Myddleton Road in Bowes Park is one of the last of a dying breed of London high streets: a hardware store sells handy items, there’s a beautiful public garden… but quaint it ain’t. The clothiers have dusty windows, and the shops are too dilapidated even for those craving retro chic. It’s also too far from trendy areas to invite artistic re-generation.
It’s a surprise then, that in an area where the signs of gentrification have yet to manifest, a young couple have taken over a fading Irish pub and transformed it into The Step. It’s now a light and spacious café and wine bar, full of delightful art deco touches.
The menu is unambitious – they cook the dishes in facilities nearby – but is admirably particular about local food sourcing. Organic bread and cakes come from local sources including Celtic Bakers in Wood Green, charcuterie and meat are all British, and the Meantime lager on tap is brewed in Greenwich.
Our lentil and mushroom stew was generous if slightly underseasoned. The rest of the menu is a mix of soups and tarts, cheese and charcuterie boards, ‘light-ish’ bites of Suffolk chorizo and even afternoon tea (bookable in advance). The selection of cakes on the day was limited – ‘awaiting delivery’ – but the two types of carrot cake we tried were delicious.
There is a separate kids’ menu with dinosaur-shaped sarnies and spuds in paper cones – questionable tactics some may say; or wise, as there’s a nursery just down the road.
There are events planned in the evenings, such as vintage crafts workshops and live music.
|Venue name:||The Step||Contact:|
101 Myddleton Rd
|Opening hours:||Open 9.30am-11pm Tues-Sat; 10.30am-8pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Bowes Park rail or Bounds Green tube|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30|
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Warm, friendly venue for music, art, wonderful food, fabulous cocktails and a brilliant quiz. The kind of place that once you have a seat and your comfy, you won't want to leave.
It's genuine! No corporate chain, no trying to get you to always buy something else. The decor is lovely and the food is great. And it's a real focus in the community when not much else is around this area. I love this place.
In a desert populated by Mediterranean social clubs hidden behind dusty taupe curtains, The Step stands alone as a boho oasis of style and good vibes.
This is just the kind of restaurant everybody wants round the corner - lovely food, very friendly service, great decor and ambience. And with the local community at it's heart, but welcoming to all outside of N22.
Cracking little cafe, bar and restaurant that has settled nicely as the hub for all that is good and community focused in the area. Nothing complicated or fussy about it just good food, drink and people and a none too shabby playlist on their "juke box" featuring classic funk, reggae, jazz and soul.
Pub quiz in the evening or brunch with the girls. Warm and welcoming. Cool and arty. Perfect balance of everything you need! Great breakfast food!!
Fantastic. Just fantastic. You will wish you had somewhere like this three doors from where you live too. But you don't. Ha!
A brilliant local cafe and restaurant that pulls together the community of Myddleton Road and the wider Bowes Park/Bounds Green area in a proper local culture hub. Superb.
Love the Step. Love their Sunday Roasts and always feel like I've been transported to a very relaxed, homely, warm and friendly place when we visit The Step.
Brilliant breakfasts at the weekend - love the mushrooms on sourdough with a perfectly runny poached egg. And the chorizo burger is amazing.
A very well run cafe/restaurant. The food is of a high standard and there is a good range of drinks. There are various exhibits on the walls, an exchange book corner, and live music at certain times of the month. The monthly quiz is fun and always well attended. The owners are very community minded. I am delighted The Step invested in Myddleton Road.
Fantastic food with a menu that regularly changes. A welcoming atmosphere with very friendly staff. Also does great entertainment including music and comedy. Its a favourite with us locals in Bowes Park and others from further afield too
Brilliant bohemian cafe bar in Bowes Park. Great atmosphere and the best chocolate brownies in the area!
Shame it isn't yet open during the day apart from weekends. It is always busy and buzzy in the evenings and weekends. Hopefully they will soon open during the week to give local mums somewhere to hang out!
Excellent place to chill/socialise or when there's music let your hair down. Nice friendly staff and crowd and excellent food, beer and coffee.
Fantastic friendly neighbourhood cafe/bar with great food and drinks. Their breakfast is not to be missed!
A great little restaurant/ cafe/ bar that is more Bounds Green than Wood Green. Friendly welcoming staff, chilled ambient atmosphere & a good mix of food on the menu. Definitely worth a stroll into the brightly decorated garden for breakfast when the sun decides to shine.. And most importantly to me - The coffee is good too..
Amazing community spirit and atmosphere. Great food, very friendly staff and quirky music nights. It's pretty much perfect and a true hidden gem.
Lovely lovely lovely lovely lovely! And plenty of incredible veggie dishes that are even better than the meat options!
Great food, sampled a few things on the menu.. Pie of the day always a good choice and the amazing huge lentil salad they do. Rarely heaving and not too quiet either.