I moved to Turnpike Lane just under a year ago, I didn’t really know anything about the local neighbourhood. Sure, I knew I could get to Kings Cross in less than 15 minutes on the tube and that Ally Pally was just around the corner, but I just found the perfect little flat and hoped that the rest was sure to follow.
A year of exploring the local haunts with Conor in tow, I’ve now got some solid favourites and places I take everyone who comes this way. So I thought I’d share a few treasured places of mine around the area to get you started, should you fancy a visit north of the river…
One of my favourite pubs in the area is The Salisbury. It’s a stunning Victorian pub with cosy corners and obligatory taxidermy, yet unlike most London pubs it’s absolutely massive. The beer-focused bar has a great craft beer selection, think Magic Rock, Siren and Crate on tap.
A bloody great brunch spot with beautiful interiors (think scandi-inspired with mismatched comfy chairs and whitewashed walls). Enjoy delicious gastro fry-ups washed down with Climpson and Son’s coffee. Blend is a real gem in the neighbourhood.
Harringay Local Store
Everyone’s fav deli when they head this way. Harringay Local Store is like a farmers market in a shop which even sells vinyl. Think doughnuts from St Johns, craft beer from Hackney Brewery, honey from the bees in Finsbury Park by Pearly Queen Honey. It’s the only place I’ve found which stocks my favourite cheese of all time – Burrata!
Bun & Bar
One of the best burger joints in the area by a long shot, and one where vegetarian options are not an afterthought at Bun & Bar. I go for the bun buster (beef patty, tomato, chorizo spread, cheddar, rocket, red onion, garlic mayo) every time – oh, and the rosemary fries are also too good to pass up on. Not to mention they host weekly live music nights which can range from anything from soul and funk, to jazz, blues and covers.
Green Lanes is well known for having the best Turkish food in the whole of London. Gökyüzü is one of the busiest places on the lane and with the generous portions and vibrant flavours, it’s clear why. It’s where to go when you’re hangry on the weekend, my fave is the Yoğurtlu Tavuk Şiş… don’t miss it!