The Barley Mow was built when Marylebone's open countryside was being swallowed up by development in the late 18th century. The pub's sign shows two farmers loading the mow of barley onto a hay cart and this pub does feel like a rustic country alehouse. It's famous for its two little wooden booths set against the bar, said to have been used by pawnbrokers, but more likely as cosy 'snugs' for its intensely private Victorian customers.
A few years ago the Barley Mow closed, suddenly. Rumours had it that the pub was to become flats and it stayed closed for some time, but thankfully has come out largely unscathed. The Barley Mow is thought to be Marylebone's oldest pub, long may it remain so! The Barley Mow -
Great to hear this pub is still open/reopened. Only went once, in 2002 or similar! Remember the pawnbroker booths and the Golden balls outside. Was very nice, with decently kept ales. A fleeting visit, but still sticks with me, sign of a decent place. Will have to get back.