I went to Barbarella's partly to visit a place whose owner, if you read replies posted here, has anger management issues. Why on earth insult patrons, even when they are mistaken? He can't have been in when we were there. The staff – both of them – were friendly and efficient. The food was also much more interesting than you would know from the limited menu in the window.
Whereas most restaurants have a large standard menu and a few daily specials, Barbarella's does it the other way round. There are at least as many specials as regulars. So, instead of the ordinary looking salmon off the window menu, we had the blackened "special salmon". And very good it was too, nicely cooked with interesting vegetables to go with it.
They will even sell you a small bottle of sparkling wine (Prosecco), to make up for the fact that they don't sell it by the glass. The wine list is small but interesting enough for most tastes, with a few out-of-the ordinary wines, and at sane prices.
You have to be prepared to eat with your food on your lap if you get one of the many low tables. (We opted to eat upstairs where that is the only option.) But the comfortable armchairs make up for it.
You can get some idea of the expected clientele from the toilets. Not just hard dryers in the ladies, but hair straighteners. Oh, and no toilet seat in the gents. (Cue bad jokes about people from Essex feeling at home.)
By coincidence, we bumped into the person who previously ran the place as a frock shop. She seemed to be enjoying her food too.
Would we go back? Probably, but only if we can get a proper table. Barbarella's is a sign that Buxton is finally getting some interesting places to eat.
PS They don't like adding tips to the card bill. But that is fine by me. Cash is always better because it has more chance of getting into the right hands, and untaxed with it.
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