The Barley Mow

4
265 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.

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 265 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.7
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TrevorH
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Been to this pub a lot in the last 5 years, and this the worst meal and service we have had. Will not be back for a while

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ShaniB
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We came for a visit yesterday and was very disappointed! We was first inside and others were getting food before ours. We had been waiting an hour with our hungry one year old getting upset so we asked how long our food would be bearing in mind we had ordered chips and cheesy garlic bread.. to then be told they forgot to put our order through and would take another 20-30 minutes. At this point we decided to just leave. Over all the whole experience of the barley mow was awful.

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Good service, accommodating for kids and great atmosphere. The food however was hugely overpriced for what you receive, £15 for a standard pub meal you would expect more fresh and impressive meals.

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RachelB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and lovely. We took our dog and one of the staff wanted to take a picture of her to enter her into their “mutt of the month” competition. On top of this, the food was absolutely delicious and such good value for money! We sat out in the glorious sunshine in the beautiful garden. Can’t wait to go back.

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Simon
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The garden there is pretty nice, great for kids, the staff were really good too, both friendly, nice and attentive however the food was really overpriced for what it was, also a selection of generic lagers with nothing interesting

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MaddieB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I have called in here a few times over the last two years. It’s a lovely finish to a day on the coast en-route home.

Each time the servers are lovely and attentive

Our visit yesterday was the BEST so far.
Billy greeted and seated us and was just a star ⭐️⭐️ he was the most lovely and attentive but not intrusive ... it’s a fine mix to achieve
My fruit cider was thoughtfully and beautifully garnished with strawberries.
The home made salmon quiche was out of this world with amazing flavour, texture and totally FRESH!

Omg did I mention the baked cheesecake? Again fresh, tasty and wonderful flavour combination. Enough to share between two ... if you have the room have it to yourself!!

I look forward to my next beach trip and popping in there on the way home.

SB
StephenB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We went for dinner and the menu was more relevant for a lunchtime menu. Very few main courses that seemed appropriate. Starters were very good though. Ideal venue for parents with small children.

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were able to enjoy a meal as a family without having to worry about bored children as there is a play area.

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TobyY
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really helpful and friendly staff, highly recommended

ME
MikeE
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very disappointed. Several points rated well below the information on the website.
Lasagne was Luke warm with top layer of pasta hard and sauce congealed.
Half empty plates sat on the table far too long.
10% service charge automatically added. But optional. Don’t agree with that way of conducting business.
Won’t be there again.

CL
CarrieL
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in the garden. Had taken 90 year old Mum for lunch. Great food and service and lovely friendly staff.

Only one niggle - we parked close to the main road expecting to go in through the building which was a struggle for Mum to walk, only to be told the entrance was through the garden. We did see the sign once we had walked past the entrance but a sign as you enter the car park could be a good idea.

KB
KayleighB
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great adjustments to COVID and really friendly helpful staff… the service was really good and we would definitely eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the Barley Mow with my family. Lovely atmosphere, food was brilliant, staff fantastic. My children loved the play area. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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RosemaryS
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed eating in the garden on a Saturday lunchtime. We were in a quiet section but it was also good for families. Would have liked more vegetables it the dishes were interesting and beautifully cooked. The dessert portion seemed rather small.

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RebeccaM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came yesterday for a family meal and it was wonderful! The children loved the play area. Everyone was really helpful and friendly and all covid secure !
The food was brilliant. Even the kids meals were high quality and plenty!

Would thoroughly recommend the Barley Mow.

JB
JessicaB
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Wasn’t very happy with the service -Asked for a jug of water when arriving at 12pm, didn't receive this until 1:45pm after asking 3 more times. We had our menus taken off us after eating the main and wasn’t asked if we wanted any dessert, had to go up and ask for someone to come and take our order for dessert.

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Davide
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I’ve often driven past and my daughter thought the play area looked good. Went with two five year old grandchildren and they loved it. Food much better than expected and service was excellent.

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beccyf
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lunch for my birthday, food and service was great. Looking forward to going back with the kids so they can use the park in the garden

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MatthewW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great staff and a great pub. Sun was out and the park was amazing. Kept the little one entertained.

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RuthC
Bath
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely food, outside on a beautiful summer day (at last!). Well tended to and well priced. Couple of vegan options. Only criticism - not a single mask or visor on any staff, I know it was outside but staff are moving between many tables.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The atmosphere is great as it has a nice family feel. I had the Sunday roast and it was great! Combined with great service it was a lovely place to dine.

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DavidM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Sunday roast with large portions, good service, very pleasant outside seating

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EricaP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing and the outside space was really great. Definitely will go again and recommend to others 👍

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JENE
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food good. Service inexperienced but not rude or unkind. Cleared table while 2 out of 6 of us where still eating. Staff not wearing masks indoors which is where we were sat.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Decent food, great location, very friendly staff. Booking essential right now.

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SusanC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable family night out. Staff were very attentive, service was good. Food was amazing, I can 100% recommend going to this pub. We had the smoked haddock, beef pie, duck and ham egg and chips between us followed by lemon tart, rhubarb crumble and a to die for cheesecake.

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CharlotteM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely red haired waitress tended to our needs , lovely outdoor area , food fantastic couldn’t fault it

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AnnaC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely out in the sunshine, but would have preferred to be in the away from the building a bit more where most people were seated.

The food was lovely and the waiting staff were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place. Ideal for families.

HW
HollyW
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good space, nice area for the kids to play. Waiting staff were very friendly and helpful and food was delicious!

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RobertoG
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We booked a table here for my wife’s birthday as it seemed a great place to be with the kids (given the play area). However, our chicken burgers arrived raw. The manager basically just passed on the blame to his trainee chef, which is absurd. Management should not have put a trainee chef who is on trial, on poultry or fish. Management should always accept responsibility, not cower behind something. We were offered only those 3 meals on the house (there were 8 of us!). The whole meal experience was ruined by that point, everyone at the table left wondering if they’d be sick. Manager didn’t seem particularly bothered about the raw chicken to be honest! And it was only after we said we refused to pay for any of the meals that the manager sent someone out to tell us we only had to pay for drinks. In my opinion, management is totally unfit for purpose. Didn’t even have the courage or decency to come out and deal with it in person. Will never return. Will tell people to stay clear. You should too

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Fozzie
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frist time me and my partner visited fantastic garden staff were very welcoming food was fantastic best burger we have both had for a long time will definitely be going back

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SheilaE
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Unfortunately our order did not go through on the till & it was only when we asked where our olives were it was realised BUT apart from that it was excellent -food great -lovely welcome for the 3 of us -we took dog- definitely will visit again

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sophiec
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10 for food and customer service, would definitely recommend! 3 roast beefs and a scampi with chips went down a treat, can't wait to come back.

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Robbie
East Sussex
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Visited for Sunday lunch; not a large menu for any course.
The food was good enough; all staff were very pleasant and the service was very good.

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Seagull1
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, good sized portions, service outstanding.

EH
ElaineH
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food lovely place just tad chilly. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food and generous portions. Will visit again soon.

GW
GrahamW
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Friendly staff, gorgeous food and pleasant surroundings. All felt very COVID safe!

OT
OpenTable Diner
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was with hindsight quite poor value.

FAQs

The Barley Mow is rated 4 stars by 265 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.