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The Barley Mow 127 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3BX (Map)

The Barley is an excellent, unpretenious pub, which has been serving good beer in the area long before the style bars moved in. The upstairs lounge is a quiet getaway from the weekend crush downstairs More Atmosphere: Value: Quality:
Jason Priestley, [ Unknown ]

The Barley Mow
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Kosmopol, Chelsea (Bar / Restaurant)
“Although a good venue coming from a slightly biase swedish freind of the owner this should be taken with a pinch of salt ”
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bartaker, [ Unknown ] 09 Oct 03

The Sun, Clapham (Bar)
“The phrase "victim of its own success" could have been coined with The Sun in mind. This would be a great pub if only it weren't so damn popular! In the summer, especially, the beautiful people descend here en masse, after sunning themselves on the Common all day, and consequently it is packed to the rafters by 7:00 p.m. at the latest. The categories for rating the pub do not allow the full picture to be painted, since the atmosphere is always alive due to the number of people drinking there on the terrace etc. Equally, the range and choice of drinks is much the same as any other pub of its sort in London. The problem lies in the fact that you can quite easily find yourself waiting for half an hour to get served. And there's the rub. My friends and I often just avoid this place nowadays, because you end up spending so much of your evening either waiting to be served at the bar, or waiting empty-handed in the beer garden, while your mates are at the bar. A shame, but there you have it. If you find yourself in this position, I suggest either a quick walk up the road (towards the tube station) to the Frog and Forget-me-not, or down the road (away from tube) to The Calf, both of which are decent boozers, and very rarely get so heaving as the Sun.”
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Smiffy, [ Unknown ] 06 Oct 03

Cave Austin, Blackheath & Eltham (Bar)
“I went to Cave Austin for Sunday lunch with 2 freinds. The restaurant was half full but the restaurant was unable to cope with 10 covers at the same time. It took 15 minutes to cleat the table and then we were told the chef could not cope with the rush of orders and it would take about 15 minutes for preparation which seemed no issue. The starter was bought to us after an hour and the main course half an hour later. The salmon was raw. We left and refused to pay the bill. The service and attitude were pathetic.”
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James Walker, [ Unknown ] 05 Oct 03

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Barshu, Soho (Bar / Restaurant)
“the cocktails are fantastic, the staff friendly, welcoming and truly lovely. the clientele are either raucously amusing regulars or drifters searching for something better than old compton street (aren't we all). Highly recommend this place!”
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tom, [ Unknown ] 05 Oct 03

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Ye Old White Horse, City of London (Bar)
“I had the most appalling experience coming to this pub with two friends of mine. We were finishing our first round of drinks when the landlady came over and told us rudely that we had to leave. First she said that we couldn't stay on if we were jsut ordering food (my friend was at the bar buying some snacks). Then she asked if we were students and even after I said no (I am 30 but look quite young) she said, "Go! Leave now!" I demanded to know why but she said that she was the landlady and could do whatever she wanted. On my way out, I said that I was never coming back and she sarcastically said, "Oh no, you're never coming back, I'm going to go bankrupt." That just about sums this place up. Don't ever go there.”
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ptanu, [ Unknown ] 04 Oct 03

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The Roadhouse, West End (Bar / Restaurant / Club)
“Live music late license the cocktail menu is the size of a Dickens noval. Shit this place is so good it sells its on mechandise and holds its own cocktail flair competition. Not bad for a place the size of your local pub and is probably the cheapest to get a drink in covent garden especially during their happy hour”
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Schuey, [ Unknown ] 04 Oct 03

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Kosmopol, Chelsea (Bar / Restaurant)
“Very good atmosphere and heavenliy sent cocktails. High rating of women and a great bar staff!! Thanks for a Wonderful entertaining.”
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Jens Ende, [ Unknown ] 25 Sep 03

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The Sussex, West End (Bar)
“Hi, I went to this bar first about 12 years ago and it was a real dive. However, it got the sh*t blown out of it by the IRA (literally - the bomb went off in the loos) and it has been done up really nicely now. The manager used to be this big Mongrel of an aussie who was a good laugh, but I suppose he may have moved on now. Give it a go - top venue for a General birthday party.”
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svenjacobsen, [ Unknown ] 24 Sep 03

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The Albion, Angel & Islington (Bar)
“The Albion is a lovely quiet pub away from the hustle & bustle of Islington's Upper Street. Quite large in size it also has a large outside area which is perfect in the summer. With plenty of foliage surrounding the pub, it feels as though you are not quite in London, which sometimes, is always nice.”
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Poostache, [ Unknown ] 23 Sep 03

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The Sun Inn, Barnes & Sheen (Bar)
“Was here last night (Tuesday eveving) and the place was a little dead. I think management seazed the opportunity to train up the new staff as the service was a little lacking / unprofessional. The food however was very good (even if the menu was a little short) and the wines excellent. Just a shame the guy behind the bar stuffed up my bill and then gave the impression sorting it out was just a little too much hassle.”
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steve, london 17 Sep 03

