Being back in the UK means more opportunity to explore London and its neverending culinary offering. I was up visiting my good friend, Franky, a couple of weeks ago, and we stumbled upon a cracking little place on Holloway Road for brekky. And since sharing is caring and all that jazz, I thought I would tell you about it!
From the outside, The Barn looks like a teeny tiny bakery, but step through door and down a small set of wooden stairs, and you’re suddenly in a bustling restaurant, packed full of chatty brunch-loving Londoners.
We waited about 10 minutes for a table – it was a Sunday morning, so understandably busy. Chunky oak tables and warm lighting, the atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for. I could imagine going back in the colder and more wintery months, and tucking myself in a corner with huge mug of something warmng. Cosy would be the word.
We were seated at one of those tables where you find yourself having to focus on not listening to the conversation next to you. But with food ordered and caffeinated beverages in hand, we were soon nattering away about all sorts, and quickly forgot about our neighbours.
Food-wise, I went for a classic eggs beni, while Frank opted for the poached eggs with parma ham and asparagus. Evidently both lovers of a poached egg. They we beautifully cooked, might I add. Needless to say, the conversation lulled for a short while, as we wolfed down our mid-morning feast. We both washed it down with a glass of fresh OJ, having both clocked the juicer sitting next to a humungous crate of oranges as we walked down the stairs earlier, and so couldn’t not give the zesty classic a whirl.
Price-wise, for central London, I though it was rather reasonable – £12.50 for a solid-sized plateful plus two drinks. I was tempted by the lemon cake as I walked out, but managed to talk myself out of it this time. Which means one thing – I’ll just have to go back!
The London Diaries explores affordable, yet delicious, dining options in the capital. Others in the series include Wahaca, The Breakfast Club, The Riding House Cafe, The Real Greek, and All Bar One, so check them out if you’re looking for some inspiration!