46a De Beauvoir Crescent
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4 / 5
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Bargehouse keeps the menu super simple with their “everything” in a roll menu - great for bread lovers and people who’s hangovers are cured by carbs. As soon as the loaf came out, I knew I’d be beaten by it, so come hungry. The service was helpful and friendly despite how busy they were. The freshly squeezed juices were very refreshing and healthy feeling - exactly what I needed. The Virgin Mary here was just how I like it - not too watery and that “wake-up-slap-in-the-face” spicy kick; the coffee is also good and adequately strong given the challenge of getting out of bed on a dusty Saturday morning. Guaranteed that a food coma will set in and you’ll be thankful for the stroll along the canal to walk some of it off.
Tip: make a booking if you’re a bigger group, as they do get very busy.
Good For: large groups, casual breakfast/ brunch, catch up with friends, cheap and cheerful, outdoor area
Visited The Barge House after seeing so many mouthwatering pics of their Breakfast in Bread. The location is beautiful and the food, ok but sadly that's where it stopped quite short for me. I called early in the morning and was informed by a helpful and pleasant member of staff that they didn't take reservations but was advised on a time to try when the queue wouldn't be huge.
My friend and I turned up and didn't have to queue long before we had a seat. We explained that we had a buggy but they said that was no problem, so I broke it down to wheels and seat and we even sat upstairs with my baby in tow. However, the waitress made it very clear she was unimpressed with my buggy being 'in the way' of the 'guy with big sacks and boxes coming back and forth' so I asked if we could be moved or if I could just move my son when this 'guy' wanted to get by and she agreed dismissively. I then moved the wheels out of the way and sat my son on my knee so that we would be less of a problem.
This was the beginning of an experience dripping with disdain and annoyance served continuously from our waitress. I thought my friend was going to explode she was so angry at how we were being treated throughout our meal. As we left, i mentioned to a manager in the hope something would be done about it but it certainly meant I won't be hurrying back.
The breakfast in bread is a gimmick and clearly only for those who are deemed worthy.
Had to try to this place after seeing all the postings lately. Got there early but there was already an impressive queue forming so everyone else must have had the same idea. Lovely place by the canal, perfect for a sunny day like today. I couldn't wait to try their Breakfast in Bread, which is a round loaf with the middle scooped out and filled with deliciousness. We tried The Original, Vegetarian and Hot Stuff. The crust was hard but still yummy. There seems to be a technique to eating these and we were clearly doing it wrong, but didn't care and still managed to scoff it all. The freshly squeezed Purple One juice was thirst quenching and refreshing after the long hot wait for the table.
Wheelchair access: This place is bigger than it looks from the outside, with accessible ground floor dining area and an upstairs and downstairs (non-accessible). They even had accessible toilets! But... the only downside to this place is that they were down a flight of stairs and no lift to get down (marked down one star for this). Not sure if staff had manual handling training, but with a little help, managed to get me down to use the facilities.
Also forgot to ask what they did with the middle of the bread they scooped out. If anyone finds out, let me know!!
This is a place I would really like to give 5 stars. The atmosphere was great, service was great, location amazing (right on the canal!) but the food was subpar.
We went for dinner. They switch their menu a lot, so I might have just gone on a bad week. We ordered a Salmon bruschetta type appetizer that was inedible. The steak entree I ordered was better but a bit overcooked and dry.
Our server did notice that we did not eat the appetizer and asked for feedback for the cook (which I really appreciate and it shows a deep customer appreciation).
I see a lot of raving reviews for its breakfast, so maybe its more of a breakfast place than a dinner place!
When you think about a traditional English breakfast, you would never expect to have it in a round loaf of French bread. Yet, this is the concept the Barge House has developed, and so successfully that it has now become one of the trendiest places for a brunch on the canal. You have to be lucky if you want to find a seat outside. But the food, very friendly staff and atmosphere are worth the wait, and the Bloody Mary is too! Portions are gargantuan, especially with all this bread, but what a better location than the canal to digest and linger?
If you want to impress your London friends; this is the place you should definitely take them to !
I love this place, I've been there multiple times and was never disappointed. The service is a bit slow but the breakfast in bread is amazing. So delicious and it never lets you down.
