RestaurantsLondonHollowayN5

survey result

Summary

£73
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Heavily embracing the post-industrial vibe” – this “buzzy” hipster feature not far from the Emirates and Drayton Park station (“did they go out of their way to make it difficult to find?”) makes elegant and appealing use of the high-ceilinged space it occupies (originally, of course, a laundry). Five years old now, it’s something of a classic of the contemporary East End genre – “a small plates outlet of quality” combining funky tapas with low intervention wines. It does attract the odd more downbeat critique though: “the food, service and ambience are all fine but in no way justify the prices”.

Summary

£68
  £££
3
Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Beautifully prepared fish-centric tapas and a super-cool setting” make this “fab Holloway Road local” small-plates venue “a perfect place to impress your out-of-towner mates… or even those that live in London!” There’s a “small but interesting list” of “brilliant orange and other low-intervention wines”. Top Tip – “leave space for the rum baba – you’ll need to share”.

Summary

£62
  £££
3
Good
4
Very Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A hipster hit of recent years, Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell’s “lively”, hard-surfaced operation off the Holloway Road has built a strong following for its zeitgeisty style, matched with “inventive and well-presented” fish and seafood cooking, with ingredients from ‘regenerative producers’, and an “interesting” list of low-intervention wines. “I’m not a great fan of small plates but we decided to have every dish on the menu – and it has to be said they were all excellent.”

Summary

£56
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3
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2
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2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Innovative food” in a “hard and echoey” space still packs in the crowds at this hipster hit of a couple of years ago, just off the Holloway Road, which fans feel has a “great vibe” (even despite the fact that “when the place is full, conversation can be close to impossible”). The venue has always had its detractors, though, and there were more vocal complaints this year that the whole approach is “a little too cool for its own good” (i.e. “pleased with itself” and “disappearing up its own fundament”); which results in food that’s “not bad but underwhelming, so hard to see what all the fuss is about”. Also the natural wine list, “while pleasingly ambitious and different, has a high percentage of misses” (to the extent it can seem “plain daft”).

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34 Drayton Park, London, N5 1PB

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Westerns Laundry Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Westerns Laundry Restaurant in N5, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Westerns Laundry restaurant.
Ant G
Fabulous place, great team & they make deli...
Reviewed 3 months, 5 days ago

"Fabulous place, great team & they make delicious food... worth a visit!"

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Matthew C
super cool local...
Reviewed 11 months, 11 days ago

"super cool local"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£11.00 £22.50 £8.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
34 Drayton Park, London, N5 1PB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Wednesday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑9 pm

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