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Banner's

Restaurants, Global Crouch End
5 out of 5 stars
(43user reviews)
Banner's

Time Out says

A restaurant with a menu that draws inspiration from Sri Lanka to the Caribbean, via good old Blighty.  

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Address: 21 Park Road
London
N8 8TE
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park tube/rail then W7 bus
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Users say (43)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:33
  • 4 star:6
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:3
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It always amazes me reading reviews that say they go there all the time, have one bad experience and spend the time and energy slagging it off - did they think to spend the same time and energy reviewing it all of the times when they thought it was great???? .... So I want to redress this imbalance ... I have been going there for the full 20 years, since it opened and I can honestly say it has never disappointed - the food, the atmosphere, the service - all exemplory .... If you pick a very popular restaurant, and there is a reason it is so - people vote with their feet, don't you know!, then there is sometimes bound to be the experience that goes with busy ... but Banners is Banners because of the humanness that comes with a local restaurant ... and I'm sure even that arsey reviewer has their off days ... I have great respect for the staff there, who always seem to smile through some of the most trying situations and, dare I say, customers!!!! Long may you continue to satisfy!!!

Tastemaker

I’m not a local, so maybe that’s why I didn’t understand all the 5 stars... It’s always a different experience to go to a pub for the first or the fiftieth time...

The staff was super friendly without sounding fake, and the drinks were fine, although apparently the beer is quite strong (I didn’t the drink the beer...). But the vintage posters and drawn menus seem something that might have been fun 20 years ago. Now – for someone without any attachment to the place – seems rather silly...

All dishes came with generous serving but not exactly looking appetizing. I went for the jerked sweet potato with plantain, but it was extremely hot and oh so fatty. The vegetarian sausages other people in the table ordered were ok, but the duck pancakes, although very nicely seasoned, were truly overdone.

Tastemakertastemaker

Banners is an all time favourite for many residents in Crouch End/Muswell Hill area. Fridays, weekends, occasions and holidays it gets busy so I would recommend ringing up and reserving your table. I've been here many times and the jerk chicken dishes are particularly tasty! Love the fact that the staff have an edge, adds to the quirky and joyful experience. Big helpings, expect to waddle out the door!!!

tastemaker

Banners is a cosy local joint that offers huge, tasty servings which was perfect for my hungover self and a friend. We were seated at the bar which is probably a common occurrence as this place is always heaving. Definitely coming back to enjoy the Caribbean/South Indian main offerings and cocktails!


Whether you want the ultimate hangover full English, or a hearty caribean lunch, or a goa curry for tea, or just for cocktails with a small bite for socialising, you can get all of that here.

Unfortunately not dog friendly so doesn't get full marks from me. I would go a lot more if I could bring my dog.

It is a great place for socialising but I often like to go alone and sit at the bar with a good book. They offer complimentary popcorn to nibble on which is a nice touch.

I'm voting for Banners because of the many types of experience you can have there, the food portions are homely rather than trying to be fussy / posh, and it is always cooked to perfection and full of favour.

The staff are a lot of fun too. Thanks Banners!


Perfect place for a Sunday breakfast, It is a good idea to book as it is always very busy.


Fab food, fab music, fab ambience, fab staff ... warm, welcoming and WONDERFUL!


Tasty food, loads of options (vegetarian food galore!), huge portions, nice cocktails and great vibes. It gets pretty loud as it's always busy, so don't expect a quiet meal and book ahead if you can.


Amazing food with very friendly staff. Definitely the best place to eat in Crouch End!


The staff are always helpful and friendly. The food is lovely with lots for veggies! The staff always have time to have a chat with you.


Banners food is excellent, service is great and atmosphere friendly and warm


Always a fantastic atmosphere! Great good, great value. Something for everyone!


Fabulous! Been there forever, friendly staff, amazing food, reasonable prices, very laid back and all round just such a lovely place to while away an afternoon or evening.


unique - the original and still the best, great blend of world menu, world music, funky memorabilia, and likely to be a rock star or actor in there at any given time. Oh, and the staff are great, too, they are either hugely enjoying being there or are brillaint actors.....


Mind blowing Jerk chicken with mouth blowing ghost chilli sauce - Banners is a fantastic place to go if you want to eat food that makes your soul happy!

tastemaker

An eclectic mix of cuisine awaits at this hidden gem in crouch end. The portions are generous, atmosphere is awesome and the food is heavenly. The coconut Roti and Jamaican goat curry was Devine, soft tender curry goat served in a Roti, with rice and peas and coleslaw. The jerk chicken with rice and peas was filled with flavour, moist and took your palette on a trip to the mother land. Other dishes that stood out were the Goan prawn curry with Roti and the calamari starter looked great. The average main will set you back £15 but it's with every penny. If you tempted to try it out for yourself make sure you book a table as the place is popular with locals and space is at a premium.


This place is a treat. Huge portions, incredible quality and cooking, interesting selection, topped off with welcoming staff - no surprise this place is always rammed. I've booked it for my 30th - no better place to keep everyone happy. 

As long as I live in Crouch End, I'll be hitting up this place.


