The Rowbarge

The Rowbarge


0.5 miles
Station Road, Woolhampton, RG7 5SH

A heartbeat from Midgham Station in the beautiful village of Woolhampton, The Rowbarge is a former cottage that now prides itself on being a traditional country pub. It’s in an enviable position next to the River Kennet, with plenty of picturesque al fresco drinking and dining areas, and an interior that’s cosy but elegant, and charmingly decorated. It’s no surprise that The Rowbarge is adored; it hosts regular wine- and ale-sampling evenings, and Mikron outdoor theatre performs there in summer. Manager Stuart is the sunniest soul and his staff are like family to him. The convivial atmosphere they collectively create means that the place was crammed with families and couples when we visited.

Menus change with the seasons to make the most of the produce available. I was a little envious of my companion’s home-cured salmon paired with beetroot relish, but my dish of braised pork cheeks accompanied by mixed bean salad was equally accomplished. The steamed fillet of plaice was also a superb dish to enjoy in a waterside venue. It came partnered with asparagus, couscous and sauce vierge. My companion’s shoulder of lamb was most impressive, resting on mixed greens and served with creamy potato Dauphinoise. Indeed, the dishes raised oohs and aahs throughout the meal, particularly the finishing flourishes – a glorious maple pecan cheesecake and a generous cheeseboard that included Oxford Blue, Brie and sublime chutney. A five-mile canal and river trail takes in The Rowbarge, and I can’t imagine anything better than a pleasant country stroll rounded off with such gorgeous food.

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