food yesterday was very poor. Our starters were cold when they arrived (after a very long wait) and did not taste good at all. We sent them back. The main courses were a bit better, although somewhat bland and nothing compared with the standard we had back in 2019 when we last visited. The staff and management were very nice and apologetic. They offered us dessert on the house. The dessert (we all had apple and rhubarb crumble) was actually quite good, and salvaged the meal.

The pub has such a great spot and a nice ambience. I do hope they can improve the food standard to how it was before the pandemic. Otherwise I will think twice about returning.

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vipClare
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food was very disappointing.

The City Barge
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Clare, Many thanks for taking the time to review us, I'm sorry the food didn't live up to expectations. Please do get in touch with the details so I can investigate what went wrong in this instance, , Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very nice and attentive staff, front of house a little grumpy, but the opposite when laughing loudly with her work buddies 🙄
Our table was close to kitchen which was fine, except for the very loud clattering of knives and forks being dried by a staff member right beside our table..
Food good, atmosphere great, will definitely go back and bring more people..

The City Barge
Responded 3 days ago

Many thanks for the 4 star review and detailed comments, I'm pleased to hear that overall you had a pleasant visit despite the noise and not so cheerful waitress. We look forward to seeing you again very soon, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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vipJules
London
25 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great Sunday lunch with very good service. A little quiet other than wedding party (though they weren’t noisy). Would go again.

The City Barge
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hi Jules, Thank you for the review and im happy to hear the service was efficient. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes. Team Barge

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vipHungryrabbit
London
475 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I haven’t eaten here for ages and I have to say the food really was fantastic, much better than I was expecting. Service was brisk and efficient and friendly and we all ate everything!

The City Barge
Responded on September 14, 2021

Good afternoon, Many thanks for taking the time to review us, i am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us and that the team were friendly and accommodating. I will make sure to pass on your kind words. See you again soon. Best wishes. Jennifer Mills

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ChristineM
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely location, full of character. Very helpful staff and great food

The City Barge
Responded on September 10, 2021

Hi ChristineM, Thank you for your rating and comments about our team and food, it's very much appreciated! We hope to welcome you back again very soon, Kind Regards, ian Wright, General manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and lovely setting with good friendly service

The City Barge
Responded on September 6, 2021

Many thanks for taking to time to rate us 5 stars, it is very much appreciated. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and I will pass on your kind words to the team. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team Barge

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JaniceM
London
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I met early evening with friends. I had requested a river view table inside and given a choice of two! Staff very friendly and nothing too much trouble. We chose fish and chips, good portion but batter a bit overcooked. Overall a tasty meal nonetheless.

The City Barge
Responded on September 6, 2021

Hi janiceM, Many thanks for taking to time to rate us 5 stars, it is very much appreciated. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit found the team to be friendly and accomodating. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Ian Wright, General manager

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RiannaQ
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This was probably the worst meal I have ever had in London. The food came out cold, we sent it back and when it returned we were so hungry we had to eat it. Our roast potatoes were raw in the middle, despite it being obvious they had been sat around for several hours (so an obvious chance to cook properly). The 'gravy' / sauce was particularly awful - it had been sat around so long it had started to separate. My husband didn't even eat his meal, except some of the vegetables, as it was so awful.
And to top it off, our rose wine arrived warm, so we had to get ice to make it cold enough.

The City Barge
Responded on August 31, 2021

Hi Rianna, I'm sorry to hear you had such a poor experience here and that our roast potatoes and vegan gravy were not up to our usual standards, I have passed these comments on to the chef. It's also disappointing to hear that your wine wasn't chilled enough as well, we usually serve our roses at around 8/10 degrees to ensure the flavours aren't disguised but it certainly shouldn't be served warm. Once again please do accept my apologies for the poor standards you received on this occasion

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PaulineH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for the lovely location, right on the river with gorgeous views and were so pleased with the food! Amazing menu and high-level quality for pub food.

