Lord Palmerston

Restaurants, Gastropubs Upper Holloway
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This Dartmouth Hill fixture was recently spruced up, with pre-publicity offering a bewildering array of attractions, from cinema room to barber, in-pub deli to bread-making classes. First impressions banish any misgivings: this is still a very likeable pub, busy but well marshalled by smiley, sharp-witted staff. There’s a good range of ales (an excellently hoppy Redemption Big Chief the pick), a solid wine list and decor that combines modern retro whimsy (top-hat Victorians and fighter planes, deer skull, Union Jack) with traditional pub comfort (chandeliers, fireplaces).

From the blackboard menu, ‘smoked potato terrine, poached duck egg’ was a real hit: a peppery millefeuille of potato with perfectly runny egg and watercress – direct, handsomely presented and full of flavour. Gnocchi with roast squash and lemon butter was also good, if light on the chilli. After that, though, things went astray: fridge-cold beetroot with goat’s curd and watercress was complicated by an over-sweet walnut praline; warm pigeon breast salad suffered from too few of the ‘bitter leaves’ and flavourless crackling. Still, the events show a pub focused on returning to the heart of its community – and when the sun shines, the beer garden will help too.

 

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Venue name: Lord Palmerston
Contact:
Address: 33 Dartmouth Park Hill
London
NW5 1HU
Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-11pm (lunch noon-3pm, dinner 6-10pm). Sun noon-11pm (food served noon-9pm)
Transport: Tube: Tufnell Park
Price: Main courses £10.50-£18. Set meal (lunch Mon-Fri, dinner Mon) £14 2 courses, £18 3 courses
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Tastemaker

This is the last Tufnell Park pub my boyfriend and I had not yet been to. As we were asked to cat-sit for four days five doors down from the Palmerston, we thought this was the perfect occasion for a nice pub dinner. We were worried we wouldn't have any free table by going to a pub for dinner at 8pm on a Friday night but it was actually extremely quiet. There was maybe 10 other people apart from us. The playlist was a walk down memory lane as all they played all evening was pop rock hits from our teenage years, the noughties. The range of beers was standard. The staff was pretty warm and friendly but the room freezing as it was snowing outside. The food was delicious but super expensive. I mean, £10 for a starter is evil.

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Best Sunday Roast I have had in a long time. Good value in a lovely pub. I need to go here more often. Love it