We spent 3 nights in Nanyuki, to write an enthusiastic review of Barneys Restaurant Nanyuki in the Mount Kenya area of Kenya.
Barneys has a varied menu offering all-day breakfasts, pancakes and toasties and burgers, chicken and chips, soup and some specials. The food at Barneys is good and the coffee is the very best in this area and outdoes many Nairobi coffee-houses. Juices and smoothies are also served. Note that the food portions are mega great! They've also got a little play area for the youngsters, and tons of grass for them to run around on. Nanyuki Airstrip is where the planes come and go to Nairobi, Laikipia, Meru and Samburu.
Barneys also has feta & coriander samosas which are superb, hot drinks (teas & coffee) and a nice ambience to look at the world go by. Get there early on a Sunday morning to beat the late morning in-flow and you'll be rewarded with a relaxed brunch.
Barneys Restaurant would definitely be a good place to arrive early to before a flight, so you can relax comfortably and not fret about missing your connection.
Whilst at Barney's Cafe the staff kindly told us about the new Lily Pond Arts Centre on the equator in Nanyuki.
The employees at Barney's were adamant that we paid a visit to the vast art gallery, as it displays reasonable contemporary art from East Africa's top latest artists, away from the hustle and bustle of town life.
You can opt to either soak up the atmosphere of this unruffled and special African arts place, or meet the "Artists in Residence". The Art Gallery houses art graduates from art colleges in Nairobi, Kenya who are on full-time, long-term placements at the arts centre, producing and showing new cost-effective art works.
This new art studio in Nanyuki, aims to operate as a springboard for young artists to launch their art careers, while allowing safari visitors to buy original works of art.
We also enjoyed a good lunch on a deck, overlooking a large lily pool.
With the great Mount Kenya Mountain as a background, we also enjoyed watching the white egret, hunting the frogs in the pool!
What we found amazing is that the equator slices clean thru the middle of this Arts Centre. This suggests that you can view inspiring African art in both the Southern Hemisphere and the Northern Hemisphere!
This new Arts Centre in Nanyuki, has just installed a new equator sculpture, the Wish Globe, which is installed precisely at 0000000. Everyone writes down their wishes and then hangs them onto the "Wish Globe".
The arts centre has a novel shop stocked with hand- made African gifts like beaded sandals, recycled flip flop toys, African masks, Glass chimes, Kenyan metal geckos and many more weird African present ideas. That was the majority of our vacation cash gone!
Barneys Nanyuki and the Lily Pond Arts Centre offers inspiring contemporary African art, gifts and healthy lunches. Find out today, what the Barneys Restaurant at Nanyuki Airstip offers in Nanyuki, the Mount Kenya area of Kenya.
Category: African Art