Nestled on Horseferry Road between The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral, The Barley Mow is a traditional alehouse that has been serving Londoners for the best part of a century.
The Barley Mow is a traditional alehouse that has been serving Londoners for the best part of a century.The area, as you would expect, is steeped in history. Arguably most famously being coined as the “Devil’s Acre” by Charles Dickens in the mid nineteenth century. Dickens, who was a young parliamentary reporter at the time wrote ‘The most lordly streets are frequently but a mask for the squalid districts which lie behind them, whilst spots consecrated to the most hallowed of purposes are begirt by scenes of indescribable infamy and pollution; the blackest tide of moral turpitude that flows in the capital rolls its filthy wavelets up to the very walls of Westminster Abbey.’
Fortunately, the neighbourhood has transformed since Victorian times and now buzzes with civil servants and office workers during weekdays, then slips into a more laid-back sleepy pace at the weekends which at times feels more like a rural village than central London.
The Barley Mow offers a selection of craft beers, new and old-world wines alongside an eclectic range of real ales with a focus on local brewers. The food is heartily classic and homemade with ‘veganised’ versions available of many dishes. The seaweed wrapped Tofish & Chips is a must try!
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