Junction Tavern

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© Christina Theisen
Tufnell Park

Local favourite the Junction was sold in early 2013 to Camden Bars, but little has changed from its decade under the previous owners. The pub is still divided in two, with the dark red restaurant and open kitchen on the Fortess Road side, and a bar room on the other (where the counter is amply decorated with handpulls, including a couple of Wandles, Hopback TEA and Black Sheep Ale). This leads into an ample rear conservatory, which is nicely lit after dark. Vintage Bob Dylan on the stereo lends a pleasantly lived-in feel to the bar, while the eating area tends to fill rapidly at around 8pm with a mix of couples, families and groups of friends.

The menu has a mid-European twang – salmon and cucumber here, a strudel there – but is rather unambitious. Parsnip soup with pear turned out to be a bit thin, with the pear just a blob of purée dropped in. But mushroom risotto, and pork and mash with green beans and apple were decent enough, even if the meat was a tad dry and the crackling rather chewy. The standout dish, though, was the very red smoked salmon, with a nice bite to its horseradish cream. A fine pub, but no longer a pacesetter.

 

Venue name: Junction Tavern
Contact:
Address: 101 Fortess Road
London
NW5 1AG
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-mindnight Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Fri; noon-4pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tufnell Park; Kentish Town
Price: Main courses £11.50-£19.50

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Phil Midgley

This is a delightful pub and restaurant that has managed to pull off the difficult feat of being both a great place for a drink and a fabulous place to dine. This is enabled by excellent and friendly staff who all display a charming sense of humour. Four of us had dinner here last weekend and all were impressed with the quality of the food which is allied to an interesting and well priced wine list. Definitely the best pub in the area for dining and a relaxed drink.

Andy Hargreaves

Best pub in kentish town as far as im concerned, purely for the atmosphere and the large selections of ale. Another important point is that this particular pub has an authentic feel about it, with really friendly people. 5 stars from me

Mims

Very good service. Food freshly cooked so you have to wait a while so definitely need nibbles to keep you going if you are really hungry. Quite expensive for a pub but then I am from oop north! However, a lovely place to relax and enjoy good food and lovely surroundings

Emma

This is a fantastic social experience not to be missed!, and one of the jewels in the crown of North London. The staff here are friendly, relaxed and professional and the food always prepared and presented to perfection. They even allow you to enjoy linger and enjoy the relaxed ambiance without putting any pressure on you to feel it is time to move on. Not to be missed, just try it!

Barry

One of my companions wanted a hot whiskey. We were there for the evening and spent a considerable amount of cash on rounds at the bar. However, after our third round, when I approached the bar to order another, the barman serving me got frustrated at having to make a hot whiskey, one that he had already made three times before. The manager then quite obnoxiously and proudly told me that this was the last hot whiskey we were allowed, on the grounds that he didn't have enough staff on that evening to make the drink whilst serving others. I told him that that was very bad form for bar service in London. He didn't care and was quite dismissive. There are plenty of lovely gastropubs in North London (the nearby Bull & Last being just one) that deserve your custom. With service so selfishly poor and so rude to regular paying customers, there is no reason to visit this one. I suppose it's fine when the service is good to you, but what if you happen to ask for something that the barman, quite irrationally, considers wrong and then proceeds to start an argument over it?