Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Kentish Town
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Kentish Town restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 14 restaurants in Kentish Town and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Kentish Town restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Anima e Cuore Italian restaurant in LONDON 129 Kentish Town Rd - NW1
“Fab creative Italian food” – “an ever-changing menu with great homemade pasta” – is “served with charm in the most unpretentious environment”, at this “tiny BYO café” in Kentish Town. With ratings improving every year, locals are smitten by this “lovely hidden gem”, so the only problem is the increasing difficulty of grabbing a seat – but then again “they’re expanding, so perhaps it’ll become a little easier to get a table”.
2. Bull & Last International restaurant in Kentish Town 168 Highgate Rd - NW5
Kentish Town’s famous Heath-side destination closed in October 2018, as it planned to turn itself into a six-bedroom pub-with-rooms. Its gala-reopening sadly coincided with the pandemic, with it initially relaunching for takeaways. Consistently ranked as north London’s top gastropub in recent years, the absence of a survey this year prevents a rating on its new fancier cooking. An early-days August 2020 review from Grace Dent in The Guardian concluded that: “Despite its new lofty leanings, this is still somewhere to bring your family for scotch eggs, bowls of chips and a sunny day meet-up at one of the outdoor tables”.
3. E Mono Turkish restaurant in Kentish Town 285-287 Kentish Town Road - NW5
“Succulent-tasting kebabs” at this “great value”, family-run Turkish joint (which adopted its name from the original Victorian signage) were “recommended by Giles Coren” some years ago – and our reporters have consistently backed his judgement: “their success is deserved”.
4. The Junction Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Kentish Town 101 Fortess Rd - NW5
2018 Review: Limited but all-round upbeat feedback on this popular gastropub on the Tufnell Park/Kentish Town borders, complete with conservatory and small garden.
5. Carob Tree Greek restaurant in Kentish Town 15 Highgate Rd - NW5
2019 Review: “They won’t let anyone go hungry!”, say fans of this “always crowded” Greek local in Dartmouth Park, where “you’re treated as a long lost friend”, and which is praised for its “excellent fish and mezze”. (One terrible meal was reported here this year – so far it seems like just a blip.)
6. Chicken Shop Chicken restaurant in Kentish Town 79 Highgate Rd - NW5
2018 Review: Arguably they’re just “a fancy version of Nandos”, but Soho House’s “deliciously moreish and quite addictive” pit stops “do one thing, and do it well”: “succulent moist chicken, piping hot salty chips, melt in your mouth corn on the cob and the grand finale, the spongy light apple pie”.
8. House Kitchen Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Kentish Town 53-79 Highgate Road - NW5
The latest venture from Soho House to open in Highgate Studios (already home to Pizza East, Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger); on the former site of Café Kix.
9. Doppio Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Kentish Town 177 Kentish Town Rd - NW1
2018 Review: “Exceptional coffee from experts” who “take real pride in making an outstanding brew” can be sampled at these on-trend espresso bars, operated by a coffee wholesaler in Camden Town, Shoreditch and Battersea. NB they “sell and service coffee machines”, but “they don’t serve food”!
10. The Grafton British, Modern restaurant in Kentish Town 20 Prince of Wales Road - NW5
Now under new management and following a full refurbishment, this Kentish Town boozer offers classic pub fare and top-notch ales. The team hosts a number of activities throughout the week, including Monday night Britpop Knees Ups, Tuesday Quiz Nights, Bitchy Bingo Wednesdays and Throwback 'BYO Vinyl' Thursdays, as well as Brunch, BBQ & Beats sessions every Saturday.
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