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Sir John Barleycorn, Cadnam

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user reviews of the Sir John Barleycorn, Cadnam

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Visited here last night, been a change of Landlord. Current one very accommodating and knows how to keep real ale (he is a member of CAMRA). Had a pint of HSB while the London Pride was being changed. Then had a pint of L P which was exceptional, Red Fox was also available. Found prices at £3.90 and £3.70 a pint dearer than I am used to in Berkshire. Although Bar snacks finished at 18:00 and we arrived at 20:30, he was more than happy to make us a Steak sand which with Chips and salad, which is all we wanted although a full menu was also available in either the Bar or Restaurant. Hope this chap gets the job permanently and if I lived nearer would certainly be a Regular. Well done sir, suggest you have a word with the Bar Staff to make sure they are singing from your Hymn Book.
Bitter_Man - 22 Oct 2013 11:00
Visited for the first time last night 29th September 2013, on my Birthday.
We made a point of ringing the Pub in advance to specifically request a Roast Meal, as it was Sunday, and we were told, " We have not been very busy today, so there is a possibility there was a chance of this meal being available. We were advised to arrive early.
We arrived approximately 7.00 pm, yet the member of staff serving us said the Roast Meals were all sold out as they had been busy that day. A slight contradiction, to say the least, yet there was only a handful of people in The John Barleycorn.

We ordered three separate meals, one of them being a Vegetarian selection, from the specials list. A couple of minutes later the member of staff returned saying that the vegetarian selection ordered was unavailable. When looking at the menu to re-order there was just two options remaining, neither of which were inspiring. I suggested to the member of Staff that he should ask the Chef for an alternative, for my partner. He returned saying that he could cook a Pea and Asparagus Risotto, with just a small amount of Parmesan on top. My partner was forced to accept this, as by then it was getting too late to leave this Pub and go elsewhere. This we all thought was very poor and unfair to Vegetarians. The two other meals ordered were both of the meat variety, and both were well cooked, well presented and politely served. I did find my Pork Loin to be a little on the tough side, and difficult to cut and eat, however. All in all though all food ordered was to a very high standard, and well presented. We ordered starters, mains and desserts. I will say though that the food is a little on the expensive side, but it seems that this is often the case these days. The John Barleycorn belongs to a small chain, therefore they do not have access to the cheapest prices when ordering their supplies. The only way of getting a reasonable cheap meal is to buy from a large chain Pub, such as Beefeater, Harvester, etc etc.... where they have the buying power to beat their food suppliers down in price.

I do prefer the smaller chains, so at the end of the day you get what you pay for it seems. The days of individual Pubs are sadly almost over. Very few survive now, as the chain guys have bought them all up. Any venue that's profitable is snapped up and then turned into a production line food machine.

Overall :-
The food available at John Barleycorn is to a very high standard, the Staff are Polite, the Pub is gorgeous, being a 12 Century Inn, and the location is quiet. There is also a large garden out the back with ample seating for diners wishing to dine out. They must however include more of a selection of the vegetarian type food if they are to continue to be successful.

I will return again with my family as this Pub is delighful.
Nighthawk2909 - 30 Sep 2013 15:09
We had a family meal at the Sir John last night, as my daughter is working in the area. It had the air of having been recently refurbished - including the smell of fresh paint in the Gents. I had a couple of good pints of 'Pride' and we had four different meals from the standard menu. It was all good, though not particularly cheap (all the mains we had were between 12 and 16 and the beer was 3.60/pint). Service was friendly and prompt. No problems.
colehill - 1 Jun 2012 08:42
Crap food, crap service, don't go there.
family_man1974 - 15 Sep 2010 17:59
I used to visit the Sir John Barleycorn a lot going back five or six years ago at least once a week, but stopped going for one reason or another. But recently we decided to go back to the pub. What a shock we had.
On arriving early Saturday evening the gravel car park was filled with six badly parked cars, so we had to park and unload our young family in the road. I know this is a minor point but if the car park was better used Im sure it would attract more families.
To gain access to the pub we had to walk passed all the smokes stood outside the only entrance. Im sure this is the same for most pubs but to create a simple smoking area away from the only entrance wouldnt take much.
On requesting a highchair I was told they are stored in the disabled toilet, which I was shocked as my young child was expected to eat there dinner of it. I asked if the crockery was stored in the gents, but no one understood the comment.
My wifes drink was below the line on the glass, and the glass had lipstick on it.
The fish cakes came out cold.
Another table next to us complained about there dessert, they were offered a refund but the member of staff bought the refund slammed it down on the table and walked off without a word.
I dont want to seem like Im being unfair, but as I said I used to visit regularly but now with a family I will not be returning.
Hope this review is help full to people and if I do return I will update the review .

scottwilson - 22 Mar 2010 13:57
I would add that like customer 500 there are not many pubs that offer this standard of service.
At least we must be grateful for that. but customer 500 must have never been to a pub that gives good service!
Megnom - 4 May 2009 00:01
I can only echo the comments of Charlieparry.
As one of a party of 8 the food supplied was some of worst ever experienced. My steak&ale pudding was horrible.hard outside,fatty inside.A wrap of vegetables-carrot,swede,beans were hardly cooked.the potato was served mashed in the shape of an ice cream dollop.
My wife had fish & chips--fish good but chips were not even chips.
Cutlery you had to get yourself.and condiments.
The price for our two meals was astounding 19.90
Two days before I had a sirloin steak 6oz chips and onions. cooked to perfection service good ,at the Iford Bridge Pub Bournemouth--cost 4.95
Yes ---------4.95 !!!!

Megnom - 3 May 2009 23:52
I am writing with regards to the previous comment. I am a regular user of Sir John, eating there approximatly three or four times a month both for lunch and for dinner. I would like to say that on no account have i had any problems with either the service or the standard of the food and would be extremely happy to recommend the sir john to anyone.

I feel that the standard of service is exceptional and the members of staff are more than helpful. There are not many pubs in the area that offer this kind of service.
customer500 - 4 Apr 2009 20:47
Had the misfortune of eating here for my birthday last week. The service was dreadful, not only was it indifferent, I was ingnored 3 times at the bar and they were not even busy.
I ordered a salad at 8.95 as a starter and it was so small I think there were about 3 lettuce leaves. I complained and they did bring me a bigger portion, but not happily.
We had to find our own cutlery for every course, the service was appalling. I paid 18 for steak and was not asked if I wanted sauces, when I eventually found them, they were in sachets similar to those found in a motorway service station - appalling.
The whole evening was a complete let down, the decor is lovely but the people who work there do not go out of their way to give good service - a smile would have been nice or any interest in how your food was would have been refreshing. They are charging very high prices and not giving any where near a good enough service.
I would never go here again and felt so strongly I have had to leave a review. There are many better places to spend your money. The night before I ate in Hotel Terravina not far away and paid the same price for a much better level of service and food to die for.
charlieparry - 4 Mar 2009 19:52
Been to this pub twice.Set back away from the road.Quite expensive and full of the New Forest Horsie set.Having said that a nice pub
nigegil - 28 Sep 2006 14:53
Been in here a few times and can never fault, always gone out of the way to accommodate.

Very Impressed
pubcustomer - 19 Oct 2005 13:58
Located at the western end of the M27. It is a modernised thatched New Forest property that dates back considerably, and handy for the numerous guest houses in the area. Beer is well kept, food is well presented, but both seemed over-priced. Service is friendly
Ian - 15 Jun 2004 09:35

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