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The Barley Mow

3.8
3.8
333 Reviews
£25 and under
British

-UPDATE- If you would like to book a table for 2 households which is larger than 6 people please email info@thebarleymowfreehouse.com.

We are pleased to be recognised as a family-run pub with attentive friendly staff, something that repeatedly comes up on our reviews. Our aim is to provide good quality freshly produced food and at reasonable prices.

We are delighted our customers love the warm welcoming ambience of the pub and enjoy the traditional and slightly quirky decor.

The Barley Mow’s Sunday lunch always offers a choice of three meats, fresh vegetables and goose fat roast potatoes. We also offer a homemade vegetarian option and can cater for gluten-free and other requirements, just ask us. We strongly advise you book to avoid disappointment.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 9:00pm Sun: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Phone number

    01323 811033

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Polegate

  • Parking Details

    Over 100 spaces available for FREE.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 333 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Sussex

    Child Friendly

  • East Sussex

    Group Bookings

  • East Sussex

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. AF

    AndyF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    I had the steak and guinness pie,mash and kale, kale was cold, pie was small and contained 6 small whole onions, which made up 60% of pie, so should of said steak and onion pie. ( I don't like onions) there are bigger bits of steak in a pukka pie, on a positive note the beer was excellent

  2. JS

    JS29

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great service and delicious food - no one could manage a pudding, the main course was so filling! Tastefully decorated, clean and warm. environment. Menu reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.

  3. BH

    BruceH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Main courses were excellent, prompt and friendly service. The bread / toast with the starter was like chewing a rock so very disappointing. Overall though very enjoyable and we will visit again.

  4. NP

    NielP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was great, service was quick and friendly, quiet and nice atmosphere.

  5. SR

    SharonR

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a birthday lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Food was good and service excellent.

  6. s

    samanthak

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Rushed us through and food was very average. Soup was tepid at best, no gluten free bread available, roast beef overcooked (said served rare it was black), ran out of vegetables, asked to order our pudding so the kitchen could close (we'd only been there an hour). Really disappointing all round.

  7. Q

    Quinny

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely family lunch. Staff were friendly and attentive!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Absolutely awful, after waiting over an hour one meal was cold, one meal wasn’t complete, to be told there wasn’t any more. No attempt to tell us this. Offered a discount as we complained, only to find the discount was less than agreed! Awful, food, awful communication. Will never be visiting here again!

  9. GT

    GarryT

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful location, lovely staff who looked after us magnificently.

  10. AG

    AdrienneG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Had a lovely table & lovely and quiet as a Monday night! Great food, too apart from too much salt on the chips!

  11. LP

    LP1990

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Unfortunately we had a dreadful experience at the Barley Mow. I had booked a table for 4 and a toddler for my birthday. Arrived and was seated outside, asked for a high chair which didn’t come. We waited 40 minutes before any staff even came to our table, only to be told they weren’t taking any more orders for food as they were “backed up”. Which is ridiculous as we booked a table for lunch! When questioned when we would be able to order, the waitress said “I don’t know” which is just unacceptable when we had pre-booked a table for a birthday lunch! She then went to get her supervisor who took another 10 minutes to come over and then proceeded to tell us the same thing. No indication of how long we would have to wait, no offer of a complimentary drink, nothing. I was very shocked at the service and the fact they expected us to “sit around” waiting until they decided we could order, who knows how long that would have been! Completely baffled at the way the place was run, especially as one of our party had the same experience previously but decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and try again, only for it to happen a second time! We won’t be going back, and I will not recommend to anyone, which is unfortunate because the setting is lovely but it’s run horrendously.

  12. s

    smogs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible experience we were sat in a room on our own and after being served drinks then completely forgotten about for an hour. When I spoke to a member of staff I was just told it was busy so after another 10 minutes of waiting we decided to leave. As I paid for my drinks I was asked why I was leaving and after explaining my reason they told me I could have my order in 2 minutes so I asked why I couldn’t have had it sooner the reply was the same as before ”we’re busy” not very customer friendly. I duly paid and left vowing never to return and be treated so disrespectfully there again.

