Built in 1660, this thatched and whitewashed former coach house became the John Barleycorn in the mid-19th century. The name first appeared in an old folksong as the personification of malting barley and the beer and whisky that results. During World War II the brave young airmen of Group Captain Douglas Bader’s Duxford Wing drank here in what today is a softly-lit bar with country furniture, a large brick fireplace, old tiled floor, cushioned pews and hop-adorned beams. Food is a big draw, from the sandwiches and jacket potatoes, to the tzatziki and charcuterie grazing boards; from the smoked Gressingham duck cassoulet with Puy lentils and pancetta, to the chargrilled supreme of tuna marinated in lime and coriander, stir-fried pak choi and ginger and carrot broth; and from the Hereford and Limousin steaks, to the vanilla and strawberry crème brûlée. Eating and drinking on the flower-decorated patio is an extremely pleasant experience.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Lunch: all week 12-3
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5-9.30, Sunday 5-8.30
Food and drink
Real ales available: IPA and Abbot Ale, guest ales