Cockadoodledoo, Barnyard is cool. The staff are fun, the interior…barn like…and the food exactly what you’d expect from Ollie Dabbous – bloomin’ brilliant.
You can’t reserve, but you can give your number and wait in one of Charlotte’s Street many bars. Don’t be put off – we were told three hours, which ended up being an hour twenty.
Another ‘sharing’ joint, the menu is divided into ‘Pig’, ‘Cow’, ‘Chicken’, ‘Egg’ and ‘Vegetables’, so we dutifully chose from each section.
Everything from the paper bag of irresistibly warm corn bread (£3) impressed and had Ollie’s signature style. I was in heaven eating Broken Eggs with Mushrooms, Garlic & Parsley (£6) and found the Roast Suckling Pig with Celeriac & Caraway delightful, mainly because of the expert crackling (£11).
Roast Beef on Toast with Watercress Salad & Warm Horseradish Buttermilk (£12) was an original take on Sunday lunch and Crispy Chicken Wings with Smoked Paprika, Garlic & Lemon (£4) was too hot for me, but had a lively flavour.
Dessert was Popcorn Ice Cream (£4) with a smokey fudge sauce, washed down with a Tahitian Vanilla Shake (£6). Spiked with Bourbon, the shake was light, creamy and a must have – next time, I’d be tempted to try a BlueBerry Pancake.
If you can’t get into or afford Michelin starred Dabbous, this is a very good substitute and gets a LLE Rating of 9/10. Amazingly priced, it’s worth waiting for – just remember to arrive early as the queues will grow as Barnyard’s reputation does.
Barnyard, 18 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LZ