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The Barley Mow is a thatched country tavern in the little village of Clifton Hampden. More than 650 years old, the pub is packed with original features and visitors have admired and enjoyed this country inn for centuries, including renowned writers like Jerome K. Jerome and Charles Dickens Jnr. Stepping inside this glorious thatched tavern is like taking a step back in time. The Barley Mow pub shows off a host of original features including low beams and an old fireplace so large it fits across two different parts of the pub. It is an ideal setting for couples longing for a relaxing meal by candlelight.With the River Thames just minutes away, the Barley Mow is an ideal place to stop and relax if you are enjoying a stroll, bike ride or boat trip along the river. Our superb menu offers traditional pub food and seasonal dishes that cater for the whole family. 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.