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Barley Mow, Epsom

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This Fuller's pub appears in the 2016 GBG, therefore it was a must visit for me after a Wednesday afternoon at Epsom races.

Fuller's ales on the hand pumps with a guest from Everards. My pints of Olivers Island @ 3.8% and Everards Ascolon were both very decent.

Packed full of locals with several different seating areas including a mainly for diners conservatory towards the back of the pub that leads into the rather large and impressive garden. The whole pub dopes have a village feel to it.

One thing to note is that each time I ordered drinks the dopy bar maid got my order wrong and I had to correct her!

I would say it’s hard to find a better pub than this in Epsom.
lezford - 26 May 2016 17:30
Nice beer garden and friendly bar staff, these are the positives, but judging by some of the reviews, they have rested on their laurels.

The food is ok but over priced, the menu is a bit uninspiring and some meals appear microwaved which is fine if you're paying a fiver, you're not in the Barley Mow.

The Beers and Ales are hit and miss, they don't know how to keep the Guinness. Although bar staff are more than friendly which improves on the library atmosphere. I think this is caused by the management and I can only echo comments made by others on this site about the manager and manageress, they have a couldn't care less attitude and are aggressive to customers. You have to tread on egg shells when they are about as all it takes is one word then WWIII starts, the pub isn't as busy as it's been over the years this could be the reason why. They shouldn't be in this game you're not up to it. Do something you enjoy and give the pub back.

It's time for a change, I'll be back when you both have gone.
SteveJ1971 - 1 Dec 2013 15:03
Great pub for a nice quite beer, & usually got a guest on.

Large garden is fab on summer evenings.
SandV - 3 Jan 2012 16:00
Best pub in Epsom by a country mile.

Very welcoming and friendly bar staff, good food, live footy and a great garden for the warmer days/evenings. Kids are welcome too.
Globus71 - 22 Dec 2011 14:09
best pub in epsom at the mo. could do with getting a few guest ales in as not a massive fan of fullers
ianowlsac - 16 Oct 2011 17:32
A cosy old Fullers pub with a very nice garden and a television showing Sky Sports,ideal for watching Test Cricket etc.This weekend they have a Beer
Festival with several guest ales( non Fullers).An owl display and BBQ starting at 13:00hrs on Saturday.
slerpy - 25 Jul 2011 20:16
I've eaten at the Barley loads of times & often in a large group, yes sometimes you have to wait a while, depending on how busy they are, but everything is cooked fresh to order & we've always got our food all together. Service is very friendly & if there is going to be a delay, for example they've got a large order on, the staff have always let us know at the time of ordering.

jimijazz - 3 Mar 2011 20:05
Good pub for a decent pint. Food is pretty good but service tends to be slow - I think they have a very small kitchen and can't cope with more than 2 meals at a time. If you're in a group of more than 2 expect to be served at very different times!

Otherwise service seems friendly, clean and pleasant décor and spacious beer garden. Go for a beer in the summer, but maybe not for a meal for 10!
Kurto - 10 Feb 2011 13:16
Easily Epsom`s most relaxing Pub with its clean well kept beer garden for the summer,Inside it is a verry old Engish pub Gr8 nice staff good beer iv herd good things about the food but never sampled myself, its a proper pub.
EnglishpubsRgr8 - 17 Oct 2010 13:19
Generally a very pleasant pub, which makes the silly mistakes all the more obvious.

After a few lunchtime visits I have found the satff very friendly and effecient, beer is well keep and good range, general decor and surrounding, inc beer garden, is fine.

The bad bits. All Fullers bitters - no guests beers that I have seen. Food was ok, but not really any better that Spoon's (which is cheaper) although nicely presented. Food stops 1500 - 1700hrs, would nice to have been asked if we wanted puds before chef went off. Credit card for tab taken and put in clear plastic box just over the counter for all to see. Car parking v limited unless you use the pay and display public car park.

