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Welcome to the online home of The Barley Mow
 
Situated in Witnesham just outside Ipswich on the B1077
 

In March  2010   new  Landlord,  Les Osborne,  took  the  reins  of  this  lovely Country Pub

 

A warm welcome awaits new and existing customers, our Restaurant now boasts an open fire and our New Beer Garden is ready for 2011

Quiz Nites will commence again on Thursday 10th January 2013
and on every other Thursday with Bingo on the Wednesdays in between
 
 Les and his staff look forward to your company in 2013 
 
 
The Barley Mow  Won The Golden Paws Award for 2011
From Dog Friendly Suffolk
 
 Your local for the last 250 years...
 
The actual age of the building we know as the Barley Mow is not certain but it was probably built during the 1500s. What we do know is that during the 18th century it became a pub and was named the Barley Mow.
The nearest we can get to an actual date is 1761 when the landlord could have been a gentleman known as Daniel Stern. He bought the building in 1761 and when it was acquired by John Cobbold in 1766 it was already described as a public house. Therefore, from the best information we can obtain the Barley Mow, as a pub, is 250 years old this year, something that has not gone unnoticed by its present landlord Les Osborne.
If the truth were known Les has always had a slight twinkle in his eye for the Barley Mow. He remembers when his dad used to knock out a tune on his squeeze-box and when Giles played a tune on the piano. Les has introduced a piano into the back bar and welcomes anyone with a talent to help themselves and bring back some of these homely times. Les is one of 14 children, all well known in the village and others nearby including Otley. His mum and dad lived in the village for many years.
Les took over the running of the Barley Mow in early 2010, and from day one has put in maximum effort to bring the pub back to the local community and to offer a facility that had, and to some extent still has, the real danger of disappearing.
In the short time Les has been at the helm, he has developed a rear garden now open to the public which gives a safe environment for children during the summer and a nice place to sit on a sunny day. He has organised various events, including a St George's fun day, golf days, a dog show, fortnightly quiz, regular bingo, singers, bands and even came to the rescue when the village fireworks night was cancelled by putting on an excellent display attended by over 100 people at his own expense. Such is the enthusiasm of this local man to create a meeting place for people to enjoy good beers and wines as well as other people's company... a real local pub.
Les also provides a food menu as well as a take-away service ( look out for the curries ) and continues to provide an excellent fish and chips meal. He endeavours to use local ingredients wherever possible, including his tempting pudding menu. The previous landlord didn't open at lunchtimes. Les does but it is taking time for people to realise this and Les hopes it will attract local people as well as rambling groups.
Les intends to celebrate the 250 years and the Royal Wedding as a village event. It would be great if we could all support this venture and bring the village feeling back.
In the meantime, why not drop in and see for yourself?     You are sure of a warm welcome and may make new friends. Look out for details of events. The Barley Mow will be incorporating one of the new notice boards which will be erected in the village so it will also become an information centre...  just another reason to drop by.