Camden Market doesn’t provide much culinary incentive for Londoners to visit NW1, but Market in Camden is one of the best venues to eat in the area. ‘Simple things, done well’ is a phrase that could apply to the whole operation. The narrow space has been denuded back to its structural brick, adorned only with a few wall lights and prints. Chairs are salvaged from a school by the looks of things; specials are chalked on a blackboard. The proudly British and mainly meaty food is straightforward and effective too.
A spring starter of golden and mauve beetroot was adorned simply with goat’s cheese and pickled walnuts: more an assembly than a display of cheffy talent, but perfect nonetheless. You might move on to a signature pie – chicken and leek, say – or the ‘modern British’ modish standard of onglet and chips. Those chips were perfectly fat, crispy and seasoned, and also arrived with a grilled bream flavoured with lemon and rosemary. Service felt a bit ‘by rote’ on a quiet early evening visit, but got the job done.
It seems Market has reined in its ambition slightly since opening, but when the place runs so comfortably in its groove, that’s no bad thing.
|Opening hours:||Brunch served 11am-3pm Sun. Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Camden Town|
|Price:||Main courses £13-£17. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £10 2 courses. Set dinner (6-7pm Mon-Sat) £17.50 2 courses|
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Charmless and rude service: The food is OK ..nothing massively exciting but well cooked . The service on the other hand was strange . My friends booked a early table from 6 (Saturday 1st of March) and we were told we had to give it back at 8 . During the meal (an middle aged woman in a floral dress ) seemed very stressed , asking me to move my mobile phone of the table (no please or thank you ). Speaking or should I say barking at us during service. 3 out of the table of 5 went for a cigarette at 745 . The lady in question said very aggressively 'you know we need the table back at 8' as she constantly looked at her watch and scowled at us . We still had drinks left (which she happy to service a second order of drinks ) but we were planning to leave a t 8 , even though the other guests had not turned up yet. As we left no thank you or even looking in our direction ..all for about £230/240 . I was embarrassed for my friends parents too, as it was a low key birthday celebration. I thought this kind of Basel Fawlty service had disappeared from the UK but not at the Market restaurant in Parkway Camden. I had eaten out a lot last week and I went to 10 Greek Street in Soho stands out . Lovely warm and charming service with great food . The market would do well to replicate, particularly their service. I will not be returning, I would recommend if you are trying to check in ..leave !
Well ... OK, but not great. Lamb was perfect, but you would expect about any chef to know where to source it and how to cook it. What came with it, was sub standard (bland bulgur wheat salad, neither imaginative nor fresh). The starter was a soggy tart, and firmly on the plain side. 100 pounds for a meal for two? There are better places to spend that kind of money.
Market used to be good but it's not anymore. The food is average and just about as good as you'd get in a pub. The Time Out "Editors" obviously didn't actually go there recently. Try harder guys and use your Oyster card for a change. Forget Market, there are better places in Camden
I've eaten here since it opened and it's consistently good. It's a local restaurant, sourcing local food for its locals and some out of town visitors. The menu is refreshingly uncomplicated. The quality of the food is excellent - it's very fresh and very well cooked. I had the most beautiful, first-of-the-season asparagus and a duck egg - what could be more simple, fresh and delicious. The wine is is very reasonably priced and there's a nice selection. Overall, I really like this restaurant...and I've never had anything but excellent service. In any restaurant, wait staff get a little stressed - it's a stressful role....it happens. Customers can be annoying! Great place - v highly recommended.
Well I've been there many time and it was great but recently it change a lot , the menu is horrible basically it's so low I were here last week the starter wos boringe and the man course nothing special and the desire they are all same kind not like befor u have a choice and the food wos proper descasteng Guys u can't keep carry on like that seriously it change a lot from hero 2 nothing
We had a wonderful meal at Market last Saturday night. The food and wine were delicious, and at a good price. Possibly the meal for the money in London right now. I hope they keep up the hard work!
Very disappointing given the rave reviews we had read. Food was okay, not great-smoked salmon pancake starter not very nice & duck main-course just came on a big bed of red cabbage, nothing else. Seasoning lacking in mackerel dish. Service was brisk, not very friendly.
This is my favorite restaurant in Camden (I've been to Market several times over the last 2 months). They serve consistently fresh, well-made, contemporary food, the house red is great, and the staff are friendly.
I first came here in January and the food that my partner and I had was pretty good (evening a la carte). I can't remember what I had exactly but it was a stew of sorts and there wasn't much to fault, the wine was lovely and the service was pretty good. However, I came here last week for lunch and although I understand that a tenner for two courses is good value, the food I was served was pitiful and not even worth a fiver. I was completely shocked at the standard of dishes I was served. First up was a tomato and basil salad which was a bowl of three unripe, probably Spanish tomatoes with three tiny strips of basil and some slices of onion topped with olive oil. It was beyond bizarre...new season tomatoes are available in Britain at the moment and are tasting beautiful so it seemed strange that we were served such poor quality produce in strange presentation. What came next was even more dreadful...a dish of pork belly with apple sauce and borlotti beans. The pork belly was badly cooked and had bone in it, it tasted of nothing and was presented on a bed of tepid, hard kidney beans (unseasoned). I was shocked! I might still go and check Market out again, but only from the a la carte...
I absolutely agree with this updated review by TimeOut. I've been to Market numerous times over the last few years and have never been disappointed. The lunch menu is a real bargain and I adore their desserts. Really great place