Dabbous night

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

I’ve been desperate to perch my bottom on a wooden bench in Barnyard’s rustic restaurant since it opened in March this year. Finally last week I got to give it a try and surprisingly Robert agreed to join me even with his disgust for no booking policies.


We met up at 6pm and breezed into the restaurant without a queue in sight. The bar was quite busy already; we headed up the spiral staircase to the small raised restaurant at the back. Robert and I hadn’t seen each other since the great sausage roll party of August 2014 so we chatted away at a frantic pace trying to cram in all the gossip.

Dabbous

Dabbous

We were completely ignoring the menu and had to keep asking the waitress for more time until we gave in and ordered some drinks and cornbread to buy a bit more time.

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The atmosphere of Barnyard is similar to a lot of the new rustic themed restaurants which are popping up in London recently, like One Sixty or Porkys – all reclaimed wood, blue rimmed enamel plates and a heavily meat based menu.

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We ordered corn bread to start which arrived warm and served in a brown paper bag. Robert ripped it open and we got stuck in. A great starter but it can fill you up pretty quickly. 

Dabbous

Dabbous

Dabbous

Barnyard serves up British cuisine at its finest with choices such as sausage rolls a staple on the menu at reasonable enough prices. It is suggested that you order a couple of small plates each and share so that’s exactly what we did. 

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Roast suckling pig with gooseberry relish.

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Charcuterie.

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Potato salad.

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Grilled spring lamb with mint sauce, peas & radishes.

DabbousThe pork was so good it deserves another photo! I could have eaten it all night. 

The menu is simple but offers great quality food at a reasonable price. I’m keen to come back to try one of their Sunday roasts as I know it’ll be good. 

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The night was still young by the time we’d paid up so Robert suggested a trip to Dabbous for cocktails. We didn’t realise at the time that Ollie Dabbous actually owns Barnyard too so we were having a Dabbous themed night. 

Dabbous

Dabbous is just around the corner from Barnyard. Oskar’s bar is in the basement and has an exclusive trendy vibe. Luckily it wasn’t busy so we managed to get a table easily. 

Dabbous

Dabbous

Dabbous

The menu is amazing with a wide choice of cocktails, all with the most fantastic names. We spent a good 15 minutes just reading through and discussing how great they all sounded. 

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In the end I chose a “Piscotheque” and Robert had an “Absinthe without Leave”. 

See..... how good are those names!

And even though we’d literally just eaten we got a couple of bars snacks for tasting too.

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Nocellara del Belice green olives – my favourite!

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Burrata and tamarilla.

The drinks presentation provided by the clearly skillful mixers is cool and sophisticated. We were very impressed, especially with the price which is around £3 cheaper than similar venues. 

DabbousPiscotheque.

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Dabbous
Absinthe without Leave.

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It would be rude to try just one, so we easily had our arms twisted by the waiter to order another.

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Dabbous
This time Robert went for the classic "Gimlet".

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And I had the "Tequila mocking bird".

Every cocktail we had tasted amazing and were just the right amount of strong plus the staff couldn't have been more approachable and knowledgeable.

I’m adding Oskar's Bar to my list of regular haunts for sure!

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Now how's that for an imposing door! 

Great night with Robert as usual, looking forward to the next catch up already. 

Little London Girl x

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a great place to chill and relax in after a long day.

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