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  • 5.0 star rating
    7/7/2011

    I have just moved to Dalston and am so gald I have found this place. Came here with a friend for a quick after work drink last Friday and ended up staying all night!

    Drinks are really reasonably priced - on the cheap side actually - I was very pleasently surprised to return from the bar with change each time.

    The Dj was playing some old School hip hop tunes that I havn't heard since I was at school! I was loving it!

    All of the staff were really friendly - all of them! They were lovely and chatty at the bar asking how my night was going, joking and dancing.

    From reading the reviews below I cannot wait to eat here too!

    Yeeeeeeeeeey! New local! I'm very pleased indeed.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/3/2013
    1 check-in here

    Seeing as I live across the road from this bar/cafe, I tend to frequent it quite a bit. The food, as previous reviewers have pointed out, is so reasonably priced for the area and tasty too! The breakie's are fab, as are the brunch/lunch meals too.
    Drinks are pretty cheap and the staff are friendly and relaxing. A great local cafe/bar indeed. Oh, free wifi too!

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/4/2011
    First to Review

    Bardens is back from the dead, hooray. Only now it's a cafe and and bar directly above where the club used to be. Total transformation though, none of that sticky floor dive bar thing going on. It's all bare brick, clean toilets and lots of wonderful illustration work hanging from its walls.

    I've been here twice in the past week, first off for a Thursday night drink.. nice and relaxed, full bar, friendly bar staff and not crazy busy. Perfect noise level for a catch up whilst still keeping up a good atmosphere.

    Then again for lunch the following Monday... Wow the food was freakin good. Nice brunch style menu. Got great vegi and Mediterranean breakfasts both just £5, best breakfast down that stretch I've had in ages. Busy for a Monday lunch, lots of people on their laptops working away, decent music playing and quick service. Couldn't complain at all.

    Already got plans to go back there, total gem.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2011
    3 check-ins here

    I just stuffed my face full of food that would normally cost at least 50% anywhere else for this quality. A full English will set you back as little as a fiver, considering you're in seriously comfortable surroundings and not some greasy spoon cafe I think this is a bargain.

    I had the grilled chicken breast ciabatta sandwich with extra bacon. £6.50 for the massive sandwich plus decent enough chips and 75p for loads of extra bacon. Yes!

    This place only serves food until 5pm and afterwards it's a bar. I haven't been for a drink there in the evening but am definitely planning to. They have artwork for sale on the walls as is usual these days in Dalston.

    Oh and fresh juice (as in juiced right in front of you) for £2.50! I had the apple and mint which was great.

    I see myself becoming a regular here very quickly.

    PS - they also serve Monmouth coffee, not sure if that means anything to anyone.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/5/2011

    This is an excellent brunch spot. I ordered the super filling Mediterranean Breakfast for £5. My sister enjoyed her £3 club sandwich. I enjoyed about three bites of it too, when she wasn't paying attention.

    Check it out.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/4/2011

    This is a secret gem in Dalston - 5 stars for value and quality of food. Its a little dark, but service is prompt but not too fast. They have the papers and a good selection of reading material. I live almost next-door and have been a few times for a leisurley brunch with friends. It has a great atmosphere - both family-friendly and for younger twenty-somethings. For a generous plate of  eggs benedict with home-made hashed potatoes and side salad, a  tall creamy late, a cappucinno, and a full english breakfast - delicatley cooked with a side-order of wholemeal toast came to £12. Bargainous. They also have home-made organic lunch options and freshly made smoothies.

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From the business

Specialties

We pride ourselves on freshly prepared meals, using locally and ethically sourced ingredients wherever possible. We're known for our breakfasts, vegetarian breakfasts, sandwiches, grills and our burgers. We have an excellent selection of beers, wines and spirits. Our evening are livelier but we maintain the same local friendly atmosphere.

History

Established in 2010.

We were originally based in the basement and became known in London and the UK as one of the best music venues in the country. In 2010 we moved upstairs and began life as a cafe, bar and restaurant and we've been here ever since.