The Narrowboat

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Located on the waterfront of the Kennet and Avon Canal and just a short walk away from the city centre, The Narrowboat is a lively and atmospheric pub. Fab for casual date nights and catch-ups with friends, it's the perfect venue to host any occasion or private event. This converted biscuit factory has been beautifully refurbished in keeping with its surroundings and history. It even has its own riverside restaurant and private dining barge, the Majestic Bel, perfect for birthdays, weddings or corporate events and a beautiful terrace offering waterside views.

The menu offers an array of British classics, and a superb Sunday roast. Pair your meals with a selection of beer and cocktails. Plus, there's plenty of sweet treats for dessert including mini chocolate brownies or warming sticky toffee pudding.

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Wreath-making Workshop
Spend an evening with Midrib Plants to design and create your own fresh Christmas wreath.  Be a florist for the evening and leave with a sensational…

Sun, 10th Dec 2023 @ 14:00 - 16:30

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'Bring your Baby' pub quiz
'Bring Your Baby Pub Quiz' arrives at The Narrowboat in Reading on Monday 16th October, 12pm-2.30pm and returns every 3rd Monday of the month…

Every 3rd Monday of the month

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  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Taking Bookings
  • Disabled Toilets


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 7:30 23:00
Tuesday 7:30 23:00
Wednesday 7:30 23:00
Thursday 7:30 23:00
Friday 7:30 23:00
Saturday 8:00 23:00
Sunday 8:00 22:30

Special opening hours

Day Open Close Notes
Sunday 24th December 2023 12:00 0:00
Monday 25th December 2023 12:00 17:00
Tuesday 26th December 2023 12:00 22:00
Sunday 31st December 2023 12:00 1:00
Monday 1st January 2024 12:00 22:00



The Narrowboat, Blakes Lock, Gas Works Road, RG1 3EQ


City Centre


  • Cuisines

    This venue serves British, Breakfast, Pub Food, Roast Dinner and Steak food.

  • A word from the chef:

    Scrumptious British dining with a contemporary twist.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
The Barge Private Room 50 70 - £1000 £1000
There is something unquestionably peaceful about the proximity of water. The Majestic Bel, which is located on the scenic River Thames and Kennet & Avon Canal, provides the perfect setting in which to sit back relax & enjoy a rather novel & truly unforgettable experience…
Moored at the boardwalk next to the main pub, formerly a biscuit factory in Reading, this floating restaurant, bar & event space is ideally suited for corporate entertaining, weddings, and a variety of other private celebrations. With its fully retractable roof, The Barge is perfect for lazy summer lunches or moody twilight hours on the scenic waterway and cosy suppers aboard the boat in winter.
The Barge is available to hire seven days a week and accommodates up to fifty people seated or seventy standing.

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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