The Barley Mow

8 Dorset Street , London, W1U 6QW

SquareMeal Review of The Barley Mow

Abandoned by one of the brewing giants, the Barley Mow has finally re-opened to all-round relief from those who don’t want their pubs turned into ersatz restaurants or flats. It announces its presence with original gas lanterns & a jolly frontage hung with flower baskets, while the interior features some magnificent original pine snugs that once doubled as pawnbrokers’ booths – where three’s a crowd. As an example of a boozer originally aimed at farmers (in Marylebone!) & subsequently colonised by the Victorian working classes, this survivor is a must-see for historians. Six ales are on show at the rather gloomy counter, & cheerful staff are happy to pull pints of London Pride, Butcombe, Leicestershire’s Beacon & others alongside Aspall’s cider & trendy Vier. As for food, forget gastro aspirations & content yourself with salted snacks, sausages & toasties.

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