Pub Spy at the Brockley Barge

The News Shopper's Pub Spy has paid a visit to The Brockley Barge. He had his mind blown at Jam Circus,  fell in love with the barmaids at the Wickham and found the Jack 'exquisitely welcoming'. Here, he spends his time reviewing the Barge's customer base, many of whom are too young and cheap for his liking. Despite these horrors, he manages to award the Barge itself decent scores and concludes:

The good news is this ‘Spoons is spacious enough to distance yourself from customers you’d rather not look at and it gets great light – plus the food’s not bad either.

Click here for the full review. Thanks to MB for the spot on the Brockley forum.

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally - honest fare at the Barge given a level of recognition it would never see on here from the deli brigade.

Anonymous said...

Always enjoy the pubspy when the Newsshopper is delivered - there was a classic review of a pub in Lewisham (name escapes me), just on the corner of belmont hill - made the Barge look tame.

Anonymous said...

One day I'll eat the entire mixed grill - with extra egg and black pudding !!

Anonymous said...

What a hole ... won't stop me from walking past.

Robert said...

I have nothing against the barge whatsoever, or its clientle, or food, but - great light?

There are some areas of that pub that haven't seen any light since 1945 when all the windows were put out by the V2 at Wickham Gardens.

Anonymous said...

This the beer goggled spy who couldn't get served as he had no id, couldn't even get served food yet managed to give it 3 stars.

Earl said...

What a stupid review... If you can't get served as you have no id then go home and get some. I think the person that did it has changed, as the other guy used to love dingy boozers.

I have a big soft spot for the barge but having great light isn't one of it's strongest points, but the quality and variety of the ale is exceptionally good.

Ended up in there the other night, it was packed. Everyone from students to pensioners and every race and class in between. Definitely the most eclectic and diverse place in Brockley, and if the snobs don't like it then good riddance.

Anonymous said...

"Ended up in there the other night, it was packed. Everyone from students to pensioners and every race and class in between. Definitely the most eclectic and diverse place in Brockley, and if the snobs don't like it then good riddance."

Agreed!

Ian on the Hill said...

The Barge IS the Star Wars bar. It's a bit of everything.

Anonymous said...

That sort of attitude usually lasts until you cross one of the local bullies who make the Barge their home.

Fattyfattybumbum said...

What a dump

Brockley Ben said...

Has the review changed? I don't see the stuff about the ID check.

Not my cup of tea, the Barge, but perfectly happy that it's there, particularly as it sounds like it's a massive improvement on the previous boozer on that site.

Interesting that, for a chain that famously leads with value, Wetherspoons make some serious noises about sustainability and high-welfare food.

NAT said...

As noted earlier, they serve free range eggs.

The Toad apparently didn't.

Anonymous said...

Free range eggs are basically the same as non-free range. They taste the same (sorry, placebo fans) and the non-free range type still exist whether you choose to eat one that day or not.

NAT said...

I'll do a blind taste any day Anon. The wider variety in the diet of the free range hen gives a much better tasting egg.

Anonymous said...

Wetherspoons sell cheap beer.
Wetherspoons sell cheap food.

The beer is end of line and bought for the price. The food comes in a freezer wagon and is heated up in a microwave.

It is quite clear from the look of the customers that they have few other priorities.

A bit of marketing fluff about sustainable this and organic that does not get away from the fact that their customer base is fairly indiscriminating bunch of beer bellies.

NAT said...

And that 10:23, is snobbery.

Anonymous said...

Nice try, deli owner.

NAT said...

?

Anonymous said...

I was responding to Anonymous 10:23

The myth of Wetherspoons sourcing late-dated beer is just that. A myth put about by dishonest-fare pubs who want to charge a bit extra.

NAT said...

Hate to say it, but wetherspoons hand pump ales are as different from those same ales sold elsewhere as say, battery eggs are from free range.

Anonymous said...

Ah - so in other words, the same, but 1.5-2x as expensive elsewhere?

"Ethics" = premium in cost

NAT said...

Sometimes it does.

Sometimes things that taste better cost more.

Sometimes they don't,

You are the customer and make the choice.

NAT said...

I mean The Barges free range eggs wern't dearer than The Toads Battery eggs.

Minefield isn't it?

smacks forehead said...

@anon 10.18 True, today's battery eggs exist whether you eat them or not. However, if everyone refused to eat them, then eventually all eggs would be free-range. There has been a gradual trend towards free-range on supermarket shelves, meaning fewer chickens have to suffer in cages. By your logic we would never try and mitigate animal suffering at all.

Anonymous said...

Indeed 28% of eggs are now Free Range. It is rapidly becoming mainstream. Of course this says very little about antibiotic laced feed.

The good eggs are organic and they cost more.

Hopefully that salmonella business has gone away now.

I expect the beer kills it off in the Barge.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 3 April 2012 10:23

Weatherspoon customers are discriminating. The beer is as good as you will find in any other chain. The food is reasonably prices. And - and this is the reason why I go there on a discriminating basis - there is no music belting out all the time.

If a few other pubs did the same, I'd go there - but few do - so I discriminate strongly in favour of Weatherspoons.

If you discriminate on some snobbish basis (or on the basis of urban myths about bad beer) then that's up to you, but you're wrong.

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Mb said...

BrockleyKate drinks at the Barge. I suspect she'll be very pleased to know she's part of Brockleys dark underbelly.

Mmmm..... Underbellys!

Anonymous said...

Anon 4 April 2012 13:28:

Been drinking there for ages because it is music free and I don't recognise your discription at all.

Not the best decor or ambience, I agree, but where else is there in the whole of Brockley which serves a reasonable beer, cheap food and has no piped music?

Anonymous said...

"Ended up in there the other night, it was packed. Everyone from students to pensioners and every race and class in between. Definitely the most eclectic and diverse place in Brockley, and if the snobs don't like it then good riddance."

Agreed!

I second that. It's bad press on Smug Central doesn't surprise me. And frankly, I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Reputation reputation reputation, glad to hear that a local business is helping to train a staff base.

Glad that the Barge has a variety of customers, hope it continues to serve all of the community.

Anonymous said...

But what ever you do, don't complain about how the place is run. Oppressed staff, no maintenance (exactly how long has the heater in the garden been broken now), running out of food and beer, rampant drug use in the garden... etc...


That'll get you a lifetime ban!

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