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Charters, Peterborough

Town Bridge
Phone: 01733315700

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Blackthorn _ left this review about Charters Bar

First impressions of this large old barge, were that it was going to be a bit disappointing. It's got a rather decrepit air about it, and just didn't look very inviting. However, looks can be deceiving, and I was very glad I paid a visit.

It consists of one large, open downstairs bar with a suitably nautical feel to it – rough wood panelling, wooden flooring and wooden tables. Not much in the way of décor, but some interesting prints on the walls detailing some of the beers on offer. There's one very long bar running almost the whole length of the ship, and a small corner stage at one end that looks as though it may be used for bands or a disco. Upstairs there's an oriental restaurant. This is an interesting mezzanine type floor, with the windows of the restaurant over looking the edge of the lounge.

Beer choice is among the largest I have ever seen in any pub. On this visit I noted (deep breath)… Oakham's White Dwarf, Bishops Farewell and Midnight Mild; Green Jack's Orange Wheat Beer; RCH Steam Shower; Anglo Dutch Special (from Dewsbury, Yorkshire, apparently); Black Friars Spring Tide; Atomic Fission; Tower Brewery Cooper's Special; Leydon Brewery's Rammy Rocket plus another two that were apparently off as the pump clips were turned round. Amazing. After all that beer, ciders were a slightly disappointing Scrumpy Jack and Stowford Press.

The outside area, although large, is a little disappointing. All the tables and chairs are on a rather unattractive gravelled area with a curious raised section in the middle. There are some lawns further back, but no seating. On top of this, there's no view of the river, which seems to be one of the main reasons for having a riverside pub! The large barge completely obscures the view, with the bridge and the end blocking anything you may see upstream. There is however an outside bar as well, which is useful if you don't want to make the trek back to the boat. Obviously a much more limited selection though, with no real ales at all.

On 23rd May 2010 - rating: 7
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Gill Smith left this review about Charters Bar

Fantastic beer festival with lots of beers on stillage in the outside marquee and still more in the bar on the barge itself. All beers we tried in great condition. Had 6 from the outside bar and another 4 in the barge where it was warmer. Big match day tomorrow, so looks like a successful festival. This is one not to miss when in the area though. There was a great atmosphere in the bar downstairs and it was packed.

On 2nd April 2010 - rating: 9
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train man left this review about Charters Bar

Large 1907 Dutch barge, long bar with plenty of handpulls; Cathedral Ale Eight Bells, Cottage Mod n Hound & Merchant Navy, Leadmill Interstate 95 (just don't!), Oakham JHB, Bishops Farewell, Inferno, White Dwarf, Westons scrumpy. Small raised area for live music, also home to the dartboard. Seating area to right of bar has some signed muso photos but I didn't recognise any, sorry. I thought the green area next to the mooring was all grass last time I was here, but unfortunately they seem to have slapped a large patch of concrete in the middle now.

On 7th June 2009 - rating: 7
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TERRY DALES left this review about Charters Bar

Large Dutch barge moored near Town Bridge.Owned by the same group as Oakham Ales.
Good atmosphere,friendly staff,excellent selection of real Ales.
Restaurant on the top deck,didn't eat there, but heard good reports about the food.
Regular beer festivals held in the large beer garden, the largest in Peterborough.
Well worth a visit.

On 11th May 2009 - rating: 10
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Quinno _ left this review about Charters Bar

Ahhh, this place is great. An old Dutch barge with quality beer and an excellent live music venue. As noted by another beer lover "how many pubs do you know where you will be drinking below water level?".

OK, this is a very short review because I was rather drunk on my (so far only) visit and was even drunker when I disembarked. You'll just have to take my word for it that this place is good; very good.

On 11th September 2005 - rating: 9
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