The Barbican has almost as many food establishments as it has concert halls and galleries, so which to choose from.
As it happens, I was in the Barbican for the sci-fi exhibition, and while a full meal in a restaurant seemed overkill on the day, a snack in the cafe can’t be that bad. Can it?
The ground floor foyer is more a meeting and seating area, which often puts of displays of art, and seems to be a resting place for people armed with laptops making use of the free wi-fi service.
The cafe then is more of a side line to provide beverages to the laptop users.
I opted for a routine coffee, and in the absence of much else, a sausage in a bun, which it turned out was to be heated up while the coffee was made.
The coffee was barely 3/4 of a cup though, and a small cup at that. I only slightly object paying over the odds for a coffee in a cultural venue as at least you’re supporting the venue, but dear gods at least fill the cup up.
The roll was handed out on a paper plate, and I managed to snag the final paper napkin on the side table.
It was a rather dispiriting sight, and the taste no better. The bread was dry and crumbly, probably on purpose, but unappealing. The coffee average and uninspiring.
And it cost six quid. Unsurprisingly, the cafe is run by the company dominating venue cafes that I have come to loathe, Benugo.
Cost: £6.00 for a roll and coffee
Stars: 1 out of 5
Date: 30th July 2017
Summary: Avoid unless you are desperate, and even then, avoid.