Bare Necessities

Get your best dungarees on and head down to Barnyard, the London restaurant where simple rusticana is on the menu

BY DEE IVA

If you’re looking for simple homestyle cooking served up in cutting-edge surroundings then Barnyard, in central London, is right up your street.

The brainchild of Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg, the restaurant's urban-rustic setting was inspired by faded agricultural buildings. Reclaimed wood and sheets of corrugated iron line the walls along with peeling patterned wallpaper to create a lo-fi, rough and ready ambience. Bare bulbs, salvaged industrial light fittings and a mix of metal and timber chairs and benches complete the textured look, masterfully pulled together by interior design team Brinkworth.

Unlike upscale, booked-out brother Dabbous, Barnyard is casual, affordable and has a no-bookings policy. Simple flowers in metal urns soften the space and humorous touches include a menu divided into choices such as Pig, Cow, Lamb, Chicken and Egg, and drinks delivered in old-fashioned milk bottles. We reckon the only thing missing is somewhere to park your tractor…
barnyard-london.com; 18 Charlotte Street, W1

RUSTIC CHIC: the austere corrugated walls are offset with moody lighting, wood and simple floral arrangements

RUSTIC CHIC: the austere corrugated walls are offset with moody lighting, wood and simple floral arrangements

STOOL PIGEONS: A couple of Hedgerow Shandies wouldn't go amiss at the stripped back bar

STOOL PIGEONS: A couple of Hedgerow Shandies wouldn't go amiss at the stripped back bar