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The Barrels, Hereford

69 St Owen Street
Hereford
HR1 2JQ
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Quinno _ left this review about The Barrels

A quickish revisit before the train, after a day at the local attractions. Seems a bit different to how I recall – less basic than I remember but still a lovely place for great beer. Were the stained glass windows there before? Five of the Wye Valley on the go alongside two ciders. I inevitably went for the Wholesome Stout, which was excellent (NBSS 4). Deciding I had time to spare, I knocked-back a Hopfather which was also in great shape (4). Fab, time for a 10.

June 2012
Lucky me got a revisit in-between trains at Hereford. Very little has changed from my visit in 2009, except that the gents have had a well-deserved upgrade and are now quite pleasant. Just time for a swift pint of Dorothy Goodbody's Golden Ale which went down a treat. Rated 9

March 2009
My first visit to the legendary Barrels last month and was well-worth the 2 hour journey from Reading. The interior is very old-skool, with a working-man's back-street boozer feel from the 70's. The pub is divvied up into four separate bar areas which each feel a little different to the other. There's a TV in the far bar, which gets used for sports. But the star of course is the beer - this is the Wye Valley brewery tap. If you think you've had a good pint of Wye Valley elsewhere, you should come here for the real deal - a great range of their beers in amazingly good condition. The prices, as noted elsewhere, are around 5 years out of date so you can have a great session in here for under £15. Magic. The punters were mainly older males when we first stepped in, but the average age lowered and the lady count increased in the build-up to Wales-England rugby. The place was heaving at kick-off time. Staff were friendly and very efficient - barrels were changed over in under 10 minutes - loved the communication between the bar and cellar of banging the floor/ceiling, with one knock for yes, two knocks for no. The only small gripe was that the toilets, whilst clean, were a bit on the dark and grim side. Some new tiles and strip-lights wouldn't go amiss.

All in all, one of the best town boozers you're likely to find. Well done.

On 22nd March 2024 - rating: 10
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Barrels

Fully justifying its reputation and easily the best pub in the city. Don't take my word for it - I think 95% of the city's drinkers were there on a Sunday night as I checked out as many as possible. Some had just given up and closed early.

Multi roomed inside, with a central bar. Patio out the back is large, and hosting entertainment. Former wye valley brewery building still obvious, although they have moved out to Stoke Lacey many moons ago.

Terrific and varied clientelle, friendly bar staff and excellent beer.

One of the best pubs in the land.

On 22nd March 2022 - rating: 10
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Barrels

Finally managed a visit to this semi-legendary ale pub, albeit under the strange post-pandemic circumstances. The traditional multi-room, slightly split-level interior was fairly quiet on this late afternoon visit, but the rear patio area was almost at capacity. Not all the handpumps were operational, but four Wye Valley beers were available including the rarely-seen Wholesome Stout.

On 22nd July 2020 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Helen Iwanczuk
Hereford, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Leominster, 13.05 miles, 4 hr 11 min walk (show)
Ledbury, 14.89 miles, 4 hr 47 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - Beer & Music Festival August BH - last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 14 June 2015 by Aqualung .
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 March 2024 by Quinno _
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