After a long afternoon of client meetings, a colleague and I decided to treat ourselves to some drinks and food at Ollie Dabbous’s new restaurant ‘Barnyard’. We’ve walked past it since it opened about two weeks ago and said we must give it a try.

There’s no booking policy and it fills out rather quickly in the evenings so get down early if you can. The decor is in contrast to his other booked up restaurant ‘Dabbous’. Barnyard has a much more informal feel, and the drinks menu will go down a storm during the Summer months.


We started with the Barnyard shandies which were gorgeous and throughout the evening worked our way through nearly all of them, and I would say Barnyard Shandy was my favourite but all very good and refreshing.


We sat up near the back, where Matt was perched on a cut out oil drum! The menu consists of many small dishes which is great to dive in and share them all.

We went for the ‘Chicken in a bun’ which was a glorified chicken sandwich, which consisted of moist chicken in a lovely sauce.

Chicken in a bun

We also went for the sausage roll, which as you would expect was just a great sausage roll (but could get it in your local bakery like Dunn’s!).

Sausage Roll

Next was the short rib, which is incredible, accompanied by a lovely mayo style sauce which I’m still not sure what was in it! Very simple but cooked to perfection.

Short Rib

The mince and dumplings was a yummy dish, tasty mince with a soft dumpling in the middle.

Mince and Dumplings

On the sides we went for the corn on the cob, which was slathered in salted butter and meadowsweet. We also went for the broccoli, which I’m a big broccoli fan but didn’t think this was anything special – would have swapped this for something different!

There’s a quick turnaround on tables so don’t be put off by the queues. In the Summer enjoy a shandy on their small deck outside or by the bar and enjoy yet another addition to the London restaurant scene!