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
Kensal Green bars and pubs
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).
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.
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.