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The Barleycorn, W. Asheville


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The Barleycorn, W. Asheville

Jeff C. | | Jan 5, 2014 01:45 PM

First thought: "This looks like a mini Wicked Weed." Same polished concrete floor and industrial fixtures with Edison bulbs. Same seating arrangement with bar in the back, communal tables in the center, and four-tops around the periphery. Full bar, twelve taps, over half local, but only one made (by Lookout Brewing) exclusively for them. The menu is mainly modern update on traditional English pub grub: fish, chips, bangers, and the like. We both had the cider-brined roasted chicken sandwich with avocado, goat cheese, and smoked red pepper aioli. Good sandwich but a bit small for its $9.50 price tag. My side was a small but good portion of corn pudding, hers the "thrice cooked" (I suspect blanched, the double-fried) fries. These were plentiful and excellent, with some kind of vaguely Indian spice (nutmeg?). Very friendly service. Total before tip for the above plus one beer and a hot tea: $27.82. Bottom line: If I lived in W. Asheville and didn't want to bother with trying to find parking downtown, The Barleycorn would be a good beer-and-pub-grub alternative to Wicked Weed.

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