The Step

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Bounds Green

Myddleton Road in Bowes Park is one of the last of a dying breed of London high streets: a hardware store sells handy items, there’s a beautiful public garden… but quaint it ain’t. The clothiers have dusty windows, and the shops are too dilapidated even for those craving retro chic. It’s also too far from trendy areas to invite artistic re-generation.

It’s a surprise then, that in an area where the signs of gentrification have yet to manifest, a young couple have taken over a fading Irish pub and transformed it into The Step. It’s now a light and spacious café and wine bar, full of delightful art deco touches.

The menu is unambitious – they cook the dishes in facilities nearby – but is admirably particular about local food sourcing. Organic bread and cakes come from local sources including Celtic Bakers in Wood Green, charcuterie and meat are all British, and the Meantime lager on tap is brewed in Greenwich.

Our lentil and mushroom stew was generous if slightly underseasoned. The rest of the menu is a mix of soups and tarts, cheese and charcuterie boards, ‘light-ish’ bites of Suffolk chorizo and even afternoon tea (bookable in advance). The selection of cakes on the day was limited – ‘awaiting delivery’ – but the two types of carrot cake we tried were delicious.

There is a separate kids’ menu with dinosaur-shaped sarnies and spuds in paper cones – questionable tactics some may say; or wise, as there’s a nursery just down the road.

There are events planned in the evenings, such as vintage crafts workshops and live music.

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The Step says
The Step is a café and bar in Bowes Park with a vibrant arts programme including live music, quiz nights and exhibitions. We are a café by day and bar by night serving freshly prepared, home-cooked British food and a carefully selected wine list, locally sourced draught beers and great cocktails.
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Venue name: The Step
Address: 101 Myddleton Rd
N22 8NE
Opening hours: Open 9.30am-11pm Tues-Sat; 10.30am-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Bowes Park rail or Bounds Green tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Charlie W

Fantastic. Just fantastic. You will wish you had somewhere like this three doors from where you live too. But you don't. Ha!

Jonathan R

A brilliant local cafe and restaurant that pulls together the community of Myddleton Road and the wider Bowes Park/Bounds Green area in a proper local culture hub. Superb.

Justin O

Love the Step. Love their Sunday Roasts and always feel like I've been transported to a very relaxed, homely, warm and friendly place when we visit The Step.

Andrea A

Brilliant breakfasts at the weekend - love the mushrooms on sourdough with a perfectly runny poached egg. And the chorizo burger is amazing.

Caroline J

Lovely place to eat. Very pleasant staff, good food, good ambiance, makes for a lovely evening.

Susan M

A very well run cafe/restaurant. The food is of a high standard and there is a good range of drinks. There are various exhibits on the walls, an exchange book corner, and live music at certain times of the month. The monthly quiz is fun and always well attended. The owners are very community minded. I am delighted The Step invested in Myddleton Road.

dan t

Lovely food, lovely people and lovely ambience. A nice retreat from the bustle of London.

Kerstin S

Lovely community spirit, good coffees and the best vegetarian burger with fries that I've ever had.

Simon F

Not only one of the best places for a drink or a meal in N22, one of the best in London.

David F

Fantastic food with a menu that regularly changes. A welcoming atmosphere with very friendly staff. Also does great entertainment including music and comedy. Its a favourite with us locals in Bowes Park and others from further afield too

Isobel A

Lovely, warm, welcoming atmosphere in a neighbourhood setting. Delicious cocktails and food too!

Tasha B

Brilliant bohemian cafe bar in Bowes Park. Great atmosphere and the best chocolate brownies in the area!
Shame it isn't yet open during the day apart from weekends. It is always busy and buzzy in the evenings and weekends. Hopefully they will soon open during the week to give local mums somewhere to hang out!

Matthew C

A relaxed neighbourhood bar/cafe with cool tunes, super brunch and a mean flat white.

