The Barley Sheaf

Gorran Churchtown, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6HN
The Barley Sheaf, St Austell

Hyper-local pub dining at The Barley Sheaf

Chef proprietor Tim Kendall took over The Barley Sheaf in February 2020 and, despite the difficult timing, has built a cracking reputation for delicious and well-executed dishes which perfectly reflect the surrounding seascape and countryside.

Decorated in earthy heritage tones, with a slate floor and local artwork on the walls, this country inn is smart enough for occasion dining yet so easygoing no-one would raise an eyebrow if you turned up with a four-legged friend in tow.

A rich abundance of produce from the farms and coast of Cornwall and the South West are reflected in the cooking, and Tim and team make a great effort to use fruit and veg grown by local parishioners.

The chef’s crowd-pleasing pub classics – favourites include gourmet bangers and mash – sit alongside more adventurous dining fare such as wood pigeon with beetroot, black pudding, savoury granola and red chard.

Vegetarians and vegans aren’t left out: dishes like miso-glazed aubergine with aubergine caviar, red pepper, pimento beans and a spicy Moroccan sauce are contemporary and innovative.

Tim also puts a local spin on trad puddings, including a white chocolate mousse dish crafted using Cornish fairings.

Suggested wine pairings and tipples by the glass make it easy to match your dish to something decent from a 40-strong wine list.

Sample menu

Starter: Chicken raviolo, sweetcorn, madeira, egg yolk, consommé

Main: Pork loin, celeriac, rhubarb, kale, girolle, smoked pomme

Dessert: Sticky toffee pudding, clotted cream

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Chef(s): Tim Kendall
course lunch from: £18
3 course dinner from: £30
Seats: 55
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