Aerial view of The Barge Inn

The Barge Inn at Honeystreet has had a chequered history in the recent past but is now in the hands of new owners who want to restore it to its former glory plus some.

Originally built in 1810 to service the newly built Kennet and Avon canal, the equivalent of a modern day motorway service station, it burnt down in the 1850s. Rebuilt in record time it now stands as it did then. 

If it was any closer to the canal it would be in it. The setting is glorious with views across the canal to the Marlborough Downs and the Alton Barnes White Horse. Plenty of seating outside to absorb the magnificence of the scenery on warm summer days.

The approach to the pub might be considered uninspiring, going down a track through a wood yard then past some cottages on the right before you get to the actual pub at the end, but what you get then is anything but uninspiring. 

There is a campsite behind the pub which we are hoping to keep open all year round, money has been spent on drainage and it remains to be seen how successfully.

Meals are served daily and as a free house there is a good selection of beers and cider. Bands every Saturday and most Fridays with impromptu sessions on a regular basis.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

‘’Absolutely Beautiful campsite well arranged for social distancing Bar and Food wagon in pub garden really good Fish and chips. Backs onto Kennet and Avon canal campsite has a festival atmosphere the locals were very friendly we had plenty of help setting up met lots of friendly people and you could order beer delivered to your tent 4 pints £12 not bad in my book definitely going back in august even the strange UFO hunters put a smile on our face.’’

‘’Used to come here in the heyday of crop circle mania. Was always an amazing place to spend a few hours while exploring the local hills and fields. Went very downhill after several dodgy owners, but new owners (since May 2019) have brought back the old friendly vibe. Lovely choice of local beers and friendly staff. Nice to see the old crop circle mural has been kept and updated too…’’

‘’A strange clientele as others have explained. But the atmosphere is delightful, almost unique. We went on a cold early December late morning for lunch. We were warmly welcomed and given excellent service. The food was straightforward good cooking. We both chose the festive ploughmans for £8.50. The plate was overflowing with thick slices of prime ham, turkey, cheese and masses of salad accompanied by good bread and butter. Amazing value. I asked for mustard, which was English and fresh. The selection of beer is excellent. Can’t wait to return, crop circles or not.’’

You meet a better class of person in pubs.

Oliver Reed