The Old Barge

Pub on the River Lea 

This is a true marvel of an English country pub on the river. Based in Hertford, The Old Barge makes an excellent destination for cyclists, walkers and river users. A proper family local pub in a riverside setting with a large beer garden. There are also sheltered, heated smoking area to the rear. A delicious contemporary British menu, with daily chef’s specials. Extensive range of real ales, lagers, ciders, perrys, wines and a premium bottled selection.

What's On

There are pub quiz nights on Sundays, a music quiz  every last Thursday of the month and beer festivals twice a year. And much more besides!
Please note, dogs are very welcome in our outside areas, but not inside the building.

Venue for hire

Upstairs we have a private function room, with river views. Can seat up to 20 banquet style, 18 conference style or 24 for a classroom or presentation. Or 40pp standing for a buffet/party. Fully kitted out for all media with a 55″ TV, laptop hook ups & surround sound, free WIFI, tea & coffee making facilities, and a fridge. This is a really versatile space – we also host Pilates classes, kids birthday parties, private dining, movie screenings, live sports, office away days, courses & lectures to name a few. Please get in touch to arrange an event tailored just for you!

We have now extended our restaurant area and can now offer a 2nd room for private dining for up to 30 people. An ideal space for that special celebration!

Pub on the river in Hertford
Pub on the river in Hertford

Opening Times

  • Mon 11am - 11pm
  • Tue 11am - 11pm
  • Wed 11am - 11pm
  • Thur 11am - 11pm
  • Fri 11am - 12pm
  • Sat 11am - 12pm
  • Sun 12am - 11pm
Pub on the river in Hertford


  • Private Hire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Disabled Access
  • Country Location
  • Free Parking
  • Serves Food
  • Pet Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating