Sunday Dinner at The Winchmore

I can only apologise for the radio silence as things have been pretty hectic over here, it’s been almost impossible to fit writing a blog in over the past week. And after a week off work getting back into my usual routine was a shock – those 40 hours at work complete with 3 weight sessions, 2 cardio sessions, and 2 yoga classes almost destroyed me, not to mention I’ve had two birthday celebrations and many work pub antics. I’m currently tucked up in bed with a sore throat drinking lemsip, I’m exhausted (and seriously regretting not wrapping up on fireworks night).

A proper Sunday lunch, with all the trimmings, is a real treat and is the one thing that has kept me going through the past week. Our local pub was the perfect place to celebrate my mum’s birthday with my intimidate family and our other halves – and since I heard that they hired a new head chef, I’ve been dying to try it out.

The Winchmore is gastro pub in North London and just a short walk away from my family home. Their cosy and intimate interior really creates a welcoming environment for those lazy Sundays. I’d highly recommend booking otherwise you’ll be waiting a while for a table. But if you do find yourself without a table, prop yourself up at the bar and browse their incredible gin selection as they have over 70 different types of gin!

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When we were seated the owners kindly brought us over a bottle of prosecco to celebrate my mum’s birthday and to sip on as we flicked through the menu. I love scallops, so as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have them. They were served on a pea puree and topped with crisp bits of bacon, a classic combination. They were soft, light, and melted in my mouth – my only wish was that there was more of them.

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Scott opted for the calamari which he raved about. There are two things he loves, good food and big portions, so the dish ticked both of those boxes – plenty of squid for your quid. Both of these starters have delicate flavours and demands precision, one minute they’re tender and delicious, and the next… they can end up as tough as a bicycle tyre. But they were cooked to perfection, hats off.

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There are five options when it comes to the roast dinner: beef, lamb, pork belly, chicken and a vegetation wellington. You can also get sharing platters of the lamb and chicken and it’s advised that you should share this between 4-6 people. Half of the party opted for sharing dish of the roast shoulder of lamb – and the leftovers are currently heating up in the oven as I type.

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I went for the pork belly which was delicious and so tender and I barely had to cut into it, it simply fell apart. It was served with crackling and what can beat that satisfying oily crunch? It came with a gigantic, homemade Yorkshire puddings and ultra-cirspy roast potatoes.

Now a decent roast dinner is one where the vegetables aren’t an after thought. They served cabbage and green beans which were cooked in garlic, and honey roasted carrots with mustard, yum. My only complain what that there wasn’t enough gravy, but they brought us over a second (and third) jug of it. My family are gravy fiends, we can’t get enough of it. Every roast dinner needs lashings of gravy as it brings together everything on the plate with its soothing and savoury embrace.

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After saying I was so full I couldn’t eat another bite, I took a look at the dessert menu and was sold on the chocolate brownie with salted caramel popcorn and ice -cream. The brownie was dense and fudgey, and the perfect way to end the meal.

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The Winchmore, 235 Winchmore Hill Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 1QA

 

 

 

 

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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!