The Barley Mow
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Tilford Green, Tilford, Farnham, GU10 2BU
Built in the early part of the 18th Century, The Barley Mow became an alehouse in 1763. William 'Silver Billy' Beldham, one of England's most famous cricketers, took over as landlord in 1821. Step into the pub and you'll find walls adorned with sporting memorabilia - cricket bats from a bygone age, team photographs and trophies. No wonder Silver Billy's ghost is said to still call the pub home. Mike Hawthorn, the first British World Champion Formula One racing driver, used to drink at the pub, and there is a picture gallery in his memory. The Hawthorn Appreciation Society still meets here, as do many motor sports clubs from all around the area. The pub continues to provide hospitality for locals and visitors alike, and the many photographs and artefacts on its walls are testament to its long and interesting history. The Barley Mow remains a quintessential English country pub, with a good selection of real ales and traditional home-cooked food. There is an excellent lunchtime bar menu available, and in the evening there's a restaurant-style specials board that changes regularly according to seasonal availability. Hearty pies, bangers and mash, fruit crumbles and fresh fish all make an appearance, and delicious traditional Sunday roasts are served throughout the year. In warmer months, why not dine alfresco in the riverside garden with its views of the village green. What better way to make the most of the great British summer than to enjoy a delicious, English pub lunch while listening to the familiar noise of a cricket ball hitting a bat. And for that often-essential after-lunch stroll, there are a large number of beautiful walks in the area, with Frensham Ponds and the ruins of a 13th-Century Cistercian abbey nearby. This is one of those traditional English pubs that you rarely come across, but hoped still existed. Look no further - The Barley Mow is just waiting to be discovered.