Bib Gourmand Restaurants in North London

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Bellanger, baeckeoffe, photo David Loftus

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Bellanger
The Drapers Arms
Trullo
Trullo
Provender
Provender
Westerns Laundry
Plaquemine Lock
Plaquemine Lock
 

 

From traditional British pubs to homely Italians, find the best restaurants in north London with this guide to the area's Bib Gourmand awards.

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Bellanger

A classic grand cafe-brasserie by Corbin & King.

9 Islington Green, London, N1 2XH

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

With the Alsace-Lorraine roots of the original Parisian brasseries in mind, Bellanger is a classic Grand Cafe-Brasserie on Islington Green by Corbin & King. The restaurateurs behind The Wolseley, widely considered to be London's first Grand Cafe, have put Lee Ward, previously head chef of Rhubarb for nine years prior to the opening of The Delaunay, as head chef. He cooks up a brasserie menu of choucroute, baeckoffe and tartes flambees, soups, salads, seafood, plats du jour and sharing dishes with food available from early breakfast through to late dinner. Wine is mainly French, with a focus on North Eastern France and the border region with Germany. Dark and blonde Alsace-Lorraine beers are served on tap in the bar and restaurant where wood panelling, bevelled mirrors and chandeliers are a foil for blue banquettes and rush-backed seating. The design of the 195-cover, three-room restaurant, which has seating for 24 on the terrace, is by Shayne Brady, who also worked on Fischer's, The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel and Colbert under David Collins.

 
 
 

The Drapers Arms

A quality gastropub with fresh, in-season ingredients.

44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London, N1 1ER

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

Ben Maschler (son of Evening Standard food critic Fay) and Nick Gibson have taken over The Drapers Arms in Islington and improved on what was already a very good gastropub. Bringing years of experience at Soho House and Geronimo Inns, Ben has appointed Karl Goward - previously head chef at St John - as head of the kitchen giving the menu a 'nose-to-tail' bias with mains made using offal and off-cuts. The interior is lighter than previously, making better use of the high ceilings and sense of space as well as the wonderful garden out back. There's a choice between eating in the pub downstairs or upstairs in the more formal (though sparsely decorated) dining room, but everything is prepared from fresh, in-season ingredients. Traditional British fare cooked perfectly and priced reasonably - pub experiences don't get much better than this. The Drapers Arms also benefits from its staff, who are obviously a happy bunch, friendly, efficient and they really know their stuff. The wine list is good, the garden gorgeous and the Bloody Marys marvellous.

 
 
 

Plaquemine Lock

The best of New Orleanian cuisine served in a former pub.

139 Graham Street, London, N1 8LB

Tube: Angel Station

 
 

Presented by Bocca Di Lupo founder Jacob Kenedy, Plaquemine Lock serves the best of New Orleanian cuisine. Specialities include oysters, boiled crawfish and gumbo (soup) along with po'boy sandwiches filled with fried shrimp, blackened chicken, slow-roast beef debris and fried green tomato with cheddar. Further dishes include blackened grey mullet, dirty rice and pork boudin balls while desserts are indulgent with pecan pie and strawberry and cream pie among the options. Beers are British but the cocktails are all Louisianan. Housed in a former pub, the restaurant, which takes its name from the waterway that Jacob's great grandfather constructed in Louisiana back in 1909, retains the original bar, wooden fittings and pub atmosphere.

 
 
 

Primeur

A one-of-a-kind neighbourhood restaurant.

116 Petherton Road, London, N5 2RT

Tube: Arsenal Station

 
 

Housed in a former garage in a pretty Islington square, Primeur is a one-of-a-kind neighbourhood restaurant. With a strikingly simple website and a daily, handwritten menu on Instagram, it really is all about the food and you need to visit to see what it's all about. Recipient of a Bib Gourmand 2017, the open plan restaurant only has 40 covers, many of which are on a long communal table, and just 11 dishes on the menu, plus one dessert. Feast on the likes of nduja on toast, pork terrine, tomato gazpacho and chocolate mousse with peanut caramel.

 
 
 

Provender

A traditional French brasserie serving food all day.

17 High Street, Wanstead, London, E11 2AA

Tube: Snaresbrook Station

 
 

Recipient of a Bib Gourmand award, Provender is an all-day informal bistro that serves well-sourced French food and wine. Choose from a two or three course prix fixe menu, with options such as truffled artichoke and mushroom risotto; flat iron steak with triple cooked fries and pepper sauce; and roast confit of chicken with braised red cabbage and puy lentils. Traditional French desserts like crème caramel and chocolate tart make for a pleasing conclusion and the wines are very well priced.

 
 
 
 

Trullo

A homely neighbourhood Italian.

300-302 St Paul's Road, London, N1 2LH

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 

A superb addition to the Islington eating scene is Trullo, a homely neighbourhood Italian in Highbury in the mould of the River Café (but thankfully not replicating its grossly inflated prices), serving simple, authentic and delicious dishes made with excellent produce. The man behind Trullo is Jordan Frieda - son of pop legend Lulu and hairdressing god John Frieda - who himself used to be front of house at The River Cafe. Head chef Tim Siadatan is one of the original recruits to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen project, going on to graduate from there to St John and Moro. His short, appealing and ever-changing menu does not disappoint - and a £10-cap on wine mark up means you won't break the bank if you want a bottle of Italian wine to accompany your meal. Critics have been universally impressed, with The Observer's Jay Rayner claiming: "Great food, expertly cooked and served by friendly waiting staff... There's no secret to Trullo's success."

 
 
 

Westerns Laundry

A fish restaurant that focuses on produce from the British Isles.

34 Drayton Park, London, N5 1PB

Tube: Holloway Road Station

 
 

Following the success of Primeur, which got a Bib Gourmand in 2017, Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell open their second restaurant in Lower Holloway. Fish restaurant Westerns Laundry is housed in the last remaining part of a 1950's building and keeps both the industrial feel and name of its former occupant. The menu focuses on seafood and dishes made with produce sourced from the British Isles. A chalk board shows the daily changing menu. As well as sea bass with seaweed tartare and raw scallops you get meatier choices of pork loin and beef rump followed by green apple sorbet for dessert. Tucked away across a forecourt planted birch trees, the restaurant has floor to ceiling doors, pulled open in warmer months.

 
 
 
 
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