Oh my goodness, what a hidden Hackney gem! This place opened just over a year ago and we braved the freezing cold yesterday to grab a pair of their signature ‘Breakfast in Breads’- hollowed out sourdough loaves filled with delicious fillings topped with a free range egg and cheese, it was totally worth it! The brunch menu offers four versions – the original, the vegetarian, smoked salmon and hot stuff. We went for the original stuffed with smoked bacon, Cumberland sausage, slow roasted tomatoes, leeks, oyster mushrooms and spinach and hot stuff, filled with chorizo, hot beans, red peppers, spinach and chilli mushrooms. The bread was crisp and fresh, egg yolk runny and they didn’t skimp on the filling- I had all the ingredients in every bite and it was extremely tasty! It’s definitely not a light brunch, so factor in napping time afterwards!
Located on Regent’s Canal in Haggerston, The Barge House is a café/ bar/ restaurant and if I lived closer, I would probably make it my regular. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of accepting an unstable side table in the back lounge under fluorescent pink lighting when the main bar and restaurant was so beautiful – full of natural light, colourful flowers and cosy wooden furnishings. Service was excellent regardless, but I would definitely wait for a table in the main room next time!
Rating: 4.9 / 5.0