The story so far...
It all began in 2005 when I was living in London with my two children. My eldest was at nursery, which is where I met a like-minded mother with children of the same age and a love of home cooking like me. Neither of us having had any previous experience, decided to start a cafe, in the road in which we lived, for mums to come and have tea and cake…little did we realise that it would turn into the award winning Time Out 2005 Best Family Restaurant of the Year within our first 4 months…and not just serving mums tea and cake!
I spent four fun filled years there until in 2009 I decided to leave London to live amongst the trees and fields of leafy Surrey. Once settled I started to miss the cafe life and so, very much with the help of Mark Boas (now husband), we started a pop-up cafe two days a week in the church in the village where we live. It was a great community success, so much so that we wanted to increase the days but sadly were restricted by the venue so had to look further afield, or two.
We soon found and fell in love with this derelict barn sited in one of the oldest buildings in the village of Elstead (first mentioned in the Doomsday book). After many weeks of transforming the barn in to a usable space, The Little Barn Cafe was born. We first opened our doors in January 2015 catering for the local community and passing trade alike, and are loving every minute of it.
Sarah, Owner, Chef, Wife & Mother