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The Common (CLOSED)

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3 out of 5 stars
The Common

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3 out of 5 stars

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An all-day restaurant set within a Willesden co-living building.

The Common does two things very well: comfort food and low prices. Set within Willesden Junction’s upmarket ‘co-living’ building The Collective Old Oak – a bit like uni halls, but swisher and for young professionals – the food here is basically, well, very good uni hall food. Think grills and burgers and a chicken skewer side for £9.

If massive portions at ridiculously good prices are what you’re after, it’s great. Plus there are some semi-sophisticated white wooden booths where you can snuggle up and wait for the cheap eats to roll in.

The highlight was a bavette steak (for a very reasonable £14) that came just the right kind of bloody in the middle, with a side of thin, golden fries. There’s also a range of rather nice, crispy pizzas – try the Don Corleone, a classic mix of quality parma ham, mozzarella and rocket.

Avoid any fancier sounding starters though – my chicken tostados were actually just baked beans on toast with a bit of bird banged on top. How student food is that? But if you stick to the simple stuff, The Common is a perfectly decent place to eat away a fresher-level hangover. That steak will make you feel whole again.

The Common says
In the shell of a sweet, sweet nut, we create simple, well-sourced, food and drink that is exciting, yet affordable, always evolving and shaped by you. Our menu is balanced and British with influences from all over, and we go from breakfast to nightcaps with space for all kinds of occasions, too.


Address: The Common, Old Oak Lane
Willesden Junction
NW10 6FF
Transport: Tube: Willesden Junction
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £45.
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