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.

What's on


  • 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



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 Dining Hall Private Room 120 200 - 3500 4000

The restaurant sits in the historic original part of the main building, and features high ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows and exposed pumphouse mechanisms. The open hall makes the perfect atmospheric space if you're looking to hire a place for guests to dine, with a seated capacity of 120 guests. Otherwise, this space can accommodate up to 200 guests for a standing buffet and makes the ideal setting for a standing canape reception - or a dancefloor if you're looking for a place to have a live DJ or band!

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

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