BarnYard | London

The bar staff in their casual red checkered shirts were ever so friendly with great recommendations. 

Only just been opened for a few weeks, Barnyard is already buzzing, with about an hour wait on a Tuesday evening so if you are so keen to warm your bums on their up-cycled oil barrel chairs, get there early or be prepared to get very tipsy on their creative and exciting drinks list before you even manage to order food. 

Milk that makes adults happy! 
Banana shake with golden rum & popcorn shake with bourbon.
The lavender shake with white rum was recommended too if you like lavender of course. Looks like lavender shake will be for my next visit.

The Country House Shandy (elderflower, lemon, ginger ale, bourbon, goose island IPA) was very refreshing especially after the thick shake.

While we waited, we couldn't help but notice the well put together interior with iron cladded walls which by no surprise was designed by Brinkworth. It is the same people who designed the booked out industrial chic Dabbous, both these restaurants opened by Ollie Dabbous, currently dubbed the most wanted chef in Britain. With his experience at the two michelin-starred Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir and at Texture, it is no wonder this young chef made a storm in the culinary world with his creativity.

To quote Jay Rayner on his article in The Guardian, "Dabbous is so hot, you could fry an egg on its reputation"
We were seated in the cosy upstairs area. 

Barbecued grain-fed short rib was so well cooked and tender it took no effort to cut. Along with the homemade dill pickle and mustard sauce, it makes that piece of beef a special something.

Warm cornbread came in a brown paper bag. See that slightly orangey rectangular blocks on the plate, that's the cornbread. Yum.

Roast suckling pig with crisp crackling and tender meat with celeriac and caraway

Crispy chicken wings with smoked paprika, garlic and lemon

Please excuse my blurry picture of the fantastic chicken wings. My hungry dining companion could not wait any longer with the salivating smell wafting to our noses. It was so crispy, tasty and juicy, I would have a whole big bucket of it!

Corn on the cob with salted butter and meadowsweet & Charred broccoli with vinaigrette 

I must say, this is the best corn on the cob I have had! And have you seen that bolt? Brilliant idea, right? Corn with butter and salt already tastes great on a normal basis but this, THIS was off the chart! It was juicy and buttery, and had that unique meadowsweet ingredient used (not that I actually know what it is before googling it), but it seems like one of Ollie's favourite ingredient. Check out one of his recipe using meadowsweet here.

 Popcorn ice cream with smoked fudge sauce was I think the best dessert I've had this year. It was so indulgent and amusing in many ways, especially the smoked fudge sauce that makes you think BBQ meat but i's actually sweet, smokey and unexplainably good. Great combination of flavours. Love it!

Warm acorn flour waffle with chocolate and malt with crisp and fluffy texture


Friendly staff and great service with off the scale fantastic food.
Popcorn ice cream is a must have, so leave some room for THE dessert.


Frown? There is no such vocabulary in this restaurant. It is all smiles.
Okay wait, there is one. There were far too many women in there, I did not have enough male eye candy to look at. They were lovely girls though.

Will I return?

Yes! Yes! Yes!! I know this response sounds a little orgasmic but gosh, Ollie definitely knows his way round the kitchen and making people happy with lingering smile all the way home and days thereafter.


18 Charlotte Street
London, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 3842

Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (central line); Goodge Street (northern line)


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