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There's a firm foodie feel to this attractive old boozer tucked away in the backstreets just south of Highgate Cemetery. The seasonal produce is all meticulously sourced from the likes of Billingsgate Market, Barrett's and Stoke Newington's The Fishery, and menus read a step above the usual gastropub fare.

Dishes range from lobster ravioli and citrus-cured salmon to haunch of venison with roasted butternut squash, braised shallots and juniper jus, wood pigeon with a red onion tarte tatin, and pan-fried hake with a kohlrabi gratin, pot-roasted oxtail nuggets and girolles. A short wine list focuses on the old word. 

It's all served in a suitably rustic room, with exposed brickwork, chesterfield sofas, mismatched furniture and an open fire roaring through the winter months. An al fresco courtyard proves popular come summertime.

Venue name: Star
Address: 47 Chester Road
N19 5DF
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Thur; 5pm-midnight Fri; noon-midnight Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Food served 6-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm, 6-10pm Sat; 1-6pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Archway or Tufnell Park tube

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  • Stand-up Tue April 7th 2015 - Tue May 19th 2015
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Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:2
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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This place is one of the yet to be discovered gems of north west london. If you're hungry, have the burger! It's delicious. Usually, but not always, space to sit down without booking


We just went to this place for lunch and it was disappointing. I had the mushroom penne which arrived really overcooked and smothered in cheese (which was not included in the description of the dish on the menu). The waitress had got my friend's dessert order wrong and the service was generally not very good, with them adding an extra dessert onto our bill by mistake. The only saving grace was the RubyViolet ice cream which was very nice.


Cold food over priced soft drinks over priced, sunpride apple juice £1.80 a glass Or 2 for £1.00 in tesco or off license. A sausage £2.50


Agree with the last review. The last management was really poor. The new team is terrific. Food is much improved, service is excellent and some excellent beets now. Deserves to succeed. We shall certainly go again


The Star was taken over by new management two months ago and it's really changed for the better. The decor has been rethought, the space kept large and spacious and there's even a secret garden, which was news to me. So happy to finally have a decent local!


This place is a rip off. When ever I walk past it's dead and the other night I found out why, the staff are rude and theyre cheeky enough to charge for tap water - because it's though the coke tap thing. Never going back.