The Barley Mow information

The Barley Mow is a traditional English pub with a big screen TV showing all major sporting events and a wide selection of beers and wines.

Ranked #1231 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:30


11:00 - 23:30


11:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 00:00


12:00 - 22:30

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The Barley Mow reviews

By Maria C.

Pub looked nice outside. We got cold welcome. Ordered food and the. The fun begun. Calamari was hot, but cucumber with it was out of date with mould. When we asked to change it, we just got the same plate without cucumbers on it with barely warm calamari. And when i asked waitress to change it, she snapped and then she brought new one and said, and i quote, : " the plate and calamari is changes like previous time if and if you still don't like it we just gonna give you money back and you can go" . Actually calamari was hot, but as i am chef myself i noticed that our old calamari was just chucked back in fryer and served again. Then we had mains coming-half roast chicken. Chicken was dry and too way over cooked. Chips were slightly warm. And on menu it said it comes with BBQ sauce, of course we didn't get any. Overall- service-was terrible, no smiling or showing interest in any customer needs, no caring or listening. I felt i was not welcome in the Marley bow. DO OT recommend this pub for anyone.

By J W.

The food looked good and the atmosphere was great. the problem I had was the woman who took my food order seemed angry and disengaged. I took it personal. After paying the bill and hoping for the best, I decided to cancel my order and ask for my money back. Not a good experience and of course I will never go back. It was all because of a very dis-engaged employee whom I labeled as poison. I hope her life gets better.

By Kelly H.

So traditional - complete with ubiquitous ugly pub carpet – it’s almost contrived, the Barley Mow benefits from its location close to Victoria station.

The Venue
Located between Victoria Station and the Houses of Parliament, Barley Mow is a nicely presented pub. Pretty foliage outside and a few large picnic tables make it appear inviting upon approach and the demure black and white frontage fits in well with the surrounding area. Upon entering, you’ll find a simple, traditional pub albeit a little try hard in a ‘look at me, I’m traditional I am’ way. A curved large bar satisfies the punters with plenty of draught pumps and gleaming glassware overhanging the bar on little shelf units. Otherwise, your usual mix of high stools and wooden tables and chairs are complemented by a couple of comfortable leather sofas. The space is airy and light with lots of windows and white walls and ceilings. A truly ugly ‘retro’ red carpet finishes off the look. Upstairs is a large function room available for hire.

The Atmosphere
Tourists, people travelling to and from Victoria Station and local suits make up the bulk of the clientele at the Barley Mow with a skew towards male customers. Lunchtimes and after work hours are the peak times although tourists trickle in and out throughout the day. Although not dull, the atmosphere here isn’t exactly upbeat - a fact that’s appreciated if you want to avoid the more raucous after work bars in favour of a quiet drink and a chat with friends or colleagues. Scrap that on match days when the big screen has a direct effect on the atmosphere. ‘Ref!’.

The Food
A popular lunchtime spot, Barley Mow does a good selection of sandwiches served on white or brown farmhouse loaf priced between £3.75 and £5, which is particularly good value for the area and covers a wide range of fillings from tuna and cucumber to grilled steak and onion. Alternatively, the main courses are exceptionally well priced with a sirloin steak costing just £10.95 or dishes like fish and chips or a leek quiche coming in between £7 and £8, making it one of the most cost effective lunchtime spots in Victoria.

The Drink
The Barley Mow prides itself on its selection of constantly changing cask-conditioned ales, and they certainly have a lot of draught pumps. The lagers are pretty run of the mill, though. For a traditional pub the wine list is pretty good with a strong choice of new and old world wines covering a variety of grapes and regions all of which are well described on the menu to help aid your choice. And again, prices are more than reasonable with most bottles priced under £15. There are even a few sparkling bottles for those office workers not too hard hit by the recession.

The Last Word
A decently priced pub, the Barley Mow is trying too hard to be traditional and instead comes across as a little soulless.

By C H.

i like the barley mow because the bar staff are always so friendly and chatty - a rare thing in London! its always busy but sociable as well. Food is ok but its not 'gastro' just standard pub food, good beer, nice environment. Definitely a traditional pub so you get what you'd expect.

By W.

The Barley Mow's a great old fashioned local type pub with friendly bar staff, a good landlord, great beer and the food's not bad either. Don't however expect it to be hip and happening, it's not that kind of place. The Barley Mow's a great place to go after work, down a few Stella’s and chew the fat with work colleagues about how crap your company is.

By J.

I went to The Barley Mow with a group of friends for food and was really disappointed. This is definitely not gastropub fare! Take my advice and save The Barley Mow for drinks.

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