Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Camden Town
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Camden Town restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 16 restaurants in Camden Town and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Camden Town restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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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.
. 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.
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.
. 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”.
. 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”.
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”.
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”.
. 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.
. Icco Pizza
Pizza restaurant in Camden
21a Camden High Street - NW1
There are “no frills at all” at this 21-year veteran pizza-joint in Goodge Street (founded in 1991), with a branch in Camden Town – “but the fact that you can sit down with a tasty thin-crust pizza in central London for these prices (£3.95 for a Marinara) is well worth the lack of ambience”.
. 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”.
Japanese restaurant in Camden Town
265 Eversholt St - NW1
Vaguely Tyrolean, beamed decor is nobody’s idea of a Japanese restaurant at this slightly odd venture, near Mornington Crescent tube. No complaints about the outstanding value sushi and other fare though: “good and varied as ever, with many choices for Japanese drinks too, including sake”.
. 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”.
. 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.
. 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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