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The John Barleycorn

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Threshers Bush | Turn Right Out of Green Lane, Harlow CM17 0NS, England
+44 1279 422675
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Hastingwood
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to this restaurant many times and have for the most part had an excellent meal and good beer! The owners have always been friendly and welcoming and the pub/restaurant is nice and homely. I took my Sister here last night and told her I have always had a good meal, bar once when my steak was over... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I had dinner in the The John Barleycorn yesterday. It was our first visit and when we pulled up in the car outside we were a little apprehensive as it didn't seem very busy - however everything about the evening turned out to be fantastic. The food was delicious and the portions generous - the steak and... More 

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Thank Rob1978uk
London, United Kingdom
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212 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Country pub that has a nice outdoor seating area and good parking. Generous portions and friendly staff. It's an old building and smells of dogs as you walk in and the doors stick.

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Thank Mike R
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. The wet dog smell was from bleach on the op that had not been rinsed properly. Yes the building is old and with a change in the weather the doors do stick sometimes, for these two negatives we can only apologise. The food and service were up to our usual high standard and we are glad... More 

Hertfordshire
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yet again a great meal, my roast turkey with all the trimmings was lovely and my wife's dressed crab was equally as good. Highly recommend, also worth mentioning the quality of the restaurant staff, always polite and highly attentive.

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Thank JAPHertfordshire
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out to review your recent visit. We are so glad that you and your wife had a great meal with good service. Please return to see us soon. More 

Chipping Ongar, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite nice pub food large portions the staff very friendly but the dark wall and dark chairs make the inside look very glum be nice in lighter colours really glad had a table by the window

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Thank sam b
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

We are glad you had a pleasant visit to us. Sorry to hear the décor was not to your liking. However we will be redecorating soon. So you will have to come see us again. More 

Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off here for a drink, it was Mother's Day so packed, had to park opposite on side of road. Luckily it was a nice day as no tables inside but plenty of tables outside, lovely beer garden and we sat by the pond, didn't really see much of inside as just stood at the bar to get our drinks... More 

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Thank Emma D
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out to review your recent visit. Sorry it was so busy as it was Mothers Day, although our Sundays are usually busy as well. We do have places to sit and have a drink. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took my mum and the rest of family here for Mother's Day , we never have high hopes for Mother's Day meals out as most places are over busy not enough staff and waiting ages for food , this Mother's Day was different , food was amazing starter main and dessert , staff where all great and friendly and food... More 

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Thank Chazza47
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Thank you for your Mothers Day review. It can be a bit of a manic day but I think this year because we are busy every Sunday we managed to nail the service and food. We are glad you had a great day without a long wait and rushed service. Look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a wonderful evening here last night with our friends. The restaurant is very charming with lots of character. The food is exceptionally good and the staff are very friendly & professional. Thank you for such a great experience, we will certainly be back

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Thank seanmcdonnell4138
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a great time with good food and service. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We went on recommendation so I suppose my expectations were higher. It ticks the boxes in terms of ok food , ok service but the food and the place lacked excitement and character and ambience. I'd go again reluctantly but there are better choices locally which scream excellence !

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Thank Rabidrabs
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear your experience at our restaurant was not up to your expectations. As for lack of ambience we are in the process of a revamp so hopefully it will make the restaurant more inviting. We do hope you will give us another chance. More 

Harlow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Lovely meal and exceptional service. The portions were on the large side which suited some of us. The staff were over attentive but that is not a critical thing. This is our fifth visit and that in itself is recommendation to visit this popular venue be it a special occasion or just a quick meal they have got it right.

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Thank keith h
Barleycorn321, Manager at The John Barleycorn, responded to this review

Glad we helped you in having a successful birthday. We hope you and all your family enjoyed there meal. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Threshers Bush | Turn Right Out of Green Lane, Harlow CM17 0NS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Harlow
  • Phone Number: +44 1279 422675
Description
We are a friendly country pub doing fine food. Great garden dining. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?