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Barley Mow, Leicester

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Quick visit on the way to the Station and I liked it. Everards Ales which was well kept, laid back atmosphere, usual trad pub fittings, friendly staff and sport on TV. I`d probably use this boozer often if I lived there...praise enough!
Blastbeat - 2 Mar 2017 08:58
After my failed attempt to visit 4 years ago , I made the Barley Mow our first stop yesterday. It's fairly close to the station. The interior doesn't have too many tables. I guess most people stand. But it was early enough to be able to grab one of the tables. The ale selection was not the best - Everards Tiger, Beacon & Original & Wood Farm (aka Kendricks) Webb Ellis & Mulligans. No real cider was stocked.
blue_scrumpy - 8 May 2016 16:02
The best pub I drank in on my short stop over in Leicester. Friendly bar bloke, nice beer (Everard's Web Ellis @ 3.05, first taste for me), and an informative chat with a local who had apparently never met an Australian. Perhaps being a bit more expensive than the nearby chain pubs kept the crowd thin, but I enjoyed my short visit.
Queenslander - 16 Sep 2014 23:30
Visited @ 7pm on a Thursday in June 2014 on a works night out. Probably around 10 drinkers around bar, mostly locals and a few suits who had finished work. Décor is okay, and although there was only Everards ales on offer, they did have 5 choices (Original, Beacon, Tiger, Sunchaser & Scrum), so pretty good choice... Looked like a band was setting up, and overall I thought this was a decent city centre pub...
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 6 Jun 2014 13:39
Bit empty on a Monday eve. Decent enough pub. Average bar staff. Wood and tile floor. Could not see any ales other than the usual Everards
rpf1955 - 24 Mar 2013 13:00
I'm not sure if this pub is still open. We'd read that it closed at 6pm on a Sunday. But we visited at around 4pm and found it closed, despite the fact that the area is busy with shoppers. No opening times were advertised and the telephone was not being answered. A pub that doesn't open to serve beer can only warrant a 0/10.
blue_scrumpy - 25 Jun 2012 21:19
The exterior seems to have had a bit of work done. Samuel Johnson quote, a menu, and it tells you what guest ale is on without having to go in!
dynamiteninja - 21 Sep 2010 13:16
DISREGARD THE COMMENT BELOW, IT HAS BEEN POSTED BY THE MANAGEMENT IN A PATHETIC ATTEMPT AT DAMAGE LIMITATION.

