Tufnell Park Tavern

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Tufnell Park

The area between Tufnell Park tube and Holloway Road is a long-standing restaurant desert.

The refurbed Tufnell Park Tavern, now owned by the Handmade Pubs group set out to fill the gap when it opened in mid-May with a huge and attractive multi-roomed pub/deli/restaurant.

Word has spread: after a month of trading, the place was packed on a Thursday night. And many of the customers were already regulars – an indication of how nice this place is.

I will join the ranks of ardent fans when the kitchen irons out some pretty deep wrinkles in the cooking. One of our starters, a smoked haddock salad with boiled egg, broad beans, new potatoes, dill and spring onions, was poorly presented and woefully unappetising.

Pea and pea pod soup was good, but the ‘polenta croutons’ served in it were simultaneously leathery and rubbery. Main courses were better. Rabbit stew was good, though presented inelegantly. Rib steak was cooked as ordered, and served on the bone with fried potatoes which had a delicate spicy crust and split-second-perfect cooking within.

The enticing desserts included the best of British and standard continental intruders.

The wine list is compact and notably good, with prices starting at just £14.50, although this seems to be at the expense of the beer offer. As well as a few inoffensive lagers, there are only two ales on tap (Butcombe and Brakspear) and just Budvar or the rather passive Brahma in bottles.

Service was wonderful: smiling, efficient and solicitous. Concentrated management attention could solve the kitchen problems quickly, making this place fully justify the enthusiasm of its potentially enormous customer base.

There’s a deli menu served from morning till early evening, breakfast until noon, and after that a menu of good quality pizzas kicks in for the rest of the day.

Try to go in fine weather, and sit in the unusually spacious back garden, which is paved but decked out with lovely pots of culinary herbs.

Venue name: Tufnell Park Tavern
Contact:
Address: 162 Tufnell Park Road
London
N7 0EE
Opening hours: Open 8am-11pm Mon-Sat; 8am-10.30pm Sun. Meals served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Sat; noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Tufnell Park tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £80.

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2.2 / 5

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Jerome M

we arrived 21:35 on a saturday evening (5 Oct 14) , I hadn't eaten al day so was looking forward to my meal. We were told the kitchen closed at 22.00 but they would serve us anyway, we placed our order but were told we couldn't sit in the restaurant (where the tables were clean and with candle's and a few other people were sitting) and that the chef already had her jacket on.   Instead we were asked to sit on a very dirty table in the pub (without candle).  when we asked if it could be cleaned the barmaid didn't seem too happy about it and roughly asked us to lift our glasses.  When the food came it was over-salted  so extremely that it was hurting the top of my mouth to eat it (which I was trying out of hunger).  This seemed almost as though it had been deliberate as it was the same on both plates, and the food underneath the salt tasted ok, Deliberate or otherwise -  horrible service and horrible experience/food.

Jools

Massively OVERPRICED for what you get. It's on a goldmine here but lazy cooking and ridiculously overpriced menu means that an average family meal with 2 under 5s can reach £100, without alcohol.

Michael

The TPT looks very nice but it vastly overpriced for what it is. Tufnell Park is full of young families who can't stray very far. The TPT picks a lot of these people up and charges them through the nose. £4 for a run of the mill lager and £6.50 for soup and a roll (they charge a pound for the roll - nice). Or how does a Roast Beef on a sunday for £15.50 grab you - these are West End top end prices and the food and service is variable at best. Its cynical. Which is a shame as it is in a nice spot and as I say it looks and feels like a good gastropub.

Miranda

Great food, ambience and value for money, especially the £11 weekday deal. The 'daycare' atmosphere mentioned below is only applicable on weekends - come on a week night and it is a friendly and relaxing place in which to while away the post-work hours. Agree they could do with having a few more ales on tap, but the food more than makes up for that. Recommend their patatas bravas with aioli (bar snack) and have had good fish and stews (not always elegant looking but taste great!).

rob

No complaints about 2 courses for £11! Great food...Seabass on the new menu a real winner and choc dessert a perfect finisher...light and just lovely! Real summer flavours...just a shame about the weather! Keep it up, TPT! You've new fans and we'll be bringing friends next time...!

Richard

A pub that serves pizza "all day" but that runs out of dough at 5pm on a Sunday!?!?! A pub that runs out of Diet Coke ever.... Come on... surely that's bad management?? Today's experience only supports my opinion of the TPT based on previous generally negative experiences at the TPT. Huge , lovely refurbished buidling but with expensivefairly sub-standard food, expensive drinks, a general feel that it doubles as a daycare centre, total lack of intimacy when sat at a table and previous statements about the lack of attentiveness of staff certainly mirror my experiences. The "Deli" is a great idea, very poorly executed. I've been in 3 times now... coffee is particularly poor... (surely if you're going to serve coffee in this kind of environment you must realise the difference between good coffee and bad coffee and train your staff to make the former?), On all of my experiences of visiting the "Deli", staff have appeared to be either chatting amongst themselves and seemingly ignoring customers who are waiting to be served or ignoring the mountains of tables that are begging to be cleared. The TPT has the potential to be awesome. Its management (or lack of) appears to be missing the opportunity such a fantastic location offers. Try the junction Tavern 200 yards up the road. MUCH better environment, food and drink and really fantastic staff.