Paul M

Excellent place to chill/socialise or when there's music let your hair down. Nice friendly staff and crowd and excellent food, beer and coffee.

Kari K

Fantastic friendly neighbourhood cafe/bar with great food and drinks. Their breakfast is not to be missed!

Sonia S

A great little restaurant/ cafe/ bar that is more Bounds Green than Wood Green. Friendly welcoming staff, chilled ambient atmosphere & a good mix of food on the menu. Definitely worth a stroll into the brightly decorated garden for breakfast when the sun decides to shine.. And most importantly to me - The coffee is good too..

anis m

Amazing food in a really lovely little restaurant with a cute garden out the back.

Ross D

Amazing community spirit and atmosphere. Great food, very friendly staff and quirky music nights. It's pretty much perfect and a true hidden gem.


Lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely! And plenty of incredible veggie dishes that are even better than the meat options!

Chlo Fo

I've lived in the area for three years, over which time I have seen The Step go from strength to strength. While other venues are a little 'try hard' to fit with what's 'in', The Step has developed its own vibe and sticks with what works - nothing too fancy pants, just good honest British food. It's the top of my list for brunch, their Eggs Royale topping anything on offer in nearby Crouch End and Muswell Hill and at a snip of the price too. As for the evenings, they've also got that covered, with live music from up-and-coming artists, comedy and a quiz night (if a little intellectual!). 

The owners have made great shakes in restoring a sense of community in the area, being part of the driving force to secure funding to restore the street. And as for the area not fitting the bill to become 'gentrified', don't be so sure Time Out. The area is certainly on the up and with ridiculous property prices pushing buyers further out, Bowes Park is set for a transformation - one to watch!

Michael Taylor


Great food, sampled a few things on the menu.. Pie of the day always a good choice and the amazing huge lentil salad they do. Rarely heaving and not too quiet either.

Yn L

The timeout review is a bit outdated now.

The Step's food has recently improved - try the falafel burger which is amazing!

Also, the street is improving - mostly in the last year. 2 delis have opened up, one Greek, one Italian and the infamous George clothing (same dusty window display for the past 30 years) has finally closed and is being restored.

A grant from English heritage has enabled some of the shops to have their frontage restored and signs repainted in a traditional style.

It looks old like 2015 might be the year for Myddleton Road gentrification- and the owners of the Step had a big part to play in this through local campaigning and also by creating a community hotspot!


Stumbled upon this cracking little bar this weekend after travelling to the area from Crouch End for a food festival. It's on one of the oddest streets I've ever seen and looks completely out of place but once inside it's a bolt hole from the boarded up shops and mad mouldy clothes shop. We only popped in for a quick drink but we stayed for two hours as the soul/reggae music they were playing was amazing, songs I haven't heard for years. I want to steal their record collection! Worth travelling for, love this cool little place, it is what makes London so special and unique.


Great place! Met up with friends and bumped into old friends by chance! What a great feel...and the music was very enjoyable. Will return...The cakes look amazing and loved the teapots! Have to take a close look at the jewellery on display too...A great addition to the area..


I was there last night and watch some free stand up comedy , good food, good drinks price range was good. I had a wonderful night out with my girls. will go back again and watch comedy and also to go there with a friend for some coffee.


Lovely couple running it and a great place to visit. Think this review was quite soon after TheStep opened and they really seem to be hitting their stride now. A wonderful and much needed ambition to Bowes Park!

Eddie Swift

As a resident of Bowes Park for some years feel slightly aggrieved that the reviewer feels the need to say we are too far from trendy areas to invite artistic regeneration. In fact my initial fear was that The Step would just try to mimic the poncey places in "trendy" areas but thankfully it has a character all of its own. Just enjoyed an afternoon of very good live jazz there by two local musicians as a matter of fact! The owners aand. Their staff are lovely, the drinks are very good even if they only have one lager on tap...a welcome addition to Bowes Park and thank Christ they haven't tried to be too trendy! Keep up the good work