This is a story of boy meets girl. Not in the romantic sense mind, but one blogger to another.
Everyone knows that when setting up a new venture you should do your market research, so when we started TWOP I got speaking to a few other bloggers to exchange notes. The Ldnr: “A guide to London’s best bars, clubs and restaurants through the eyes of a real Ldnr”, stood out. Over a few friendly tweets and a mutual love of eating and drinking we decided do a review together.
The Barrio bars are normally known for cocktails on a night out, but as we found ourselves at Barrio East one Saturday lunch we prepared for a different experience. Seeing the venue in daylight (and sober!) allows you to appreciate the interiors a little more: bright colourful walls, caravans in the middle of rooms, and sheds for toilets helping the venue fit into the area it takes residence in.
On arrival a very friendly member of staff guided us to a quirky wooden booth where we reflexively ordered some cocktails (it’s a weekend, why not?). My cocktail (Brazilian Lady) was a perfect lunchtime treat as it wasn’t too strong or sweet but the other (A Bloody Mary with Bacon) was a little less to our liking – different strokes for different folks I guess!
Arrival of the food confirmed we had eyes bigger than our bellies: I had The Breakfast of Champions and he had the Chivito Sandwich (a great one for meat lovers), both of which were very generous portions! The food was ok: great for a quick bite on a lazy day with good company, but nothing to write home about. That’s fine though, we’ll be back a little closer to the witching hour for a great mojito!
> Client Friendly: Not right for talking shop
> Affordability: Budget-happy £
> Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street
> Dress code: Any clothes goes
> Best for: Lazy days
Visit Barrio East here