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Bread and Roses, Clapham (Bar)
“This should be the evolution of the drinking establishment. Nowadays too many places are turning into 'trendy' cocktail/wine bars where you feel you there is a dress code or you have to part of some sort of 'in' crowd in order to just get something to quench your thirst and sit down with your mates or they look like it should be full of old men talking about the good old days while smoking their pipe. Bread and Roses is something different. It's your local and especially so as it's off the beaten track but it's been done up. It mananges to retain that local comfy feel yet inside the seating has moved away from chintzy worn chairs to a smart mauve and pine look without being over done. The walls are plain (thank god they didn't feel they needed to fill it with cheap books, crapy B&W nostalgic photos, spades & other garden tools or nonsense art work!) which works well, giving it a easy going feel. The best thing about this pub is the beer garden. It's way from the road anyway so if you decide to sit out front you're not eating car fumes with each mouthful, but round the back it's fantastic, with a conservatory leading out to a bamboo garden. There is pinic bench seating and chairs and tables so take your pick. Enough about the great new interior and the wonderful feel of the place and on to the reason why you'd be there in the first place. Drinks are your normal averge pub with a cocktail menu thrown in for good measure and to please the Claphamite crowd but there are soft and hot drinks for the weekends when it's full of families. There is also a small but reasonable food menu which tastes good and does the job well. Best of all it's their banana bread beer, which you get in it's special glass, if you go there you have to try it, it's wonderful stuff. This is a great pub, all the better as it can cater for after work drinks, food breaks and families.”
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Braininabucket, London 05 Sep 03

Cave Austin, Blackheath & Eltham (Bar)
“I have been here on the odd occasion for a few drinks. The service is completely appauling - when I enquired about hiring the function room, I was answered a series of bad mannored and inappropirate answers including: we won't allow you to invite anyone under 25 to your party?!”
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cfreeman@haswell.com, [ Unknown ] 04 Sep 03

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Ain't Nothing But Blues, Soho (Bar)
“Fabulous wee spot!! You wouldn't know you were in the centre of London... amongst some of the more 'suit' establishments of Kingly Street ... friendly staff and sounds... hang out till close and you find yourself dancing on the chairs with everyone else!!”
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Jen, [ Unknown ] 02 Sep 03

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Bar Kick, Shoreditch (Bar / Restaurant)
“I'm in 2 minds about telling everyone about this place, I want it all to myself, but then it wouldn't be doing this place any justice to keep quite about it. I love it here. Relaxed, easy going, fun, cool, oh you get the picture... The inside has a strange nostalgic splash to it with the furniture and bits of wall paper and the odd memorable object. The atmosphere is wonderful a real buzz here and I think the people who own it and work in it have a hint of the continent about them. The table football help supply hours of fun (as if you wouldn't have hours of it here anyway) and add to that continental feel. There is a basement as well, which I have not yet managed to get to as it always seems to be hired out. The drinks are great with happy hour making sure it all goes down well and the list of spirits, beers, wines and cocktails is just the right size so that you get a good choice to suit everyone but not over the top so you spend all day trying to decide. ”
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Braininabucket, London 29 Aug 03

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The Edge, Soho (Bar)
“This is a great place. On a good day you can sit outside on (though the tables and chairs are chained very close together, causing me on occassion to rub shoulders to the odd stranger but it's never been that bad.) or you can take your drink to Soho Sq. What I love most about this place is the fact that it is so easy going, huge and serves good food too and you absolutely have to try a smoothie, they are delicious.”
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Braininabucket, London 29 Aug 03

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Charlie Wright's Music Lounge, Shoreditch (Bar)
“Johnjohn the landlord is a true character with a voice and heart as big as his collar size. The Thai food served during the day is some of the best I have tasted, and always seems to be fresh. When I worked around the corner I could happily eat here everyday.”
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Greenfingerz, [ Unknown ] 28 Aug 03

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The Duke of Wellington, Belgravia (Bar)
“While staying around the corner during a 2003 visit to London, my wife and I made the Duke of Wellington our 'resident pub'. The staff greeted us regularly with, "Hello, Canada! What'll you have?" Each and every visit was a delight! A true local pub...”
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PortHope, [ Unknown ] 19 Aug 03

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Nobu London, Mayfair (Bar / Restaurant / Hotel)
“Tuesday evening the 18th August. After hearing so much about the Nobu, I decided it was time to try the best, or so I have lead to believe. Whilst myself and my girlfriend were not impressed by the decor or table layout, we soon became impressed by the menu and fabulous wines. The food was unbelievable to say the least, despite a balloonist gentleman breaking and spiling his wine twice on the next table, once directly on myself. Without going on too much, we spent £160.00 for the both of us (cheep night) for a three course meal, wine and cocktails. The next time we go we shall double the spend as I now know it will be worth it. I have tried many restaurants around London and Manchester, and the only one that comes anywhere near the Nobu is the Lowery hotel in Manchester.”
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peter jackson, [ Unknown ] 18 Aug 03

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The Pepper Tree, Clapham (Restaurant)
“Great atmosphere, fast friendly service and tasty Thai food that won't hurt the pocket. Situated in the heart of Clapham Common, overlooking the common itself with an open air front and a couple tables outside - perfect for a warm summer's evening - this place is a must if you are en-route for a night out but need a quick fix first. You cannot go wrong with the Thai Yellow, Red and Green Curries which cost less than a fiver with rice. The restaurant is laid out in long wooden tables, very basic but the great atmosphere and good food make up for it - if you get to sit facing the front you can watch the world go by too. You are nearly always guaranteed a small queue outside which goes down fairly quickly and in my view is a sign of a good restaurant! And after eating you are literally surrounded by fantastic bars to go wash your food down! You can't go wrong!!”
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toniah, [ Unknown ] 13 Aug 03

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