I don't know which one is my favourite, I guess it depends on my mood. Highly recommended also for tourists, not so much for children because it's a bit difficult to eat and the space is usually overcrowded so there is no space for them to play.
I walked past this canal side spot one weekend and then read about their 'breakfast in bread'. Got there at 11.30 on a sunny Saturday and got a seat right along the canal, within minutes of sitting down there was a line up for brunch. I had the 'Hot Stuff' with chorizo, hot beans, red peppers, chilli mushrooms, spinach, topped with a free range egg and sprinkled with cheese. It was kinda of hard to eat, you really have to get your knife in there it was nice but a lot of bread so I left half the bread. It was super busy but we were attended to quite quickly from start to finish. Overall experience was good as was the coffee.
I’d wandered past this place before and perved on the luscious looking bread bowls the patrons were enjoying and knew I had to try them as soon as I could. So, when I was walking past it again and spotted some (read, one) free spot canal side, I knew I had to duck in. The welcome was super warm by the staff and I had a coffee in hand five minutes later. As I was a ‘breakfast in bed virgin’ I decided to go with ‘The Original’ option which had sausage, bacon, roast tomato, leeks, mushrooms and spinach topped with cheese and a fried egg. The place started to fill up soon after I arrived, which may have explained the half an hour/four chapters of my book wait but when the meal arrived, it looked pretty spesh (as you can see). Like other reviewers, I could see why the steak knife was necessary. I was sawing into this thing so much I almost wanted to put my knee up on the chair just like my dad taught me when you were cutting into wood. Once I got in amongst the food, I have to say… it was nice, but I wasn’t wowed. The flavours weren’t popping out at me and I didn’t feel the need to deeply savour any of it. The price of the bread bowl, coffee and included service charge was £17 which in my opinion is a bit steep. It’s a great gimmick, and definitely a crowd pleaser, but for the price I was hoping to love it a bit more.
Surprisingly good brunch spot along the Regent's Canal. It's a very simple menu with the main feature being different versions of "breakfast in bread" - literally food, cheese and sauce inside a hollowed out sourdough bread. Love the creative idea and the centre (especially with the added egg) was luscious. Agree with other commenters, the bread was a bit hard to cut / chew, but it's still tasty.
It doesn’t get much better than spending your Sunday kicking back in a café, watching the world go by on Regents Canal.
Barge House stands out amongst the myriad of places to eat and drink here, largely because their iconic signature dish ‘Breakfast in Bread’ is one of the few things worth dragging yourself out of bed for...
There are four options to choose from; I went for the bespoke sourdough loaf stuffed with smoked salmon, crème fraiche, spinach, leeks, oyster mushrooms, topped with an egg and heaped with melted cheese. Er. Mah. Gerd. This heavenly, melty, gooey goodness really does taste as good as it sounds. It’s soul-satisfying food made from seasonal, local ingredients. And if you’re feeling fragile, wash it all down with a Bloody Mary concocted from house infused vodka: Cucumber, Rosemary or Chilli. Hair of the dog and all that.
You can walk off your inevitably humungous food baby with a stroll along the beautiful towpath, which takes you past Victoria Park, Broadway Market, Camden Lock and London Zoo. Barge House will quickly become one of your regular weekend haunts.
Just stopped by this place for a coffee, but it looks amazing, the food and the vibe. People were very friendly and fun, the menu looked great, and full of gluten free options and fresh smoothies. One and only thing, bit overpriced. I know the east London and canal side prices but maybe 3.30 for a latte with almond milk it's just too much.
Anyone who takes an entire loaf of bread, hollows it out and fills it with delicious breakfast items is a winner in my book. The Barge House breakfast/brunch and bloody mary's are the perfect antidote to a hang over or snotty cold. Choose from one of three infused vodkas (cucumber, chilli or rosemary) and order an extra side of fresh chilli for maximum boost!
The interiors and surroundings are so lush, in a kinda stripped back industrial way. On a sunny day sit outside and while away the hours watching cyclists zoom by dangerously whilst sipping on a ice cold glass of wine or lovely (Climpson's Arch) coffee; the perfect Saturday pursuit.
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