A short walk from Padstow’s harbour, Barnaby’s Bistro is cutely nestled within a former-Victorian tearoom. Repurposing its vintage shell and turning it into a contemporary bistro, the restaurant’s attractive interiors combine with a relaxed yet professional atmosphere for a winning combination.
Situated not far from the owner’s second restaurant in Padstow, the hugely popular Prawn on the Lawn, Barnaby’s Bistro is definitely one for the foodie tick list. Founded by Katie and Rick Toogood and opening in early 2018, Barnaby’s (so named after Rick’s grandfather) has been attracting a steady stream of diners since.
Joining forces with local suppliers and placing a heavy emphasis on fresh produce with as minimal mileage as possible, the talented kitchen team create dishes packed full of flavour. Serving a range of seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes with a playful middle eastern influence, many of the dishes are cooked in the bistro’s wood fired oven, affectionately dubbed “Bertha”.
Boasting a friendly and informal approach, Barnaby’s is as perfect for a tasty lunch as it is a romantic evening meal. Menus regularly change with and in between the seasons, and there is genuinely something for all tastes. Particularly fun for group outings, much of the menu is designed around sharing. Dig into one of the gorgeous sharing platters with your friends before polishing off your meal with an artisan dessert. Perfect.
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays between 12 and 11pm, Barnaby’s Bistro is absolutely worth a visit and is definitely somewhere you will want to keep returning to. Adopting the emblem of a bee from their family background in Manchester, you can also feel good knowing that £1 from your bill will be donated to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
If you would like to cast your eye over the restaurant’s selection of food before you, you can see an example menu online filled with teasingly good suggestions.