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© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
Crouch End

A modern British restaurant in Crouch End that offers seasonal cooking with homegrown vegetables, rare-breed meats and a selection of craft beer and wine.

Heirloom makes a more convincing case for a United Kingdom than most politicians. It hoists the flag for modern British cooking by plating up heritage vegetables, succulent rare-breed meats and Cornish fish, serving them with British craft beers and Old World wines.

It’s a smart-looking upmarket spot that’s softened by a pubby-style bar, chunky wooden tables and friendly service. On our Sunday lunch visit, classic roasts were the order of the day, and included the likes of Old Spot pork, Belted Galloway beef and braised Blackface lamb. These were all cooked just-so and served with meaty gravy, splinter-crisp spuds, mile-high Yorkshires and the sauciest own-made accompaniments such tart apple and zingy mint sauces or peppery horseradish cream.

It’s Brit-tastic cooking all the way. A la carte choices might include roast monkfish partnered with sea-salty samphire and Jersey cream-enriched mash, or smoked gammon hock with duck egg and sucrine lettuce. The rollcall of heritage produce includes novelties such as prickly cucumber or stubby atlas carrots.

Puddings read like something from Enid Blyton – treacle loaf with raspberries and Jersey cream, or plum trifle steeped in port-like Maury – though the Famous Five would have had adventures of a different order after a dalliance with Maury. 

Venue name: Heirloom
Address: 35 Park Road
N8 8TE
Opening hours: Dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat. Lunch served noon-4pm Sat; noon-6pm sun.
Transport: Tube: Highgate or Crouch Hill overground
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £85

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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jael m

Heirloom serves a proper Sunday Roast - it's as if you were in the countryside (Highgate Woods and the Parkland Walk are not far if you wanted to walk it off after). Generous portions, especially hugeYorkshire Puddings, juicy meats and with all fresh from the farm produce and friendly service - what's not to like!