Jerk chicken to put all other jerk chicken to shame! Amazing food, great atmosphere, great service! Enough said!


Banner's is one of my all time favourite places to eat - amazing atmosphere, unbelievable world food. Never a bad meal had in this place and the staff are all fantastic. Highly recommended±


Love Banner's - one of our local favourites. It's consistently yummy and great value for money. Decent cocktails and smoothies too, and the daily specials make it really hard to choose what to have every time!


Yummy food with a West Indian quick. Portions are massive so order wisely, I love the bloody Mary's and quesadillas, but if you're on a healthy kick go for one of the specials or salads.


Good, honest, unpretentious food in a friendly setting. Well-stocked bar, modern European cuisine, and interesting décor!


Hearty, big portions of home made Caribbean food in a colourful and cosy environment once frequented by Bob Dylan. The burgers are some of the best in London and the prices are hard to beat. Banners is a North London institution but if you're visiting, make sure you have a large appetite. You may find you need to book a table if visiting over the weekend.

Staff Writer

Always a popular local destination for anything from breakfast to cocktails. The atmosphere is relaxed and cheery, if a little cramped, and the food comforting and tasty. Book ahead at the weekend and be prepared to share the space with lots of kids in the daytime.

Tastemaker

Brunch, lunch, dinner, drinks - you name it, it's available. The staff are fun and friendly, the food packs a punch and the atmosphere is always buzzing. It gives a family feel but offers a fun night out vibe as well, catering for all.
They've evn got the charity bit nailed, charging a minute 15p for a glass of water to help raise funds for WaterAid. A must attend when you venture out to Croych End!


Banners is always super busy and there can sometimes be a wait to get a table, but the food is incredible. Occasionally a bit of a strange atmosphere ( we went for Sunday brunch and they were playing some weird techno music...) but the interior is cool with some interesting bits and bobs on the walls. My go to is the jerk chicken sandwich which is spicy but delicious, along with sweet potato fries which I would definitely recommend. Huge portions too!


Adam Hartley

reviewed in the last week

Not been for years, but went for lunch today. Great food (5), great place (5), mildly snooty staff and slow service (same as it ever was) (3) and a shocking 50p extra charge for a blob of Hellmann's on the side (0) of my fries. Why can't they just GET IT RIGHT!? If the staff were just a bit better and the service wasn't so "laid back" and they stopped charging pointless extras which will only annoy people, they'd have the best restaurant in north London. As it is, it gets a disappointing average of a 3/5. If you've got plenty of time (and money) and want somewhere nice for breakfast/brunch/lunch, then it's still worth a go - but book ahead as it's always busy.


I agree with Pip.  Banners is the best place for me in Crouch End.  I have been going there for years.  The stuff is super cool and friendly.  And I love the atmosphere.  My kids love it and they are always excited to get their free ice cream and jelly beans:)  The food is stunning and my absolute favourite has to be the gigantic greek falafel salad and jerk chicken salad.  The burger are delicious too.  They also have a daily changing menu and a huge choice.  As any other restaurants once or twice the chef had a bit of an off day but my food was immediately changed for a new plate if I ever had an issue in many dozens of times I went there. Oh and they do amazing cocktails in the evening too!  


We came here on a Sunday lunch time with the intention of having food however we were ignored when we entered the cafe so took it upon ourselves to sit at a table. A few minutes later a waitress approached us saying 'nice try guys' and told us the table was booked. We weren't offered a new table so just ended up leaving. Not good customer service.


Can only agree with the bad reviews below. Went for a breakfast and got the following: Burnt pancakes, uncooked scrambled eggs, overcooked poached eggs. All topped off with some very bad service and attitude. Had been going for years and was good but clearly this place is running on reputation. I would avoid and try some of the better establishments in Crouch End.


Love Banners, we've been going since it opened & always had a good time - the food is great & the staff are usually rushed off their feet but always friendly. It's a brilliant place for breakfast, lunch or whatever.


Even our 3 year old said we should have gone to Giraffe! we've been regulars at Banners for several years and have always enjoyed the atmosphere, food and sometimes even the service! My Wife booked a table for father's day breakfast and we were all looking forward to a chilled morning.. However, our waitress at best displayed an icy efficiency with little charm or personality, and indeed little efficiency either at times. No sooner had we sat down than demands were being made for our drink orders , a request to change a cracked mug was treated with the obvious contempt it deserved and woe betide me for asking her for maple syrup to accompany the pancakes I had ordered. Food was thrown down and empty plates snatched away with no notice. The food, which we had enjoyed on so many occasions before, was by far the biggest disappointment. The quality of the ingredients was to say the least cheap. They were cooked with very little care (for example, my son's toast was burnt on one side and uncooked on the other, we all had eggs that had runny whites) and then thrown on the plate with no real forethought. The only part of the hurried meal which was handled with any real enthusiasm and efficiency was the provision of the bill and processing of the payment. I guess they wanted to squeeze as many punters as they could through the door! In summary - this restaurant is relying on its former glory rather than continuing to provide the great food it once did.

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