Overall, good but let down by details. I hope that they can get these right. I will probably return for a drink although not to eat.
surrey_sailor - 13 Oct 2010 23:34
Awesome place. Really relaxed atmosphere, really nice garden and cosy inside. Location is very quiet and locals friendly. Shows all the sport and well worth a visit for a chilled evening.
thefourmusketeers - 3 Sep 2010 16:14
Having visited a couple of times since my last visit I can give a rating. It's a very solid 8. The beer quality is excellent, the garden superb and to top it all I went along to the Owls and Ales festival last month where the Ales (and the Owls) were well worth going for. Will pay further visits to this lovely pub in the future.
Oakman100 - 10 Aug 2010 22:27
Quite simply the best pub in Epsom by a long shot. Friendly service, a good range of Fullers ales and occasional non-Fullers guest ales, and quality food (costs a bit more than bog-standard pie&chips pub grub, but it's much better quality). It's also a lovely, well-kept old building and although the large garden is a bit spartan, it's a real sun-trap in the summer.

They have two largish TV screens, but they're not overwhelming... the landlord hits a good balance between providing a range of services and maintaining the proper old-style atmosphere. It's not just Premiership-or-nothing, either... if your favourite team's on telly, just ask!
sfocata - 19 Jun 2010 17:49
My wife and I have visted The Barley twice in the last year - we found it a change from our regular spot in Uxbridge where the beer is wet but not nice - we thought the idea of having a welsh theme spot-on - actually getting to North Wales is a long journey and now anyone from around Eposom can have it for nought! The food's overpriced but it's made up by the welcoming committee from the local Women's League - we picked up quite a bit of tat & rumour we normally aren't privvy to over near the airport. Beer overpriced as well but for a small sandwich and a diet coke we did very well
ChapFromWales - 19 Jun 2010 03:35
This is a fantastic family-friendly pub, which has improved immensely since the current landlord and his lovely wife took over.

Good range of Fullers beers with regular seasonal varieties on offer, and very decent food from the kitchen. The beer garden is excellent and there is a covered area with heat lamps for smokers.

Well worth making it your local if you live in Epsom, and definitely worth a visit if you're just passing through.

EpsomKiwi - 19 Oct 2009 14:32
Not yet given this pub a rating as only popped in once and very quickly at that on Sunday. However the beer we had was good (Fullers Red Fox - seasonal ale for Autumn) and the barmaid described the taste to us which was thoughtful.

Will be returning though to give the full run down and it does undeniably have a good garden and the pub is in quite a nice part of town.
Oakman100 - 14 Oct 2009 11:43
This is a child friendly local pub and is especially lovely in the summer. The garden is kept well and the food is tasty with good size portions.

The only negative to this pub, is that I wish the landlady would be cheer up, she never seems happy and only speaks if yhou speak to her. I can't beleive that she is fellow irish person. Change the landy lady and this pub would get 10/10.
tonys - 15 Aug 2009 21:02
An extremely well kept and inviting smoking area in the back garden, which comprises of a decent sized wooden shelter, albeit with limited seating, along with a couple of heat lamps.

For the summer months there are plenty of tables set within the carefully manicured lawn.

However, one might consider these facilities to be expected when taking the above average bar prices into consideration.

pxh - 6 Apr 2009 20:55
Average fullers pub with no differance to any of the other pubs they own, cant say ill be rushing back in a hurry
superseagulls - 1 Apr 2009 18:05
Visited on Saturday 14th March and wholeheartedly agree with previous comments from insearchoftheperfectpint,but I didn't visit the garden.My clothes reek of cooking fat(their kitchen door is never closed)and Fullers seem to be churning out substandard beer(compared to the past),very hard to settle on anything to drink in bulk,ended up half and half LP/ESB ,but at least England beat France.
jeffdaff - 17 Mar 2009 17:26
Busy when I went on a Sunday lunchtime BUT the pub was filled with the smell of cooking and the beer was poor to the point of unpleasantness..what has happened to Fullers beers? The LP touched on being horrible and the ESB was sweet and characterless.....Discovery always has been a poor beer, in my opinion.

