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The Old Barge (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Marston's - 61 DeepExcellent2
Summerskills - Start PointExcellent1
3 Brewers of St. Albans - Classic English AleGood1
Adnams - FreewheelGood1
Box Steam - Tunnel VisionGood1
Exeter - LightermanAcceptable1
Banks's - Wychwood Hobgoblin GoldNot Tried0
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)Not Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Church End - Grave Digger's AleNot Tried0
Cotleigh - Seahawk Gold (formerly Golden Seahawk)Not Tried0
St Austell - TributeNot Tried0
Cotleigh - 25Not Tried0
St Austell - Cornish Best (was 3.5%)Not Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Grafton - Chocolate Mint DelightNot Tried0
Marston's - Shipyard Summer AleNot Tried0
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Sneck LifterNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Old Barge, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Picture 2. The Old Barge, Hertford, Hertfordshire
Michael Croxford

Visits Details

29 Aug 2019 (Stephen Harris)
A quiet late-afternoon opportunity for a quick one.
Adnams - Freewheel3.60GoodBitter fruit flavours.
Jennings (since closure now brewed at Marston's) - Sneck Lifter5.10Not Tried
Banks's - Wychwood Hobgoblin Gold4.20Not Tried
Marston's - 61 Deep3.80Not Tried
23 Jun 2017 (ChrisE)
Beers as already listed by Jason, a bit pricey in here.
Marston's - 61 Deep3.80Good
Exeter - Lighterman3.50AcceptableA bit lackluster but probably end of cask as this beer ran out.
23 Jun 2017 (Magnus Greel)
Late afternoon and fairly busy with mainly drinkers. We sat in the right hand bar where the rest of our Friday Evening Group had already occupied. The left side of the pub was taken over by a mothers and toddlers crowd so I was half expecting baby milk on handpump.
Marston's - 61 Deep3.80ExcellentCrisp light and refreshing, perfect thus decided to stay on this for the evening.
Marston's - EPA3.60Not TriedBadged as 'Old Barge' house beer however the bar staff were unsure of its nomenclature until one of our group confirmed it as EPA by other means.
Grafton - Chocolate Mint Delight4.80Not Tried
Exeter - Lighterman3.50Not Tried
Marston's - Shipyard Summer Ale4.80Not Tried
17 Feb 2015 (HSB)
11:40 Once again first stop on a Hertford crawl. I walked here from Hertford East station along the Navigation tow-path. Very pleasant. The pub itself was empty apart from us. As we were leaving the mum and buggy brigade were entering. Expensive pub the pint was £3.95.
3 Brewers of St. Albans - Classic English Ale4.00Good
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
St Austell - Tribute4.20Not Tried
Cotleigh - 254.00Not Tried
St Austell - Cornish Best (was 3.5%)3.40Not Tried
30 Jan 2014 (HSB)
11:45 First stop on a pub crawl of Hertford with one of my monthly groups. Initially had the pub to ourselves.
Summerskills - Start Point3.70ExcellentSurprisingly full bodied for a low gravity beer.
Box Steam - Tunnel Vision4.20Good
Dark Star - Hophead (some has also been brewed by Fuller's)3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Church End - Grave Digger's Ale3.80Not Tried
Cotleigh - Seahawk Gold (formerly Golden Seahawk)4.20Not Tried

About The Old Barge

The pub sign. The Old Barge, Hertford, Hertfordshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1QD.

Situated on an island in the centre of town the pub is adjacent to the Lea Navigation. One large room with lots of small areas. Comfortable and welcoming. Events held throughout the year including beer festivals. There are eight handpumps on the bar counter.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 18 different beers and tried 6 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SG14 1QD