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The Barley Mow
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The Barley Mow

Having heard about the refurbishment of The Barley Mow and its promotion to “flag ship” status for the Bristol Beer Factory I was keen to visit and sample their roast to see if it was up to scratch.

Tucked away in the back streets of The Dings, The Barley Mow is part of the empire of ‘our man in red trousers’ and is partnered with The Grain Barge and the Tobacco Factory. Recently refurbished this historical pub has the touch of class that you’d expect it to have whilst maintaining its charm and comfort as a local pub.

Sparsely furnished the bar, and the great selection of beer, is the primary focus of the pub. There are a number of tables and chairs inside and a small courtyard garden to the rear with further covered seating. There’s also a couple of further benches outside at the front. The Pub is pretty small really and is gaining in popularity so booking is probably advised if you want to guarantee a seat.

They seem to offer 3 meats and a veggie option, though there were only 2 meats on offer on the day I visited. All are served with a yorkie and a selection of veg. Overall the roast was pretty good just not amazing, which is a shame as I was told it was one of the best new venues about.

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Don’t get me wrong, this is a perfectly enjoyable roast and they can’t be faulted on the plate full of food, but the real finesse just wasn’t there. The meat was well cooked and tasty, but the lamb eaters moaned about not getting more meat on their plate. I had the beef and was served with 2 good slabs so had nothing to grumble about.

The veg was well cooked, though having 4 roast potatoes and 4 boiled potatoes seemed a tad excessive to me. I’d prefer a larger pile of veg and just the roast spuds really. Its rare to see food left on my plate at the end of a meal, but even I couldn’t eat 8 spuds. The Yorkshire was big and tasty and the gravy was rich.

I coughed up an additional £2 for a bowl of cauliflower cheese and I have to say it was probably what let the meal down the most. The cauliflower was cooked fine but the sauce was watery and weak. It was not the thick bad for you cheese goo that I expect to get, but more like a weak cheese gravy.

So all in this is a lovely pub and the grub is tasty and more than filling. I’d recommend that you visit and try it out for yourself, but be prepared for a standard pub roast rather than a gastronomic delight.
 

39 Barton Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0LF
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  1. C Weeks says
    18/05/2015, 12:39 am
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    Went to The Barley Mow today and had a lovely recovery roast. Was impressed with the experience, the fact they serve till 5pm as i’m not an early Sunday person! The table reserved was well set and the ambiance was lovely! The roast was served promptly and was thoroughly enjoyed! The Lamb was lovely and well cooked (did have to ask for a steak knife, which should have been offered) the potatoes were nice size although a little hard in the middle but not a big problem, the veg was lovely and nice although more attention to it could be better, the gravy was lovely although I like to be offered a nice extra gravy boat, the yorkshires were lovely even though i don’t personally like them! The portion size was fine but for the money it could have been a bit bigger! The Cider was lovely and the range of Ales was impressive for a smallish establishment! Nice little outside space! &&& Was very impressed with the staff with their offer of a small desert for us to share! THANK YOU!

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