It is the mission of Eating Asheville Food Tours to take as many people as we possibly can to eat at Asheville’s best restaurants … and of course eat at Asheville’s best restaurants as much as we possibly can as well. While we can boast of doing just that at over 30 independent eateries here in Foodtopia, unfortunately we can’t claim to guide food tours to every single one of Asheville’s best restaurants, there are so many of them that our mission is never complete.
Every day we work hard to get closer to the goal, and when we reach a point where we can squeeze one more of Asheville’s best restaurants into the mix, its worth celebrating! Our newest partner definitely makes the cut. A few weeks ago we guided our first Asheville food tour through the doors of The Barleycorn, and if you haven’t been there then you should eat dinner there tonight.
The Barleycorn takes the true tradition of the English pub and modernizes it with an Asheville sensibility. Situated right in the center of West Asheville, The Barleycorn serves the neighborhood the way an authentic pub should plus some: with thoughtful, comforting cuisine, an environment that is pleasing and provides public and intimate seating, good drink and plenty of it, and a philosophy that fits its location.
Like most of Asheville’s best restaurants, The Barleycorn represents the chef and owner Greg Campbell in more ways than just what’s on the plate. The aesthetic and the attitude of The Barleycorn go hand in hand with Greg’s variety of creative cooking. The menu offers award-winning pub fare alongside contemporary composed dishes. The bar offers loads of local beer alongside well made signature cocktails. The dining room offers big custom designed locally crafted community tables situated next to individual window tables for intimate dining. The vibrant interior offers the chance to catch a game on one side and the opportunity to people watch on the always interesting Haywood Road on the other.
All of this adds up to equalling Greg’s vision of a modern pub, “A Great Good Place”(referencing a Ray Oldenburg novel) for everyone. The Barleycorn has become a staple in West Asheville, and if you don’t live over yonder you should get there to check it out. Haywood Road is happening every night and the staff at The Barleycorn is as welcoming as it gets.