Barge East Bar & Kitchen

Modern European·
Bronze Award
London, E9 5EN·Website·Call07557 415311

SquareMeal Review of Barge East Bar & Kitchen

Bronze Award

Dining aboard a boat usually conjures up mental images of naff dinner cruises, but Barge East manages to totally avoid the tourist trap. Permanently moored in Hackney Wick and with a view of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Barge East’s shell is a 114-year-old cargo boat which was brought (or sailed) over from the Netherlands. Inside, though, there’s a much greater local focus – the seasonally changing menu of small plates is made with best-of-British produce, while craft beers are brewed in the neighbourhood.

It’s a cosy and buzzy venue, with space to dine on both the upper deck and inside the barge if the weather isn’t playing ball. Although the space is intimate, it never feels cramped, mainly because the friendly, chatty staff are well versed in gliding between tables without causing any accidents.

Although the menu changes periodically, you can always expect to find ingredient-led dishes which are more sophisticated than they first appear. We kicked off with smaller dishes including a pork-belly sausage roll, which saw a hunk of tender meat wrapped in a buttery, flaky shell of pastry and served alongside a blob of bacon and chilli jam.

We also loved our portion of thick-cut panisses (essentially chickpea fries), which arrive assembled like a Jenga block and are dusted with flecks of Grana Padano cheese and truffle shavings. From the larger plates, pork belly came up trumps again, this time given an Asian-style twist thanks to bundles of kimchi and a sprinkling of toasted cashew nuts.

It’s not all about the food though, as Barge East also serves up a list of cheeky house cocktails, including the rum-based Sex with the Captain. Prefer to dine in the daytime? Head here on the weekend to enjoy bottomless brunch and a two-course Sunday lunch, both at fair prices.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European
Cool, Lively, Quirky, Unique
Food Occasions
Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Waterside
Special Features
Vegan options
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for Barge East Bar & Kitchen

White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN

07557 415311


Opening Times

All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-23:00
Thu 12:00-23:00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 11:00-23:00
Sun 11:00-22:30

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2 Reviews 

Alana F

26 July 2019  
Wow this place. Laid back, fun, great service. The spot is super cool on the canal and the team behind it have clearly gone to great lengths to restore the barge. The food is seriously tasty and presented fantastically. It's a secret I want to keep!

Chloe F

09 April 2019  
Amazing, friendly restaurant on a boat on Hackney canal. Outstanding food and great service.
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