Barley Mow Pub - 14th Century Pub Restaurant

The Barley Mow is a storybook pub nestled in the picturesque little village and civil parish of Clifton Hampden, just over 3 miles east of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Originally a farming community, the area rests peacefully on the north bank of the River Thames. The river’s pathway is filled with 17th century thatched cottages and the sweet scent of honeysuckle. Famous English writer, Jerome K. Jerome, depicted this part of the River Thames area beautifully in his classic 1889 book Three Men in a Boat as “the wonderfully pretty village, old fashioned, peaceful and dainty with flowers.”

In Anglo Saxon times Clifton Hampden was known as ‘tun on a cliff’ (town on a cliff), a name allegedly given because of the rock face that stands above the rest of the village. Perched on the top of this cliff, just 5 minutes from the Barley ​Mow pub, is the historic Church of St Michael & All Angels, a chapel of the Dorchester parish until the 19th century. Sir George Gilbert Scott, an English gothic revival architect rebuilt and restored the majority of this historic building in 1844. However, a few of the original features of the church have survived, including the arcade of the south aisle, which was built around 1180. In another area of the church they still have 13th century lancet windows designed in the Early English style.

Another building in Clifton Hampden that is blessed with a long and rich history is the Barlow M​ow inn. The delightfully snug pub restaurant has been garnering praise for hundreds of years, including from renowned writers like Charles Dickens Jr. In 1879, he described the Barley Mow in Dickens’s Dictionary of the Thames as a “capital little inn” and “one of the thatched, old fashioned resting places which have been almost improved out of existence by the modern system of hotels.”

The quaint little tavern is very popular with the boaters, cyclers and walkers that pass by on the Thames, and it is easy to see why. Within walking distance of the river’s bridge, Barley Mow invites you in to a quiet old world inn with a storybook appearance thanks to its low-pitched gables, thatched roof and latticed windows. The building itself is a beautiful timber framed construction that claims to be over 650 years old and has been a grade II listed building since 1963.

Originally two old farmed cottages, the Barley Mow is now an inspired blend of old and new. Inside there are splashes of modern design, which are complemented by an ancient low beamed ceiling and a fireplace so large it stretches across two separate parts of the tavern. 

Seasonal Food & Drink at the Barley Mow Pub

However, it is not just the history that makes this country inn so special, our traditional pub menu offers seasonal dishes prepared with high quality and fresh produce. Our hearty Sunday roasts are always popular with the whole family and we serve a great selection of real ales. Book your table online today.

Directions to Barley Mow Pub, Clifton Hampden, Abingdon

You can find the Barlow Mow pub just off the A415 in Clifton Hampden village only a few minutes away from the River Thames. We are located in Abingdon not too far away from Didcot and Wallingford.