The City Barge
Responded on September 1, 2021

Hi Pauline, Many thanks for taking to time to rate us 5 stars, it is very much appreciated. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit and i will pass on your kind words to the kitchen and the team. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team Barge

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horizon180
London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We got there early to grab riverside tables. The food was great, the ambience great, the paella perfect, and the sticky toffee pudding to die for.

The City Barge
Responded on September 1, 2021

Good afternoon, Thank you for the high rating, it is very much appreciated, it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, the sticky toffee pudding and the paella are one of our favourites here. I will pass on your kind words to our chefs. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes, Jennifer Mills, Assistant General Manager

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Ddghuvdvb
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Japanese bowl with prawns and a bitter shandy and it was DELICIOUS. Our favourite spot by the river.

The City Barge
Responded on August 27, 2021

Ddghuvdvb Thank you so much for your review, we are so glad that you enjoyed our dish and the views! Kind Regards, Team Barge

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MCW5
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, food and service. Perfect for a pint or lunch with family / friends.

The City Barge
Responded on September 1, 2021

Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to review us, it is very much appreciated. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Jennifer Mills, Assistant General Manager

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JackieH
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Slow service despite the place being quiet.

Poor table given despite other option around (we were put on a long table making conversation flow difficult - I had a sore neck from turning to the side all night)
There were round tables available but apparently couldn't fit 6 on (they definitely looked like they could !)

When booking on the website was asked to say if it was a special occasion, informed of belated 50th birthday gathering but no mention of this at the restaurant...what is the point of being asked ?!
When I asked about this at the bar, the response were defensive and not that friendly.

No cash taken but card payments not taken at the table for some reason - So we had to go to the bar and queue like at a bus stop to pay by our individual cards.

Customer service was poor even though there was 4 or 5 staff and the bar was empty.

Won't be back

The City Barge
Responded on August 23, 2021

Dear Jackie, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with your visit, I was here until gone 11pm and would have happily discussed these issues in person with you had I been made aware. Unfortunately the round table you saw can only fit 5 people around if they are dining, 6 at a push for just drinks. The only way we can therefore make a table for 6 is to put two tables together. I have emailed you regarding the other points as Open table only allows 500 character replies Ian Wright, GM

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Lynn
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was reasonably good but terribly expensive .

The City Barge
Responded on August 21, 2021

Hi Lynn, Thank you for the high rating, it's very much appreciated. I'm sorry to hear you found us a little pricey, we do make virtually everything on site from scratch which does add a little to the cost, though we feel also adds to the quality. We hope to see you again very soon, Kind regards, Team Barge

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MGN1
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

My friend and I visited for lunch on a grey chilly August Tuesday. There were few people and it is a large venue although that didn’t matter to us. The service was wonderful. However the table top needed a good polish as it felt sticky in parts. We ate fish and chips. It was ok at best with lots of batter and chips and v little fish priced at £17. Disappointing and expensive food. The City Barg is one of three gastro pubs in the immediate area. It lacks the flowers and decor of the other two. Its outdoor furniture is badly in need of renovation and its outdoor seating is in its car park.

The City Barge
Responded on August 19, 2021

Hi MGN, Many thanks indeed for taking the time to review us, and for your kind comments about the service. The table top is actually due to the sanitizer we're using which reacts with the varnish and makes the surface sticky, please accept my apologies for this but currently we haven't found an effective alternative. . I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the fish and chips though, I'll pass on your comments to our executive chef team and head chef. Kind regards, Ian Wright, general manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Although individually the servers were lovely, the service was very slow. We were also given the wrong specials menu and when we got the right one and chose a dish it was not available. Our next choice from the standard menu was also unavailable. Left us underwhelmed.

The City Barge
Responded on August 25, 2021

Thank you for leaving us a review. We are a fresh food kitchen where our Chefs make all of our produce from scratch, thus when we run out of a dish, we are unable to have it back in stock straight away. This is why we usually run a specials menu even on a Sunday so customers have plenty of other choices to pick from. However, I sincerely apologise that service you received was not up to standard that day. I will share your comments about your experience with the team. Kind Regards, Joanna

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Menetou
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had a very enjoyable lunch on a sunny day - really excellent paella. Felt very safe with plenty of outside space and choice of tables. Staff very helpful and friendly.

