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Your North London Sustainable Summer Eating Guide

6th September 2019

North London isn’t short of great eating spaces. But it can be tough to know which restaurants and cafes have sustainability credentials at heart as well as a killer menu.  Hankering for a hyperlocal wood fired pizza? Want to tuck into traceable fish and chips? After pasture-fed beef direct from the farm or garden-fresh ingredients snipped from the backyard? you’ll find it all in our sustainable summer eating guide to North London.

Inventive brunch at Hām

Aussie Head chef Matt Osborne (previously of The Ledbury, Terroirs and Salon in Brixton), brings inventiveness with nod to health to his seasonal menu. Proud of provenance and championing the small guy, feast on native pasture-fed beef sourced direct from the farm and sample Farmdrop producers’ Ivy House’s organic dairy and Fosse Meadows’ slow-grown free-range chicken.

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Hampstead

Heritage grain bread at Jolene

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Oh Jolene. How you tease with stacks of freshly baked slow-fermented loaves and wafts of onsite stone milling of 100% unaltered grains. Owners Jeremy and David (the team behind Primeur and Westerns Laundry), work with former Groove Armada member-turned-farmer Andy Cato who grows chemical-free crops of diverse original wheat varieties sustainably at Naroques and Goodwood. Low carbon carb-load on a daily menu of moreish breads, pastries and fresh pastas made with Andy’s nutritious grains.

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Newington Green

Laid back lunch at Finks Salt & Sweet

Step into this light-filled deli meets all day eatery and you’ll be welcomed by a slick cast concrete counter full of artisan goodies. Laid back, effortless cool is the order of the day at Finks, along with British seasonal small plates and excellent coffee, wine and cake. Make like a local and get four free coffees in return for purchasing their branded reusable coffee cup.

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Finsbury Park

Wholesome vegetarian at The Skip Garden

Skips and salvaged raised beds are used to house rhubarb over rubble in the welcoming urban oasis that is The Skip Garden. The team of veggie chefs and volunteers wow with their unfussy use of fresh seasonal fruit, veg, herbs and lettuce grown onsite and put to delicious use in a rotation of soups, salads and daily specials. Pop in for tarts, sandwiches, wood fired pizza or burnt marmalade cake washed down with a coffee among the blossoms.

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King’s Cross

Garden-fresh supper at Odette’s

Chef Patron and TV regular Bryn Williams celebrates quality British produce and uses ingredients fresh from his own garden in North Wales. Think Tomato Gazpacho with Lovage pesto and be sure to venture into the seductively hidden garden for alfresco dining under vines and festoon lights.

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Primrose Hill

‘New School’ Fish and Chips at Hook

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Head to Camden for seriously good fish and chips made with the oceans in mind. Hook source 100% of their fish from sustainable small fisheries and local day boats. Everything from sauces to seaweed salt is made onsite and packaged in recycled, re-usable, wooden packaging.
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Camden

Nose to tail at St John’s Tavern

Tuck into an honest approach to seasonal British produce at this extremely handsome pub. The in-house team butcher nose to tail and use top suppliers for their local and sustainably sourced food. Don’t miss the seasonal treat that is Isle of Wight tomatoes, basil and goats cheese.

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Archway

Seafood and eat it at Prawn on the Lawn

A fishmonger and restaurant serving sparkling fresh tapas-style fish and seafood you say? Take your pick from seared tuna, thai style scallops or platters of fresh-as-you-can-get crab and lobster sourced directly from day boats and fish markets in Devon and Cornwall.

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Canonbury

Find more of our favourite sustainable eateries around the rest of London.

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