Is the smell of cooking, especially that of dodgy fish, the new smokey smell and I wonder if customers really believe that having food served on a square plate is an indication of quality?

The average garden is just about the only reason to go here, if you can stand kids running around. BQ 0
Insearchofthebestpint - 16 Mar 2009 09:36
Myself and a couple of colleagues visit the Barley Mow at lunchtimes (usually Friday) and it makes a pleasant change from the many faceless, chain pubs that have infested Epsom. My mate says the Discovery is good and I'm happy that they serve Bulmers Original. The food is good, proper chips are always welcome. The landlady (I thinks she's the landlady) can look a bit uninterested at times but she is always friendly and chatty when you speak to her. The rest of the staff are friendly and helpful. The pub is made up of a few rooms rather than one big area which adds to the appeal. The garden looks good and we look forward to a change in the weather to give ourselves a chance to use it.
ryano - 6 Mar 2009 11:46
A bit hard to find...and in truth not really worth the effort. Regular range of well kept Fullers ....nice enough place. Bar staff well schooled in being indifferently attentive. Far too expensive... 3 times dearer than Assembly Rooms but not three times better. Shame
southfields - 27 Jan 2009 18:03
A good little local pub with Fuller's beers on, good quality of beer and multi-roomed space in traditional style.
rainlight - 15 Jul 2008 20:31
Fullers pub - Pride, Discovery and ESB last night together with bottles of 1845, London Porter and Honeydew. They had a guest pump, clip for Hampshire King Alfred was turned around though. Several seperate rooms around a main bar. Nice beer garden too. Not bad.
GuideDogSaint - 9 Jul 2008 13:25
At last I have my local back!
New Landlord and landlady very affable and keen to please. Food is good especially the specials.
Beer well kept too. No more silly regs about where to sit or stand. Brewery will be pleased as last Friday it was heaving at lunchtime. Previous incumbents were sweeping out the tumbleweed.
Hope they keep an eye on the dog poo in the garden for when the weather improves.
EnglishBob - 7 Feb 2008 17:26
This is a great pub, tucked out of the way 5 mins walk from Epsom town centre.
Recently refurbished, it is now a very pleasant place to sink a pint of ale. They have a number of real ales on tap, and guest ales as well. Usual selection of wine as well if that is your thing.

There is also a very nice beer garden out the back - no noise of busy roads, you can really relax.

I've not tried the food, but i've heard it not outstanding, but acceptable.
chewi - 26 Oct 2007 15:52
A small public just outside the town centre. Used to be the only source of Fullers beer before London Pride became the most common beer in the country. Once a smokey man's pub but various extensions later, the character has changed so now attracts a more varied clientele. Fine range of Fullers beers, perfectly served in a friendly atmosphere. In summer you can sit in the garden or out the front along as you don't mind sharing the space with smokers! One of the best pubs in Epsom and should included on any pub crawl of Epsom.
boozers_knows - 3 Aug 2007 12:56
well nice beer ....great smoking area round back......

4smokers - 13 Jul 2007 10:18
Used to be a great friendly pub. How the brewery let a couple of humourless nerks take it over will remain a mystery to locals.Don't even think about sending back a bad pint, you will get no satisfaction there says I.
I thought the Casque mark was awarded to Ross a previous incumbent,I didn't know that it could be transferred. Maybe no one can be arsed to unscrew it. Come gentle bombs etc....
EnglishBob - 27 Jun 2007 10:21
Nice pub inside with a friendly atmosphere. Refurb has made the place look great. It has a good selection of beers and wines, and the beer garden is large and well laid out.
sidm - 9 May 2007 15:40
One thing i always say about the barlow mo is that it can be a nightmare getting served, when it is busy they never seem to have enough bar staff around however in the summer it is a very pleasent pub - prob the best pub garden in epsom and they have live music sometimes at weekends

