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Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings
About
A traditional English pub, airing on the side of being a restaurant. Decor is very much oldie worldly in the main part, with a lovely light and airy conservatory.The bar area has some very comfortable sofas and leather seats, the ideal place to have a relaxing drink or two.
PRICE RANGE
£7 - £15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 12 April 2024

As always a great visit. Steak and ale pie,new potatoes, carrots and peas were delicious. Great place for lunch, evening meal, must book a table,very popular place. ££

Date of visit: April 2024
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2024

Thank you so glad you enjoyed your lunch we really appreciate the feedback

Reviewed 23 January 2024

Great little spot for dinner with a few pals. Fish and chips to die for, not sure what the complaints about the chips are for? Puddings made by a young lad, Tom I believe. Delicious. Keep it up ladies and gents :)

Date of visit: January 2024
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2024

Thank you we really appreciate the compliments, we know we will never please everyone but you know it’s great when we do. Thanks

Reviewed 23 December 2023 via mobile

Staff extremely rude on multiple occasions and made us feel bad for not ordering starters and deserts?! Some of the food was not very appetising and the portions are small. The whole place could do with a good clean and a lick of paint. Wouldn’t...be returning.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2023

Well can only apologise for your bad visit will certainly look into it not our normal I can assure you Thank you

Reviewed 29 October 2023

60th Birthday meal for 26 of us in conservatory, service excellent, food all delivered together, piping hot,everyone enjoyed meals, great staff extremely helpful massive thanks to suzzane and Glenda for their excellent service,great local pub with good value home cooked food... The two staff made...the night great thankyou ☺️More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Thank you very much we really appreciate the good comments we will certainly pass them on to the girls

Reviewed 28 October 2023

After my previous bad review I was offered a voucher to try a return visit. I wish to confirm that the meals are back up to scratch. We went with friends and all had a very enjoyable meal, however we still debated the state of...the chips. I wish to thank the owner for his response to my previous review, and we will be back and recommend this restaurant for a good value menu.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Thank you for the comments and certainly pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us, I don’t know what to say regarding the chips we do get so many compliments on them being proper chips I know that sometimes there can be a few scrappy...More

Reviewed 27 October 2023

Disappointing meal, do not like the new chips - have been going here for years and not sure what has gone wrong - the food is over priced for what is on offer - staff look like they would rather be elsewhereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Debby Jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2023

Sorry you were disappointed with your meal on this occasion and also with the attitude of the staff can certainly assure you this is not the norm for us Regarding value for money I must disagree as compared to many places we do offer good...More

Reviewed 16 September 2023

We have been going to Bird in the Barley for over 10 years and always have a good meal, however on this occasion it was terrible. My husband had fish and chips and had to return it because the chips were terrible. The fish was...burnt also but when it came back out it wasn't much better. My chips were also bad. I have noticed recently how bad the chips are, they look like they haven't been peeled and cooked in old oil. We have decided to give this pub a wide berth for the time being. we complained when paying our bill and regret not asking for a reduction as non was forth coming.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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william jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2023

So sorry to read your comments on your last visit to us I can assure you that this is not normal for us and can only apologise most profoundly for your experience. Should you wish to discuss this further then please don’t hesitate to contact...More

Reviewed 25 August 2023

Have driven passed many times. Me and my wife were on a hike this evening and decided to stop for a pint. When walking in it immediately reminded me of a pub-restaurant I used to work at, with all the oak beams, artefacts on the...wall, tablecloths and a classic looking bar. Very homely. So we decided to eat and glad we did, one of the best ribeye steaks I've ever had. Was more than 12oz. Everything spot on, timing, staff, food quality, environment. Can't wait to go again!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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william jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2023

Thank you we really appreciate your comments it really does make all the hard work everyone puts in worthwhile When Debby and I took the place on 20 years ago this is exactly what we wanted to achieve and with all the help from our...More

Reviewed 6 June 2023

not been here for some time really good !!!! great menu pleasant staff comfortable surroundings this is firmly on the list now

Date of visit: June 2023
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william jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2023

Thank you that is really great to know, the team work really hard and it is always lovely to hear such positive feedback Thank you

Reviewed 11 April 2023

We went on good Friday in the evening. The three of us had the three course set meal. Good value and delicious food.

Date of visit: April 2023
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william jackson, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2023

Thank you that’s great to know, yes it is good value for money

Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

Lovely place, home cooked food, value for money, good service . Parking good. Good for large parties or small get together, warm and friendly staff

Date of visit: February 2023
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william j, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2023

Thank you Dorothy for the lovely review we really appreciate it. Thank you

Reviewed 7 February 2023 via mobile

Excellent night from start to finish...staff let me pop in the afternoon to put up banners,balloons, staff helpful friendly, food excellent, piping hot, everyone got what pre ordered no mistakes, staff cut up birthday cake for me handed it out, a big thankyou to the...chef and his crew back stage,food was great,service was excellent Our fav pub to pop for tea, lovely staff always helpful chatty thankyou for a fabulous night. Highly recommend..More

Date of visit: February 2023
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william j, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2023

Thank you Karen what a lovely review will pass your comments on to all the team. It means so much to know that all the hard work we put in is appreciated with such an honest review Thank you

Reviewed 9 January 2023

I have to agree with some of the downside remarks made in some reviews about the low standard of the food. I had homemade patè starter, the actual patè was very bland and flavourless everything else on the plate was awful, I think it was...half a slice of cheap white bread and sliced through so it was very thin and either left out to go hard and stale or very slightly toasted and left to go stale. The salad that came with it, little bit of cucumber(not prepared well), I think either half or one small tomato, some very thin slivers of red bell pepper(poorly prepared) and a lot of very robustly sliced red onion and some kind of tasteless relish, no butter for the stale gruesome white bread. I had homemade chicken curry, I seem to remember school dinner curry being better, the chicken was very dry, like it had been cooked a week ago, sultanas in there, they couldn't bring it up to school dinner standard. I was very hungry and ate it, I think next time I eat anywhere like this I'm going to leave it, they did half heartedly ask if everything was ok but when you are out with friends you aren't going to cause a fuss, they better not reply you should have spoke up at the time, they served me awful food, they must have known that bread was stale. Never again for me.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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william j, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2023

Well sorry to disappoint you but you should have said something when you were asked, rather than criticising the meal you had this way. I take it that you were the only one in your party that had an issue with home produced food. The...More

Reviewed 29 December 2022 via mobile

We happened upon Bird in Barley for tea after driving by several times wondering what it was like. I’ll be honest, from exterior we expected this modern, ordinary, gastropub but we was actually pleasantly surprised. Bird in Barley is a quaint, cosy country pub full...of nostalgia. Beautiful food and wholesome service. Cannot fault at all Thank you for a lovely night during twixmas We’ll definitely be backMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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william j, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2023

Thank you for taking the time to comment and so pleased that you were pleasantly surprised and yes we do pride ourselves on providing good quality home made food at a reasonable price. Yes we love the place too it certainly has that homely feel...More

Reviewed 21 December 2022 via mobile

Excellent food ,piping hot,great service and lady behind bar fabulous helpful,friendly,welcoming, joined you in March what a lovely member of staff chatty just what you need at front of house our fav pub for tea as we live in scotter happy Christmas to all staffMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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william j, Owner at Bird in the Barley, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2022

Karen thank you for the lovely comments so rewarding to hear at this busy time of year, and of course non of it would be possible without our dedicated team of staff who really work their socks off. Again thank you and a very merry...More

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