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120-year-old Dutch barge converted into a restaurant; moored on the River Lee on Hackney. Established 2018.

survey result


Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s so fun being on board a boat!” – this 120-year-old barge is moored in Hackney Wick, near the Olympic stadium, and is also surrounded by gardens providing an alternative backdrop to a meal. All reports agree on its “fantastic food and atmosphere”: there are a variety of menus, including tasting and group options, all featuring imaginative modern British dishes.

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Owner's description

Lovingly restored and converted into an award winning restaurant, Barge East offers a truly iconic dining experience. Behind our sensational, seasonal menus are our talented chefs who source the finest quality produce, and handpick homegrown ingredients from our Gardens for every dish.


Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Pretheatre £30.00  
SundayLunch   £39.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 55.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£10.00 £26.00 £24.00 £10.00
Wine per bottle £34.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
Bread £2.00
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

26, 8
No dress code

The chef

Executive Chef - Stefano Camplone

A professional chef for almost 10 years, Stefano graduated culinary school in his hometown of Pescara, Italy, and after a few years of work experience, arrived in London to grow his career in fine dining and Michelin starred restaurants.
Stef participated in the culinary competition ‘Young Chef of the Year’ by Bookatable and Pommery Champagne in 2018 and 2019, both years reaching the final stage of the competition. 
Executive Chef at Barge East for the past 2 years, Stefano produces and develops seasonal menus that use some of Britain’s finest produce and incorporate a range of international flavours.

Barge East Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Barge East Restaurant in E9, London by users of Also see the editors review of Barge East restaurant.
Greg S
Absolutely fantastic! One of the most uniqu...
Reviewed 9 months, 28 days ago

"Absolutely fantastic! One of the most unique settings that i've been lucky enough to have dinner in. A short walk from the local overground station, situation on the river/canal in Hackney Wick - whole area has a very cool Berlin vibe. Charming and welcoming staff, fabulous food, presented beautifully, the staff happy to explain and go over dishes with you. Thoughtfully sourced and delicious too! We would recommend the Ox Cheek and Market Fish. plus the potato terrine. Interesting cocktail and wine lists as well. We took a walk in their gardens and stopped from drinks after dinner on the deck of the boat."

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River Lee, Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane, London, E9 5EN
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Opening hours
Wednesday4 pm‑11:30 pm
Thursday4 pm‑11:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 4 pm‑11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 4 pm‑11:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑6 pm, 5 pm‑8 pm

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