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Records show that an Inn was built on this site in the early 18th century. The current building was adopted as the Japanese Ambassador’s house and was linked to the embassy via an underground tunnel. Following the First World War, it returned to use as a public house. In 1976 a terrorist attack on the hotel next door resulted in a spray of bullets hitting the pub.
Customers and staff bravely fought back using bottles and glasses! A bullet hole can still be seen in the panelling around the ground floor hoist. In his best seller ‘Sunbirds’, Wilbur Smith mentions having a nice pint in the Barley Mow. The Barley Mow cannot fail to impress even the most discerning of pub lovers. Take a moment to enjoy a relaxed pint after pounding the pavements of nearby Oxford Street.
The Barley Mow is a typical English pub located in Mayfair, very closely situated to the American Embassy. The Barley Mow shows all major sports and offers an appetizing lunch club menu including pub favourites Bangers and Mash and hunter's chicken. As a Taylor Walker pub, we are proud to offer freshly prepared British pub food and high quality drinks. With experienced and friendly staff, whether you are a cask ale fan, love a chilled glass of white wine or a freshly ground cup of coffee, we will serve you in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Join us for a classic British dish such as hand battered cod, chips and mushy or garden peas, a juicy rump steak burger and chips or a classic British roast seven days a week. Our pub food is freshly prepared and includes all your favourites. We also offer a range of sandwiches and wraps, all served by our welcoming and friendly team.
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