© Tina Jui
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Sep 18 2013
From Carolina ‘cue’ joints to rough-and-ready pop-ups, southern US barbecue has captured the hearts and palates of hungry Londoners. We’re now spoilt for choice, but Porky’s needs to be on your radar.
This Camden Town joint, where the vibe is low-key and the service friendly, produces Memphis-style cooking that’s true to its roots: portions are massive, prices reasonable, flavours full-on.
Enter and you’re transported to the Deep South. Elvis and Carl Perkins croon through the speakers as diners devour vast slabs of meat in a casual, stripped-back setting of exposed brick walls, vintage posters and ambient lighting. As you’d expect, pork is the main attraction.
Tender, perfectly seasoned, 18-hour slow-cooked pulled pork, and plump, juicy wet ribs are the most popular dishes, but you’ll also find spit-roast barbecue chicken, fried catfish and quinoa chilli, a polite nod to vegetarians.
We went the full hog and ordered ribs and pulled pork with scrumptious sides of creamed spinach, barbecue beans and the most sublime corn and cheese hush puppies we’ve encountered outside the US. To make the experience complete, we smothered everything in the own-made chilli-vinegar dressing and drank a couple of Fordham Helles lagers from the extensive British and American craft beer menu. Porky’s is a must-visit for soul food lovin’ meat-eaters: arrive ravenous, and admit defeat if need be… doggy bags are at hand.
Reviewed by Chloe Dickson
Porky's 18 Chalk Farm Road
- Venue phone:
020 7428 0998
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Open 5pm-10pm Mon-Thur, noon-11pm Fri, 9am-11pm Sat, 9am-10pm Sun.
Tube: Camden Town
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60
- 18 Chalk Farm Road
- 020 7428 0998
- 18 Chalk Farm Road
Average User Rating
3.9 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Big big failure. I had high hopes for this place but it didn't deliver. The cocktails came out watery and not really alcoholic and starters of calamari and cheese hush puppies were fried, lukewarm and uninspiring shades of brown. One of my hush puppies had even been broken into to check if it had cooked all the way through! Terrible. The pulled pork was the best thing and nicely flavoured but not enough to warrant giving this place another chance. So many better Deep South places in London, head to those instead!
In our opinion the pork was not long enough in the oven and therefor not "soft" enough. Additionally it was too fat. The fires were a bit smushi and the coleslaw was not good at all. The corn and the garlic bread was ok. I think for that value they should make smaller plates but higher quality therefore.
Promised so much, delivered so little. Pork was little dry and a little charred, fries under seasoned and undercooked... Won't go back
Great place with a brilliant attention to detail and vast array of beers and cocktails to compliment. The main star of the show, pork, is obviously excellent, but the standard of the side dishes are the unsung heroes. Would definitely recommend to others and go back again.
I would definitely recommend Porkys as a great place to eat. It is a favourite place to eat when I visits my son. Food, service and atmosphere are all great
A wonderful place, friendly atmosphere the staff make you want to stay there and continually eat! Right at the outskirt of camden its moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment of southern serenity. The food is exquisite and perfectly seasoned, you can tell that whoever cooked it throughly enjoyed doing so, a place I will constantly recommend to anyone visiting London.
After a long walk around Camden I stopped here for a hearty meal. The food was hot and delicious and the waitress was friendly, quick and efficient. Would highly recommend a visit. I know I'll be back!