Restaurants in Barnet: North London hotspots. Barnet is named for the Old English ‘baernet’, meaning ‘land cleared by burning’. It’s now a modern suburb of London, but Barnet certainly has a history. The Romans really dug it up here in what is now known as Barnet, scattering bits of pottery everywhere and carelessly leaving spare change all over the rolling hills that underpin the district. Contemporary residents are no longer too bothered – they’re more concerned with finding places to eat in Barnet. Geographically, Barnet forms part of Outer London, and is flanked to the north by Hertfordshire, while south towards the city Barnet gets denser. Barnet is also ethnically diverse, and this is reflected in the types of places to eat in Barnet.