This pub was editorially chosen for inclusion by Londonist.
You're walking along the Grand Junction Canal from Uxbridge to Watford. You've strolled a couple of miles in the heat without refreshment. What you need is a nice cool pint and a decent beer garden. And then, voila. The Bear on the Barge. A pub whose beer garden is so vast it almost vanishes around the curvature of the Earth.
The interior is rather nice, too. It might look a little bit too fresh and new for some, but it's certainly well presented. A notable fetish for odd furniture — or 'quirky objects’ d’art', as the pub has it — is another attraction. We initially sat down on a pommel horse, before inspecting the full suit of armour. Out front, for no discernible reason, you'll find a gigantic high chair and an abandoned bathtub. The pub also boasts a sizeable dining area, complete with open fire ovens and charcoal grills — it all smells great. Ale choice is limited to three cask ales and the usual mix of fizzy stuff.
Last updated June 2015.