Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Primrose Hill
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Primrose Hill restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 25 restaurants in Primrose Hill and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Primrose Hill restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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2. Wildflower Irish restaurant in Camden Buck Street Market, 180-188 Camden High Street - NW1
2022 Review: “It’s amazing how much fun you can have dining in a shipping container!!” – Irish chef Adrian Martin’s July 2020 newcomer may be thus housed in Camden Town’s new eco market on Buck Street, but – with its incongruously posh decor and £65 eight-course menu (£110 if you go for the wine matching) – it’s certainly not in the grungy, street food category (even if you do have to go outside to the loos in the market). As the name hints, the focus is on seasonality and foraged food, but early press reviews – while not writing the enterprise off – have given it a slightly bumpy ride. Some of our early reporters are much more upbeat, though, hailing “inspirational and outstanding cuisine” that its most ardent supporters would put “in the same class as Aulis and Story”.
3. Sam's Café British, Traditional restaurant in Primrose Hill 40 Chalcot Road - NW1
This artfully down-to-earth, all-day (and most evenings) café, run by Primrose Hill locals actor Sam Frears and writer Andrew O’Hagan, is “the best place to start the day”, with “delightful staff delivering decent coffee and lovely food”. The fortnightly supper club provides “simple but tasty food” and the opportunity to “meet unknown neighbours in a friendly environment”. Artists are invited to display their work on the walls; broadcaster and writer Andrew Marr exhibited a selection of his abstract drawings.
4. Michael Nadra French restaurant in Primrose Hill 42 Gloucester Ave - NW1
Just by the Regent’s Canal, Michael Nadra’s high-quality French restaurant serves some of the “best food in the area” at the top of Regent’s Park. On sunny days, it particularly benefits from its cute courtyard (regarding the interior, some diners feel it’s “a shame that the odd layout can detract from its other qualities”). It used to have an (older) Chiswick sibling, but this has now closed: seemingly a victim of the pandemic.
5. Odette’s British, Modern restaurant in Primrose Hill 130 Regents Park Road - NW1
This classy north London institution in the heart of pretty Primrose Hill “never disappoints and is really good value” under renowned chef-patron Bryn Williams, who has been in charge for the last 15 of its 45 years, and whose family farm in Wales supplies the kitchen (including with “excellent, tender beef”). It’s the venue of choice for locals with something to celebrate – while many from further afield just “love Sunday lunch at Odette’s, sitting outside on a sunny day”.
6. La Collina Italian restaurant in Primrose Hill 17 Princess Road - NW1
This “friendly and cosy” independent Italian with a “good garden space” has established a comfortable niche for itself in Primrose Hill over the past dozen years. It’s run by Patrick Oberto and his partner Diana Rinaldo, who took over the site in 2011.
7. La Ferme French restaurant in Primrose Hill 154 Regent's Park Road - NW1
2021 Review: This “excellent local” bistro in Primrose Hill – “there should be one on every high street” – has a “good buzz” and does “a nice line in deconstructed versions of French classics”. The original La Petite Ferme near Exmouth Market is a “lovely little” venue “offering brilliant value”.
8. Lemonia Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill 89 Regent’s Park Rd - NW1
“Been going for 30+ years and still love it” – this “shamelessly old-school Greek” is a longstanding north London destination, and fans say it’s “such a nice change from the ubiquitous, pretentious, small-plates places” in serving “traditional taverna fayre that’s perfectly decent, if not exciting”. What people really go a bundle on though, is its “lovely family-friendly atmosphere”, as fostered by “very approachable staff who have been there forever” (but who “can be slow at busy times”).
9. Greenberry Café British, Modern restaurant in 101 Regents Park Road - NW1
“A favourite brunch venue” – this “lovely casual local café/restaurant” in Primrose Hill “offers all-day dining with plenty of choice from an eclectic menu”. Top Tip – “winter lunch in one of their outdoor heated ‘castaway shacks’”.
10. Manna Vegetarian restaurant in Chalk Farm 4 Erskine Road - NW3
2021 Review: Now fully vegan, this 1968-vintage Primrose Hill outfit can claim to be Europe’s oldest veggie restaurant, and is still co-owned by musician Roger Swallow of the Albion Band, long-time resident in LA. The food has had its ups and downs over the decades and is nowadays mostly (if not uniformly) rated “enjoyable and tasty”, even by reporters “neither vegetarian nor vegan”. It closed for major refurbishments in summer 2019.
