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The Barley Mow

Posted on 05. Aug, 2013 by in Pubs

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The Barley Mow, Bristol

Bristol is fast becoming one of the best places in the UK for beer. New breweries are being established on an almost monthly basis and long established breweries such as Bristol Beer Factory and Arbor are producing fascinating beers that are proving extremely popular nationwide.

There is also no shortage of excellent pubs serving beer from a range of West Country breweries to more harder to find microbreweries in London and the north.

Bristol Beer Factory owns the Barley Mow along with the Tobacco Factory and the Grain Barge in Hotwells. Until recently, the Grain Barge, which is moored just across the River Avon from the SS Great Britain, was the brewery’s flagship pub but this has since been put up for sale. The Barley Mow, which used to serve just a selection of their beers, has been given a subtle facelift and is now operating as their flagship pub.

Located in the Dings, just a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads, the pub, which dates from 1828, maintains the same traditional layout as before the refurbishment. The biggest change is to the bar, in particular behind the bar, where there is now a row of 10 keg taps. Along with the 8 hand pulls on the bar and the many fridges, they now boast one of the largest selections in the city.

The Beer

The cask selection will always feature at least two or three beers from Bristol Beer Factory and you can also expect to find Arbor, Buxton, Thornbridge, Dark Star and Moor. The keg offerings are even more interesting and include beers such as Wild Beer Co, Sierra Nevada, Stone, Tempest, Harbour, De Molen and Magic Rock. Craft lagers and ciders are permanently available on keg.

The Food

A varied food menu is available with a choice of tapas, sandwiches, burgers and Sunday roasts. I’ve only sampled the scotch eggs but at £3 for a hot egg with a runny yolk (how they should be served!), it’s a bargain and tastes outstanding.

More Photos of the Barley Mow

Venue Location

Barley Mow

39 Barton Road

Bristol

BS2 0LF

Tel: 0117 930 4709

www.barleymowbristol.com

(Twitter: @awv)

Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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