  13. J

    Joanne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    We were so disappointed with our visit to the Barley Mow due to the dreadful service received. We booked our table in advance, as we expected it to be busy on a Sunday. We arrived on time, and were eventually shown to a table in the garden - nothing had been reserved for us as expected. Drinks arrived within reasonable time, but sadly this was about the best part of the service we received. Even though we had prebooked our table, we were soon told that the kitchen had just taken a big order, had no more capacity to take food orders and that we would have to wait. Our table was booked for lunch at 12.45pm. We didn’t receive our meal until 3.10pm. Nothing was offered in compensation, no snacks or complimentary drinks, even though we politely expressed our dissatisfaction to the staff. The toilets were inadequate for the size of the pub, and needed cleaning. Not good, especially in the current pandemic. We wont be returning. It’s probably the worst customer experience we’ve had in any retail/ hospitality outlet, and we do try to be reasonable customers.

  14. MB

    MelanieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Three is us popped into here after a long drive and it was lovely. Nice staff and lovely food, will definitely be back.

  15. WP

    WendyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat in beautiful beer garden. So peaceful and sunny. Staff so friendly and helpful. Ordered ham hock terrine but no available. Chicken pate delicious. Hopefully have the ham hock terrine next time! Food just lovely Will definitely be back xx

  16. CS

    ClaireS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience3

    Food delicious but abysmal service. Table wasnt cleaned - ended up doing myself. Had to keep asking for everything from cutlery, ketchup 3 people had chips and when they finally brought the ketchup only one tiny little pot , 4 times for a glass of soda water, jug of tap water which they finally at the end of dinner brought but was only a small bottle, horseradish sauce for the beef roast the kids dishes however dreadful - child burger dry with nothing in it just a bun and a dried up piece of meet and kids pasta was pasta with a very basic puree sauce.

  17. K

    Kimj

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Good for kids, big park lots of space to run around. Food is average, service is ok but not the best. Our bill was lost, they found it but it had already been paid by someone else due to fault of the restaurant, tried telling us it hadn’t -even though the bottom of the receipt stated the amount of cash received and change given. We were happy to pay for our own bill, although someone else was charged the wrong amount - hopefully they didn’t over pay! Won’t be going back anytime soon

  18. SA

    SAChlo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Lovely food and lovely outdoor area for seating and playground for the kids. Service was quite slow - was a bit busy but wouldn't say excessive.

  19. PD

    PhilD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    An unusually hot and sunny Sunday lunch time. Very busy and frankly the staff were overwhelmed. long waits for everything. The food was acceptable. I was impressed with the stoicism of the staff, while under a lot of pressure and working in such hot conditions, they remained friendly, helpful and professional. Having a large open play area certainly saved the day

  20. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good choice of menu. Excellent quality. Reasonably priced.

  21. BA

    BABKA

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Gorgeous pub, great location and outdoor play area for kiddies. Food options were not vast but you get the generic pub food. It was tasty and loved by all, way overpriced in our opinion.

  22. DN

    DavidN

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    We went with our grandkids who are 3 and 5, and the food portions for childrens menu were massively too big. I did ask for the future if we could order 1 child meal and have 2 plates and was told that this would be ok, but it would have been handy if that had been offered beforehand because it must have been obvious to the waitress that the meals that were coming were not suitable for the age. The childrens menu states that it is for under 12s , perhaps a menu for smaller children would be useful considering that there is a playground for that age group. On a different matter, when our bill came, 4 phantom expensive drinks were added to the bottom of our food and drink to the value of over £20. To be fair , these were immediately removed when challenged but you need to check your bill carefully. The play area for the children was very good, but we went on a not too busy time so the kids could play well. The views of the countryside make this a pub worth revisiting on a sunny day.

  23. J

    James

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    No customer care, poor quality food and service, won't be returning.

  24. RA

    RoyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    the meal was nice but there was not much veg i was going to book for chistmas but i dont think i will now

  25. AC

    AlbertC

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    It’s good, but portions have shrunk (possibly not a bad thing!), not sure why we were given an outdoor table when we requested indoor seating (didn’t question it as it was a nice warm day) but if they are still not doing indoor seating for whatever reason then they need to make that clear. Service was a bit slow and when we requested the bill they seemed unable to produce it. When I went to the outside bar they appeared confused. Also don’t like the optional 10% service charge that is automatically added to the bill….I feel it’s cheating as who really checks the small print? I paid it this time but won’t be in the future unless the bookings and service improves to warrant it.

