The Barley to reopen in Cornwall

The Barley to reopen in Cornwall

The Barley Sheaf in Truro is undergoing a complete internal and external decoration bringing it up to date whilst retaining its Victorian character and it is due to reopen in the first week of December. The new licensees Duncan and Kerrie were inspired by their time in Australia running food pubs in Sydney and New South Wales.  In a first for the area, The Barley Sheaf will offer dishes found in Australia and the Pacific where European dishes are fused with Asian and Polynesian ingredients to provide great tasting food.  They will also offer a classic English menu, using organic ingredients from local Cornish producers.

Duncan grew up in Fowey and, as his parents ran a hotel, was working in hospitality from 12 years old before becoming a qualified chef.  He moved to London where he worked for Intercontinental and ran VIP catering for the BBC before moving to Australia where he met his wife Kerrie, a qualified pastry chef, while on holiday.  The Barley Sheaf is the couple’s second family friendly Inn, the first of which is located in The Peak District.

Duncan said:  “Kerrie and I are looking forward to moving home to Cornwall and creating food which showcases the best of Cornish cuisine whilst also sharing some of the flavours we’ve enjoyed on the other side of the world.  We want the menu to reflect the relaxed atmosphere of Cornwall and bring the best of organic local foods to the table.

“With The Barley Sheaf we are creating a great place to relax with family and friends in the City centre whether shopping or out for a meal.  The pub will be children and dog friendly and its size makes it a great place for a party or special occasion.

“The moment we saw The Barley Sheaf we knew it was the pub for us.  It was tired but we could see it had hidden potential.  It’s a bit like finding an old car in a garage.  Given a bit of care and attention the car could polish up to something really special.  It’s the same with the Barley Sheaf.  With the help of Star Pubs & Bars investment and our passion for creating warm and welcoming pubs, we shall be breathing new life back into this Truro treasure.”

Food will be served all day, starting with breakfast at 8.00am, barista style coffee, tea, cakes and light snacks throughout the day as well as lunchtime and evening meals.   Free Wi-Fi will also be available.   On Saturday and other special nights there will also be small acoustic bands playing music.

People wishing to follow progress at The Barley Sheaf can do so on by visiting their website at