Monday, June 9, 2008

The Rowbarge, Midgham

We arrived at The Rowbarge at 2pm on a glorious Saturday afternoon. We (12 of us) were on the way to the evening races at Newbury and a friend had recommended we eat here, on the banks of the canal. We had no problem finding two tables outside. Other clientele were a mix of families, couples and groups; dogs and children played by the waters edge and climbed trees (the children, not the dogs) and it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

I chose scampi, which was delicious - for once you could really see and taste the huge prawns, which were cooked in a light, crispy batter and weren't at all greasy. The chips were a bit generic but tasty, a side salad although boring was fresh. Others chose burgers, mezze platters and sandwiches - all apparently good. Some mains came with an option of small or large portion which made a light meal very affordable.

This may be a chain and the food may not be adventurous but it is good and it is reasonable and on a summer's day it might just be perfect.

One course and a cider: £10 per head

Value: 7/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Food: 6/10

SCORE: 27/40

The Rowbarge, Station Road, Woolhampton, Berkshire, RG7 5SH. Tel: 01189 712213.

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