If you’re one of those Londoners who likes to slap labels on things and needs to know whether a place is a pub, a bar or a proper restaurant, Bergen House is going to be confusing. It’s a Newington Green local, but it’s not a pub. It has a fully stocked bar, but it doesn’t do cocktails. It serves one of the best steaks we’ve had in a while, but it’s not open for weekday lunch. Before you scream “Bergen House, what are you?” at nobody in particular and run to your nearest gastropub, go and check it out. Take a seat at the bar, order a beer and get talking to your neighbour. Before you know it you’ll be sharing food like you’re old friends. It’s just that kind of a place, and we’re jealous of anyone who lives within staggering distance of it.
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Xi’an Impression is a small restaurant in Highbury making some of the best Chinese food in London. Don’t miss the hand-pulled noodles.
Top Cuvée is a wine bar and restaurant in Highbury that gets busy on match days but is an otherwise great spot for a drink or a low key date night.
Black Axe Mangal
Black Axe Mangal on Highbury Corner isn’t a typical restaurant. It’s loud, it’s fun, and it’s a little bit weird. And the delicious food is the same.
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Hawksmoor Seven Dials
Hawksmoor restaurants are some of the best places to get a steak in London. The Seven Dials location is a big, lively basement room.
Hawksmoor Spitalfields was one of the first steakhouses in town, and it’s still one of the best. Finishing with toffee pudding is mandatory.
Tramshed is all about British chicken and steak, served in memorable surroundings. It’s handy for last minute group dinners - get the Yorkshire pud.
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