Barley Mow, Brighton

Last Saturday was forecast to be the warmest day of the year so early morning we packed a bag and headed off to Brighton for the day. Using the trusty Two-Together Railcard we picked up return tickets from London Bridge for just £8.00 each, bargain!

We enjoyed a wander through the Lanes followed by a bracing stroll along the beach to the Marina. By this time Herbie was tiring and we’d worked up a healthy appetite so we went up into Kemp Town in search of lunch.

After a quick browse through the Brighton Flea Market we headed to the Barley Mow for a spot of lunch.  Seems it’s had a lick of paint since we last visited and was all bright and colourful outside.

A quick check revealed they don’t just allow dogs, but positively encourage them so in we went. Not much has changed inside apart from the rather smart Pieminister Galley.  The upright piano right in the middle of pub was weighed down with piles of board games and there was plenty of comfy seating to be had.

There is a large beer garden out back.  Great for the warmer weather but we opted to stay in the cosy bar where H settled himself down on my coat and was fast asleep within seconds.

The menu from Pieminister is exactly what you would expect and more. According to the blurb everything is made in Bristol using responsibly-sourced ingredients and free range British meat. We enjoyed a rather delicious lunch washed down with a lovely glass of red for me and cider for the other half. Service was friendly and although fairly quiet when we visited, there was a nice chilled atmosphere to the place.

Herbie Hog on the menu

After lunch we ventured back onto the sea front for a stroll to have a look at the British Airways Brighton i360 in action.  It’s a popular attraction and the queues were quite long so we thought we’d leave it for another day. Apparently the ‘flight’ lasts 25 minutes and takes you 138m up into the skies with great views over the coast and downs.  Definitely one for the list!

By this time what little heat there was from the sun was ebbing away and the air was turning decidedly chilly.  So we waved our goodbyes and headed back up to the station.

Brighton is an easy day out from London. The journey is really quick, just an hour on one of the sparkly new Thameslink Trains. They’re walk-through, really bright and well equipped. Unfortunately the seats feel quite small and there are lots without tables or anywhere put your coffee down. Warm and comfy though and it wasn’t too long before both H and I were dozing off after our strenuous day out.

H’s Verdict

Brighton Beach isn’t for him, much prefers the soft sandy ones.  The Barley Mow is extremely dog-friendly and they have plenty of treats and fresh-water available.  4 Paws.