Shoreditch is an area of East London I’ve been wanting to explore properly for a long time, but it’s always been a little out of the way from where I’ve lived. There are so many incredible shops, cafes, restaurants and bars that have sprung up in this ultra trendy area in the past few years, though, that I’m determined to get to know it better. I’ve decided to share the crème de la crème of what I stumble across through a ‘best of Shoreditch’ mini series. First up: Barber & Parlour.
Last week, I received an invite to attend French & Grace‘s pop up supper club at Barber & Parlour on Redchurch Street. Given my interest in getting to know Shoreditch better, I couldn’t have been more delighted to be given the opportunity to visit such a fantastic sounding venue. Barber & Parlour is a fabulously eclectic mix of restaurant, bar (of both the juice and cocktail variety), cafe, Electric Cinema (housed in the basement), barber and beauty salon. There’s also an inviting range of homeware available to purchase that is showcased throughout the dining space. I instantly fell in love with the buzzing atmosphere and cosy decor.
I’d invited my friend Claire to join me for the supper club, and when we arrived we were instantly handed a cocktail, before taking our seats and setting about the serious business of catching up. Very, very annoyingly I had a camera malfunction that resulted in me losing all the photos I’d taken during the evening (the feeling of losing a week’s worth of photos is pretty awful), so sadly I don’t have photos of the fabulous meal to share with you, but I’ll do my best with description (I enjoyed my evening at Barber & Parlour so much that I’ve returned twice since, so the photos in this post are from a later visit!).
We started our feast with a fig and sheep’s milk halloumi platter, as well as a mezze of baba ghanoush, labneh, muhammara, rosemary hummus with spiced lamb, pickles and flat bread. Everything was delicious, and I enjoyed the sweet / salty flavour combination of halloumi and fig so much that I recreated it at home only a couple days later. Next up, we enjoyed pork belly, with pumpkin, smoked feta and plum. The portions were extremely generous, so I couldn’t get through it all, but I still loved every mouthful! Dessert was a pistachio and almond tart with poached pear and orange blossom cream. The dessert was my least favourite part of the meal, as it was more of a cake than a tart, and rather than finely ground, the nuts were left chunky. I’m not the biggest nut fan, so I didn’t enjoy the cake as much, but Claire liked it – so clearly if you don’t mind nuts it was a winner!
The evening was so much fun, and I’ll definitely look out for more supper clubs at Barber & Parlour in the future. In the meantime, I’ve had a lot of fun heading there for coffee with friends and lunch with my Mum. We had a delicious lunch there, snacking on chicken liver pate, fennel salami, bread and olive oil, followed by a smoked chicken salad (me) and slow roasted lamb (Mum). Everything was wonderful and was the perfect way to celebrate the start of being on holiday (yay for half-term!).
The small plates are a fabulous deal (£12 for 3, or £20 for 5), as the portions are very generous, and they’d be a terrific option for an evening snack with cocktails. I’m already planning my next trip back!
Have you ever been to Barber & Parlour before? My friend Claire (who always knows all the cool places) said the beauty salon is lovely, so I definitely want to check out it sometime!
Barber & Parlour
64-66 Redchurch St
020 3376 1777
Mon – Sat 9.00 – 23.00
Sun 10.00 – 23.00
Note: I was invited to attend Barber & Parlour’s supper club, along with a guest, but my review is entirely my own, and I liked it so much I wanted to share it with all of you, as well as return several times!