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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Food & Drink: The Barley Mow in Englefield Green, Surrey

Rack of free-range Cherry Orchard pork, apple fritter, green apple sauce
Brassiere pubs in Surrey
The Barley Mow in Englefield Green
Outdoor seating area at the Barley Mow
Baguette with tomato pesto
Passionfruit mojito
British rope-grown mussels steamed with marinière or saffron mouclade sauce
Pub with delicious seasonal dishes
Favourite sunday lunch spots in Surrey
sunday lunch spot in Surrey
Pistachio souffle

Pull up a chair and tuck in... 

The Barley Mow is a traditional English pub located in Englefield Green, near Egham in Surrey. It is one of 15 pubs part of The White Brassiere Company, a family of British pubs with a French brassiere twist, owned by the famous French chef, Raymond Blanc. 

I was asked by the lovely Lottie, the new Social Media Manager at The Barley Mow Pub Brassiere to pop down and try out the seasonal dishes on offer and help spread the word about their newly refurbished pub. 

Realistically, the Barley Mow was a little bit of a drive for us, with The White Horse Brassiere in Reigate significantly closer to home for us. 

However, me and Alex decided to head down one lazy Sunday and take the opportunity to check out a different area of Surrey.

The Barley Mow overlooks a lush green cricket-field and has a warm and welcoming vibe.
Inside, the pub boasts a cosy, modern interior with scattered seating dotted throughout the main restaurant and bar area, compromising both weathered beige-leather booths layered with plump cushions or mismatched wooden chairs and dining tables. 

The main restaurant and open-kitchen area are almost on their own “sunken” level, a few steps down from the bar area, and lead out onto an open terrace complete outdoor seating for outdoor dining and a BBQ/bar area on the green used in the summer months. 

As it was Sunday, of course, a traditional Sunday Roast was top of our list of things to indulge. Alex also chose the starter of Mussels steamed with Saffron Mouclade Sauce (£6.95) starter in order to experience the “French twist” on food that the pub offers. The portion was huge and well-worth the money. 

I starving, but reluctant to ruin my Sunday roast, opted for the basket of stone-baked artisan baguette (£2) for the table paired the side of tomato pesto (£1.70) - which was absolutely delicious, since our visit I’ve even bought myself a pot of sun-dried tomato pesto for bread nibble nights at home!

Onto the main event… as you can see from the photos, the Pork Sunday Roast (£14.80) featured generous portions of meat with a rack of free-range Cherry Orchard pork, buttered vegetables, apple fritter, green apple sauce and all the delicious essentials; crispy and fluffy roasties, large Yorkshire puddings, creamy cauliflower cheese and lashings of gravy. 

Dessert was begrudgingly shared… I say begrudgingly because once we’d taken one mouthful of the famously light Pistachio Souffle (£6.90), we instantly regretted sharing one portion between us - it was delicious and paired with a rich chocolate ice-cream. 

I was convinced there was a minty ingredient accompanying the pistachio but our lovely waitress assured me this wasn’t the case. 

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Barley Mow and are already looking forward to our next visit to our local branch - The White House Pub Brassiere in Reigate - I’m keen to try the normal a la carte dinner menu. 

(*) Our food and drink at The Barley Mow were provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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