11. Rossopomodoro Pizza restaurant in Camden Town 10 Jamestown Rd - NW1
2021 Review: “Neapolitan influences are evident in the choice of ingredients, and the wood-burning oven makes for good, chewy, charred crusts, unlike most high-street pizzas” – so say fans of this global chain, whose HQ is indeed in Naples. Not everyone is impressed, though, and ratings are dragged down by those who feel it’s merely an “everyday” choice: “OK for a bog-standard group, but not great”.
12. Philippe Conticini French restaurant in Camden 732-736 North Yard, Chalk Farm Road - NW1
2022 Review: Just a few years after leaving London (and his two Pâtisserie des Rêves stores) behind, Philippe Conticini is back, with this huge new Camden Market patisserie, traditionally tiled and where much of the seating is outside on a large sunny days terrace. (There’s also a smaller, less characterful outlet now nearby (since November 2020) in Buck Street Market).
13. The Farrier British, Traditional restaurant in Camden North Yard, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road - NW1
Cleverly converted from Victorian Grade II listed former stables into a faux-rustic gastroboozer, this Camden Town yearling has “a lovely atmosphere, looking out into buzzy Camden Market”, and serves a “high-quality” menu of British comfort-food classics which are “a cut above your usual pub fare”. There’s also a hidden courtyard with a fire pit, and a good selection of locally brewed beers.
14. Rudy's Vegan Diner Vegan restaurant in Camden 729-731 Camden Stables Market - NW1
“Delicious” plant-based versions of classic American comfort food – from burgers, seitan hot dogs and pastrami to milk-free shakes – cut the mustard at this pair of ‘dirty vegan diners’ in Camden Market and Islington. The Islington branch has a vegan butcher next door, touted as the world’s first, with a concession in Selfridges.
15. Lume Italian restaurant in Primrose Hill 38 Primrose Hill Road - NW3
The “most charming front of house”, led by “delightful owner Guiseppe” adds brio to this “passionate and cute little local”, which occupies a quiet corner of Primrose Hill. “Good wines… it’s also a wine shop” add to the gastronomic appeal of its “authentic” Sardinian/Sicilian gastronomia.
16. Mildreds Vegetarian restaurant in Camden 9 Jamestown Rd - NW1
Investment a few years ago turbo-charged this ‘100% plant-based’ chain, whose stalwart original Soho branch (est 1988) suddenly spawned a handful of “airy” and “jolly” (somewhat “crammed”) modern spin-offs across town. To this number, a new, two-floor Covent Garden branch opened its doors in February 2022 with 120 covers. The expansion has gone well and its “earnest” and “flavourful” cooking is not just favoured by veggies: “I was taken not entirely voluntarily as a dedicated meat-eater but have changed my tune after dining here!”
17. York & Albany British, Traditional restaurant in Camden Town 127-129 Parkway - NW1
2022 Review: This imposing Regency tavern where Camden Town meets Regent’s Park is part of Gordon Ramsay’s portfolio, and impresses some visitors with its cooking. Too many, though, reckon it makes a “poor choice” for a meal, and sleb-chef ownership may be its only real attraction.
18. Haché Steaks & grills restaurant in Camden Town 24 Inverness St - NW1
“Doing what they do very well” – “top burgers” are presented with a veneer of Parisian sophistication at this seven-strong chain, popular not just for their value but their “lovely” styling too.
19. Namaaste Kitchen Indian restaurant in Camden Town 64 Parkway - NW1
2019 Review: “Creative and intelligent” cooking wins nothing but high praise for this contemporary update of the traditional curry house, in Camden Town. It has a sister venue, Salaam Namaste, in Bloomsbury.
20. Pizza Pilgrims Academy & Pizzeria Pizza restaurant in Camden 40-42 Parkway - NW1
“Much better than the long-established, tired pizza chains!” – the Elliot brothers’ growing group is the most-mentioned of London’s more artisanal pizza multiples in our annual diners’ poll, inspiring joy with their “authentic Neapolitan preparation, with quality ingredients” and featuring “yummy crusts and interesting flavour combinations”. And you get “consistent quality irrespective of the branch visited” too, even if conditions can be “a little cramped and chaotic”.
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