All posts by Alastair Walton

Art in Barnaby’s this month

In our continuous support of the community, we showcase the work of local artists on the wall in Barnaby’s. This month, we are featuring landscapes by Jerry Smith, whose studio is here in Swanmore.

Jerry paints in a vivid style, driven by a passion for detail which has always been evident in his work. The local Meon Valley landscape is a constant source of inspiration to Jerry, so he takes hundreds of reference photographs across the changing seasons before choosing which one to paint. Head to for more info on Jerry, or pop in to Barnaby’s this month to see his work.

Free mince pies this week!

Barnaby’s will be helping you to celebrate Christmas with free mince pies all this week! So, simply order a hot drink (tea or coffee), and you’ll receive a yummy mince pie in place of your normal complimentary coffee biscuit!

Plus, we have our special festive offer of a gingerbread latte and a gingerbread man for just £2.50. Happy Christmas everyone.

Charity Awareness Day
Crisis at Christmas

On Saturday 14th December, we will be highlighting the work of Crisis at Christmas as they approach their busiest time of the year. Half our days takings will be given to Crisis as a feature of our Charity Awareness Scheme, so please come and have a coffee and a slice of homemade cake!

For more information about our Charity Awareness Scheme, or to apply for the support it provides, please head to

Gentlemen in Moscow

This Thursday, the Barnaby’s Book Club will meet in The Brickmakers at 7.30pm to review what we thought of ““Gentlemen in Moscow” by Amor Towles. The book tells the tale of the triumph of goodness over cruelty and hopefulness over despair by painting vibrant picture of Soviet history from 1922 to 1954.

As an end-of-year celebration, we’re having dinner together in The Brickmakers too. You are very welcome to join us! If you like books, beer, wine or food, then let us know you are coming at We look forward to seeing you.

Festive specials now available!

December is here! To help us all get in the mood for Christmas, Barnaby’s now has a number of new festive specials available for you to enjoy:

  • yummy gingerbread latte and a gingerbread man for just £2.50
  • individual gingerbread man for just 40p
  • new festive flavoured biscotti

During Christmas week, all Barnaby’s visitors will be able to enjoy a free mince pie in place of our normal complimentary coffee biscuits. Take your mind off all that shopping – come on in and enjoy a little festive treat or two with your friends!

How does Barnaby’s support my community?

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

  • Alzheimers Society
  • Childrens Society
  • DEC
  • Fit For Felix
  • Friends of Teso
  • Girl Guides
  • Leukaemia Care UK
  • 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 Barnaby’s CAS, please go to and complete a very short form.

This article was first posted in February 2016

Charity Awareness Day
Leukaemia Care UK

In honour of our friend Peter Boraston, who passed away recently, we will be holding a Charity Awareness Day for Leukaemia Care UK on Saturday 23rd November. Half our days takings will be sent to this fabulous charity, so please come and support the cause by buying some yummy homemade cake and a delicious coffee!

For more information about our Charity Awareness Scheme, or to apply for the support it provides, please head to