The Barnsbury

Posted by Krista on September 29, 2008

BarnsburyThe Barnsbury
209-211 Liverpool Road
N1 1LX
Tel: 020 7607 5519
http://www.thebarnsbury.co.uk

Date of Last Visit: Friday, September 26th, 2008

The Victims: Feathers, Matt, Stacey

The Damage: Oh I forget…bad of me. £25ish each maybe?

The Background: Stacey has got us all tickets to Tropic Thunder at the Islington Vue. Dinner beforehand is in order. She offers me two choices: Vietnamese or The Barnsbury. Honestly, it's mir egal. So she books The Barnsbury.

Feathers and Matt and I sit outside The Barnsbury for a bit, enjoying the rare English sunshine. Matt and I buy Euro Millions tickets (all you need is £1 and a dream, right?) and as it turns out, I recoup my spend with a win of £7.40 or thereabouts.

The Food: We don't waste much time. After all, we have a really bad movie to see. Duck for me. The chicken and chorizo stew for Feathers and Stacey. Steak for Matt. We place our order around 7 p.m.

And then it's 7:30 p.m. And there's no food.

7:45 p.m. No food.

8 p.m. No food.

8:05 p.m. Food. Finally. We eat it in 10 minutes and skedaddle so we can get good seats.

The Verdict: I ate my food so fast, I don't even remember what it tasted like. I might go back here if I had more time. (Or, well, if they had more time. Or more, I don't know…more of a fire underneath them?) The service was nice.

P.S. Feathers texted me the next day and said, I quote, "So I thought the service was very good but food OK. My rocket and parm salad had too much parm and I never say that. The stew was just a nice piece of chicken in broth with beans."

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2 Responses to “The Barnsbury”

  1. American in London
    Sep 29, 2008

    Hi Krista,

    The Barnsbury and Regent next door are my locals, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the service is always slow (don’t ask me why they don’t plan for the rush). But when I finally get my food, it’s usually good.

    If you want a fast meal before a film (and you want to avoid the N1 Centre chains), I highly recommend Viet Garden next door to the Barnsbury. The food’s not bad and most importantly, the service is fast.


  2. HC
    Sep 29, 2008

    I can’t comment on The Barnsbury but I agree about Tropic Thunder…terrible