slums999 - 26 Apr 2007 18:11
Great beers
anonymous - 17 Apr 2007 22:41
unless its summer not really worth the walk.
good parking in the rear (not like that) attracts a local element. Managment known to drive away locals, to lesser pubs. food can't compete with other "gastro" types.
Old man pub in the day, boozer pub at night.
harrynotlarryfool - 13 Feb 2007 11:57
Friendly local pub with well kept Fullers beer. Don't, however, stand for too long at the main bar as the smell of cooking from the kitchen is a little overpowering. The door between the kitchen and bar was left permanently open. That said the bar staff are very helpful and make you feel welcome. 7/10
MB66 - 18 Jan 2007 16:18
My first visit since the refit and I was very impressed. A very pleasant new no smoking area, friendly staff and I thought the food very good. Now serving food all day. Looking forward to my next visit.
gmcd - 9 Dec 2006 13:19
Don't be put off by the previous comment. The pub was looking tired and in need of a lick of paint. Oven chips? thats what chips are supposed to look like when they are not drowning in fat! Was a lovely pub, still a lovely pub!
mitchell72 - 6 Dec 2006 23:36
Consistently excellent Fullers' beers but very mediocre food (oven chips?!). Just been refurbished and it's a bit a of a garish cream and dark maroon now. Staff seem generally nice though there also seems to be a fair turnover.
Psi - 27 Nov 2006 13:40
A good pub to meet friends in over a well kept pint of ale. The atmosphere is prone to locals, yet it draws in newcomers with open arms. The food is well presented and matches what you would expect for a good lunch/dinner. Staff is welcoming and try their best to get everybodys needs sorted in the shortest time possable. An all-round good time with great garden.
anonymous - 22 Jul 2006 00:56
Beer is still pretty good and the garden great for the summer. However, it's lost the friendly inviting atmosphere it used to have - staff don't really care and don't know how to serve people in turn and when the miserable so and so of a Landlord appears from the kitchen his favourite pastime is to wander round the place glaring at the customers.
epsomlocal - 21 Jun 2006 12:53
Used to be a top pub but shame they've ruined it by putting a plasma right in the middle of the bar. Landlord needs to lighten up a bit and look like he actually enjoys working there.
anonymous - 21 Jun 2006 12:02
Good back street local. Nice beer (Fullers) and a good garden for Summer drinking. Food menu is a bit over priced though.
Johnners - 31 May 2006 09:20
Fantastic. Proper boozer for proper people. Decent pint of Fullers served by friendly and talkative bar staff. Haven't eaten here yet, but the food served to people at the next table looked decent enough.

Best pub I've been to in Epsom - certainly better than the crappy pubs on and around the High Street.
burnsy - 21 Oct 2005 13:46
For years the best pub in Epsom for a chat with your mate over some great beer (Fuller's). Always comfortable, always inviting. Good to see all that hasn't changed.
Ashie - 22 Sep 2005 20:10
Went there today for lunch with work colleagues. Eight of us had food and no complaints. They've sorted the food out.
Jack_Carter - 20 May 2005 18:22
One of the best pubs in Epsom. A good selection of beer and a pleasant environment, with an excellent, well-presented beer garden. I had a nice meal there. The Monday pub quiz is great.
Jack_Carter - 29 Mar 2005 12:56
One of the best real pubs in Epsom. Recommended for its beer garden, range of beers and quiz. Nice ambience, food is pretty average though.
bone_idol - 13 Dec 2004 17:25
Ok but we got banned for no good reason last month. Food has gone downhill since last year. Beer ok but full on price. Get down to the Assembly rooms...
Colin Wills - 29 Oct 2004 15:51
Nice garden, pleasant customers though a few more yuppie London wine bar patrons than 20 years ago. Best Pub in Epsom
anonymous - 26 Aug 2004 17:07
Fuller's house tucked away in a narrow road. Beer is always well served and pub has a pleasant ambience. Plus lots of little nooks and corners to drink in with a good spacious garden and conservatory. Popular with serious drinkers of all ages.

Haven't tried the grub.
Richard - 22 Jul 2004 13:35

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