The pub has recently been given a new lease of life by a young and passionate team providing a premium seasonal menu while still retaining a traditional English pub atmosphere.
It’s traditional pub grub produced at the optimum level of gastronomic perfection. Scotch eggs and sausage rolls aren’t normally on Michelin star menus, but this place proves it’s not content which assumes perfection, its quality.
Additionally, instead of disguising and prettifying the meals with posh names, the ingredients are proudly displayed in ‘normal’ English, as are the ingredient provenances with a list of their suppliers showcased for all to see. It’s honest, comfort food taken to the extreme, showing the utmost respect for ‘real’ meals.
Big portions of food cooked to perfection, they know what we like, they stick to what we like, and they do it well, very well. It may seem odd to talk of chips so highly, but these chunky, triple-cooked chips are in standing to be the very best I’ve ever tried. This is ordinary food, cooked to taste extraordinary. Pigs cheek, Roast Cornish Cod, Confit Duck Leg – each are a highlight.
The desserts are just as luxurious. Everyday puddings that become transformed to supremacy. The ice-creams are all home-made and suspend you right in the centre of heaven with just one spoonful. Ice-cream flavours range from Ferrero Rocher to Kernal Stout. The dessert menu should never be dismissed here.
All are welcome in this family-friendly pub, big groups, dinner dates, children and dogs. All get to receive the pub treatment, including your pooch who is wined and dined with a bowlful of water and a pig’s ear.
As well as good food, it offers an extensive variety of draught ales, the perfect accompaniment to any pub meal, while there are also fairly priced wines and bloody-good bloody Marys.
You cannot want more from this place.
|168 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1QS||Transport Kentish Town tube/rail then bus 214, C2, or Gospel Oak rail then bus C11|
|Telephone: +44 020 7267 3641||Meals served 9 -11am Fri – Sun, noon – 15:00 Mon – Fri, 12:30 – 16:00 Sat, Sun, 18:30 – 22:00 Mon – Sat, 19:00 – 21:00 Sun|
|Main courses £14-£28||Website|