Joe’s Southern Kitchen – Kentish Town, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Price paid per person: £24

What is it about the name Joe? Why is it always used in conjunction with fried chicken, lumberjack shirts and Jack Daniels? Don’t get me wrong, clearly as a Jo I’m not in any way against the name, I’m just terribly curious as to what the connection is. Even Google couldn’t help me. But what’s in a name, right? Continue reading

Petek – Stroud Green, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 10/10
Atmosphere: 10/10
Price paid per person: £25

Quickly becoming one of my favourite neighbourhoods, Stroud Green has no shortage of good restaurants. According to Google and TripAdvisor, one of the best is Petek on Stroud Green Road. We squeezed past people waiting for a table to claim our reserved one, to be greeted by very friendly and accommodating staff despite our being half an hour late. We were given menus to look at whilst we waited, then seated a few minutes later and instantly presented with olives. Continue reading

A Nets Catch – Aberdovey, Wales

Can you book? No
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Price paid per person: £5

‘Where is Aberdovey’ I hear you ask? Well, as I learnt this festive season it is a fishing village at the bottom tip of Snowdonia, Wales. It is tremendously cold and rainy, but very picturesque and the starting point of several mountain hikes, at the top of which one can observe the superb scenery.

After today’s hike we were much in need of some warming up so took ourselves to A Nets Catch, the village’s finest vendor of fish and chips, named after Annette, the lady who runs it along with her husband. Continue reading

Shoe Shop – Tufnell Park, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Price paid per person: £30

Shoe Shop is a new(ish) restaurant just a minute away from Tufnell Park tube station. There are very few tables, little ornamentation and no music (if I remember correctly). So if the food had been disappointing, it wouldn’t have had any saving graces. Luckily this wasn’t the case and the food was very good!
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Rabbit – Chelsea, London

‘A goats cheese shot of loveliness’ is how I would describe the beetroot crisp with goats cheese, quince and chick weed ‘mouthful’ at Rabbit, the seven-week old sister restaurant to The Shed in Notting Hill. The restaurants are run by three brothers who are all about bringing the food from farm to table. In their words, they “farm, forage and produce seasonal British food.” Whilst there were a few crossovers with the menu from The Shed (both do tiny ‘mouthfuls’ to amuse one’s bouche) the focus here is more on wild foods, such as rabbit, or partridge.

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🐂 The Bull and Last 🐂 – Parliament Hill, London

If you like good meat, you’ll like The Bull and Last. The whole place screams meat; from the name to the stuffed bulls on the walls and the rustic manly decor. It also has a very warm and inviting atmosphere.

I had lamb rump with artichoke purée whilst my chums both had onglet steak with chips. There’s no such thing as well done here, got to be a man and have it rare. 💪 Continue reading