I'm giving the Beef and Barrel 3 stars only because of the food. If I were just rating Tiara, our server, I would have given 5. She was really great.
Having had a full day with no 'real' food, we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered we had come in during the Early Bird Specials. Many offerings, around $10, included bread, soup or salad, one side and ice cream. We were hungry! The food was good, not great. The homemade New England clam chowder was delicious, the salad was very good and the dressing tasted homemade. My 6 oz New York strip had no seasoning whatsoever, but was tender. My husband's chicken fried steak was good, as was the gravy.
The decor is very dated and dark. The darkness does not disguise the nastiness of the floor, which is carpeted. Very unappetizing. Like I said, Tiara (I'm sorry if that's spelled wrong!) was great. Very attentive, very helpful and so polite. She gave us a pleasant ending to our day on the 700 mile yard sale.