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The John Barleycorn
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

I really wanted to love this place and am so disappointed that I couldn't give it a rave review.
We had a room booked at the inn because we were due to fly at Duxford Airfield the following day, which probably puts us in the category of 'the usual touristy trade' and may be why it's a little pricey for what you get, as far as accommodation goes.
We ate at the residential pub and the venison is locally sourced, as are most of the desserts, which was fantastic.
The drinks were pricey (£5.00 for a pint of beer),the staff friendly and welcoming, but unfortunately, attempting to sleep in one of the back rooms was impossible.
The very loud, high pitched mechanical wail from the refrigeration units was enough to make me wonder if I'd developed a form of tinnitus that would leave me deafened me by morning.
It would've been quieter to sleep at a banshee screaming competition held in a cymbal testing factory while a Boeing 747 circled closely overhead.
We shut the only tiny window, this being the only ventilation on a very warm night, but the omnipresent wailing, humming and thrumming would not be silenced or even muffled.
At £87.00 a room, one should expect to be able to sleep, especially since we had for the past year, been anticipating a very special day planned at Duxford airfield to fly a Tiger Moth.
If noise doesn't bother you, the room was otherwise clean and comfortable, as was the bed, although the air did smell very musty. I suspect that's from the lack of ventilation, rather than lack of cleanliness.
Great place to eat, nightmare for sleep.

Room Tip: There are four rooms located by the beer garden which are very close to a noisy kitchen refrigeration system which hums and whines very loudly at ten minute intervals all throughout the night. Perhaps select a room above the pub itself, if any are available with heavy double glazing but be warned, it's noisy.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cometes
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Stayed for a night following a trip to the imperial war museum and before we went on a cruise from harwich. We received a friendly welcome and were shown to our room which is behind the main building. The room was a little small but there was everything we needed. The rooms were named after WWII RAF officers which was a lovely touch. The real highlight was the food both during the evening meal and the fabulous cooked to order breakfast. We had a nice bottle of wine and there was a good selection of draft ales. For the price we thought it was great value and would stay again if in the area. There was free wifi in the pub but not in the room - no problem.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Djtowls
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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed over night on Saturday for the Paul Weller concert at Audley End. Good location for this venue £20 taxi ride. Rooms are very tidy albeit a fan would have been ideal as it was a hot evening.
Pub is very quaint good local beers and a nice garden area. Also close to Duxford airfield and we were lucky enough to be there when the flying legends were on. A great fresh breakfast in the morning fresh local produce.
Highly recommended with a great history attached.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
Thank W4rdys
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

We loved the John Barleycorn and stayed a night prior to seeing the Flying Legends Airshow in July. We could see why it was a favoured pub by the RAF crews during the war. Beautiful thatched roof and tendered country gardens. Our room, one of four out the back, was small but cosy, and was dedicated to the memory of a young pilot killed during the war. The pub is everything we had hoped to see in an English pub. Low beams, atmosphere and warm friendly staff. The dinner was superb - one of the best steaks I have ever had, and a great Mezze board. Can't recommend enough!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank GRANT AND LISA S
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We visited The John Barleycorn on the way back from a half marathon, after seeing the TripAdvisor reviews.
It's a lovely pub - very cosy and the staff were all very helpful. Books and magazines are available and the garden was comfortable.
Nothing was too much trouble and even my awkward request for an off menu sandwich was accommodated with a smile. The ales on tap were excellent - my Carnival shandy was just what I needed! My only regret is that we didn't have enough room for dessert, as they all looked amazing.
We even saw a Spitfire display from the Air museum, which was amazing to watch.
Thoroughly recommended and the next time we pass through Duxford we'll try to get another visit in.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank glittergal4091
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