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The Barley Mow

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
The Barley Mow is a lively and eccentric Free House located in the beautiful village of Bonsall. Famous for the 'World Championship Hen Races', and for being the most likely place to be abducted by aliens according to UFO magazine ! Locally sourced meat from award winning Maycock’s of Holloway, great real ale & one of the best live music venues in the area.. and the entertainment is free! We also brew our own real ales - the Chickenfoot Brewery is situated in our car park. We pride ourselves on a warm welcome... everyone is welcome here... we love children and babies... and well behaved dogs are also very welcome. Come and see why it’s the best pub in the world..and please book if you can :)
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub, Brew Pub
Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As we arrived amid the snow Colette was there at the door of the pub to welcome us and show us to our table - which she had marked by painting daughter Catherine's name on a gin bottle - nice touch. We sampled the excellent...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank swpratt
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are regular visitors when walking in this area and the Barley Mow never disappoints whatever the time of day. Excellent beer, great food with generous portion sizes, cosy log burner and very welcoming landlady. A little gem of a place.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ingrid B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yet another BEDACC cycle club Xmas meal (5th) at The Mow and if anything the food and hospitality has got even better. Once more we turned up soaking wet to find a good range of beers- 2 of which are brewed on the premises -...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BEDACC_John
Reviewed December 17, 2018 via mobile

Great, friendly welcome by the Landlord. Super service with lots of lovely homemade dishes to choose from in addition to locally brewed ales and ciders. Fire was topped up for us and a genuine care for us to enjoy our evening. One of the nicest...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Angela C
Reviewed November 29, 2018 via mobile

A large group of us went to this pub in the middle of a walk for lunch. We must have taken over half of the pub but found the landlord to be very welcoming. The food and drink selection excellent and very well cooked.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Abi B
Reviewed November 23, 2018

There can be few institutions that have changed as much over the last 40 years as the Public House. Many went out of business and the ones that survived adapted and became something quite different. I remember in the 1970's calling in at the local...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful fantastic little pub so cozy beautiful food good choice of ciders and beers if you like proper barrel cider with no added chemicals this is the place staff are very friendly I really recommend it from Dianne Stevens from shirland Derbyshire

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank diannes920
Reviewed November 4, 2018

A great little pub. The staff were Very friendly and welcoming Great atmosphere and lovely food . Would highly recommend a visit

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lynne B
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

What a lovely pub! Small and cosy with a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Well worth the short trip up from Matlock Bath. Visited with the family for dinner. Good variety and well prepared. The beer is spot on as well. Brewed by the owner...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Alan B
Reviewed October 26, 2018

Very nice small pub in Bonsall, the second best location in the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District, the first being the wonderful, ancient, quirky and quaint town of Wirksworth. Bonsall is beautiful too but a lot smaller being a village. Wirksworth is a lovely small...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Gill B
May 3, 2018|
Response from Devonblade | Reviewed this property |
I don't know the answer to that, I'd say give them call. Collette and Mike seem happy to accommodate wherever possible.
September 6, 2016|
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Response from Michael S | Reviewed this property |
You can book tables but I don't think they have Sky T.V. Sorry cannot be more helpful.
March 1, 2016|
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Response from David W | Property representative |
Hi there ! Yes we love dogs as long as they are well behaved. I can book you a table, I just need to know what sort of time. Try and let me know ASAP as it's Mothering Sunday and we will be very busy I imagine. Thanks a lot... More
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