ANY REAL ALE DRINKER WORTH THEIR SALT IN LEICESTER WILL BE FOUND IN THE PUB, THE CRITERION OR THE SWAN & RUSHES.
All_Hail_The_Ale - 23 Jul 2010 08:40
I have used this pub over the last few weeks as I'm working in Leicester. I worked here the same time last year, and I must say..... What a change!! The pub looks cleaner and the new paint job and seat coverings look good and have really given some life back to the pub. The main thing was the beer!! As a real ale drinker it was great to see such clean and tasty ale. A real good selection and the "Forty Bob" is a real steal at £2.00!!! Very morish!! Ate at the pub a couple of times too and the food was good. Nice to see the pool table too, and a nice warm welcome from the staff. Nice to see a few pubs are still sticking to traditional values!! I would highly recomend a visit!!
Max4278 - 27 Jan 2010 01:44
I booked this venue for a works Christmas do. I gave them 3 weeks notice of our attendance, and at their request, 1 weeks notice of the food order. This was taken from their bar menu as the landlord advised us that the Christmas menu was not very good. At no point did he say that the pub would not be able to cope with such a large number. We arrived in the pub at 1330 as arranged. At 1400 I asked if the food was ready to be served. We took our place in the 'restaurant' and 20 mins later the starters started to arrive. Whilst not of the best quality, they were at least all served. Then the real delay began. At 1530 the first of just 6 main courses were served. The curry that was served was still frozen in the middle whilst other meals were merely cold. At this point I complained to the landlord who refused to reimburse the paid paid to him at the start of the meal. He has since claimed that he told me they would be unable to cope and therefore it was my fault for chosing the bar menu and chosing to use his venue! Good beer, bad food, appalling management - very nice waiter!
SB1972 - 7 Jan 2010 10:02
I have no real comments on the drinks which were served but the food is a big NO.... My work place had booked for our Christmas Party (approx figure of 25), we pre-ordered our food requirements to allow the pub to get the food in and to have it ready to be served for 1.30pm.... On arrival at the pub we were asked to pay for our food (which raised suspision and in hind sight we should have said no and left there and then). The first course started to arrive at approx 2.15pm and apart from the delay there was no real complaints. After around 20mins of the last person to finish this course the plates were collected and then we waited.... and waited.... and waited. Eventually the main course started to be served, after around half a dozen or so plates being served, the food started to be sent back (being cold, not being cooked etc...). At this stage it was decided enough was enough, and we approached the management to ask for our money back. Needless to say, this was refused and after an exchange of words the group left. If the poor service was down to the amount of numbers, then the pub should not have taken the order in the first place. My only advice DON'T GO TO THE BARLEY MOW FOR GROUP BOOKINGS.
mjh6488 - 7 Jan 2010 09:20
They had Wadsworth 6X on yesterday alongside the the usual Everards. Popped in for a quick one while waiting for a train.
KTh - 13 Oct 2009 11:05
everards beer,located close to the train station & advertising acoustic music on sundays
anonymous - 30 Sep 2009 10:59
Not a bad city centre pub to be fair, handy for the station. Ale is usually good although limited, if any, guests on tap. Mixed clientelle, but I've never experienced any problems.
Steve45 - 9 Aug 2009 19:15
Fine town centre pub, with good range of Everards ales.
Floyd - 2 Aug 2009 10:57
Called at this pub in March while in Leicester for the beer festival. It was quiet and we had a couple of Everards beers. It was a large room and little atmosphere and a couple of others from the festival were drinking there. No guest beers on.
gillhalfpint - 10 Jul 2009 10:57
Certainly a strange one! Generally its your typical city-centre pub, people can be quite rough in here but i've never had any trouble.
unconquered_mind - 25 Jun 2009 21:33
Slipped in here and was a little confused. There seems to be a lot going on in there and it seems cluttered with all kinds of rubbish adorning the walls. Wasn't overly welcoming. I had a look at the food menu and it seemed very cheap, including a very reasonably priced steak. I had the Everards Sunchase which was OK but I fired it down as I say little reason to stay.
Sharp - 14 Jun 2009 23:03
Full range of Everards beers on when I visited. The Tiger was in great form. Pub was busy, presumably due to the location (near the station) and because there was football and rugby on. A good place for a refreshing pint after a train journey.
Rod_Hariga - 22 Mar 2009 11:00
Never really "got" this place, been in a few times, nice building, good layout, bags of potential but let down by lacklustre beer quality and typically high Everards prices.

Fairly typical city centre punters, some a bit rough round the edges.

