Sir John Barleycorn Revisited

“As the wind howled and the rain lashed at our window panes”, it seemed appropriate this morning for me to recover the pictures from

Later we drove through just such a gale to meet Helen and Rob for lunch at the Sir John Barleycorn pub at Cadnam.

All the following photographs are by Jackie.

We were greeted with a tree blown across the road nearby.

Arriving just before midday opening time,

my Assistant Photographer was taken with the owls topping the entrance porch thatches. This will surprise no-one familiar with our garden.

She also produced some inside images, including the stack of highchairs, one of which may sometime prove useful to Ellie.

I chose the Railway-on-the-bone lamb curry with pilau rice; Jackie, a burger, chips, and salad; Helen, fish chips, and mushy peas; and Rob, skate wing, chips and salad. We all enjoyed our fusion choices, except that Rob, for whom this was the first such fish dish, wouldn’t choose it again. My brother in law and I both drank London Pride bitter, while the driving ladies both chose soft drinks.

An enjoyable, animated, conversation took place throughout.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s wholesome chicken and vegetable stewp with fresh crusty bread, of which, on account of my lunch, I enjoyed a very small portion with a glass Patrick Chodot cru du Beaujolais Fleurie 2021. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden.

A Boozy Knight

John Barleycorn, fictional humorous personification of alcohol, first appearing about 1620. John Barleycorn was a figure in British and American folklore. British sources often refer to the character as Sir John Barleycorn, as in a 17th-century pamphlet, The Arraigning and Indicting of Sir John Barleycorn, Knight, and in a ballad found in The English Dancing Master (1651). The Scottish poet Robert Burns reworked folk material for his poem “John Barleycorn” (1787). (

“SINCE taking over a Cadnam pub, new landlord Hue Hars has made a host of changes – including the introduction of a fusion menu combining British classics and Indian favourites.”

“Hue (32) became licensee of the Sir John Barleycorn in Southampton Road in May [2022], and as well as jazzing up the menu he has given the pub a revamp and introduced live music nights.”

“I want the pub to be at the centre of the community and essentially a really fun place to be,” he said. “I want everyone to feel welcome here.”

 “An Indian fusion menu is not what customers would necessarily expect in a 12th century tavern in the New Forest, but it’s gone down a real treat.”

“Before moving to Cadnam, Hue ran various restaurants in Southampton, including The Oxford Brasserie and Carnicero Steakhouse.”

“I’m originally from India, so to be cooking authentic dishes from my home country is really exciting.”

“As well as Barleycorn classics like beer-battered fish and chips, seafood linguine and honey and wholegrain mustard-glazed Hampshire ham, the menu features a host of Indian cuisine with a great vegetarian offering including curries made with chickpeas, okra and paneer.”

“Meat and fish options include Rajasthani lal mass, Malai king prawns, chicken makhani and lamb shank.” (

This is where Jackie and I met Elizabeth and Danni for last night’s birthday meal with my sister.

From Chef Ram’s Specials Danni and I chose main meals of Railway on-the-Bone Lamb Curry; Elizabeth picked Lamb Shank; Jackie chose Palak Paneer. We shared Mixed Poppadoms, Mixed Veg Pakoras; Peshwari Naans, and Pilau Rice. Although the Barleycorn Pub Classics (English) were equally appetising, we had, of course, come for the Indian Chef’s cooking. We were not disappointed. This was cooking that would have graced any of our favourite Indian restaurants – utterly delicious. I drank London Pride Bitter; I haven’t registered what the ladies drank.

This afternoon, under SueW’s guidance, I recovered pictures to the following posts:

This evening we dined on Jackie’s tasty lemon chicken and savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Syrah.