Barnaby’s Book Club is back

The Barnaby’s Book Club will kick off their year by discussing what they thought of “The Muse” by Jessie Burton – internationally bestselling author of “The Miniaturist”. Amazon says that “The Muse” brilliantly realises the story of two young women – a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain – and the powerful mystery that ties them together.

Barnaby’s Book Club will meet in The Brickmakers, Swanmore, at 7.30pm on Thursday 24th January.  Come along and join in!


Have you gone sugar-free?

We’re back! And we’ve got some totally yummy detox ideas for you to enjoy right through January.

First up? Delicious sugar-free squidgy banana & pecan bites, homemade, and inspired by our friends at here in Swanmore. Come on in and catch up with friends while you enjoy a yummy detox option. We’ll keep this theme going all through the month, so pop in any time and see what wonderful options we’ve got on offer.


We’re back on Friday 4th January

That’s it. We’re off for Christmas and New Year. Barnaby’s will be back at 9am on Friday 4th January, with lots of yummy detox ideas from our friends at We very much look forward to seeing you then. Meanwhile, we wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Supporting ‘Crisis at Christmas’

One of the key remits of Barnaby’s is to support charitable causes. This month, the BBT have elected to donate 20% of our December income to Crisis at Christmas. This will be in the form of a cash donation, which will enable CAS to continue to work side-by-side with the homeless in order to help them rebuild their lives.

If you wish to make a personal donation to CAS, either click here or pop your donation in the red tin that is now in Barnaby’s.

This Saturday in Barnaby’s

Now a firm favourite on the village calendar, the Christmas Tree Festival is a fabulous festive event. Barnaby’s is pleased to support it with special extended opening hours and some yummy festive offers.

We’ll be open all day on Saturday, through to 4pm. At lunchtime, we will be serving a choice of warm carrot & coriander soup or tomato & basil, both served with a freshly-baked bread roll for just £3.50. Our gingerbread latte & gingerbread man offer has already been very popular, and now there’s a cranberry & pistachio biscotti to enjoy too!

If you are planning to be in the village on Saturday, come and have lunch with us before you enjoy the Christmas tree display, or pop in during the afternoon for a cuppa.

It’s a Christmas gingerbread takeover!

Our recent Facebook poll revealed that you got jolly excited about gingerbread lattes and gingerbread men, so we’ve combined the two in one yummy special Christmas offer!  All through December, you’ll be able to enjoy a velvety gingerbread latte and a delicious gingerbread man, for just £2.50. It does not get any more Christmassy than that! Missed the poll? Head to and have your say.

We also noticed that our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have just delivered some rather fabulous cranberry & pistachio biscotti…

DEC Awareness Day

At midday today, Mike Holubinka was drawn as the winner of the photo competition we have been running all through November, in aid of the DECs relief effort following the Indonesian tsunami.

Mike correctly chose the location of a photo taken by one of our regular volunteers – Berty Ferrone. The answer was Mudeford Quay in Dorset, and the winning ticket was chosen by Bertys grandson Oliver!

As a result of Bertys generosity and the donations you made today, we will be sending over £100 to the DEC next week. Thank you.

Thank you Sydney

Barnaby’s Business Team, volunteers and customers were all saddened to hear about the recent passing of Sydney Dean – a fervent supporter of Barnaby’s from the very beginning.

Sydney demonstrated this beautifully in his bullish answers to a DJ on Radio Solent, who dared to be critical of ‘church coffee shops’ live on air a couple of years ago. Sydney rang in, and was so forceful with the chap that he was forced to come out to Barnaby’s to see the place for himself! A victory for Sydney, and a great moment for Barnaby’s.

Rest in peace sir.

Sydneys funeral will be in St.Barnabas Church on Friday.

How does Barnaby’s support my community?

Barnaby’s is a very tangible asset to the community – a charming, friendly and social place to meet with your friends and share a little time together. Behind-the-scenes, Barnaby’s is much more than that. After we meet our running costs, Barnaby’s supports community projects and ventures through our Charity Donation Scheme (CDS). Recently, these have included:

  • Alzheimers Society
  • Childrens Society
  • DEC
  • Fit For Felix
  • Friends of Teso
  • Girl Guides
  • Macmillan Cancer Research
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Royal British Legion
  • Rowans Hospice
  • St. George Foundation
  • Swanmore Lions
  • Swanmore Mothers Union
  • Swanmore Open Gardens
  • Swanmore Village Primary School

To apply to receive funding from Barnaby’s CDS, please go to and complete a very short form.

This article was first posted in February 2016

Win a stunning framed photo

This stunning image is one of a series, now framed and on display in Barnaby’s. The photographer is our very own Berty Ferrone, who can be found hard at work as a barista most Saturdays. Berty has very generously offered to give away one of his superb images in aid of the Tsunami Appeal that followed the recent earthquake in Indonesia.

So, how can you win one? Simple! All you have to do is guess where this photo was taken. Pop your guess in to the pot in front of the till in Barnaby’s, along with your donation to the appeal.  The winner will be drawn from the correct answers by Berty himself at midday on Saturday 1st December, at which point you’ll be able to choose the photo you want to take home!

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