Barley Mow, Shoreditch

Our rating: FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings      User rating: Community Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings   (2 reviews)
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FancyaPint?'s review...
FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Run by the same people as the Reliance around the corner (as well as a good few other pubs) this is more traditional pub than a lot of the pretentious bars in Shoreditch. That's not to say it isn't filled with its fare share of Hoxton types dressed in the multi-coloured gear they seem to like these days ("borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered '80s", as someone once said). There's a good selection of Fuller's ales (albeit only adequately kept), as well as a fair selection of lager, including the deceptively strong Litovel. They naturally cater to the Shoreditch crowd by apparently having DJs, but when they're not spinning their vinyl (or perhaps plugging in their ipods) a good, overly loud, jukebox takes the strain. It's easy-going enough, and we liked it, even one woman, who seemed to be either the manager or a friend thereof, made an unsubtle attempt at sulking because we were sitting where her dog usually sleeps. In a very busy bar, it's a bit odd to allow sleepy dogs to take precedence over paying customers. Good service otherwise, though.
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16 May 2012
Rating 4 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Despite the rather sneery comments left previously on this site about this pub and the "Hoxtonite" crowd, I thought this was a terrific little boozer - with cinema nights and cracking Thai Food and sport on the big screen I think it is one of few reasonably pub-like places in this part of town.
Don't knock it - visit it. Good ale, interesting range of lagers and bottled beers that are a bit of a break from the norm hereabouts.
I liked it...and I think you will too.

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127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3BX
020 7729 3910
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Quiz night - Every Tuesday 7:30


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The Barley Mow is a traditional pub selling a great selection of cellar cooled cask ales, continental beers, premium cyders and single malt whisky. We have an authentic Thai kitchen serving traditional dishes open for lunch and dinner. There is also a wonderfully cosy upstairs lounge which can be hired free of charge.

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We have 4 hand pumped cask ales which include seasonals and guests. Bottled and keg beers from the Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Germany, South  and North America. A fantastic selection of spirits including Irish and Scotch single malts, rums, straight bourbons, gins and vodkas.


Our authentic Thai kitchen is open for lunch and dinner and produces traditional dishes cooked to order using the freshest ingredients. And offers special lunch and dinner deals throughout the week.


We take bookings for our upstairs lounge which can hold a maximum of 30 people and suits every type of occasion. 


Barley Mow Thai Kitchen