Harvest Barn

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Harvest Barn


1970 advert

The Harvest Barn in Vallee des Vaux was developed from Le Moulin Nicolle, a 17th century building on a site which may have been a mill for at least another 100 years before

The derelict mill building before renovation
The Harvest Barn before it was rebuilt in the 1980s

The mill was named after Thomas Nicolle, of Trinity, of whom records survive from 1576 which refer to a fulling mill. At various periods the mill was used for flour, fulling (Moulin à Foulon) and malt (Moulin à Brés).

The building was used as a farm for some time but was derelict in 1958 wehn Gordon Taylor acquired it and renovated the buildings to create the Harvest Barn, which became a very popular inn and restaurant, and was expanded considerably in the 1980s.

1985 booklet

From a 1985 booklet on Jersey pubs and inns by Glenn George, then landlord of the Old Smugglers Inn at Ouaisne:

'Many years ago the only customers at the Harvest Barn would have been a contented herd of Jersey cows. But following extensive renovations, the granite barn and cowshed were skilfully converted into a thriving pub with several bars and restaurants. Today it enjoys a reputation second to none on the Island.
'Rurally situated in the Vallee des Vaux, the Harvest Barn is still only a mile or so from the centre of St Helier. The drive to the pub, along a pleasant winding country road flanked by a stream, is a delight in itself and the pub's two large car parks make life easy for the visiting motorist.
'Once at the Barn you have the choice of two low-beamed rustic bars: the appropriately named Granary Bar or the Barn Bar itself, and each of these has a restaurant situated above. Quick service and keen prices are the hallmark of the pub's catering success, and it is possible to have a meal for two, with wine, for under £5. Bar snacks are also available for patrons not wishing to use the fully licensed restaurants.
'During the summer months tables and chairs are placed outside in the courtyard, which is a real suntrap. Children are welcome to join their parents in the courtyard or eat in the Restaurants, but don't forget the Chef's day off is Sunday.'
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