Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton

Main Street
Kirk Ireton
01335 370306

The Barley Mow is a wonderfully unspoilt village pub, built as a farmhouse in the 1600s and becoming a pub early in the 19th century.

Inside it has barely changed due to landlady Lilian Ford who lived here all her life until her death in 1976. Lilian didn’t trust the introduction of decimalisation and the pub was famously one of the last establishments in the country to accept it.

The present landlady Mary Short is also long-serving and has been here over 40 years. She has made few changes and the pub still has its small bar counter, quarry-tiled floor and bench seating around the walls. The pub is now run by Mary’s daughter Rachel and her husband Henry along with Rachel’s sisters Emma and Jenny.

Four beers are served from casks behind the bar and another beer, Hartington IPA, is brought from the cellar in a jug. Food is available weekends with an interesting, changing menu, and home made pies are a speciality. Bed and breakfast is available. The pub is closed on Monday and Tuesday.

It has an impressive Grade II* listing from Historic England and they describe it as a rare example of an intact C19 public house interior.

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