Following an extensive refurbishment, the historic 14th century public house, The City Barge is due to re-open in late May 2014.
The City Barge, Chiswick aims to be the ultimate Thames-side pub, featuring a welcoming bar, stunning dining room, large open kitchen and considerable outside space, all right on the river.
Robin Belither, from the City Barge, commented:
“The City Barge is everything you would want in a local pub – in winter it’s the perfect cosy spot to warm up and enjoy an intimate drink or dinner. In summer, the incredible outside space and riverside location speak for themselves. We hope it will offer residents, local businesses and Thames walkers both an everyday treat and a destination for a special occasion.”
The interior will retain much of the architectural detail and period fixtures and fittings, including original Victorian panelling and three open fires. A striking reclaimed Victorian bar will provide a natural focal point for the bar space, and some quirky touches including rare bird taxidermy and a metre-long Thames Barge will complete the look, creating a relaxed atmosphere.
The bar will offer seven hand-pulled local ales and ciders which will change regularly, plus a careful selection of lagers, stouts and ciders on draught and by the bottle, including Camden, Fordham & Dominion and Hogs Back Breweries. The wine list will feature plenty of choice by the glass and carafe, including Prosecco on tap, five specially chosen Rieslings from across the globe, and for the summer, a chilled Gamay selection.
Head chef, Pat Lynch (Bentley’s, Scotts), will oversee a menu based on seasonal British ingredients, with fresh British seafood, brought in daily from Billingsgate Market, playing a starring role. Dishes will include a signature Oxtail cottage pie and summer greens, together with appealing seafood burger options such as a whole soft shell ‘Crabacado’ Burger with den miso mayonnaise’.
The restaurant overlooks the river and includes a Chef’s Table, which seats eight people right by the open kitchen. Trivent was responsible for the design, manufacture and installation of the kitchen ventilation systems on the project, taking the works from planning through to completion.
The bar will take pub food right back to basics, serving up excellent home-made pasties and beautiful plates of house-cured hams, artisan breads and cheeses. On weekends, breakfast will be served from 10am and include classic and contemporary English breakfast and brunch dishes.
The outside space is extraordinary and extends down to a meter from the Thames towpath. Fifty covers will be spread across riverside bench seating, deck chairs on the grass, a more formal terrace area and snug corners of leather sofas and a wood-burning stove. The summer will see the garden host a number of outdoor treats, including pop-up bars and seafood stalls. It is overlooked by The Harrowden Room, the first floor private dining and events space, which takes its name from the local family that helped to build the original Lord Mayor’s barge. Ithas full height French windows, space for a drinks reception and can seat twentyfor dinner.
City Barge will be open Monday to Thursday from 12pm until 11pm; Friday 12pm until midnight; Saturday 10am until midnight; and Sunday 10am until 11pm.
For more information, please visit: www.citybargechiswick.com.