Apparently quite popular for live music, though I've not been to any gigs here (much too close to the Friday / Saturday night warzone that is the city centre)
All_Hail_The_Ale - 27 Feb 2009 15:27
Not my favourite Everards pubs. Smells funny as you walk in and I've never found it to be that welcoming of an evening. Many of my friends are big fans of it though.
leicester_pubster - 5 Feb 2009 23:02
Called in briefly on a Saturday morning for a swift half and very good it was to. Must mention excellent Indian restaurant next door!
DrWatson - 12 Jan 2009 14:45
Called in today excellent pint of Original and friendly staff. It was quiet, but in the evening I guess it is a cracking locals pub with lots going on.
simontheeditor - 6 Jan 2009 20:13
came up from Bristol to watch rovers at the walkers stadium.Really friendly staff,excellent breakfasts and lunches,tiger and sunchasers went down very well as well as fosters for me yes the neanderthal lager drinker!Liked it so much we came back after game and landlady remembered us.made to feel really welcome.if leicster dont go up this year we'll be back next season!
johnad - 3 Nov 2008 17:05
Been visiting this pub on & off for 20 years, whenever travelling to & Leicester by train as it's close to the station. Hasn't changed much in that time; well-kept Everard's + guest - good pint of White Horse today - always a good place to relax; take the point about the sofas, which seem to have strayed in from a different boozer and yes, as my partner pointed out, it is something of a 'lads' pub, but worth a visit if you've some time to kill before catching your train; also handy for a pint before a meal in Halli, the excellent Indian restaurant two doors up.
dhderby - 25 Oct 2008 19:32
nice little boozer close to te train station. serve real ale and do good breakfasts!
Hot_Stuff - 10 Oct 2008 13:26
Called here on arrival in Leicester to find a clean and bright establishment. Decent Sunchaser, spotted the piano mentioned by trainman, noticed they charge £5 to use the toilets [non-customers of course!]
TiaMariaJim - 23 Jun 2008 12:09
First pub on Saturday - Everards house, near station. Tiger, Beacon, Sunchaser, Original, & ‘Gaffers Gold’ (later seen elsewhere as Janet’s Gaffers Gold?), Everards beers in very good condition. Leather sofas look out of place at front of pub but further to the right & rear the furniture becomes more traditional, continuous single bar winds round the whole, but in front/centre/rear sections. Piano (‘do not play’) centre rt, bar football table to the rear. Pumpclips on wall suggest a rotating guest. Was closed when we returned for a pre-train beer ystdy but the landlady took the trouble to come out to explain that they were taking a breather, having been open since 07:00(!) serving Leic fans prior to the crucial (unsuccessful) relegation match at Stoke. Bad luck to the Foxes, a reprieve to GDS.
trainman - 5 May 2008 11:18
Enthusiastic landlady, keen to promote pub and real ale - should be supported
ericonabike - 16 Mar 2008 18:09
Recent comments echoed.
Leicesterbeer - 11 Feb 2008 17:15
Untypically quirky Everards pub in a quirky part of Leicester. Makes an effort to maintain interest (Warsaw tracks were playing). Decent if unexceptional Beacon, but then I always find that with Beacon.
mtaylor40 - 10 Jan 2008 23:30
Came in here on Saturday as we were up for the Saints game. A full range of Evereards was available together with the seasonal Sleighbell. Nice little pub near the station.

Recommended.
GuideDogSaint - 2 Dec 2007 21:40
we always use this pub in leice when we come to the summer sundae weekender music in august. We discovered the top floor restaurant for a fantastic breakfast, superior to anything sold any where else we have tried and the cost is so low. We only hope the ladies who run this restaurant can continue to stay open , they had their first anniversary this year and are struggling to make a profit. Hoping that when we visit next year its still operating above the pub and we can enjoy another mega full english with great coffee as well. Perhaps the people of leic dont appreciate good cooking and all they want is crappy fast food!!!!
pongotwo - 18 Aug 2007 11:04
Quite a good Everards house near the train station, serving the normal Everards fayre in normal sparkler-ised Everards condition.

Patrons are on the acceptable side of rowdy, very middle-aged laddish. there's a coffee bar upstairs that's open during the week.

Landlord and landlady were offering around free sangria last Sunday, so novelty points for that.

Worth a stop if you're waiting for a train, not a bad little place.
Quinno - 12 Jul 2007 22:49
Very good, comfortable, very friendly staff, quiet with a background, good range of well kept ales,perfect distance of the city centre and station, loos could be better, but will visit again.
Fart - 10 Mar 2007 19:31
Went here before the Leicester v Spurs FA Cup tie (the less said about the match the better). Not a bad pub – unfussy, straight-forward and down to earth. In a city centre full of chain pubs and trendy bars, the Barley Mow is a welcome find - one of the few traditional style pubs that we found in the area. Pretty much empty given that it was an hour before kick off although I was informed that they don’t usually open on Sundays (they were about to close when we left at 6.00). They do a decent pint of Everards and have a couple of guest beers on offer. One extended room with plenty of seating and a few bits of Leicester Tigers memorabilia on the walls. For a pub that obviously caters for a sport crowd there were disappointingly no TVs (or at least none that we could see). We had hoped to catch the end of Burton v Man Utd but it was not to be. They were playing some decent indie / britpop music though! Karaoke nights advertised. Friendly staff (including the informative doorman).
RogerB - 10 Jan 2006 12:16

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