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US$2 - US$8
Cafe, Canadian
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed August 31, 2021

Perfect place for a cup of coffee. From decor, to staff, to food and drinks, everything is amazing there. I bought a bag of Barn’s coffee to take hone, and regret not buying more.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed August 26, 2021

The Barn is a wonderful place to buy a great cup up coffee and treat yourself to an amazing pastry. We enjoyed the best blackberry scone we have ever eaten. With a barista behind the counter you can have your coffee the way you like...it. There are little two and four seat areas to have a quiet moment to yourself or spend time with friends. As masks are currently mandatory, and all staff were wearing them as well, we felt perfectly safe sitting inside. The smell of coffee and baking are wonderful and the rustic atmosphere of the building blend perfectly in Mahone Bay. I highly recommend The Barn and will definitely be visiting again.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed February 5, 2021

First let me start by saying that I love The Barn. I love their coffee, I love their treats, and their staff. After a long while away (I haven't been in since pre-pandemic), I was shocked when I walked in the door today and very...little has changed in the layout. It was like walking into pre-pandemic times. It looked to me like it always has. I'm not saying there hasn't been a major changes but to my naked eye it is certainly not enough. Other than a glass barrier at the cash and separate Entrance and Exit doors very little has changed. As soon as we walked in we had to walk directly past (very close) a table of people (who are sitting down so they are not wearing masks). Seats that would be quite easy to remove without losing business still take up space. While waiting in line we had to wait right next to a man sitting at a bar stool eating and drinking his coffee (there are several stools right next to the line up). Although there are arrows to get your coffee there is no clear path to exit the building without either walking back past the line / or directly through people enjoying a chat and a coffee. Bulky shelving and furniture still takes up a lot of space on the main floor and should really be removed / replaced with smaller pieces for the time being to allow for social distancing and better flow through the cafe. As someone who is high-risk I was extremely disappointed and saddened. I know our cases are low here but it's still a pandemic. Unless we hear of some positive changes in the very near future we will be getting our coffee elsewhere.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed October 20, 2020

The Flat White was excellent. Used upstairs table to relax after exploring Mahone Bay on a sunny but chilly day.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed August 12, 2020 via mobile

In the middle of a pandemic affecting small businesses we try to support local business. Coffee and pastries were good and all staff were masked and social distancing was being followed. Then a tall guy that appeared to work there as possibly owner or manager...came in making his own food behind the counter with bandana mask off and randomly singing then strolled through the entire cafe with his mask off. Given this cavalier attitude I am not confident that all measures are really being taken by this business during the pandemic to keep customers safe. It is disappointing to see.More

Date of visit: August 2020
mikebJ325AM, Owner at The Barn Coffee & Social House, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2020

Hi Heather, I don’t remember this but concede the point 100% and will do better in the future. The singing however will continue. Thanks for supporting local!!

Reviewed August 11, 2020

Apple turnover was delicious. Very clean. Nice cozy atmosphere. Highly recommend. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed August 2, 2020

My partner and I came here after a horrible experience at the biscuit eater the day before and what a breath of fresh air it was. the staff were polite and the coffee and snacks were excellent. Would recommend and we will be back.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 7, 2020

A few days ago we met with friends at The Barn. I ordered and paid for a tea and biscuit. While the biscuit arrived to my seat, the tea did not. I waited. After what seemed like a fair bit of time to make tea...I inquired about my order. The baristas didn't recall my order, even challenging me that it had been placed. A man holding a coffee and standing at the back of the café spoke up and said that it had been ordered. I didn't know he was the owner. No apology was given. The barista said she would get me my tea after she served customers at the counter. I returned to my seat a little exasperated as this was not the first time that I had experienced poor service at this business, but never complained. I looked at my friends, shook my head and said 'millennials'. The man holding the coffee glowered at me but said nothing. I then turned to my friend and said something to her in a low voice. The man stepped towards us and demanded that I repeat to him what I whispered to my friend. I told him I was talking to my friend, not him. I still didn't know he was the owner. He told me that he heard what I said (yet my friend had to ask me to repeat as she didn't) and said that the whole room heard what I said. That was impossible. The owner must have a bad conscience, fearing I said something negative because he used that as a provocation to chew me out in front of the whole café. He said he didn't appreciate my coming in to his business complaining about the service, etc. etc. even though he clearly saw that it was faulty. I was appalled, got up and left in disgust and will never return. Nor will my friends, who have been loyal customers to this business since day one, and who were deeply embarrassed. When does a mild criticism of poor service turn in to the public humiliation of a customer? Why didn't the owner apologize and jump in to make his customer happy? This owner was right out of line. By the way, the oat biscuit was very small, overpriced, tasteless and stodgy.More

Date of visit: June 2020
mikebJ325AM, Owner at The Barn Coffee & Social House, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2020

Your objectivity and self-other understanding here is low. We have very large hearts for the anxiety and hurt people are experiencing in the world right now. But will never tolerate someone trying to shame and berate people based on their age and the simple fact...More

Reviewed February 21, 2020

Best coffee around they have lots of drink choices for everyone ! atmosphere is amazing and staff is good too few gluten free options.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 8, 2020

This is a lovely spot for a visit when you are in Mahone Bay. Excellent espresso drinks (hot and cold). Local treats and often soup is on. The atmosphere is one of warmth and caring as the staff really treat you like family. Very kid-friendly...(play space upstairs) I highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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The Barn Coffee & Social House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5