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The Barley Mow, Oakley

Since the last review the pub has changed management again, and one side of the bar let out as a Thai Restaurant, which, despite my apprehensions, is quite good.
He seems like a decent landlord, who knows what he's doing and is keen to improve all aspects of the pub, and is gradually getting there and whipping the staff into shape!
They've reduced the hand pulled pumps from 4 down to 3 as there was not enough demand to keep them all flowing; 2 regulars - Doom Bar & London Pride, and one guest that changes every week or so, depending on popularity.
Certainly worth a visit.

18 Jun 2013 00:27

The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton

Apologies for such a long rant here, but it's well deserved!
The Alice Hawthorn is without a doubt in the top 5 pubs I have EVER visited in my life! (And that's quite a lot of pubs)
In the idyllic village of Nun Monkton overlooking the village green complete with duck pond and maypole, and highland cattle if your lucky, it is the perfect setting for a perfect pub.
I visited on Saturday of Easter weekend to meet up with friends.
We were relieved to find it had a good sized car park with plenty of space for our huge estate we had for the weekend.
The two bars are nicely done, (great wallpaper!) the lounge is very comfortable with leather chairs by the fire.
It was quite quite when we visited at lunchtime.
Low beams, so remember to duck if your over 6 foot! Friendly and helpful staff.
Good beers on tap; Black Sheep and Landlord at the time.
Large dining room, (one of two) also nicely done & fantastic food, with a steak done how I asked for, rather then over cooked as is usually the case in a pub, and a reasonable price too.
Service was a little slow, not that it was a problem, but if it was busy, I can imagine it may take some time, but it was certainly worth waiting for.
The only possible criticism was the house white wine was rather sour, but that may have been a one off.
It may be 240 miles away from me, but I'm looking forward to my next visit already.
As you may have guessed.... A very well deserved 10 /10!

5 Apr 2010 10:48

All Bar One, York

Always a pleasure to sit in here on an afternoon and talk with friends when I'm back up North, Especially when its warm, (admittedly not very often in York) when they open the windows on to New Street - which is virtually the whole wall, almost giving it a continental feel.
Skinny chips are a must and their range of own sauces are very nice.

12 Nov 2009 09:50

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