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The Barn at Newlands Corner

Published on: 29 Apr, 2012
Updated on: 29 Apr, 2012

The Barn restaurant and coffee shop on the A25 at Newlands Corner.

There has been a café at top of Newlands Corner for over 50 years. And it’s as popular today with walkers, cyclists and visitors by car as it has ever been.

It was pouring with rain on the Friday lunchtime we visited. But it didn’t appear to deter people coming to this well-known Surrey beauty spot – although the lovely views were not at their best.

Suffice to say, The Barn café was buzzing. It’s not difficult to see why when you cast your eyes over the blackboards upon which a wide range of meals, snacks and drinks are chalked up.

From the start, this wasn’t going to be a simple visit for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake – the lunchtimes meals that were being served looked too good to miss.

Although the beer-battered cod and chips at £9.95 was very tempting, we went for the English breakfast at £6.99. The picture below says it all.

The English breakfast at the Barn.

If that’s not to your taste, you can choose from: soup with crusty bread (£4.99), roast of the day (£9.95), mushrooms topped with goats cheese (£8.99) – the list goes on… Jacket potatoes (£6.49), salads (£8.99), and so on.

Coffee served in a glass at The Barn.

All the coffees were priced at £1.99, and there was a good selection of cakes – chocolate, sponge, lemon, poppy seed all at £3 per slice.

When the weather is fine, there is plenty of outside seating, and there is a decent sized car park if you have not arrived on foot or by bike.

It’s a family run business and they certainly take pride in the food they serve.


Subject Comments Score
The Barn at Newlands Corner
Coffee Good taste. £1.99 for a generous filter coffee or cappuccino. 2.5
Cakes Good selection of cakes – Victoria sponge, sesame seed, lemon drizzle, etc at £3. 3
Menu range Extremely wide choice, from breakfast to lunch and afternoon tea. 4
Interior Exposed brick walls, pine tables and metal chairs with wicker seats. Rustic and modern at same time 2.5
Atmosphere Busy and lively when we were there – it was tipping down with rain outside! 3
Access Generally good, plenty of parking with a short walk to the cafe. Also, seating outside. 3
Service Good – friendly and helpful staff. 3
Information Plenty of blackboards with all the different choices of food and drinks. Second-hand books for sale as well as postcards and greetings card for sale. 3
Value for money Excellent value for money. 4.5
Opening hours 9am to 5pm, seven days a week.
Address Newlands Corner, Shere Road, Guildford GU4 8SE.Tel: 01483 222820. Website:

What they say about themselves:

More than just a café, a country eating house. We employ fully qualified and talented chefs offering the best in British food. Our menu is vast, whether you want a sandwich or a three course meal we are sure we can meet your needs.

Our food is BRITISH and somewhat old fashioned – cooked to order – so if we are busy and we usually are, be prepared to wait, it will be worth it. No reheating allowed! We now have a clientèle just visiting us for our food. No dress code – dogs and children welcome – if well behaved!


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  1. Anne Langridge

    August 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    My husband and I go to The Barn for lunch as often as we dare, considering the size of the meals. My favourite is their liver and bacon which comes with masses of vegetables and is really delicious. The only downside is that it is not conducive to losing weight! We would recommend The Barn to anyone – all their food is good and the service is friendly.