Kensal Green area guide

Time Out's round-up of the best pubs, bars and restaurants in Kensal Green

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Some great boutique bars, pubs and restaurants help Kensal Green (also known as Kensal Rise, confusingly) to retain a certain unique charm - one that it's been cultivating since at least the '60s, when the counterculture seemed to like it around here. It's much calmer these days, but there was a tornado in 2006 (it made the news), which certainly ruffled a few local feathers.

What are your favourite Kensal Green haunts? Let us know in the comments.

Restaurants in Kensal Green

Sacro Cuore
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Sacro Cuore

Many ingredients go into a great pizzeria: slick and friendly service, a fun and lively atmosphere, and of course terrific pizza made with great dough and high-quality toppings, seared in a scorching-hot oven. Following an exhaustive quest in 2010, we named Ealing’s Santa Maria as home of the best pizza in London, and had hopes that this newcomer might rival its celebrated sibling.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Gracelands
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Gracelands

A sign behind the counter claims that unattended children will be given an espresso and a free kitten, but of course little ones are positively welcomed here – a chesterfield in the corner is surrounded by toys and books. A lively kitchen behind a glass-fronted servery produces some cut-above dishes – fiery jerk chicken with robust sides of rice and peas and coleslaw, oven-roast omelettes – though many opt for salads.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
8 Station Terrace
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8 Station Terrace

This brasserie serves up breakfasts, Sunday brunches and roasts, and Square Mile coffee. Snacks include sausage rolls, leek and goat’s cheese tart with salad, or soup. In the evening the tempo shifts a bit, with the odd table occupied by parties of convivial drinkers, but the majority of customers are local residents grateful for a cosy new place to eat.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Madame Gautier Bistro
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Madame Gautier Bistro

Thandie Newton provided some A-list sparkle at Madame Gautier’s launch a few weeks ago, and this neighbourhood French bistro is already attracting a strong following among the cosmopolitan Kensal Rise community. The mood is understated, avoiding the theme-park kitsch bedevilling some of London’s French establishments. The menu comprises solid if unspectacular Gallic standards, supported by friendly, knowledgeable service.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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Kensal Green bars and pubs

Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
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Paradise by Way of Kensal Green

Paradise makes decorative use of its name, taken from GK Chesterton’s poem ‘The Rolling English Road’, by filling its high-ceilinged interior with religious icons, angels, cherubs and flowery chandeliers, even extending the effect to two huge stone vases of flowers on the bar counter. When you reach it, you’ll find prices to be more than reasonable for the quality of mixing (very good) and service (ditto). 

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Chamberlayne
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Chamberlayne

A firm favourite with Kensal Rise locals, the Chamberlayne is usually heaving with well-off thirtysomethings frequently sporting a dog/baby/toddler – and occasionally all three. It makes for a pleasantly lively atmosphere in the pub itself, where characterful décor (reclaimed furniture, designer lighting and the like) meets friendly service and an interesting drinks list starring some 20 whiskies as well as a strong selection of wines and cocktails.

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Parlour Kensal
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Parlour Kensal

We are an all day and late night serving PARLOUR, with wonderful food from Chef/Owner Jesse Dunford Wood; Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and late night dinner. Dishes range from an ‘interesting’ Full English and Toast-Your-Own-Brekkie, to Cow Pie and Chicken Kyiv, and Toasted Marshmallow Wagon Wheel to finish. Creative cocktails, (a Not-in-Hill Perhaps?) and craft beer from Hackney to Hawaii keep up the standards in the bar. Wine doesn’t get overlooked either, with most of the concise list available by both the glass and carafe.Menus change throughout the day, and there is something to eat and drink whatever the time. We do not encourage naughty wandering children in the evening , but saying that we do welcome everyone during the day.

The Shop NW10
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The Shop NW10