Barge East

British, Modern European, River Boats·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Barge East

Bronze Award

Barge East is one of Hackney Wick’s more recognisable landmarks - a lovely moored barge right on the Lea Navigation Canal. With the sun out, the expansive greenery of the Olympic Park on one side and Hackney Wick’s al fresco bars and restaurants on the other, Barge East arguably has the best spot in town.

If you want to sit outside there are lots of tables up on the mainland, and Barge East serves an easy-going terrace menu to go with the copious beers you’re likely to drink. But, in the redecorated bowels of the barge itself there’s a proper restaurant, complete with modern British a la carte, tasting menu and cocktails too. It’s a tidy, compact space that manages to not feel cramped - at the far end a busy open kitchen turns out some impressive food, especially given the constraints.

You might not expect it from the outside, but there’s real restaurant-quality food here. A starter of asparagus, apricot, mushroom XO and lovage might just be our favourite of the whole menu - the asparagus spears have been gently turned over a barbecue, so they still have bite, and the accompaniments are fresh, earthy and sweet. A main of venison loin, potato terrine and blackberries is another showcase of the skill in the kitchen - the loin is nicely cooked, cured venison ham adds another element to the dish, and a buttermilk dressing ties everything together. There are some very quaffable cocktails too, many of which add little twists to classic mixes.

Desserts didn’t quite live up to the same standard - a pud of hazelnut cake, sorrel and tonka bean cream was smartly devised, but the execution lacked a bit of finesse, and the same could be said for a gooey chocolate mille-feuille with rhubarb. All-in-all though, Barge East nails most of what it sets out to do, and the limitations of cooking on a barge make that all the more impressive.

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££££ - £50 - £79
British, Modern European, River Boats
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Great views, Outside seating, Rooftop, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Chef’s table, Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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Billing itself as a floating bar and kitchen, Barge East is an intimate restaurant housed inside a 118 year-old Dutch barge, which is permanently moored in Hackney Wick. The restaurant was set up by friends and business partners Tommo, Ryan and Blandy in 2018 and in 2020 (in response to various Coronavirus restrictions), the boys transformed the land adjacent to the barge into a large riverside garden, perfect for drinks in the sunshine.

If you are hopping aboard though, expect to find a rustic, cosy dining room which offers a partial view into the galley kitchen, so you can watch the team of chefs at work. Barge East serves a seasonal British four-course set menu, with guests able to dine inside the boat or outside on the front or middle deck, both of which are covered and heated should the weather not be playing ball.

The menu at Barge East is dictated by the ingredients that are in season and can be found locally, so you can always expect something slightly different every time you go back. On your visit, you might begin with starters such as courgette flower stuffed with beef tartare and trombetta courgette, before moving on to main courses of seared pork neck with apricot, tropea onion, chard and jus or dashi-brined cod in caramelised milk, served with hen of the woods and oyster mushroom, plus wild garlic and peach. Side orders (counting as the third course) include sourdough bread or mixed leaf salad, while you can finish up with tempting sweet treats such as chocolate torte with stewed cherries, whiskey maple crystals, roast oats and whiskey cream.

On Saturdays, head to Barge East for bottomless brunch, when you and your friends can enjoy a two- or three-course set lunch menu, alongside free-flowing bubbly or Bloody Mary’s.

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Do I have to make a booking?

Yes, we always recommend booking to avoid disappointment, weekend dates and bank holidays particularly book up fast.

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Do you take bookings for large groups?

We have a variety of spaces on board to suit groups from 10 - 45 guests

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Do you cater for dietary requirements (coeliac)?

We have a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available on our restaurants 4-course, seasonal menu. Simply look out for the ‘V’ and ‘VN’ or ‘GF’ lettering at the end of a dish on our menu. Please note any dietary requirements on your booking, especially if they are more severe.

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Do I have to pre-order?

Groups with 8 or more guests will need to pre-order, 7 days prior to their booking. This is mandatory as our barge hosts a small kitchen and it helps our chefs prep in advance, while offering you the best possible service. A member of our bookings team will be in touch to help you through the process.

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Do you have highchairs/changing facilities?

We have plenty of highchairs available should you wish to book with your children, as well as baby changing facilities on board. We ask that you leave a note when booking if you require a highchair, and to let us know the size of your pram if you’re bringing one please count even a small child within the number of people for your table. Please note we do not offer a children's menu.

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Do you have outdoor spaces on board?

Yes! We have a variety of outdoor spaces available on board our restaurant, seating from 2 - 10 guests. All outdoor spaces are heated and covered, perfect for evening and winter dining, although we are by the river so we recommend bringing a warm jacket or coat.

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Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are allowed within our restaurant areas on the premise that they are well behaved, always on their lead, do not sit on the furniture and do not encroach on other tables who are dining.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Barge East?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Barge East.

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020 3026 2807 020 3026 2807


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-15:00
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun 12:00-15:00
Pre Theatre Dinner
Mon 16:00-18:30
Tue 16:00-18:30
Wed 16:00-18:30
Thu 16:00-18:30
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Mon 16:00-22:30
Tue 16:00-22:30
Wed 16:00-22:30
Thu 16:00-22:30
Fri 16:00-22:30
Sat 16:00-22:30
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 11:00-22:00
Sun 11:00-22:00
Bar Evening
Mon 17:00-22:30
Tue 17:00-22:30
Wed 17:00-22:30
Thu 17:00-22:30
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30
Sun 17:00-22:30


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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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