All posts by Alastair Walton

Two-for-one this Valentines Day

This week in your favourite coffee shop, love is in the air! Barnaby’s will be decorated with a lovely Valentines theme, and we look forward to seeing you with whoever you choose to bring along with you…!

On Thursday,  it’s“Buy One, Get One Free.” Just come on in with your wife husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, running buddy, someone else’s wife, their Scrabble partner etc etc, and we’ll pay for their hot drink!

See you all on Thursday.

Barnaby’s inspires new venture in Droxford

A dream to turn Droxford church in to a community hub and heritage centre, inspired by Barnaby’s, is now very close to reality. The church had been placed on the Heritage At Risk register after a host of structural problems were logged, but after a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a wave of enthusiastic ideas from the villagers, work is now well under way.

John Symes, Chairman of Friends of Droxford Church, told the Meon Valley News this week “Our repairs were conceived as a community project rather than just as a restoration project. When fully completed, “Wilfreds”, a volunteer-run cafe inspired by Barnaby’s in Swanmore, will be the centrepiece of this huge project. There is still a lot of money to be raised, but we have made wonderful progress. We have been very impressed with what the Barnaby’s team have achieved there, so that will be the model for us too.”

The full article can be read in the latest issue of the Meon Valley News, and you can follow Johns progress on

For one week only…

The birthday of Scotlands finest poet Robbie Burns rarely passes quietly. Scotsmen tend to celebrate the bards’ contribution to their culture by singing his most famous song “Auld Lang Syne” whilst munching large helpings of haggis. Find out more about other Burns Night traditions here, and catch photos of our recent events here.

This week, Scotland comes to Barnaby’s. You’ll get to enjoy a stirring blend of ginger beards, rousing bagpipes, and an awful lot of shortbread. Meanwhile, you can click here  to start learning the words you’ll need when addressing your own haggis on Burns Night itself – Friday 25th.


Barnaby’s Book Club launches in to 2019

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…