The Barley Mow

4
180 reviews
£25 and under
British
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 180 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.0
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Steffie
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very COVID-secure. Partitions between tables, diners not placed on neighbouring tables, cutlery in individual pouches; much appreciated as an ex-shielding person. Slight lapse on waitress’ part so I deducted 1 star: bread fell off plate, so she picked up with bare fingers (didn’t eat that piece). Food excellent and piping hot.

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PhilH
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve had for a long ,, nothing like your average roast , perfect food and very friendly staff 10/10

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HarleyQuinn
London
16 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub, friendly staff, great food and dog friendly

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Very cosy pub in lovely setting.

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BridgetS
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

I chose the wrap which was delicious and generous... but my 2 friends had the panini which was hard and cold. When they sent it back, instead of a new meal, chef just grilled the inside so it was hardly any better. Apart from this, we enjoyed it but I would have complained and demanded they start from scratch !

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RosemaryS
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was all good thankyou and I will definitely book another time in the future

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a very enjoyable meal and the food was very good.

There is an interesting menu to choose from but we couldn’t manage a pudding but were tempted.

The service was excellent.

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TrillM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service from helpful and friendly staff. Lovely pub, tastefully decorated. The food was very good. I had the steak and mushroom pie. Probably the best pie I have ever had. My friends were also happy with their order. There is a lovely outdoor are too.

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AmandaF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice decor, good food and friendly service. Would recommend.

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VickyY
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Massive portion for the roast, delicious! No space for pud though!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was cold and I inviting inside the barley mow the food was fab but not enough for the cost

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Helen
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Been here a couple of times and it’s usually very good but on this particular occasion is wasn’t up to scratch. We ordered drinks which we didn’t receive and were billed for, when I pointed this out, the server turned to the bar where our drinks had been sitting for about 30 minutes. By this time we’d already finished our food & just wanted to pay and leave but they brought the drinks over anyway. Also my glass had lipstick on it, which makes social distancing somewhat redundant. I appreciate that it’s difficult, given the current situation. But the service was pretty bad. We also had a long wait to pay. Roast dinner good but maybe go when less busy.

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AliC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Extremely clean and well sanitised. Staff were very friendly, food delicious, all in all would recommend

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Summer82
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We ate here on a Saturday at the weekend. We were not impressed to be served by staff who were not using a mask or visor. We feel this was very bad practice with the new restrictions and it made us feel very uncomfortable. One staff member had a badge saying they were exempt but surely could still use a visor. This is the only restaurant I have been to where the staff were not using PPE. We also felt the tables were not spaced out enough. Not only this we felt the food was mediocre with reconstructed scampi. Don’t think we will be returning!

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jane
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Covid measures in place and seemed OK until we noticed the staff didn't wear masks. Service was good. Food was not as good as we've had in the past. The garlic mayo on the burger was excessive and so strong it overwhelmed the flavour of everything else. The Cumberland sausages were overcooked and very crunchy on the outside. Food has been better when we've been before so it's a shame the standard dropped on Saturday.

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JackieW
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff were friendly. Well organised although it was very quiet as Monday lunchtime

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and well organised service given the current restrictions in place

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AnitaD
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second visit with my daughter to celebrate her obtaining a new job. Certainly quite an expensive meal so I only go for a treat or celebration. Despite being a 1 year gap between visits,the standard of service and food has been consistently good so definitely worth a visit.

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NicholasB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu with lovely food. Service was excellent too - great pub. I’d highly recommend.

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Helen
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly good Sunday roast. Staff were friendly and helpful.

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DamonN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal, good portions, quick and friendly service

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sally
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon 😎😊

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ConnorF
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a lovely place with friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

The Barley Mow was nothing like the photos on OpenTable, Tripadvisor or Google. The two young ladies running the place were pleasant and polite but it was empty of customers, the ale was flat and lifeless, and the menu was purely unimaginative pub fare. Make no mistake - this is not a restaurant! I can only imagine it was under different management a few years ago and has gone downhill since.

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ShaunM
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, gluten free options and nice garden area.

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CamillaH
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great playground set up, everyone happy. Food was lovely and speedy, staff great. Highly recommend.

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GlynnP
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food ,local bitter just right,no complaints from our party

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ZoeD
East Sussex
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

We didn't have a good experience and neither did many of your other customers...lots of ppl complaining. Service was ok but not great, bit annoyed that you are charging 10% service charge on service you haven't actually received yet? There was not enough staff to deal with all your customers and the queues were ridiculous, I spent more time queing than sitting down relaxing, we had nearly finished our mains and still didn't have any drinks, we also paid for food we didn't actually receive.

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ColinC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff very pleasant and attentive, there should have been 6 of us but one couple couldn’t make, a blessing in disguise because we wouldn’t have all fitted on the benches 4 was ample!! We had to go out round the back to exit the restaurant which was fine but there was no lightning we had to use our mobiles to see where we were going. This Is positive criticism We had a lovely meal in a lovely venue. Thank you

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BrianG
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice quiet meal in pleasant surroundings. Service good although menu a little limited.

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Cheerleader49
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, attentive staff and excellent food, definitely be back.

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Bn26
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The barley mow was a pleasant surprise as we had been here before a few years ago and wasn't that impressed but this time it was really good so will return as we only live up the road.
The food had that bit extra , like the chef actually cared , recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food but quite expensive. One burger was cold and uneaten for which we received a 50% discount.

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ordered two of the special fillet steaks medium rare. One came as well done and the other virtually blue. Didn't send them back as the pub was extremely busy, so a bit disappointing.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Vegan steak was poor but otherwise ok sweets overpriced at £6.50 each

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Tarumatu
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely pub and setting, friendly and efficient service. Good choice for vegans!

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is the 3rd meal out since lockdown and is far the best. Food and choice amazing, well organised, staff professional and polite. Would highly recommend

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HannahW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, staff were really helpful and really lovely food, didn’t wait long at all. Would recommend.

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ShirleyF
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We have been to the Barley Mow many times; often for a Sunday roast. This was disappointing. We ordered roast beef, only to be told they had run out. We changed to roast pork - it was pretty tasteless, the yorkshire pudding was burnt and the roast pots had been around a while! We then ordered a pudding, both asking for the banoffee pie - they had run out! My husband then said he'd have an ice cream followed by a coffee. The coffee came first then the ice cream.
It was a very disappointing meal and we won't be hurrying to return.

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Stomprocket
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This was not the first time I had eaten at the, Barley Mow so I was feeling confident of high quality food, if a little pricey. I was immediately surprised when I saw the menu for the evening which, though cheaper than I remembered, lacked the variety of that advertised on the website and which I had enjoyed on previous visits. My partner chose scampi which was awful - dry, devoid of taste and more fried bread than any fish. Inside were unidentifiable white cubes of something vaguely white fish like. My tart was nothing to write home about either. I cd not taste the, asparagus, which had been murdered with over cooking. The puddings were fine although rather off the shelf. Where' are your high gastronomic standards of before? The staff were all very sweet, cheerful and attentive without being intrusive and managed to create a nice atmosphere despite Covid restrictions, but you need to improve your food.

FAQs

The Barley Mow is rated 4 stars by 180 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.