The City Barge
Responded on August 16, 2021

Hi Menetou, Thank you so much for your 4 star review and comments about the food and staff, I'm glad you felt safe and the weather was appropriate for al fresco dining! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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Emma
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

They had run out of a lot of food and blamed earlier football match for this. Servers seemed stressed and there was a lot of loud shouting between one of the servers and the kitchen in Spanish, spoiling any hope of ambience. Food is as always fairly expensive so did not feel this visit was good value for money. Probably won’t come back again which is a shame as we are local and we used to enjoy the restaurant when it first opened and for a couple of years after.

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JeremyP
London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The chicken liver parfait was probably one the worst we have tasted. The steak sandwich was raw and had to be sent back for recooking. We ate many meals there before the lockdown which were always very good but now standards seem to have slipped significantly

The City Barge
Responded on August 15, 2021

Hi Jeremy, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal with us. The parfait is usually very well received so apologies that it did not live up to expectation, though I'm happy that we had the opportunity to recook your rare steak sandwich a little more. The chef/ownership hasn't changed so I do hope you'll give us another chance, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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MikeL
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good location and set up. Food selection and quality was good and very good service. And it has parking if you are lucky!

The City Barge
Responded on August 12, 2021

Hi MikeL, Thank you so much for your 4 star review and comments about the service and staff, there is plenty of free on street parking nearby after midday as well! We look forward to seeing you again in the near future, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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JaneO
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A smart traditional London pub on the riverside. Spacious restaurant dining area. Consistently great food and friendly service. A popular favourite for our friends group.

The City Barge
Responded on August 11, 2021

Hi JaneO, Thank you so much for your 4 star review and comments about the venue and staff. We look forward to seeing you and your friends group again in the near future, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely venue and friendly staff, though it did take an hour for our food to be delivered to our table.

The City Barge
Responded on August 9, 2021

Hi DavidB, Thank you so much for your 4 star review and comments about the venue and staff. I'm sorry your food took a while to arrive - we had a table of 18 upstairs as well as a 10 which did put the kitchen behind a bit, but I'm glad you enjoyed your visit nevertheless. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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KevinS
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best roasts on the area, highly recommended.

Definitely book on Sunday to avoid disappointment

The City Barge
Responded on August 9, 2021

Hi KevinS, Thank you so much for the 5 star review and comments about our roasts, it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again very soon, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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PatF
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

I gave the food one star as I did not eat there with survey not letting me bypass food section . Very nice pub .

The City Barge
Responded on August 8, 2021

Hi PatF, Thank you for taking the time to review us, it is appreciated. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Team Tulse

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MelissaJ
London
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Very inclusive menu. Wonderful wine selection. Really cosy atmosphere. Will definitely be back

The City Barge
Responded on August 8, 2021

Melissa, Thank you so much for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your evening! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind Regards, Team Barge

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NatMacN
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The food was not great, but the service was prompt and polite and the staff are lovely! Also a lovely atmosphere so a real shame about the food :(

The City Barge
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi NatMacN, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review, and for your comments about the service. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the food though, please do feel free to contact me at the pub directly with the details, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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vipMichelle
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Such a lovely spot to sit outside by the river. The food is average but the view, the staff and the service are excellent.

The City Barge
Responded on July 31, 2021

Hi Michelle, Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and especially the service, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, All the best, Ian Wright, General manager

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SheelaghD
London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant lunch at the City Barge. The staff were very accommodating and the choice of meal very varied and interesting. Will visit again I am sure.

The City Barge
Responded on August 2, 2021

Hi Sheelagh, Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and found the team accommodating and choice of food varied, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, All the best, Ian Wright, General manager

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Joanne
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

My husband and I went for Sunday lunch and overall were a little disappointed. We’d asked for an outside table thinking that we’d be looking out over the river (as it seems to be in the pictures) only to find ourselves under and awning in the car park with no view.