  26. EG

    EmmaG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    Luke warm roast dinner, no cauliflower cheese!! Only got there at 12:30 so no excuse. Mediocre, won't be going back

  27. MW

    MichaelW

    East Sussex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Food was expensive and bitterly disappointing. 'Soup' you can stand a spoon up in, stale bread to break your teeth on and ham hock 'terrine' more akin to duck pate (see photo). Staff were friendly but had to be flagged down for service, no follow ups. Table lamps at eye height, we had to remove the bulb to avoid being blinded, staff didn't seem to notice we'd done that. Prior to lockdown we came here and loved it so much so this was extremely disappointing and frankly embarrassing as we had a guest with us. Lockdown has been tough, but it isn't a catch all excuse, things need to improve.

  28. SH

    SimonH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    Food came out cold. Fish batter inedible. Too long waiting for dessert so gave up. Paid for what we had and left. Asked for service charge to be removed from bill.

  29. EP

    ElizabethP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous setting, efficient service & amazing food

  30. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience4

    I have been to this pub before and had a very enjoyable experience however this time fell slightly short. The service could be improved. The bar wasn’t really being watched then the young lad serving me literally ran away in the middle of serving me and so I waited when a young girl finished serving me but seemed somewhat confused. I would say the food is very pricey and not so much spectacular than other pubs. All that said it was a Monday evening and I’m not put off from returning another day

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Absolutely awful. Couldn’t wait to get out of there.

  32. F

    sueF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 August 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Everything was just OK. Staff were lovely but got the impression that the kitchen was struggling. Food arrived at table at different times with quite a wait between!

  33. N

    Nowcomesthemystery

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We were seated indoors and waited over 20 minutes for our drinks. When we raised this with one of the many staff stood around doing very little, they apologised and confirmed we had been forgotten about. Nice start. When the wine eventually arrived, the glass was filthy. We requested another which was much less dirty but still not the level of cleanliness one would expect in any establishment. My partner was insisting at that point that we leave before our food arrives, and I mistakenly said we should give them the benefit of doubt. The two roasts arrived lukewarm, with the potatoes and parsnips looking and tasting dehydrated, as if reheated, and the rare beef overcooked to a medium to well-done state. The pork belly was tough, and the condiments arrived in sachets. We complained about the drinks and food to the wait staff who directed us to another staff member. She was a go-between with the manager who turned out to be the head-chef. He offered a discount on the beef. We rejected the discount and said we're not paying for the beef roast. We asked to speak in person, and he presented himself. We repeated our case, and he then threatened us with the police if we didn't pay 50% of the beef roast cost, stating that our images and car number plate would be caught by their cameras. He rejected any notion that the food had been reheated, or overcooked, and he claimed all wait staff were instructed to advise patrons that the beef was, conveniently on that day, to be delivered cooked medium. He blamed the fact we were overlooked on our drinks to there being lots of people to serve. He had the audacity to lie to our faces and then threaten us with the police. I reluctantly paid for our drinks and one of the roasts, against my partner's wishes, and we drove home in complete disbelief. The staff were young and inexperienced, but overall fine, however the manager was altogether something else.

  34. BE

    BryanE

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We were treating an elderly relative to Sunday lunch, the food was lovely and the staff were very helpful.

  35. JW

    JemmaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a lovely family lunch on Sunday. Would recommend. Food great, service really good. Lovely place to go.

  36. R

    Ro3ie

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Lovely place to go on a sunny evening . Children loved the outside play area and adults were able to watch whilst enjoying the food and drinks.

  37. T

    Tron

    Brighton

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Pleasant but inattentive staff, food was a little bland, beer selection is really poor. However, it’s a lovely venue with great kids playground.

  38. G

    Gemfleur

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Had a great evening in fantastic pub garden with family and friends. Fantastic food - including best quiche I’ve ever had! (Chef special). Lovely staff. Will definitely be going back.

  39. SL

    SimonL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food and cheerful service. Lots of outdoor space for children to play.

  40. MC

    MarianneC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Unfortunately I was served a completely burnt quiche twice!

FAQs

The Barley Mow is rated 3.8 stars by 333 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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2 people

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The Barley Mow

Lewes Road Polegate, East Sussex BN26 6UE

  • Area

    Polegate

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 9:00pm Sun: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Over 100 spaces available for FREE.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

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