The Vine

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Kentish Town
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Now under the care of Real Pubs, this elegant Edwardian building may smack of formulaic thinking, but so what? It suits most occasions with its generous drinking and dining terrace, spacious front bar and separate rear restaurant. Ale enthusiasts will appreciate beers such as Truman’s Swallow & Swift and Ruddles Best, while wine buffs will be equally pleased with their options.

The menu is flexibility itself: Venetian-style bar snacks that double as starters; generous plates of pasta that suit lunch or dinner; high-end mains alongside gastropub staples. Mostly we’ve found the cooking impressive, especially the Sunday roasts, but on our last visit we ordered a clutch of favourites from the all-day cicchetti list to find them not only less good than before but entirely different recipes. A blip? We hope so.

Service is cheery and highly competent. Weekends can be overrun with families, but the tone is friendly; dim lighting helps make quiet weeknights in the bar cosy. Spells of hot weather are when this place really takes off – the numerous outdoor tables are a key draw.

Venue name: The Vine
Address: 86 Highgate Rd
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town

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  • Stand-up Tuesday September 1 2015 - Tuesday September 8 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

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Dawn C

Under new management, who know what they are doing. the place is relaxed and buzzy the sun terrace is great, the staff are friendly and the pub is going to be so busy in the summer!

Mark C

Went there this Friday and I must say had a great time.The crowed seemed relaxed and not pretentious but still buzzy.They had a tasting menu on and I must say the salmon was very nice indeed.The outside terrace was perfect for the evening sun (and the heaters kept us there longer than we had intended on staying) and the staff seamed really nice.All good as they say


We went to The Vine for a Sunday Roast a couple of weeks ago as a family. The service was excellent. Attentive, flexible and great for families. You can see there was a mix of regulars, locals and newbies and we were a newbie. We both had chicken roasts. They were good quality, portions were ok but the quality was there, nothing special but decent cooked chicken, however the chef did forget to plate the sausages which were brought along slightly after on the side! The atmosphere was nice, the service was consistent and friendly and we were made to feel welcome. The dessert of apple tarte tatin was lovely. Very buttery and rich, slightly too much but that’s what a dessert isn’t it?! The chef was also accommodating in giving a plate of berries for my little girl, that little touch is an added extra and makes the difference. Decent food and nice environment will be back for sure.