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The Vine

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs Kentish Town
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

Now owned by the Metropolitan Pub Company, this elegant Edwardian building suits most occasions with its generous drinking and dining terrace, spacious front bar and separate rear restaurant. 

Staff are very welcoming, and there is plenty of room whether you want to sit in the capacious restaurant, cheerful bar or outside on the stylish alfresco terrace. The menu packs a punch, with full-flavoured starters (Merguez sausages with cucumber salad; Scottish salmon sashimi with pickled ginger) and more ‘trad’ puds (sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream) either side of pubby mains (fishcakes, burger, fish and chips). The roasts all come with roasted roots, Yorkshire pud and duck fat roast potatoes – there’s Dexter topside of beef (£15), Devon rump of lamb (£16), or Suffolk chicken, which you can have as a half (£14) or a whole ‘sharing’ version (£26). Vegetarians aren’t forgotten – there’s a mushroom and nut roast, with the potatoes cooked in olive oil (£14).

We can’t fault the bar – the interesting range of frequently changing ales is well-kept and the wines are good value.



Venue name: The Vine
Address: 86 Highgate Rd
Transport: Tube: Kentish Town
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

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A lovely pub that I can't believe I've never visited, despite it being less than 2 miles from my front door. It was a really great space and had a good menu of drinks and friendly staff. 

I hope to return when the weather is nice to enjoy the garden out front, which looks lovely.  


The weather is finally warming up. A pub with outdoor space is sure to be in high demand. The pub is within walking distance to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill, not a bad choice post sunshine oh the grass. The staff were friendly, and quick on a Sunday afternoon, with the outdoor space mostly taken up. Not a massive range of beers, but have a few staple and locals on tap. The food looked amazing, but was slightly disappointing from our over eagerness. Good local pub, but not a destination.


A really great pub in Kentish Town! This is somewhere I’ve been going more and more on a relaxed weekend, with equally good outdoor space and cosy indoor areas. There’s a general family friendly feel with all ages and types of  people buzzing around. There’s even dog treats and water for those bringing canine friends! Toilets are a 6/10!

Under new management, who know what they are doing. the place is relaxed and buzzy the sun terrace is great, the staff are friendly and the pub is going to be so busy in the summer!

Went there this Friday and I must say had a great time.The crowed seemed relaxed and not pretentious but still buzzy.They had a tasting menu on and I must say the salmon was very nice indeed.The outside terrace was perfect for the evening sun (and the heaters kept us there longer than we had intended on staying) and the staff seamed really nice.All good as they say

We went to The Vine for a Sunday Roast a couple of weeks ago as a family. The service was excellent. Attentive, flexible and great for families. You can see there was a mix of regulars, locals and newbies and we were a newbie. We both had chicken roasts. They were good quality, portions were ok but the quality was there, nothing special but decent cooked chicken, however the chef did forget to plate the sausages which were brought along slightly after on the side! The atmosphere was nice, the service was consistent and friendly and we were made to feel welcome. The dessert of apple tarte tatin was lovely. Very buttery and rich, slightly too much but that’s what a dessert isn’t it?! The chef was also accommodating in giving a plate of berries for my little girl, that little touch is an added extra and makes the difference. Decent food and nice environment will be back for sure.

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