A North Londoners Guide to Eating in North London

If you’re ever spent more than 5 minutes with me, you’ll know how much I love North London. I currently live in Southgate, but I’m counting all my pennies and hoping to move to Finsbury Park. It’s somewhere I’ve always dreamed on living – it’s close enough to the city so I can lace up my trainers and either run or cycle to work, or pop home for a Sunday lunch (or bbq knowing my family).

I get pretty tried of people simply describing North London as only Kings Cross, Islington and Camden. There’s so much more to see and do! Let me take you on a little adventure down the Piccadilly line through your stomach…

Kings Cross

Kings Cross is a huge transport hub for London, and it would be silly for me to ignore it in my guide. Since the development of Granary Square, Kings Cross has become a foodie’s paradise. You’ve got the likes of Granger and Co, Caravan, The Grain Store, and of course Dishoom.

I’ve been to Caravan numerous of times and it never fails to disappoint – their coffee is the perfect pick me in the morning, and their sweet potato and cumin waffle is to die for.

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Holloway

Getting my family to come to this part of London is a nightmare – they’re avid Spurs fan and my dad actually refuses to get off the tube at Arsenal (and still refers to it as Gillespie Road). Some of my highlights include Zia Lucia (a newly opened Pizza joint using black charcoal bases), Vagabond and Le Coq.

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I recently visited The Highbury Arts Club for my sister’s birthday extravaganza – it’s a cute little cafe serving up tapas with exposed brickwork, cosy corners and communal long tables. The food here was so good, I’d highly recommend their pandron peppers, tortilla, and coquettes (and whilst you’re at it.. you might as well order their whole menu). They also do amazing dessert – Scot and I devoured their cheesecake.

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Finsbury Park 

Now I could write a whole post about Finsbury Park, and narrowing down what to include in this section has been incredibility hard.

Get Brunch at Fink’s Salt and Sweet and get to their Avocado Toast. The portion is more then generous and is topped with goats cheese and comes with a harrisa spread – it’s such good value for money.

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Grab a cup of joe at Blighty Coffee. They’re got signature drinks like the Orancino, which is basically Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a cup, and the Spitfire, which is served with cinnamon and chocolate.

Hit up either Yard Sale Pizza or Petek for a spot of lunch or dinner. Petek serves up spot-on Lebanese food, their portions are generous and everything is incredibility tasty.

Finally, grab a pint at the Faltering Fullback. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s always full or the main room looks like a cross between a sixth-form common room crossed with a 1970s pool hall. It has the most stunning beer garden – it’s quite simply one big treehouse.

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Harringay 

I’ve only recently started exploring Turnpike Lane and Woodgreen since Scott moved here. You’re got to go for a spot of food at Blends, and I simply adore their eggs on sourdough with asparagus and hollandise.

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Mosaica at The Old Chocolate Factory is another one of my favourites – it’s the perfect date spot. It’s in the middle of an industrial estate in Wood Green, but I assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Southgate 

You’re almost at the end of the Piccadilly line, and here’s where my foodie journey ends. But before it does, make sure you visit Green’s Steakhouse. They do week day offers, and from Monday till Thursday can grab two steak dinners and a bottle of house red for £39 – bargain.

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The Winchmore is one of my favourite local boozers, run by a brother and sister duo and boasts over 70 gins. Their bar staff are incredible as well,  simply let one of them know your favourite fruit and they will whip up a gin for your taste.

Let me know if you visit any of these places or if you have any hidden gems you’d like to share!  

One of my favourite brunch spots; Caravan

A couple of years ago if someone suggested to go to Kings Cross for food I’d think , ‘hmm, what’s there though?’ These days you’ve got the likes of Granger & Co, Grain Store, Vinoteca, and of course, Caravan.

Caravan is housed in the stunning old Victorian grain store and was the first restaurant to open within the king’s cross partnership development behind the station. The restaurant itself is completely designed with the building’s history in mind with a soft industrial dinning room and they’ve combined it with an open kitchen – which is visible but separated by a wire  mesh. It’s raw walls, an exposed ventilation system overhead, blond wood tables all add to the industrial feel of the restaurant. Behind the bar there’s a no-man’s land of equipment – presumably for roasting and grinding fresh coffee beans.

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It’s a hive of activity – I’ve been here once for a Christmas party and twice for brunch now. But brunch is what Caravan does best, and it’s no wonder you can sometimes wait up to an hour for a table.

They have simple options of toasts with toppings such as cheddar and onion jam, or crushed avocado with lemon and chilli – to jalapeno cornbreads served with fried eggs, salsa and creme fraiche, or confit trout, jersey royals, peas and a curry mayonnaise.

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Last weekend I have the pleasure of introducing my bestfriend from university to the delights of Caravan, as of course I had to show her some of the best London can offer. We were seated on a table the the door – but after a couple of belinis we could no longer feel the draught.

After pondering over their menu for what seemed like decades, I chose the sweet potato and cumin waffle which is topped with cucumber raita, mango puree and coconut. Emily went for the aubergine puree, poached eggs, sourdough and sausage.

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The flavours in my dish complimented each other perfectly – the sweetness of the mango being balanced by the cucumber raita.

Emily’s Turkish-inspired dish consists of a wonderfully smokey flavour which the sausage adding the needed saltiness. The eggs were overcooked but she raved about the food nonetheless.

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Their avocado on sourdough toast is also to die for – it’s just a simple dish but it’s done so well, and there’s no skimping on the avocado either!

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I honestly can’t sing Caraven’s  praises enough – it’s the perfect spot for brunch with dishes that will set you up for the whole day.

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Caravan, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA