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WHO
It was high time this Highbury-meets-Finsbury Park area got its own no-fuss, European cave à manger. There’s a whole bunch of people involved here: Brodie Meah (Dinner by Heston in Melbourne) on the floor, Rob Roy Cameron (El Bulli) in the kitchen, and Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) looking after the cocktail list. The result, just off Blackstock Road, is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood – a simple neo-bistro with a great vibe, nice sharing plates, jolly natural juices and a cheeky 90s logo.

FOOD
Normandy butter and a perfect soda bread to spread it on – £3
Indulgent sweet potato and sage croquettes – £2.50
A charcuterie selection featuring Basque chorizo, Jesus de Aldudes and saucisson de canard – £10
As you would expect, a milky burrata with pickled carrots jazzed up with a cashew pesto – £8
The highlight, a beef rump and smoked eel tartare with sorrel – £12
Lunch prix fixe menus on the weekends, in addition to à la carte options – £16-20

DRINKS
Some Italian white bubbly from Rio Rocca in Emilia – £7.50
An easy-drinking litre of a 2017 Portuguese Nat’Cool Primata from the Douro Valley – £46
Drink there or take the wines from the list that changes daily home with you, for 30% off the list price.
Upgraded sangria time! Beaujolais and seasonal cordial, you’re good to go – £7.50
A refined bottle of a 2017 English Cuvée beer by the East Sussex brewery Burning Sky – £25
A virgin grape Spritz – £3

DECOR
No frills: you’re here for the atmosphere, not the interior design. It’s more of a “let’s open a bar and do the work ourselves” kind of place: a bright tangerine wall, exposed bricks, a few planters, bottles and cookbooks. Feels like that Parisian wine bar you like so much.

NOISE
It’s buzzing! At top occupancy, avoid any serious conversation, the nuances might not be heard properly with all the glasses clinking and wines flowing.

SEATING
Black bar stools around either a big high table or along the bar, wooden school chairs… Straight to the point.

VIBE
A laid-back, fun mood and a local thirtysomething crowd. Bright natural light from the front window during the day, muted lighting from the ceiling bulbs at night.

RESTROOMS
Low-key all around.

SERVICE
Slightly overwhelmed but friendly. 12.50% discretionary service charge added to your bill, as usual in London.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes! To your friends living in the area, who screen the wine list before the menu and have been haunting P.Franco since it opened.

WHO
It was high time this Highbury-meets-Finsbury Park area got its own no-fuss, European cave à manger. There’s a whole bunch of people involved here: Brodie Meah (Dinner by Heston in Melbourne) on the floor, Rob Roy Cameron (El Bulli) in the kitchen, and Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) looking after the cocktail list. The result, just off Blackstock Road, is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood – a simple neo-bistro with a great vibe, nice sharing plates, jolly natural juices and a cheeky 90s logo.

FOOD
Normandy butter and a perfect soda bread to spread it on – £3
Indulgent sweet potato and sage croquettes – £2.50
A charcuterie selection featuring Basque chorizo, Jesus de Aldudes and saucisson de canard – £10
As you would expect, a milky burrata with pickled carrots jazzed up with a cashew pesto – £8
The highlight, a beef rump and smoked eel tartare with sorrel – £12
Lunch prix fixe menus on the weekends, in addition to à la carte options – £16-20

DRINKS
Some Italian white bubbly from Rio Rocca in Emilia – £7.50
An easy-drinking litre of a 2017 Portuguese Nat’Cool Primata from the Douro Valley – £46
Drink there or take the wines from the list that changes daily home with you, for 30% off the list price.
Upgraded sangria time! Beaujolais and seasonal cordial, you’re good to go – £7.50
A refined bottle of a 2017 English Cuvée beer by the East Sussex brewery Burning Sky – £25
A virgin grape Spritz – £3

DECOR
No frills: you’re here for the atmosphere, not the interior design. It’s more of a “let’s open a bar and do the work ourselves” kind of place: a bright tangerine wall, exposed bricks, a few planters, bottles and cookbooks. Feels like that Parisian wine bar you like so much.

NOISE
It’s buzzing! At top occupancy, avoid any serious conversation, the nuances might not be heard properly with all the glasses clinking and wines flowing.

SEATING
Black bar stools around either a big high table or along the bar, wooden school chairs… Straight to the point.

VIBE
A laid-back, fun mood and a local thirtysomething crowd. Bright natural light from the front window during the day, muted lighting from the ceiling bulbs at night.

RESTROOMS
Low-key all around.

SERVICE
Slightly overwhelmed but friendly. 12.50% discretionary service charge added to your bill, as usual in London.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Yes! To your friends living in the area, who screen the wine list before the menu and have been haunting P.Franco since it opened.

CHEF

Rob Roy Cameron

OPENING DAYS

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Open for lunch Saturdays and Sundays only

RESERVATIONS

Plan on reserving a few days in advance online and choose between a “proper” table or seats at the bar

Cook-it-cool

HOUSE TERRINE


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