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The Barley Mow, Marylebone, W1

8 Dorset Street
Marylebone
W1
W1U 6QJ
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Barley Mow

This street corner boozer has a great interior worthy of close inspection.You enter into an L shaped tap room with some good etched glass around the entrance door.The unusual feature are two small private booths with their own mid height doors and room only really for a small group of friends.Behind these booths is a narrow corridor to a rear snug with it's own bar access and all very charming.The rest of the rear corridor leads to the loos and then back to the tap room,which has long bench seating fitted to the walls and brittania tables.The Six Nations was on but with the volume turned down so that it didn't dominate the friendly atmosphere.
On my visit the GBG reguar had four handpumps on the go dispensing Harvey's Sussex Best and Forwards Choice,Fuller London Pride and Theakston's Best (NBSS 3).That's four quite similar ,low ABV boring brown beers despite obvious care being taken with conditioning.I would have hoped for a better mix of styles and strengths if the idea of the GBG is to choose pubs which celebrate British ale excellence and diversity.
This is a great little pub ,well run and hospitable and deserves a visit.Just such a shame about the dull ale selection,otherwise it would have scored much higher and would be unmissable.

On 13th February 2022 - rating: 7
[User has posted 2311 recommendations about 2311 pubs]


Tris C left this review about The Barley Mow

Closed on Sundays, this is supposedly the oldest pub in Marylebone, dating from 1791, grade II-listed and on CAMRA’s list of pubs with interiors of National Importance.
Photos on CAMRA’s site, the most interesting heritage items here are the little private ‘confessional’ booths, linked to the bar and wall with metal brackets, which apparently were used for pawnbrokers’ transactions. With a stool, they can only accommodate only around five people of average size. The walls are clad in some form of matchboard and are absolutely festooned with the largest number of clip fronts I’ve ever seen; it must run to hundreds. Customers seemed to be a very mixed and friendly bunch, one loud local American causing me to seek refuge in one of the said boxes.
Two unused clips, the friendly barmaid thereafter serving up Windsor & Eton’s Eton Boatman, Cwtch, Pride and Proper Job at a very stiff £5.20 and in excellent shape.
This is a great little pub, worth pairing with the Jackalope.

On 9th October 2021 - rating: 7
[User has posted 1502 recommendations about 1481 pubs]


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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Barley Mow

Attractive, old-fashioned (in a good way) London pub with a 'U'-shaped layout featuring some traditional 3/4-height wooden screened booths to the left of the central counter. With limited space for more furniture at the front and the right-hand side, and only a few tables in the rear 'VIP Room', many of the punters were out on the pavement as is usual in these parts. Traditionally decorated with a fine display of pump clips too. Four of the six handpumps were in use on this visit, with real ales ranging from Doom Bar, XT 4 Session Amber and Windsor & Eton Corker! and Over the Moon mild from Dark Star (£4.90).

On 29th June 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Marylebone, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.32 miles, 25 min walk (show)
London Euston, 1.38 miles, 26 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Barley Mow, W1
13th Feb 2022, 10:36
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard
 
13th Feb 2022, 10:35
Review submitted by Bucking Fastard amended by Bucking Fastard

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Darts : Yes last updated 09 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Function Room : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Hot Food : Yes - Weekday lunchtimes - last updated 23 October 2018 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 09 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 09 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : Yes - Saturdays 7.30 pm. - last updated 09 October 2021 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 October 2018 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 05 June 2017 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 October 2018 by hondo .
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