Barge East

British, Modern European·
££££
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Bronze Award
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SquareMeal Review of Barge East

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
Cuisines
British, Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively, Quirky, Romantic, Themed, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Dog friendly, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Barge East

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.


FAQs

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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Location for Barge East

White Post Lane, Stratford, London, E9 5EN

020 3026 2807

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun Closed
Afternoon
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-21:15
Thu 18:00-21:15
Fri 18:00-21:15
Sat 18:00-21:15
Sun 12:00-19:15

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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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