smoking and sweeties, that's what this pub is good for.
15 reviews of The Barley Mow in English
I agree that the interior is a matter of taste, however that is more than made up for by the friendly staff, large heated patio, and good food - maybe slightly overpriced as they aren't exactly huge portions, but I have never been able to complain about the quality. Also it would have been nice to have been served some bread with the (otherwise fantastic) Chorizo and King Prawn Salad.
The pub always manages to attract a pleasant and eclectic mix of people - this is NOT the typical place where you find daytime drinkers hanging out, and combined with the fact that they are dog-friendly this makes it the number one place for me to go for a quick meal if I haven't got the time or can't be bothered to cook for myself.
This pub has charecter is probably the best way to put it! In previous reviews you probably read shabby a lot where as I think a little rough around the edges!
The prices are reasonable, the drinks are good, their sunday roasts are always nice and theres a nice atmosphere in the suprisingly big beer garden.
This is a place I do return to so would recommend to people after a good friendly night out!
I don't mind shabby but I can't abide dirty. This pub is dirty and unpleasant. Furniture is collapsing and uncomfortable. Tables really dirty, sticky and unwiped. Toilets stink and the stench travels up the corridor to the bar where you get a good whiff of every time the door opens to the bar.
Grossly over-priced food which takes forever to arrive and burnt. And I do mean burnt. The burgers I ordered were seriously inedible, like small lumps of coal. The prices are top notch restaurant prices. Huge menu but it definitely looks more interesting than it tastes.
I can't believe the good reviews - unless it's recently changed hands!
They sell children's sweets. Penny chews and the like. Really annoying when you're waiting to get served and somebody's having 1 of those, 2 of them and errr...
Great pub for smokers as the whole patio area is covered with large gas patio heaters blaring away burning a hole in the ozone!!
I have to say it's dog-friendly. Not enough of them in this country.
The one thing that this pub has that makes it special is....
Actually, there are two things:
Number 1 - the smoking area.
The smokers garden has got to be breaking the anti-smoking legislation, it is just so comfy and nice. The ban on smoking in pubs was supposed to ostracise nicotine heads and force them out into the cold. At the Barley Mow the beer garden is covered and cosy. It's actually a nicer place to sit than the pub itself. It's got enough patio heaters to keep it hot even during "the Big Freeze". Granted every patio heater is responsible for the death of 3 polar bears, 200,000 Bangladeshis a Pacific atoll. But you gotta be comfortable, no?
Number 2 - sweeties
The pick and mix sweeties behind the bar is the best selection since Woolworths committed suicide. I go in there just to get Drumstick Lollipops.
plethorinkman, 3 March 2010:
I think it's vile!!
hartingale, 4 March 2010:
Well Plethorinkman, what's vile the sweeties or the smoking?
plethorinkman, 11 March 2010:
lol The smoking is vile, wherever it is. I really find it offensive when somebody lights up in the vicinity i'm eating in. Not to mention plain rude. Is that what you're asking?
BTW, "The ban on smoking in pubs was supposed to ostracise nicotine heads and force them out into the cold."
I don't think that was the intention actually. I think the intention was to give us non-smokers a break from ignorant 'people' (and I'm being very polite here), from imposing their filthy, life threatening habits on those of us out for a quiet drink or a meal!!
I agree with your remark on it being nicer outside than in. Anywhere is nicer than inside The Barley Mow, in my opinion..
A pleasant pub in Kemptown with a reputation for good food. I've tried the food a couple of times and, while it's quite nice, I'm not sure it justifies the price tag (around £10 for a main, if I remember right). It also does a range of real ales served in good condition.
The furniture is mostly bench seating which is a bit old but probably adds to the character. The gents toilets are quite good for a pub.
There are some board games available to play. For smokers, there's a large patio out the back covered by awnings or something.
I love this pub, its possibly the best place to get proper English food on a cold Sunday afternoon next to the lovely fireplace. The menu is massive with a huge range of different meats, fish and pies. I would specially recommend the beer-battered fish & chunky home made chips. Their collection of beers & ales isn’t too bad either.
oh its just a darn fine public house. Staffed by quality characters. Serving fine ales great lagers and top notch wines The food , from breakfast to supper is fantastic and varied. This pub stands for all that is the great britishness of pubs. The characters that fill this boozer are testament to this fact. Go on pop in for a cheeky one you never know where it might lead you too.
It’s shabby, child and dog friendly, amazing food and you can buy a jamboree bag from the bar. This place benefits from its lack of pretension and its really laid back Brighton ethos.
Go. Go. Go.
We’ve got a dog-friendly guest house (Avalon) and everyone who’s gone to the BM - about 30 - usually with dog, loved it. That’s a good success rate.
One of my favourite pubs in Brighton. I have never had a bad pint here. It is always worthwhile going out of ones way to visit here. The furniture is funky and the atmosphere is always friendly. Sadley the staff seem to be different everytime I supp here.
The food is a bit over priced. The Sunday roast is passable. There is a big menu of meat/vegetable dishes. Some fish are also on offer. Theres a covered over outside area that is huge. In winter, with the heaters on, it is very cosy outside.
Real Ale is the best thing. With at least four beers and a cider.
A nice and gay-friendly pub with an excellent selection of real ales, in a cosy atmosphere, with lots of old wooden furniture. Worth seeking out for a quiet pint.
plethorinkman, 7 April 2010:
'Gay Friendly' Don't you just despise that term??!!!
Billy, 21 April 2010:
Well, as opposed to gay 'unfriendly'. It's nice to know you're going to be welcome - even Brighton experiences homophobia.
plethorinkman, 18 June 2010:
You might be welcome but I'm certainly not!!
Situated a little way out of the Kemp Town area of Brighton, the Barley Mow is a cosy, traditional pub, with a mixed gay/straight clientele.
The interior is slightly ramshackle, but it also has a large outdoor seating area, most of which is under cover.
As well as a good selection of real ales, they have an extensive menu of good value traditional pub food, with a good Sunday Roast (portions can be generous - be warned!).
Slightly oddly, they also stock a wide range of confectionery - I'm not sure what would go with a pint of Wadworth's 6X..
It's a pub my partner and I are more than happy to cross town for.
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