Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Primrose Hill
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Primrose Hill restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 16 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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. Michael Nadra
French restaurant in Primrose Hill
42 Gloucester Ave - NW1
“Vibrant”, “thoughtful” cuisine is very consistently produced at both Michael Nadra’s eponymous restaurants, in Chiswick and Camden Town. Both sites, though, are awkward in their way: the former “is a small space that’s a bit of a squeeze” (window tables are best); while the latter, right next to the Regent’s Canal, is a little stuck out-on-a-limb, and can seem “a little morgue-like” when it’s not busy. Both sites, though, are pepped up by their “friendly” staff.
. La Collina
Italian restaurant in Primrose Hill
17 Princess Rd - NW1
In a quiet location below Primrose Hill, this little Italian – specialising in Piedmontese cuisine – has long been a feature of the area, and has built a very loyal, local following. Reports were a little more hit-and-miss this year on the food front, but fans say that “the garden on a summer’s day more than makes up for any average dishes”.
British, Modern restaurant in Primrose Hill
130 Regents Park Road - NW1
This “smart” Primrose Hill veteran of 40-odd years is “a most likeable place enhanced by the patina of time, and combined with inventive high-end cooking” from chef Bryn Williams, who has owned it for the past decade. It’s “always a treat” to taste the “beautiful ingredients”, which include produce from the Williams family farm in Wales; although the patron’s tilt towards a Welsh and Irish heritage means it’s “tempting here to overdo the carbs, cream and calories: Irish soda bread, cheesy choux nibbles, creamy tarts and caramel-sauced soufflés to name but a few…”
. La Ferme
French restaurant in Primrose Hill
154 Regent's Park Road - NW1
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”.
Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill
89 Regent’s Park Rd - NW1
“The miracle is that it doesn’t change”, say fans of this veteran Primrose Hill taverna: a “big, bustling, cheerful, noisy, Greek family-style restaurant that’s been around forever”, with particularly “warm” staff of decades’ standing, who “don’t just tolerate children, they positively welcome them.” Never exactly a foodie hotspot, “it’s time to revamp the menu…”, according to one fan, who then goes on to admit “…but I’ve been saying that since 1978!” In truth, though, the experience here is finally starting to show its age: there have always been one or two sceptics who “wonder why everyone makes such a fuss about the place”, but their number grows more numerous with each passing year.
. Greenberry Café
Fusion restaurant in
101 Regents Park Road - NW1
“A perfect favourite for brunch” – this “welcoming” café, “quite idyllically located” on Primrose Hill’s cute main drag, is not a foodie destination, but a popular all-day hub for breakfast, a bite, or a bun with a brew. “The line outside was a hint that it would deliver… and so it did!”
Pizza restaurant in Camden Town
10 Jamestown Rd - NW1
“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”.
Vegetarian restaurant in Camden
9 Jamestown Rd - NW1
“My partner’s a die-hard meat eater, but still thinks this place is the bee’s knees!” – this extremely popular vegetarian chain has built on three decades of popularity for the “always-super-busy” (no bookings) Soho original, with branches in Camden Town, Dalston and King’s Cross all opened in the last few years. All outlets get a good rep in the survey, with their “great choice” of “very tasty, veggie, comfort food”.
. York & Albany
British, Traditional restaurant in Camden Town
127-129 Parkway - NW1
Gordon Ramsay’s “beautiful” Regency tavern on the Camden Town corner of Regent’s Park, is a large venue incorporating both a big bar, plus a sizeable dining area and basement. It doesn’t receive a perfect scorecard from reporters, with some feedback describing it as “disappointing” or “overpriced”, but its ratings climbed more into the middle-ground this year.
Steaks & grills restaurant in Camden Town
24 Inverness St - NW1
“Still some of the best burgers around”, say fans of this French group, whose Gallic je ne sais quoi lends a certain superiority to the offering, while service is “friendly and speedy”. Its seventh outlet opened in Kingston early in 2019, at a time when rival mid-market operators were struggling.
. Pizza Pilgrims Academy & Pizzeria
Pizza restaurant in Camden
40-42 Parkway - NW1
“So delicious and affordable every time!” – the Elliot brothers’ “speedy and cheerful” small chain put in a stellar performance in the last survey as London’s top pizza multiple, pipping rival Homeslice by tiny decimals. “You can see the dough being made on entering: everything is very fresh, and you get crisp, thin pizzas with quality toppings”.
Pizza restaurant in Camden
43 Parkway - NW1
“Truly amazing tastes recommended for both vegans and non-vegans!” help win high scores for this year-old, Camden Town offshoot of the UK’s first vegan pizzeria (which first hit Brighton in 2015). Bases include sourdough, hemp and gluten-free options: “it’s the best pizza I’ve had in a very long time!”. Top Tip – kids under 10 get a free pizza when eating with their parents.
. Poppies Camden
Fish & chips restaurant in Camden Town
30 Hawley Cr - NW1
Fish trade veteran Pat ‘Pops’ Newland started out cutting up newspapers to wrap portions at the age of 11, and has kitted out his three tourist-friendly chippies (in Soho, Spitalfields and Camden Town) in 1950s memorabilia to commemorate the era. The “no-frills” fish he serves is “excellent” and “consistently fresh” – but even fans can find it “overpriced by a long way”.
. Bad Vegan
Vegan restaurant in Camden
Buck Street Market, 198 Camden High Street - NW1
Tom Kerridge launched this 'mostly vegan" restaurant in Camden's Buck Street market in June 2021. Red packaging for meat products and green packaging for vegan products will help customers choose the right food for them.
. Camden Social
British, Modern restaurant in Camden
10 Jamestown Road - NW1
All-day 'modern European' dining tucked away in a Camden side street; from The Rhumshack Group, who won Cottons and several other restaurant brands. The listing of their TikTok page on their website might give you an idea of the crowd they hope to attract?
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