A Road to Turnpike Lane

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…

The Salisbury

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.

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Blend

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.

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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!

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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.

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Gökyüzü

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!

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Brunch at Blend Harringay

When you want decent Turkish food in North London, you’ll head straight to Green Lanes. But brunch? It would be the last place I’d look – until I discovered Blend.

I look the look and feel of the place, think scandi-inspired with mismatched comfy chairs and whitewashed walls.  It’s bright and welcoming, and full of contemporary arts (just have a peek in the bathroom).

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On weekends it can be full of families and in one corner of the cafe you’ll find a cute little kids area, and in another corner you’ll find the creative-coffee lover types hunched over their laptops.

Whenever Scott and I go to Blend, we’re guilty of always ordering the same thing time and time again. For me, it’s the poached eggs with homemade hollandaise and asparagus. And from him, it’s a fry-up with espresso beans, chipolata sausages and a fried egg and it couldn’t be further away from your typical greasy spoons.

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I haven’t even mentioned the coffee which is strong and rich, and one of the main reasons we head to Blend on a Saturday morning.

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Blend, 587 Green Lanes, London N8 0RG

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