© Ming Tang-Evans
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Time Out says
Tue Oct 16 2012
For all its cocktail bar posturing (the choice of real ales here is, well, non-existent), this friendly spot is delightfully relaxed. Head to the paved beer garden if the chandeliers, gilt-framed mirrors and glittering wallpaper seem too prissy – that’s where the blokes and kids were congregating on our recent visit.
A change in the kitchen team has led to a fusion-fuelled menu, but for once that’s a good thing, with well-judged dishes such as a pleasantly tepid sushi rice salad with samphire, hot-smoked salmon and pickled ginger among the seasonally inspired picks. You’ll still find good British fare: ham hock salad with potato, watercress and egg, say, or grilled steak with horseradish butter. A confident burger came with sensational chips (also available with aïoli for snacking).
There’s a thoughtful children’s menu taking in shepherd’s pie, cumberland sausage, battered fish, and pasta (£4.50 including ice-cream for dessert); staff are extremely good with little ones too.
The international wine list starts at £16 a bottle, and classic cocktails are a mere £6.50 – underlining the overall impression that Villiers Terrace’s target market is designer-heeled yummy mummies. That’s not necessarily a criticism given the location, but worth noting if you don’t fit the demographic.
Villiers Terrace 120 Park Road
020 8245 6827
- Opening hours:
Open noon-11pm Mon, Tue; noon-midnight Wed; noon-1am Thur-Sat; noon-11pm Sun. Meals served noon-10.30pm daily
Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then bus W7, or Hornsey rail
Main courses £11-£16.50. Set menu (noon-3pm, 6-7pm Mon-Fri) £10.50 2 courses, £14 3 courses
- 120 Park Road
- 020 8245 6827
- 120 Park Road
- Villiers Terrace
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. On-site dining. Licensed. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Entertainment facilities. Entertainment. General facilities. Private rooms. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors
Drinks. Cocktails. Going in a group. Mood
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