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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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!