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really very pretty from outside. its big inside, has a bit of a chain feel to the place, but for atmosphere and 'feel' its defiantly head and shoulders above your average litten tree/hogs head. food was average. my baguette was warmend from frozen and the ham was out of a packet. they also show the sports. however the beers are great. nice locals beers on tap, including aylesbury brew house and the excellent aylesbury vale brewery.

overall theres not a huge choice of good pubs in aylesbury, so by default this decently average place is fairly high the list of pubs to visit.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 31 Jul 2013 13:43
Am still trying to like it but unfourtunately getting more unlikable, prices are high and service is low. A shame.
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 9 Dec 2011 00:35
Takeout a second mortgage if you want to buy a round in there. Mens toilets are not for the faint hearted.
triumphman - 25 Oct 2011 13:20
Someone recommended I try this pub...............I don't remember upsetting him.
The beer range was poor. Broadside, Bombardier and some crap from GK.
I did not fancy eating from the horrible wooden tables let alone sitting down on an old grotty bench.
fugglehops - 27 Jun 2011 21:23
Not overly busy pub on the Friday night - wonder how many have decamped to the Bell or White Hart? I do hope it stays as it's a good traditional boozer in the town centre. Ale is variable from past experiences and a little on the Pricy side. Were offered tastings from the ale on offer - GK Right Flanker was past it's best, Bombardier was a little warm & the Broadside was pretty good. Beware the low beams, someone cracked their head after I bought a round (don't think it was related!).
Booze_Allen - 14 Dec 2010 12:41
Went in here for a quiet Pint or two before heading home and was very disappointed. Whilst the staff seemed very friendly and helpful the prices were very expensive. I noticed a big crack in the ceiling right above my head which didn't help in making me feel more comfortable. I doubt if I will go back in, and whether I would be able to afford to go back anyway!
Ice_Cold_Brewski - 15 Oct 2010 13:06
A former favourite that has sadly lapsed, would have to agree with other comments.
SPITTINGFEATHERS - 3 Sep 2010 08:24
Dirty and overpriced. Really dissappointed used to be a decent pub but with so many better options now available and being so expensive no longer on my pub crawl list. Have eaten a few times food ok but again overpriced. I think the pub has had its moment.
mrspub - 15 Jul 2010 21:02
A bit hit-and-miss with the beer quality and the staff either don't seem to know or to care a great deal about the job. You can get much better elsewhere in town at much lower prices. A shame really as I want to like this place a lot more than I do. It just seems to be missing that little bit extra. Always a variety of real ales on though so if all else fails...
redboy - 6 Jun 2010 13:29
For the discerning apostle of a good argument, this place is for you! Under no circumstances should you call the Ale quality into question, as the staff are trained to blank you. Nice place if you have all the attitude of a mollusc.
DeepThought - 18 Jul 2008 14:44
Quality of beer has been a bit hit and miss recently. Not cleaning regularly enough or looking after the beer as well as they might. Pity, used to be pretty good in here.
Mr_FRISKY - 8 Dec 2007 16:18
Nice atmosphere and decent ale, although they do tend to run out rather frequently. Mind you head if you're 6' or over!
Mr_FRISKY - 10 Nov 2007 23:38
Decent clean pub, good selection of ales and friendly bar staff. Customer base is of mixed ages, but all quite decent (the 'dross' have gradually been got rid of over the last few months, and banished to Temple Square!). Well worth a visit.
anonymous - 1 May 2007 12:32
Decent pub with decent real ales though they tend to concentrate on the lagers which sell better so can run out of ale. Newly refurbished and now no smoking throughout. Music can be a bit intrusive, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, but considering the other Aylesbury town centre pubs definitely one of the best.
HelenC - 8 Apr 2007 18:55
great pub
polegateseagull - 19 Feb 2007 00:18
Obviously weren't geared up for a busy August Bank Holiday Monday - not enough bar staff, all except one real ale had run out by mid-afternoon....not impressed.
E17Bee - 29 Aug 2006 18:34
Dirty Dirty Dirty - not friendly and clearly one for the smokers and dirty old men slumped over the bar checking out the bar maids (which weren't that pleasant). Appalling service as staff concentrating on those they knew. AVOID AVOID AVOID unless you fit in the category above.
anonymous - 27 Jul 2006 11:58
Considering the selection of pubs in Aylesbury, I like this one. It's probably one of the most easy going and unpretentious. They have a good selection of lagers, beers and ales. Prices are reasonabale and the staff are friendly. I used to go when it was the Firkin as it was just round the corner from my workplace. It was a bit dingy and gothy back then and since the refurb to the Harrow, the clientele is a bit more mixed. I would say the average age is 25-35 although at weekends it seems a bit younger. I prefer watching the football in here as although smaller than say the Hogshead, the atmos during a game is excellent. Food isn't bad either althuogh ahven't had any recently.

The only downside is the toilets are a bit minging, its a tad cramped at times as the layout means not many seats and for some reason, they seemed to close the little courtyard beer garden (which they opened once it became the Harrow). I thought it was lovely and hope they open it again next summer. Oh and the music can be a tad too loud when there's a band or DJ on as the ceilings are so low. Aside from that, its a great little pub for chilling with friends and I had a great laugh at New Year.

flora_1972 - 12 Feb 2006 16:41
this is a wicked pub - laid back atmosphere, reasonable prices, two screens and one of the barmaids has great cans.
lodge - 24 Feb 2005 18:12
Used to be two pubs many years ago - The Harrow and The Barleycorn. Was knocked into one pub and named The Harrow and Barleycorn. Was then re-branded and re-named The Farmyard and Firkin and has now reverted to the name The Harrow. Not a bad pub but service can be extremely slow when busy. The usual case of the regulars getting served out of turn. Often have guest ales which are kept and served well. Food hardly worth mentioning. Good bands every so often. Worth a visit.
taz - 18 Jan 2005 12:29
Seems to have changed back from Firkin and tidied itself up a bit. Beer OK. Very good coffee during the day. Food is quite good but the helpings are minute. Worth a visit if Hogshead is heaving. As with all pubs in Aylesbury, females are generally thin on the ground but heavy on the eyes.
Mr Frisky - 12 Nov 2004 18:12
the pub is called "the harrow" a strange choice of name-still with bouncers outside, but with an en-ger-land thug football fan element.
Now im not saying aylesbury should be taken over by claret soaked tories, but well-why so many pikies? its such a shithole-is nowhere safe? The pub was the best place in shitsbury-now its gone-and a downmarket chav shithole has opened in its place.
chavsmasherthat usesfists - 2 Nov 2004 17:35
This pub has closed. Something else has opened in its place, but the name escapes me right now.
Kurt - 28 Aug 2004 19:00
Nice pub this one. used to be the place to go before all the new bars/pubs got built. Nice beer, conversation and layout. A nice laid back beer, but no breaking wind on the chairs as wooden seating amplifies more than a Hendrix Marshall amp!
Beer Boy - 30 Jun 2004 13:05
Apart from Hogshead this is about the only place you can get a decent ale in Aylesbury town centre.

Pity about overworked p*ss-poor slogans on every wall playing hilariously on the word 'firkin'.
Mr Frisky - 11 Dec 2003 17:20
watch out for the low ceilings ! oh yes and the bouncer -who got bounced-hehe!
anonymous - 29 Sep 2003 18:57
*Very* cheap beer. Warm & cosy.
Phil - [email protected] - 18 Nov 2002 12:18

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