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20 April 2014
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Barnyardone star

18 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LZ

£45.00 British Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia
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  • Wine: £16.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -4pm)

Square Meal Review of Barnyard ?

For their follow-up to Michelin-starred Dabbous, chef Ollie Dabbous and drinks maestro Oskar Kinberg have created something completely different: instead of a fine-dining clone, Barnyard is a casual, no-bookings joint with a menu of reasonably priced dude food. Dishes arrive on enamel plates, often with a ramekin of something to give textural contrast: a glossy sausage roll with palate-sharpening piccalilli; a blackened short rib of beef alongside a spear of gherkin and some mustard and black-treacle sauce, say. It’s all about direct flavours and comfort. Sides are fun, pud might bring a Mr Whippy-style popcorn ice cream with a jug of smoked fudge sauce, and the drinks list includes frothy milkshakes (‘hard’ and ‘soft’) served in retro milk bottles. Elsewhere, Barnyard ticks all the in-vogue boxes, with its reclaimed timber furnishings, corrugated tin walls, toe-tapping indie/folk soundtrack and staff who look very much like the people they are serving.

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  1. If someone asked me, and which they do - "what is the hardest restaurant to get into in London right now", my answer is always the same - Dabbous. With its cutting edge avant garde cuisine, and stunning flavours, stripped back to basics - it's no wonder the wait is so long. But while i enjoyed my experience at Dabbous, i felt it was a one time visit, and i wouldn't want to go back again. With Ollie Dabbous new venture, Barnyard, sporting a no booking policy - i decided to wait it out and queue. To get in their before it gets even busier, than it already is. Arriving a little after half seven, there were unfortunately no tables for the three of us. The friendly guy at the door told us we'd receive a call back in a lengthy two hour window. We hedged our bets and stuck around in the area sipping - or in my case gulping white wine. Ten o'clock approached and no call back so we scuttled our way back, it was empty - had they forgotten about us? I think so. Still we sat down (in an empty restaurant) and quickly ordered. First out was a small plate of bubble and squeak with black pudding, apple chutney and a fried egg. It was just that, no frills, no spectacular wow upon arrival and while it was very well cooked and seasoned...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 3rd April 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Barnyard, Fitzrovia

    Based on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, Barnyard is the new all-American restaurant from Ollie Dabbous – he’s the guy behind Michelin starred Dabbous, famed for having a year and a half waiting list for a table – which wasn’t worth the wait if you ask me! Getting a table at Barnyard however was a little easier; they don’t take bookings and at 6:30, the four of us were told it’d be an hour long wait (which actually turned out to be an hour and forty minute wait) but we could at least wander off for a drink and return once they phoned...
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  3. The phrase ‘dirty food’ is often used to describe the casual, inexpensive, non-haute cuisine, such as burgers and burritos, that have taken London’s restaurant scene by storm ever since the recession. I don’t like the term as it implies that such food is somehow grubby, inferior or less deserving of critical attention and devotion than other food – an implication that is patently absurd. It’s hard not to think of the phrase though when eating at Barnyard. A spin-off of the nearby haute cuisine restaurant Dabbous, a lot of effort and expense has gone into making the place look as informal, rough and cheap as possible...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

    The List :: Barnyard

    Is anyone else disappointed that Ollie Dabbous didn't choose the United Arab Emirates for his second site and call it Abu Dabbous? No? Just me then. Instead, Ollie has followed up his Michelin-starred restaurant on Whitfield Street with Barnyard, a totally different kettle of fish (or barn of meat?) on Charlotte Street round the corner. He's not cooking there himself, but he's heavily involved as is master mixologist Oskar Kinsberg who run's Oskar's Bar beneath Dabbous. You supposedly can't get a table for months at Dabbous, but Barnyard has a no reservations policy, so I went along when it opened at midday for lunch with my Dad (who wrote about Dabbous on The List a while ago). There was no queue, though I don't expect it to be this way for long. Hopefully everyone will continue to be distracted by Bubbledogs round the corner. The décor at Barnyard is fun - white picket fences, indoor trees, oil drum chairs and more kept my eyes wandering throughout the meal...
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  5. Published : Tuesday, 25th March 2014

    The Little Brown Book :: Barnyard

    Ollie Dabbous' latest venture has everyone clucking with excitement and reading 5* reviews at every turn sent Barnyard directly to the top of my to-do list. With a no bookings policy, kiss goodbye to the notorious month-long waiting list you're likely to experience down the road at Dabbous although I can guarantee it won't be long before the queues are stretching out of Barnyard's door...
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  6. I was however quite excited to try out Barnyard, the latest venture from Ollie Dabbous. I haven't actually gotten round to dining at Dabbous, probably because I've heard that I would have to wait months just to get a reservation. I can be a very patient person. Just not when I'm hungry. Making our way there on a Saturday evening, we were lucky enough to get a table immediately - it was right by the entrance, but we weren't fussed. Hunger takes priority over anything else...
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  7. Barnyard London is the second restaurant by Ollie Dabbous. This venue is very different and a lot more informal than his first restaurant, the Michelin Star holding Dabbous. So what can you expect from this new venue, just a few minutes walk away from his first? I attended on their first pubic day to have a look. Barnyard - Look out for the big bright red cock... Barnyard – Look out for the big bright red cock… Dabbous has become known as one of London’s most difficult venues to book. Countless acquaintances complain that they can never get a table. However, Ollie Dabbous’ new venue, Barnyard, is only a stone’s throw away and, like many new venues it does NOT take bookings. So if you are turned away from Dabbous, it is worth coming to Barnyard instead?...
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