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“Absolutely crap”
Review of The Barley Mow

The Barley Mow
Ranked #148 of 196 Restaurants in Banbury
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Having spent £4 on a taxi to get there based on superb website, asked for a meal, told could not be served for at least an hour (at 8pm when they finish at 9pm).
Internet claims quiz on a Thursday, asked staff if there was one, did not know.
Then spent £4 on a taxi away.
In an age where everyone claims nobody goes out anymore, it is hardly surprising if it is so difficult to get a meal at a reasonable timebof night.
Having watched staff in operation, looking for a bottle of red wine in the fridge, it is hardly surprising they were unable to fulfil a simple task of serving a meal.
Don't be fooled by a wonderful website followed by a pathetic excuse for modern day service.
To be perfectly honest I am under no allusions that a question of what is 2+2 would have been followed with an answer of 22, judging by staff and clientele. The colour of the horse that the fine lady of Banbuy rode would have been dark bay and Basil Faulty would have won 3 in a bed.
Visit at your peril.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

allways pop in the barley mow for a few pints and i sometimes have food whick in the week is good but they sometime strugle on a sunday and sometimes run out of food this is why im only given them 4 stars if they sort sundays out it would be 5 stars

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Having booked in for a Christmas meal, we arrived to find our table was not ready. When we were seated there was 9 place settings squished onto a table normally for 6, there was no way that plates of food would have fitted on the table. When we asked for more space we were provided with a small, low table on the end and were told that they couldn't decorate it, or even put a tablecloth on it. Our food arrived within seconds of us being seated, as if it had been sat around waiting. The breaded mushrooms were served on a plate the size of a saucer making it impossible to cut the mushrooms without the plate tipping over and the mushrooms flying everywhere. The turkey arrived quickly after, crispy and dry and not particularly warm with watery carrots. When we asked for more cranberry sauce we were told that they had ran out, but were offered 'mint sauce in a sachet' as an alternative. The Christmas pudding was served on a plate with a small spoonful of custard that had been slopped on as it was dribbled to the edge of the plate. Very disappointing food, but fair value at £10.50 for 3 courses. We then found that we could not really talk as there was a quiz in the area that we had been seated which was very invasive, so we left early and went home for more drinks rather than staying longer. We were in and out in no more than an hour. Not impressed!

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Returning frequent customers, lovely food. Service very fast (9 minutes!!!) staff friendly perfect atmosphere great varied menu and cheap!
Can't say enough great things about this place!

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Thank Em201212
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