In celebration of Easter Week, it’ll be Hot Cross Buns as far as the eye can see in Barnaby’s! And for the third year running, our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have kindly offered to bake them. They recently published a little study on the ingredients of the perfect hot cross bun, as compared with the ones you buy from the supermarket….
This is what’s in ours
Flour, sugar, salt, mixed spice, dried yeast, butter, free range egg, dried fruit, dried milk & margarine.
And from the supermarket…
Wheat flour (includes calcium carbonate, iron, niacin, thiamin), orange soaked fruit (includes orange juice from concentrate), water, orange soaked Chilean flame raisins (includes orange juice from concentrate), unsalted butter, yeast, mixed peel, invert sugar syrup, wheat protein, honey, demerara sugar, buttermilk powder, maize starch, salt, palm oil, dried egg, flavouring, rapeseed oil, palm fat, soya flour and wheat starch.
St.Patricks Day is this weekend. It’s an event that started in the early 17th century, commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and the heritage of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, cèilidhs, and the wearing of shamrocks.
This Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll have yummy homemade shamrock biccies available with every coffee and an awesome Guinness cake – homemade by one of our fabulous volunteers. You won’t want to miss that!
Oh, and the Irish play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday at 2.45pm…
Barnaby’s Team Leaders had the pleasure of learning from Ieuan Andrews today, known widely as “The Coffee Man“. A 20-year career in the coffee business has helped Ieuan build up an unenviable knowledge of coffee machines and how to get the best from them. He now readily shares this experience with small independent coffee shops like Barnaby’s, helping them to deliver quality and consistency.
Ieuan made a number of recommendations to Barnaby’s Team Leaders, in order to maintain our high standards and help train our volunteers. We are grateful to him. Find out more about The Coffee Man at thecoffeemansoutheast.co.uk.
It’s all going to go a bit Welsh this week, in celebration of St. David’s Day and the Welsh Eisteddfod on Friday.
In Welsh culture, an Eisteddfod is a Welsh festival of literature, music and performance. The tradition of a meeting of Welsh artists dates back to the 12th century, when a festival of poetry and music was held by Rhys ap Gruffydd at his court in Cardigan. He invited poets and musicians from all over Wales, and a seat at his top table was awarded to the best of them – a tradition that prevails in the modern day Eisteddfod.
We won’t be going that far, but we will have rousing Welsh hymns, lots of castles to look at, and yummy Welsh cakes on offer! We’ll keep the theme going until Saturday afternoon, when there will be prizes for anyone who knows what Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau means…
The staggeringly fabulous Pontypridd Male Voice Choir will be back in Swanmore on Saturday 2nd March at 7pm. Tickets will be available from Barnaby’s today from 10am, and on Saturday 16th February.
The last time the Pontypridd Male Voice Choir was in Swanmore, the event event was a complete sell out. Make sure you get your tickets early! There really isn’t quite anything like the sound of a choir such as this.
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.
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.
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 inspiremefit.com 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.
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.
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 facebook.com/swanmorecoffee and have your say.
We also noticed that our friends at Bishops Waltham Country Market have just delivered some rather fabulous cranberry & pistachio biscotti…