The food portions were huge, the veg was good but my roast beef was dry and had a lot of gristle (I ended up leaving most of it). All in all not our best Sunday lunch.

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maryn
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent food and ambience lovely setting by river

The City Barge
Responded on July 28, 2021

Hi Maryn, Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and especially the food, thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon, All the best, Ian Wright, General manager

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JohnF
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very friendly and helpful staff; excellent food!
Sardines on toast to start were fabulous (salsa verde really scrummy).
The mixed Paella was soooooooo tasty - loved it!

Only slight niggle was that the wine was not very cold.

The City Barge
Responded on July 24, 2021

Hi LJohn, Thank you for the high rating, it's very much appreciated. I'm sorry to hear your wine wasn't as cold as it could have been but great to hear your comments about the food and team. We hope to see you again very soon, Kind regards, Team Barge

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I have been visiting this pub for a long time as we live in the area and always loved it. Not sure if you have had a change of chef/ownership but this meal was disastrous - clotted and sour tasteless burrata starter and two salty paella’s of which one had gone off mussels in…complained and did receive 20% off the bill but do not currently recommend the visit!

The City Barge
Responded on July 25, 2021

Hi Foodie, I'm sorry to hear you had such a poor experience with us, we couldn't find anything wrong with the mussels which are delivered fresh every day, but that particular batch of burrata certainly was a disappointment. The chef/ownership hasn't changed so I do hope you'll give us another chance, please do introduce yourself and I'll ensure you are well looked after. Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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Lilyloo
London
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food bland, service slow, overall disappointing. Which is a shame as usually it’s very good, must have been an off day

The City Barge
Responded on July 24, 2021

I'm sorry to hear you had such a poor experience with us, please do email me at the pub with details of the food so I can investigate fully, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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SouthEastAsianWoman
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved ale and white bait/calamansi combo. We will definitely be back!!!!

The City Barge
Responded on July 19, 2021

Hi SEAW, Thank you so much for the 5 star review and comments about our ales and food, it's great to hear you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again very soon, Kind regards, Ian Wright, General manager

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DuncanE
Dublin
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely evening at The City Barge, enjoyable cocktails, very good food & excellent service… we’ll be going again

The City Barge
Responded on July 18, 2021

Hi DuncanE, Thank you so much for taking a time to leave a review and for your comments. Great to hear you enjoyed your evenng and we thoroughly look forward to seeing you again soon, All the best, Ian Wright, General manager

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Lynn
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food is of a reasonable standard , but extremely expensive .

The City Barge
Responded on July 19, 2021

Hi Lynn, Thank you for the high rating, it's very much appreciated. I'm sorry to hear you found us a little pricey, we do make virtually everything on site from scratch which does add a little to the cost, though we feel also adds to the quality. We hope to see you again very soon, Kind regards, Team Barge

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Nickb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant as always. Ian, the manager, is a legend and the new beer garden at the front is one of chiswick's best kept secrets.

The City Barge
Responded on July 18, 2021

Hi NickB, Thank you so much for the 5 star review and your comments, you're now completely forgiven for cancelling on finals day! It's been a pleasure hosting you whilst showing the football and more recently for drinks and snacks. It is lovely in the beer garden on a sunny day (and even a rainy day, with the marquee), especially if you have dogs, so I'm pleased we managed to find you the perfect spot. Looking forward to seeing you again very soon, All the best, Ian

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Clara
London
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lovely staff make this pub a pleasure to eat in. Big pricey for drinks though.

The City Barge
Responded on July 17, 2021

Hi Clara, Thank you so much for your comments about the team and for the 4 star rating. I'm sorry you found us a bit pricey, whereas some of our drinks are premium the house ale is £4.60, 125ml house wine £3.70 and 35 ml house spirit £4.65 so hopefully there's something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you again very soon, Kind regards, Ian Wright, general manager

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FAQs

The City Barge does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. The City Barge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8994 2148.

The City Barge is rated 4.1 stars by 799 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.