Barnes is only a 30 minute train ride outside of central London, but it has its own unique small country village vibe. This peaceful London suburb is home to a fantastic culinary scene offering a wonderful choice of restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for a laid back pub, a classy café or a fine dining restaurant you will find plenty to choose from in this neighbourhood.
Here are some examples of the best places to eat in Barnes:
The Tree House
This cosy and welcoming gastropub in Barnes will make you feel right at home, with its friendly staff, vibrant décor and delicious food. It has a relaxed feel and a lovely outdoor garden where Sunday barbeques are held in the summer months. On rainy winter’s day they host comforting old fashioned Sunday roasts that will warm you from the inside out.
Have a craving for Thai food? Bangkok Garden offers all of the classic Thai dishes to eat there or take away. Their delicious and authentic menu includes fish cakes with red curry paste, steamed dumplings with minced chicken, prawns with ginger, chili, and sweet soya sauce and half crispy aromatic duck with pancakes and hoi sin sauce.
The complex spices and fragrant aromas of the dishes at this curry house are a delight to the senses. The décor is bright and modern and the service is excellent. Head Chef Manoj Vasaikar has been producing traditional Indian cuisine with his own signature twist for many of the top Indian hotels as well as London restaurants like Veeraswarmy and Chutney Mary. The food at Indian Zilla is a wonderful blend of modern techniques and traditional regional recipes.
The Idle Hour
This quirky gastropub is decorated with many clocks, only one of which is said to tell the correct time (see if you can find it). They serve delicious food bursting with flavour, such as sea bass with steamed clams, roasted free range guinea fowl with mashed sweet potato and minted lamb with bulgur wheat and pomegranate salad. The menu is small and it changes frequently to reflect the organic locally sourced ingredients. The pub also has special theme nights, such as half price burger night or curry nights.
Mara serves up mouth-watering home-cooked Greek food, including favourites such as stuffed peppers, tomatoes, veal and pasta, pies, Greek salads and much more. You can take the food home with you or eat it there, as there are long tables for large groups as well as smaller intimate tables. Don’t miss the delightful collection of baked goods and desserts, such as the sinfully flaky and sweet baklava. Mara also offers home catering, so you can arrange for a Greek feast at your next party or event.
The Brown Dog
The Brown Dog is a friendly and welcoming independently owned gastopub tucked away in the quiet backstreets of Barnes. It offers a menu that changes with the seasons and involves fresh, high quality ingredients. They also source their cask ales from local brewers and offer a wine list with a great selection to compliment the food. The place really comes to life in the summer when it hosts barbeques and serves delicious dishes such as grilled lobster. Also, don’t miss the collection of puddings that feature seasonal fruit, chocolate and high quality ice cream.
This Barnes landmark has received a lot of praise over the years and is well-known as a local favourite. The owner is two star Michelin chef Phil Howard, who works together with with Head Chef James Holah to create a menu of impeccably delicious cooked classic dishes. Sonny’s Kitchen is famous for their Sunday Lunches, where they offer beautifully cooked roasts with all the trimmings as well as other dishes. The restaurant was renovated and relaunched in 2012 and it is likely that it will enjoy many more years as a Barnes favourite.
These are just a few examples of the best places to eat in Barnes. This London neighbourhood has a wonderful high quality diverse range of restaurants, so you will be spoilt for choice.
Photo credit: image courtesy of Indian Zilla.