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THE BARBARY NEXT DOOR, A MIDDLE EASTERN GEM FOR SEVEN DIALS
Shaftesbury has announced the official opening of a new relaxed neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar, The Barbary Next Door, the ‘little sister’ concept adjacent to The Barbary in Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials.
Open from early in the morning until evening, the 300 sq ft The Barbary Next Door restaurant located at 16a Neal’s Yard serves a menu inspired by the fragrant spices and smoky flavours of Moorish Spain and North African cooking. The Barbary’s head chef Daniel Alt is at the helm of the kitchen and supported by an experienced team, providing visitors with an unforgettable visit.
The new concept menu reflects the all-day offer from sweet North African pastries, Moroccan tortillas and Middle Eastern-inspired ‘roadside eggs’ to a choice of a lunch or dinner or something more, including Tunisian pumpkin salad, chicken pastilla and a range of warming tagines. All options are paired with a considered wine list focussing on Spanish, French and Moroccan bottles by wine director and sommelier Honey Spencer.
Interiors, designed by Gundry & Drucker, have taken their cues from backstreet Andalusian bars to Casablancan twentieth-century design and airy Moroccan courtyards. The zinc bar and seating are backed by a distressed antique mirror and lime-washed walls. Large windows at the entrance will be pulled ajar in the warmer months, and look out onto the alfresco dining terrace, set within Neal’s Yard.
Julia Wilkinson, Restaurant Director at Shaftesbury commented: “We have enjoyed working collaboratively with the Paskins across our portfolio for many years and have been delighted at the success of their award-winning Barbary concept, so the addition of their little sister concept, ‘The Barbary Next Door’, is a natural but equally creative addition to Neal’s Yard. We are always pleased be able to provide inspiring restaurant concepts such as ‘The Barbary Next Door’ a home within our community and for our visitors to experience the diverse and evolving dining line up across Seven Dials.”
Zoe Paskin, Co-Founder of The Barbary Next Door, added: “We created The Barbary in two ways, the communal cooking around a fire and a space envisioned on the romance of every back street we have ever wandered down from Seville to Rome, Marrakesh to Marseille. A hidden courtyard and then a discovered bar or restaurant. The Barbary Next Door is all that and the joy of us further exploring the heritage of the regions.”
Hanover Green, Nash Bond and Cushman & Wakefield represent Seven Dials.
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Notes to Editors
Shaftesbury owns and manages a 16 acre property portfolio in the liveliest parts of London's West End. The portfolio comprises of restaurants, cafés, pubs and shops, extending to apartments and offices in the highly popular, sought-after and prosperous locations of Carnaby, Seven Dials and Chinatown, together with substantial ownerships in East and West Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia.
All our properties are close to the main West End Underground stations, and within ten minutes’ walk of the two West End transport hubs for the Elizabeth Line, at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street.
Seven Dials is home to 95 shops, including international flagships and concept stores, renowned beauty and grooming salons as well as over 50 vibrant cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs. The area comprises of Monmouth Street, Earlham Street, Neal Street, Short’s Gardens, Neal’s Yard, Endell Street, Shelton Street, Mercer Street and the Seven Dials monument. Combined with two luxury hotels, five theatres, two private members clubs, a large number of apartments and offices, Seven Dials is a unique retail and leisure destination in the heart of London.
The Barbary Next Door - About Zoë and Layo Paskin
Siblings Zoë (45) and Layo Paskin (50) were close from an early age. Their grandmothers played a major role in their upbringing where food and hospitality were central to everyday life. Their grandfather was a cabinet maker who had a factory in Hoxton and their father, with whom they continue to work with, is an architect. This influence has naturally gone on to be applied to the innovation and energy within their critically acclaimed restaurants, bars, and club, where they build and create atmospheres and spaces, which invoke memories and travels gone by for which people can identify and enjoy, but essentially places where they want to be.
Layo fell into music in his early teens from electro to hip to rare grove before arriving at acid house. Layo began putting on DJ nights across London aged 15, and this continued to his early 20s and through university. In 1995, after his father came across an old stable building in the heart of Holborn, they teamed up to create The End. In 1998, they opened AKA, bar and restaurant and a year later, Zoe returned from Barcelona to join them. This is where the duo’s journey began to take pace. The End was to be more than a club, it became an institution breaking in many of the key musical acts in the years between 1995 - 2009. The DJ Bar AKA was widely considered to be the first DJ Bar, a milestone culturally but also for design innovation and quality. During this time Layo also launched his own international DJ and Producer career as one half of Layo & Bushwacka. This began 10 years of recording and touring where he moved to Creative Director with Zoë, becoming the Managing Director. The roles they still occupy to this day.
Both ventures were sold in 2009. After taking some time out to reflect on the next steps and with Layo's DJ career at its peak, the duo would regroup to trail blaze the industry once again, in what would be a natural full circle back to the familiarity of home, to open their first restaurant The Palomar in 2014. A central London restaurant serving the food of modern-day Jerusalem influenced by the cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa & the Levant, The Palomar quickly went to the very top of the London dining scene and garnered most key restaurant awards in 2015 including ‘Best Restaurant’ at the Observer Food Monthly Awards, Tatler ‘Restaurant of the year’ and ‘Best Restaurant’ at the GQ Food & Drink Awards. This was followed by the opening of The Barbary in 2016, which tells a story of trade, travel, and culture – the voyages of the Barbary coast, collecting and sharing ingredients, recipes and gathering influences. Always researching new ideas, they followed their own love of coffee and baking and the movement that had been sweeping the world for more independent offerings with Jacob the Angel, a small coffee shop, with the idea born from the very first coffee shop that opened in Oxford in 1651, within Neal’s Yard, in 2017. At the close of 2017, they took over The Blue Posts, a Georgian pub dating from 1739. They worked with the Listed Buildings to bring the pub back to its original ethos to create a public house with three distinct settings and locations to explore and enjoy. Evelyn’s Table is located in the old beer cellar, offering an intimate 10-seater counter dining experience, led by Head Chef Luke and his two brothers, Nat and Theo Selby, serving a continuously evolving menu built on their formative experience – a melded love of British produce, Japanese techniques with classic French training. On the ground floor is The Blue Posts, a free house specialising in British craft beers with rotating taps of independently brewed cask ales, alongside lagers and ciders. Tucked away above The Blue Posts is The Mulwray, a wine bar specialising in fine and natural wines from the old world and the new. In October 2021, they will open The Barbary Next Door.