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. The convivial atmosphere the team creates 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. The crab gnocchi with wild mushrooms and horseradish and chive velouté was a sumptuous and unique appetiser and the main course that followed was equally exquisite. I sampled the mozzarella arancini, which came with griddled Mediterranean vegetables, tomato sauce and fresh basil leaves. My companion’s braised shoulder of lamb was accompanied by creamy Dauphinoise potatoes, carrot and swede mash and rosemary gravy. Indeed, the dishes raised oohs and aahs throughout the meal, particularly the finishing flourishes – a glorious gluten-free sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and Salcombe Dairy vanilla ice cream 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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